Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Sometimes I am asked why it is that I prepare food in this way. Well, if you have ever seen the movie "Spanglish" you will understand. I may not be a gourmet cook in the same way as the character of the father in that movie, but I know how to make ordinary food at least look somewhat spectacular. I like to create art out of vegetables and fruit and nuts etc. and even make it in the form of a fountain. I think it tastes better that way.
No, I don't just do this for others. When I was a kid I would make rivers and forests out of the cream and brown sugar in my island of oatmeal. I think that it is a creative mind that can play with food. That is why I have never discouraged my kids from playing with their food. It boosts creativity and intelligence. And yes, I still make things in my oatmeal. I also sculpt my mashed potatoes and find interesting things to do with pudding. I don't do it for others so much as I do it for myself. Others, should they happen to be there and sharing the food, simply get to enjoy the presentation.