Monday, September 21, 2020

The Art of Plated Food

Jolanda Stokkermans aka De Meal Prepper (left) creates incredibly impressive animal portraits that almost come alive on the plate. And they are edible. 

Each meal takes the Belgian food artist about 2-4 hours to create, depending on the difficulty of the subject and available ingredients, of course. And each animal is made up of different foods. 

The mother-of-two from Koersel (which is 68km from Brussels), said that nobody should feel sorry for devouring her creations. 

"All of the plates are meant to be eaten", she says.


The peacock is a light salad with figs, grapes, cucumber, kiwi, shrimps and smoked salmon. Serve with a lemon vinaigrette and French toast.


The green parrot is another salad with nuts, dates and paprika. Serve with fresh herbs and a basil dressing.


The chameleon is spicy couscous with carrots, broccoli rice and sweet corn. Perfect as side dish or main course.


The grey cat is rice noodles and basmati rice with creamy mushrooms and black truffles.


The fish is a beetroot-potato mash with steamed zucchini, tomatoes and mozzarella. Spiced with garlic, black pepper and ras-el-hanout. Perfect as a side dish.


The sea turtle is rice with fresh salmon sashimi. Serve with cucumber, soy sauce, wasabi and ginger.


The rabbit is actually Greek pasta with homemade tomato sauce, green haricots, chives and feta cheese.


The tiger is made of rice, carrots, edamame beans and bacon. Serve with soy sauce, wasabi and ginger.


The fox is a spicy side dish with bulgur, Thai rice and chilli sauce. Seasoned with roasted black garlic and ras-el-hanout.

The horse is Pearl couscous served with a creamy mascarpone sauce, chicory and fresh herbs.

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