Have you ever created something out of food?

United States
January 6, 2007 5:39pm CST
I'm talking an artsy style of creating something out of food, like sculpting butter, using a watermelon for a bowl, creating a bouquet of flowers from fruits and veggies. It doesn't necessarily have to be something intricate and long to do... you can create shaped sandwiches, shaped french toast, shaped pancakes, anything! It's amazing how much you can do with food!
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7 Jan 07
when my kids were little I also used to make faces with their food as a way to make them eat it. We also use to make our own playdough and create things and cook them in the oven. This kept them busy for hours.
• United States
8 Jan 07
Mickey and Minnie Sandwich Maker - a age old tradition in our house!
I had this thing that you pushed down on the toast with that was a heart with I Love You in it, it made it so when you toasted the toast in the toaster it said I Love You. My kids thought I was the bomb! lol I also have a mickey and minnie mouse sandwich maker that I STILL use and my kids love. I think they would DIE without it! They love the various sandwiches we make out of it, including simple grilled cheese!
8 Jan 07
I have never seen this before. It looks like great way to get them to eat!!! Thanks.
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• United States
9 Jan 07
The best part is you can fill the bread with so many different things. We've done bologna, bologna and cheese, just cheese, tablespoon of beef stew for a pot pie, mixed eggs and cheese and bacon or ham for a breakfast sandwich and so much more! I've even made pancakes in it for them!
@BittyBiddy (2905)
• Ireland
7 Jan 07
I study cookery as part of the course I'm doing at the moment, and a few weeks ago we had to do finger food for a graduation ceremony. I learnt how to make flowers from peppers by cutting out shapes from red and green ones and using the green part of a leek for the stems. Tomatos were cut into beautiful shapes, lemons were scored down the sides and then sliced to give attractive rounds. Little balls of watermelon and cucumber were used to create bunches of grapes with bay leaves at the top. I also had the opportunity to get some ideas from a fab book that my tutor lent to me. I can't remember the name, but this post has reminded me to search for it so that i can buy a copy.
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• United States
8 Jan 07
What actually spawned my question was a show I saw on the Food Network about a lady who creates these HUGE and beautiful designs out of fruit and veggies. They're Bouquets and centerpieces and start at about $75 for a smaller one and go up from there. The time and work she puts in is well worth the price alone and she's so swamped she can't begin to take all the orders! She also does bouquets out of candy, which can be shipped, but her fresh fruit and veggie designs are too awesome!
@suscan (1959)
• United States
9 Jan 07
We got one of those fruit bouquets at work one time. They were pretty neat. It is a lot of work. That project you did sounds amazing.
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• Ireland
6 Jan 07
Most times I just create a mess, but when my grandchildren were living with me, I used to make faces on the potatoes by using peas for the eyes and mouth, and carrots for the nose and ears. Sometimes I would also try a bit of cabbage for the hair or make a beard with it. It was a great way to get them to eat their veggies.
• Ireland
7 Jan 07
This is such a great idea. I must try this with my own kids and see will they eat their vegetables for me.
• United States
8 Jan 07
How cute! When mine were little we'd create pizza faces on english muffins and use pepperoni for eyes, broccoli for hair or nose, etc. You're right, playing with your food definitely makes eating more fun!
@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
16 Jan 07
There was only one time that I remember being creative with foods; I probably did a few more but it's been so long. I remember using a round loaf of bread and shaping vegetables into flowers, putting them on long sticks and creating a bouquet as you mentioned. We had a buffet for the theater group I was in at one time. It looked so good that people didn't think they were suppose to eat it until I told them, and then they chowed down...lol
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• United States
16 Jan 07
Pampered Chef used to have a bread loaf pan that was in shapes. I think they were a star and can't remember the other. I actually saw them in a thrift store the other day and laughed because I remember thinking HOW COOL when I bought mine and I used it once maybe! LOL I even almost fell into the trap again and bought those at the Thrift store because they look so fun and neat but realized what a doof I would be! LOL
@suscan (1959)
• United States
9 Jan 07
I have done radish flowers,those little stamps you do on toast.I do make molded candy and paint with different colored chocolate for various holidays.
• United States
9 Jan 07
I've seen them paint leaves with chocolate. That's really neat! Usually mint leaves or something.
@volatile (204)
• United States
9 Jan 07
My body has magically turned food into poop before. It's pretty amazing.
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• United States
9 Jan 07
Yes, but is it sculpted into shapes?
@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
7 Jan 07
At Christmas I make my cheeseballs into Christmas shapes. At Thanksgiving I make them into a cornacopia.
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• United States
8 Jan 07
Neat idea!
7 Jan 07
Yes I do carve a lot out of vegetables its is quite amazing that you can do so much with just a handful of vegetables and fruits.I can make a rose out of a tomato peel and carve roses from butter too.
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• United States
8 Jan 07
Radish Flower - Radish cut into flower
When I was little and growing up my mom used to create "flowers" from radishes. I thought she was a miracle maker! lol
@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
7 Jan 07
I used to make special birthday cakes for my kids. They weren't just decorated with pictures. I made one cake that looked like Barney Dinosaur, right down to the purple and green frosting. I did another that looked like a car. It was a sedan style car, two layer cake. It had licorice whips for windshield wipers. I have made cats and mice and rabbits. I also made a giraffe and an elephant. These were NOT shaped pans. I actually cut and put together pieces of cake. The shape has to be glazed with a sugar/water glaze after it's put together. Then you have to freeze it before frosting it. This catches all the loose crumbs to make the frosting easier. I have made shaped pancakes too, that looked like teddy bears, and of course jello moulds. I had a young start on this. When I was three or four I had a baby sitter who used to give me gum drops and toothpicks to play with. It's a great way to occupy your kids and something different than playdoh. I have also seen recipes to shape bread dough like animals for special occasions.
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• United States
8 Jan 07
How awesome! For all the years my kids were small they REFUSED a store bought cake becaue mom could make ANYTHING! lol One year, when I was first diagnosed with my MS my daughter said "ok, let's order one" so we went in and ordered the cake and asked for a castle but not a fluffy castle. She wanted an authentic castle. It was flat, not 3D like they were used to, and basically a "fluffy" castle done in grey trimming! lol She was so angry!