In my world everything is interconnected – food, creative arts, emotions, relationships, nature and our daily surroundings. Food and our emotions are always interconnected – we turn to different foods when we are happy and at the other end of the spectrum when we are low we turn to comfort foods to help pick ourselves up. Part of what we eat is visual. We eat with our eyes first and then the taste comes in. So when we marry creativity with food, it becomes a visual treat and gives you a wow moment.
As I love all forms of creativity and have a background in textile design I am always looking for inspiration from my surroundings or other sources. As a result I get regular emails from ‘The Inspiration Room’ a blog that sends me creative ideas and how they are used in the world of advertising. Recently I got a mail from them that made me think wow so I thought I would share it with you. It was an advertising campaign for the Sydney International Food Festival that showed food in the form of flags. I was amazed at the amount of thought put into making sure that the type of foods used to create the flags were what was considered the cuisine of that country. The main article is here. I would love to be at such a festival and enjoy all the wonderful tastes and smells of the great food that we have in this world.
In recent years there are a few buzz words associated with all the lovely fruits & vegetables available, that are used to tell us why we should eat them. The key phrases are super food, rich in antioxidants, & packed full of vitamins and so on. I feel that all food is good for us, consumed in the correct quantities and eaten on a regular basis. There has been much research that has been conducted on strawberries and the results suggest that it is rich in vitamin C, is filled with antioxidants that help fight cancer and heart disease, rich in folic acid and are also good at helping reduce tartar as well as maintaining healthy skin. With or without the title of super food, strawberries are a great tasting food which gives us an uplifting effect and can satisfy any sweet tooth.
This recipe for Strawberry Cupcakes was requested from my dear son for some months now. He asked my younger sister to make a strawberry chocolate cake, so she attempted it earlier this year. She adapted her normal recipe for eggless chocolate cake and added strawberry jam and syrup. This experiment did not quite work as the cake sank! I then had a go with the yoghurt cake recipe and added strawberry syrup and cocoa. It smelt great but the taste was not there. Then at a recent food festival, I had tried some strawberry cake/bread which was vegan. They had used a lot of chopped fresh fruit to get taste and texture. Then I also saw a few recipes which inspired me, there was this Blueberry coffee cake & Eggless Vanilla Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins.
From all of that research and experimenting, I made the following recipe which was a good first attempt. The cup cakes were moist and had the correct balance of fruit and sugar. My husband said they were more like muffins than cupcakes, but all the same tasted great. I was glad that I took up the challenge and ventured into creating this recipe.
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