Laleh Mohmedi is putting most parents' lopsided Mickey Mouse pancakes to shame. The creator of Jacob's Food Diaries on Instagram began playing with food when her son, Jacob, was around 2 years old.
Though her son wasn't a picky eater, Mohmedi enjoyed the bonding time with Jacob in the kitchen and showing him how healthy food doesn't have to be boring.
"In May of 2015 I decided to turn my son's spelt pancakes into a lion, he absolutely loved it and Jacob's Food Diaries was born," Mohmedi told Good Morning America.
Now young daughter Charlie Rose also enjoys her mom's culinary creations.
Though Mohmedi has no professional culinary or art background, she's garnered quite an online fan base, with more than 200,000 followers watching every delicious creation.
"When I first opened up an Instagram account, it was purely to inspire other parents to make healthy food fun and to be able to create magical moments with their children," Mohmedi told GMA.
Her success goes beyond just her kitchen, with big brands like Disney, Mattel and Nickelodeon lining up to collaborate.
When MNN asked what inspires her, she replied: "My family! We also love our movies — and now every time I watch an animated movie I see the characters in food form — it's crazy!"
Though it seems hard to believe, Mohmedi doesn't use any artificial food coloring in her masterpieces; rather, she relies on vegetables, blue spirulina or activate charcoal to dye her foods.
And while her plate productions look like they take days to sculpt, she tells MNN, "It all depends on the creation — the ones for my son can take around 20 minutes (including making the hot elements such as the sauce). The tributes can take up to 2 hours — these are not made for eating. I recently made a creation for the release of The Lion King DVD where I had to individually place over 4,000 grains of rice to create Scar — it took over 20 hours!"
Though she draws most of her inspiration from her children's favorite cartoon shows and movies, her artwork isn't just restricted to kiddie content.
Recent creations on her Instagram reveal a Halloween's Freddy Krueger molded out of mashed potatoes dyed with beetroot juice, and DC Comics' the Joker wearing a purple cabbage collar.
Sometimes her inspiration is sparked by a celebrity in the news or as an homage to a recently deceased public figure, as seen in Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld, decked out in eggplant shoulder pads.
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Mohmedi's food art uses whatever ingredients happen to be in the refrigerator, with a focus on fruits, vegetables, wholemeal wraps and eggs. She urges other parents to get in on the fun, too, no matter how limited their artistic expressions may be.
"I look back at my first one and it was so simple and plain, but the kids don't know any better," she adds. "Jacob's excitement from the first one I made to the ones I make now is the same."