Art First, Eat After – Carve up your Fruit & Veg Japanese-Style

In Japan’s culture, its long tradition of exquisite perfection in every field of art and craft, there is always a spiritual dimension. The famous tea ceremony, bonsai, Zen gardens, shodo (calligraphy), netsuke (miniature sculptures), martial arts, to name but a few, all have certain qualities in common: “harmony, asymmetrical balance, artlessness, impermanence, and unity with the universe.” H.E. Davey (quoted from ‘The Serious Intensity of Being’ in Animal Art)

Food carving is one Japanese art form I have never come across before, but apparently it has a long and rich tradition, and goes by the name of mukimono. If you visit Japan and have the wherewithal to dine at one of its more classy restaurants, you may find a mukimono creation garnishing your meal. gaku-6

It’s hard to believe artist Gaku can create these exquisite edible plant wonders in a matter of just minutes. If you think about it he has to. Once you cut open an apple for instance, it will very soon discolour with oxidisation.gaku-2

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What does he do with his completed creations? He eats them of course!

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The pics on his Instagram account are even more amazing – check them out here. Really, you should.

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Eye-watering!

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Sources

Next-level Food Carving on Fruits and Vegetables by Gaku – Colossal

Intricate Fruit & Vegetable Carving by Gaku – Happy Braing

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Fruits of the Earth as you’ve never seen them before

Which to you looks more appetising, this – lives wiped out in bloody violence –
or the luscious feast for the eyes from nature’s bounty pictured below, that also just happens to be kinder to the planet, to indigenous peoples, and to animals.

30 Fascinating Photos That Reveal What Food Looks Like Before Harvest Time | True Activist by Brianna Acuesta 

(Special thanks to JoAnn Chateau for sharing the goodness with us)

It’s crazy how little we know about the origins of our food.

When people say that humans often don’t know what is in the food they consume, they’re usually talking about highly processed foods found at the store or at fast food restaurants. What many people don’t think about, however, is that the origins of the healthy food they eat can be just as bizarre as the processed products.

Below are photos of foods that are grown around the world that most people have never seen in their natural element before. These photos give a startling insight into the world of food that many ignore, even when it comes to healthy food items.

1. PEANUTS

Peanuts grow low to the ground.
Photo: Bored Panda

2. CASHEWS

Cashews dangling from a limb.
Photo: Bored Panda

3. BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Brussels sprout plants growing in a garden.
Photo: Bored Panda

4. CACAO

Cacao growing on a tree.
Photo: Bored Panda

5. SESAME SEEDS

Sesame seeds growing, stalks and pods.
Photo: Bored Panda

6. CRANBERRIES

Cranberries growing, blooms, berries, bog.
Photo: Bored Panda

7. PISTACHIOS

Pistachios growing from a tree branch.
Photo: Bored Panda

8. PINEAPPLES

Pineapple plants growing in pot and in the ground.
Photo: Bored Panda

9. VANILLA

Vanilla pods hanging from a vine.
Photo: Bored Panda

10. ALMONDS

Trees branches with almond blossoms or nuts.
Photo: Bored Panda

11. KIWIS

Two views of a kiwi orchard.
Photo: Bored Panda

12. BLACK PEPPER

Green and ripe black pepper berries hanging from a tree.
Photo: Bored Panda

13. BANANAS

Colorful banana tree.
Photo: Bored Panda

14. CINNAMON

Cinnamon trees with rusty orange bark.
Photo: Bored Panda

15. SAFFRON

Saffron being harvested by hand.
Photo: Bored Panda

16. POMEGRANATES

Pomegranate blossoms and fruit growing on trees.
Photo: Bored Panda

17. AVOCADOS

Avocados hanging from a tree.
Photo: Bored Panda

18. WASABI

Wasabi growing from the earth.
Photo: Bored Panda

19. ARTICHOKES

Flowering artichokes.
Photo: Bored Panda

20. COFFEE

Coffee tree boughs.
Photo: Bored Pnda

21. DRAGON FRUIT

Dragon fruit on the staulks.
Photo: Bored Panda

22. JABUTICABA

Jabuticaba growing on a tree.
Photo: Bored Panda

23. CAPERS

Mature capers in an open seed pod.
Photo: Bored Panda

24. QUINOA

Quinoa growing in a large field
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25. DATES

Ripening dates hanging from a palm tree.
Photo: Bored Panda

26. ASPARAGUS

Asparagus growing straight up from dirt.
Photo: Bored Panda

27. TEA PLANT

Tea tree with white blossoms.
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28. PERSIMMONS

Persimmons hanging from a tree with few leaves left.
Photo: Bored Panda

29. STARFRUIT

Starfruit hanging from a tree
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30. MANGOES

Mangos hanging from a tree.
Photo: Bored Panda

Which food surprised you the most? Please share, like, and comment on this article!


