I took an interest in food from a very young age. By twelve, I was already cooking family meals as a way to help my father after a long day of work.
The love for food that started at twelve has developed into different activities over time. Providing nutritious homemade meals—predominantly made from fruit and vegetables—is a daily task. "Edible Food Art for Kids," on the other hand, is an outlet to relax after a hard day’s work while making a snack for the family.
After university, I left Belgium to see the wonders of Australia, the start to 12 years abroad that was filled with travel, work, and new friends. Living in Australia, Cyprus, Egypt, and the two coasts of the USA gave me insights into different cultures and their rich cuisines.
While travels abroad uncovered a world of wonders, it was not always easy to adapt to new ways of life. Since childhood, I had a sensitive stomach, so my experience with foreign foods always had a common thread; the simplicity of ingredients and limited fat. That’s where I first saw the necessity for a clean and simple diet as a limitation. Soon, I learned that meals could be as delicious as ever with simple ingredients and less salt, oil, and butter.
Inspiration for my blog called "Edible Food Art for Kids" came unexpectedly. Back in Belgium with my husband and two young boys, I found that I wanted a way to make fruit and vegetables fun and creative. What started as simple plates to give my children a smile soon became a creative way to unwind, bring my message to people around the world, and keep my kids coming back for more.
"Edible Food Art for Kids" is unique in the food art scene for simplicity and staying true to its purpose. I only use fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, seeds, nuts, and occasionally a touch of chocolate. My art does not contain any mashed potatoes, pasta, food dye, or other additives.
There is some beautiful food art that is amazing to look at, but it’s hard to see how someone would want to eat it. My message is all about getting kids (and parents) to have fun with fresh food and I think it would be a shame to make creations that go to the bin.
My commitment to always use fresh fruit and vegetables encourages me to get the most out of seasonal colors, textures, and flavors. To be honest, this is one of the challenges that makes "Edible Food Art for Kids" so rewarding and delicious.