In an effort to inspire her young son, Miles, to eat his breakfast (and other meals), New York graphic designer and illustrator, Erin Jang came up with this brilliant idea: present his food as faces…now he “gobbles them up.”
In a feature article on Lucky Peach, Erin shares her story of going to a local fish house to buy seafood. She let Miles pick out what he wanted. When they came home, she made up this plate of squid, shrimp, oysters, razor clams and ikura roe (on the “cheeks”). He devoured everything but the oysters (“too raw”). He even liked the ikura…calling it “fish juice.”
What a delightful presentation! Erin shows us an example of the Mary Poppins’ adage: “just a spoon full of sugar (joy) helps the medicine (food) go down.”
Her mandala inspires me to find a way to add joy and whimsey to all that I do.