By Hayley Pugh
This creative mum has found a novel way to get her kids to eat healthily – by making fun cartoon characters out of food.
Mum-of-two Laleh Mohmedi uses colourful fruit and veg to conjure up a whole host of characters for her children Jacob, 6, and 15-month-old Charlie Rose.
The 35-year-old, from Melbourne, Australia has created everything from a fruit smoothie Donald Duck to a Kermit the Frog made entirely from grapes and says her culinary masterpieces really do work.
Laleh said: “In May 2015 I turned my son Jacob’s spelt pancakes into a lion for a bit of fun – he absolutely loved it and it progressed from there.
“It was purely for fun. Luckily Jacob has always been a great eater but making food art allowed us to get creative in the kitchen and talk about the benefits of the ingredients that we use.
“He just loves it. Seeing he expression when he sees the creation is what makes it worth it.
“The lion was so bad. I love looking back at the creations I made at the beginning – it just shows how far we have come.
“It doesn’t take long – it is all in the preparation – for example I make all the cold elements like the features and clothing, whilst the hot elements like mash potato and pasta sauce are cooking. Then it is just a quick plate up.
“I only use what we have in the fridge and pantry. We like to buy fresh produce so our fridge is quite colourful so it doesn’t cost us anymore than a normal meal.
“I receive a lot of messages on Instagram and Facebook asking for tips because it really does work.
“I mean, which child wouldn’t like to eat a minion.”