Cute as a bug BLT sandwich

Bacon Lettuce and Tomato BLT sandwich open-faced with tomatoes and olives cut to look like a ladybug on top of the leaf of lettuce

This is Jill’s creation and you can find the details of her open-faced ladybug BLT sandwich on Canadian Family.

The ladybug is certainly adorable and is easy to make. I immediately saved it away to share with you guys. Now that I’m posting about it, though, I can’t help but think….

But who eats a BLT as an open-faced sandwich?? Don’t get me wrong….I’d still eat the heck out of this and it doesn’t change its cuteness factor at all. But it seems like it’d be a pain to eat.

There’s no way a fork is going to easily tear through the chewy bacon or the leaf of lettuce on top. Adding another slice of bread would cover up the food art, but it’d make it more practical to eat.

Also, who eats olives on a BLT? I suppose Jill and her family does, but I’m betting those icing/candy eyes aren’t a normal topping for bacon, lettuce, and tomato, even in her family.

Unfortunately, the more I play with my own food, the more I hate when a food has to be changed right before eating in order to actually enjoy it, whether that’s eating the parts that don’t really mix well first (like the candy eyes on an olive) or pulling out toothpicks or having to take a knife to a sandwich that would otherwise be simple to eat in a different arrangement.

Then again, maybe I’m being a party pooper and should’ve just stuck with that “awww, isn’t it cute??” reaction I had first, hehe.

The middle is the best part!

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Doughnuts and coffee cut in half after putting gelatin in them to hold their place.

I love how they managed to get the swirling in the coffee!!

And no, this isn’t the work of Photoshop either. It’s real food. They used gelatin to ‘freeze’ some of these foods in their place and the sliced through to show us the middle. The coffee above and the ramen directly below are my favorites, but they have a few more on display here, too.

A bowl of ramen noodles and chopsticks cut in half. The middle view of a corndog with ketchup and mustard cut in half. An ice cream cone with the chocolate in the middle. Chicken noodle soup and vegetable soup cut in half.

Eyebombing food – Are inedible eyes okay?

Googly eyes on a sushi roll to look like a snail or caterpillar

Now I’ll be the first to raise my hand if you ask me if it’s okay to play with your food. Of course it is! Change it into silly shapes. Add smiley faces.  Make it look like other objects. Switch the ingredients around into something unexpected. Do whatever you feel like really.

At the same time, I’m a little torn on adding items to food that you can’t actually eat. Yes, it can make it look even more awesome and I’ve definitely done it my fair share of times when when I can’t find something appropriate to use that’s still edible.

It almost feels like cheating at times, though. And it sort of spoils it to have to deconstruct the dish before you can eat it by removing all the parts that are inedible. It’s like having to remove toothpicks from stuffed foods….but even less fun because you immediately kill whatever creation was on the plate and make it less quirky.

Then again, look at this one:

 Eyebombing - Adding eyes to an entire breakfast of milk, eggs, pancakes, syrup, butter, salt, and even little eyes on all of the cheerios cereal bowl

Am I really going to complain that I can’t eat the eyes? No way! It’s too cute!

But I’m definitely not going to bother with that bowl of cereal… ;)

P.S. – Candy eyes are sooo much better for this sort of thing, at least when it comes to sweet dishes. You can buy them at the store or make your own like cookplayexplore does.