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Eat Plants   Eat for the Planet

Go Vegan!

SOURCE

30 Fascinating Photos That Reveal What Food Looks Like Before Harvest Time

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Time to Start Thinking Cake!

Between April 15-30 people in every continent of the world (except I imagine Antarctica!) will be baking luscious  goodies for vegan cake sales, and we are all invited to join in the party. Anyone anywhere any group or individual can organise their own sale and use the proceeds however they choose, a local sanctuary, hunt sabs, badger watch, animal charity.

You don’t even have to be vegan to join in the fun. There are just 2 rules:
  • Goods sold must be vegan. For baking, most importantly this means no dairy or eggs.
  • Don’t have/do anything that contributes to or promotes the use/harm of animals.

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Why Participate

  • It’s a fun way to introduce people to the joy and tastiness of vegan foods.
  • Raise money and awareness for your favorite cause(s).
  • Be part of an event that will publicize the many benefits of an animal-free diet.

 How to Participate

  • Plan to hold a vegan bake sale sometime between April 15-30.
  • Let us (and the world) know by using our handy sign-up form (preferred) or emailing us at veganbakesale@awfw.org. Also, please promote on social media.
  • Hold the bake sale.
  • Follow up if you can. Please let us know how you did and/or how much you raised so we can include it in our count. Send photos, or a link to a blog post, whatever you’d like to help us celebrate and inspire others.

How It Works

Groups of all sizes hold vegan bake sales to support their favorite causes. Each group customizes the details to suit their preferred size, style, location, and beneficiaries, according to their strengths and interests.

Open to any group… you do not need to be part of a vegan or animal advocacy group to participate, as long as the treats and other materials don’t use animal products or promote the use of animals.

We also recommend an easy option for individuals who want to participate but are short on time or resources. Instead of selling treats, do a vegan treats free give-away at work, school, or a community event. Pair with vegan literature for a bigger impact.

We are here to help! Here are vegan baking tips, bake sale tips, and a bake sale checklist to get started.


Why Vegan

Most people are against cruelty to animals. Yet, there is inherent cruelty in the use of animals for food.

While it is common to think that dairy and egg industries are less cruel than meat industries, in fact they result in more suffering for the animals during their lifetime, and animals used for eggs and dairy are still slaughtered for cheap meat.

Vegan bake sales are a fun and friendly way to demonstrate that vegan food is delicious in addition to being better for health, the environment, and animals.

For everything you need to know, click on Vegan Bake Sale

Go have fun, and help the animals!

Cake Anyone? A Slice of Surprise

Vegetable Salad cakes moriyasu Japan Bistro La Porte Marseille

The Bistro La Porte Marseille in Nagoya, Japan (where else would you expect to find a french bistro!) will be celebrating its 1st birthday in June. Like these wonderful cakes, the Bistro is the creation of food artist Moriyasu.

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Indulge in a slice of the ‘vegedeco’ cakes and you will get s surprise – because the cakes are actually salads in disguise!

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The salad vegetables are sandwiched between Moriyasu’s layers of “sponge cake”  made from soybean. The cake is covered in ‘frosting’ of tofu cream cheese and then she turns her artistry – wizardry – on the decoration. The result is Wow!

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The cakes have been such a big hit with her customers that Moriyasu has just opened a new eatery, Vegedeco Salad Cafe, dedicated entirely to healthy eating, where you can enjoy a slice of gorgeous cake accompanied by a fermented dressing made with koji, and a hot cup of tea, flavoured with – you’ve guessed it – vegetables.

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What a way to inspire people to #EatForThePlanet!

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Vegan Art To Make You Drool!

Do you want to see some Art with a capital A that will make you drool? These photos of vegan burgers are so stunning I can’t imagine anything more appealing – unless it’s the animals that didn’t suffer in the making of them!

Best of Vegan on Instagram ran the contest to showcase the most creative vegan burgers that people could devise. The results are proof that vegans top the rankings not just for compassion but for creativity too. Suddenly I’m hungry!

Feast your eyes

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Source: Best of Vegan challenge sees people create imaginative vegetable burgers | Daily Mail Online