URBAN eat Blog of the month: Culinary Canvas
It’s that time of the month again, where we share our favourite blog of the month with you. Last month we shared Kitchen Shed as the blog we were crushing on, and this month we’re keeping the standards high with Culinary Canvas.
This blog is a bit different because the author, Lauren, creates amazing looking food art, like the one pictured above. It’s not so much a place where you can get inspiration for what to cook, but rather how to make it look like a real work of art. We love this blog, because it shows how beautiful food can look, what wonderful colours you can find, and how creative you can get with all manner of ingredients. Truly one to follow!
We got in touch with food artist Lauren to ask her a few questions and here’s what she had to say:
- What inspired you to start your blog?
I’ve always been keenly interested in food and art. Growing up, I was frequently reminded ‘don’t play with your food’, but I was also encouraged to admire, appreciate, and enjoy meal times. My father really likes cooking and has a real knack for presentation; I’ve always admired his vision of how the food will look when it makes it to the table, he once referred to it as “painting”. This analogy was the inspiration for the name ‘Culinary Canvas’ which I developed to reflect the art I create using fresh and healthy ingredients.
I created my first piece at a dinner event at University where I was cooking for a few of my friends (Spaghetti Carbonara). Despite the time and effort put into prepping, cooking and presenting the dish, the meal disappeared pretty quickly without a moment given to appreciate its appearance. The conversation around the table turned to some topic or another so I kind of zoned out and started playing with the leftover bits of food on my plate, eventually deciding to manipulate them into a tree – the ‘spaghettree’. After that the combination of food and art became a fun part of my culinary experiences, it was a way for me to take time out and channel my creativity by combining it with my love for food.
- Where do you find inspiration for your food art?
Much of the inspiration behind my pieces comes from my personal experiences and the beauty I perceive in everyday things and in nature. I’m really inspired by my surroundings, whether that be outside or inside the kitchen, I like to combine the naturally occurring beauty that fresh food provides with the beautiful things I’m exposed to in my everyday life. The pieces also reflect the foods I like to eat and not only do fruits and vegetables have the best colours but they also offer the greatest health benefits. My favourite way of using these items in my pieces is to create art from the often-dismissed parts of the foods (peels, pitts, seeds, rinds) in order to re-purpose and transform them rather than throw them away.
- What is your favourite art creation in your blog and why?
The Hummingbird is my favourite piece and it’s become a bit of a Culinary Canvas signature. Not only do I find it beautiful but the hummingbird represents lightness of life, the ability to lift negativity in order to enjoy being more fully present in daily endeavours. In many ways this is what Culinary Canvas has offered me, it has been such a positive, playful bright part of my life since the moment I started creating food art.
- What would be your dream destination regarding food?
Geographically, I’m dying to go to India. I love Indian food and all of the amazing, bright colours and spices – so beautiful.
Metaphorically, I’m hoping to continue with my Food Art as something I love to do for myself and for the pleasure of others and hopefully just improving the best I can!
- What was your most spectacular kitchen fail?
Rice. I can’t cook rice! It’s so frustrating because it’s such a basic, yet no matter how many times I try it it’s the one thing that I can never cook right. It’s either mushy or burnt at the bottom of the pan.
We hope you love this blog as much as we do, visit http://culinarycanvas.tumblr.com/ to see for yourself. Get in touch if you know any other bloggers out there who deserve a mention, simply comment below with your thoughts and don’t forget to tune in next month where we reveal the next URBAN eat blog of the month.