• At least mum and dad would be proud. (Camellia Aebischer)Source: Camellia Aebischer
Some of these slabs of bread look like they should be hanging in a gallery rather than sitting on the kitchen bench.
Camellia Ling Aebischer

20 Mar 2020 - 9:18 AM  UPDATED 20 Mar 2020 - 9:18 AM

The internet is a wonderful thing. One day it’s heavily-dyed unicorn cakes with edible glitter, the next a vegetable focaccia that resembles a Claude Monet garden painting.

In recent weeks, beautiful bread has been trending, decorated with natural ingredients like spring onions, herbs, delicately sliced capsicum and tomatoes.

Focaccia and fine artworks are synonymous with Italian culture so it only makes sense to combine the two.

Inspired by the beauty, and being an avid focaccia bake, I decided to pick up my palette (asparagus, fennel, red onion and capsicum) and try my hand at a vegetable-scape of my own.

It’s really easy to do this at home, the only drawback is that one’s lack of artistic talent on paper, unfortunately, translates to vegetable format.

Starting the decorating with a slightly under-proved dough turned out to be a great idea, because good things take time, and despite its simplicity, my kindergarten finger-painting took a solid half hour to put together.

After baking in my notoriously hot oven, it became apparent that my focaccia, adorned with 100 % Australian produce, was less an artwork and more a political statement *cough* 2019 bushfires *cough*.

A delicious statement.

Overall it was a really fun experience and opened up a whole new world of flavours that I wouldn’t ordinarily add to the top of the focaccia. For those tempted to try it out at home, I'll leave you with this touch of Van Gogh as inspiration. Aim high folks!

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