Here are the sculptures I received for the Vegetable carving Event. Its a pleasure to post this collection which has been made patiently and artistically. Thanks to all for taking out time to participate.
Here is an ultimate way to unwind whenever you are bored or even want to create something yummy to entice your kid into eating it.
Vegetable carving goes back to good old days when a boat used to be made out of a cucumber to keep lord Krishna’s idol during Janmashtmi or to the grinning pumpkins that were and still are so popular during Halloween. With changing trends, vegetable carving today has become an art in itself. When you order salads at those fancy places you must have come across some interesting things made out of the fruits and vegetables.
Here is a garden I carved for myself. Gosh! It was very difficult to take a picture right before my baby crashed into it. She couldnt keep herself from eating the cucumber chains I had made for the garden fence.
So next time your child refuses to eat salad this is possibly one option you can try.
Garden Fresh Flowers
In the figure you see :
Tomato basket which contains cauliflower florets, spring onion buds and mint leaves plucked freshly from my garden. To make the cauliflowers edible you need to blanch them in water and season them with oil, salt and pepper. Now these baskets will serve as an attractive salad for a dinner party. (The ones in the picture are raw)
Cucumber fence has been made by peel stripping layers of the outer skin of a cucumber and shelling out the seeds using a mellon baller. Finally, slices have been cut out of this cucumber. A small slit was made on one side of the ring and these rings have been interlocked to form a chain.
Flowers have been made by slicing out petals from the tail end of a radish and a carrot. A tiny piece of tomato has been placed in the middle of the flower. The stem has been made using spring onions. The entire flower is held together by a toothpick.
Watermelon has been made by peel stripping the tail end of a cucumber. The seeds were then removed and a small ball of carrot was placed within. Tiny pieces of tomato were placed around the carrot to make it resemble a watermelon.
The Garden lawn has been made using a cabbage leaf and a few spring onions have been placed by the side for added greenery.
This salad is completely edible ( except for the toothpicks , of course! :) )
And now for something Fishy…
This fish was made in 10 mins flat. I had a radish which was almost in the shape of a fish. I just peeled it and kept a few ribbons aside to make the tail. I used a zester to make the fish scales and put a clove for the eye. Then I used a scissors to make a V-cut at the ends of the ribbons and attached them to the fish with the help of a toothpick. As you can see this fish is a strict vegetarian. Its eating a radish leaf for lunch :)
This carving was so easy to make. Next time I throw a party I am sure I can make a few fishes out of carrots and radishes and keep them with the salad. That way I can tell my friends that I have made fish for them and I would love to see the stunned look on their face since they all know that I am a vegetarian.
This is my entry to the Vegetable Carving Event which I’m hosting this month.
For the longest time Chefs have striven to make their food more appealing to the eyes. For if it looks good it tastes good. Yes, appearances are deceptive but did you know that they set a mood for appreciating what comes next?
We eat our food with all our senses without even realizing it. When you see something looking good you instantly want to sample it. Its like me drooling over all your blog pics! When you bake a cake and the aroma spreads all over, it makes your neighbors mouth water. Similarly, when you pick up a piece of cake or pie and it breaks before it reaches your mouth you decide its not that great. A more common example will be the roti or chappati. Have you noticed that when you cant break it with 2 fingers and labor over a stretchy piece you will most probably think its tasteless even before eating? When you buy a sizzler, you want to hear that sizzle else its not good, right? Here I have enumerated the use of your senses : eyes, nose, ear and touch that you have used to taste your food and we always feel its our tongue that doing all the job. Yes, finally the tongue decides, no doubt but what about the hidden senses?
Here is an event to make us look at our food in a different way. So pick up your carving tools and sculpt out your fruits & veggies. Some of the commonly used tools are shown in the picture. They are available in the market as a part of a ‘Garnish Kit’. Once you start using the kit its very addictive. You might not have time to make a dish but you will definitely squeeze out some time to dress it up!
1 : Pastry Bag
Different tips can be used to produce different shapes from mashed fruits/vegetables. Round tip for smooth shapes, star-shaped tips for ridged shapes and a flat tip for wide strips.
2 : Peeler
Is usually used to peel outer skin of vegetables but can also be used to create decorative strips to make bows and curls.
3 : Peel Stripper
Is used to pull off strips of peel or flesh. It allows you to make one long groove at a time. Lemon / Orange rind spirals used in cocktails are usually made using this tool.
4 : Zester
Tool used for removing the zest from lemons and other citrus fruits. You can also use it for making wavy stripes on the outer surface of vegetables.
5 : Melon Baller
To scoop out large or half spheres from melons,cucumbers, and carrots. Also used to scoop out seeds from tomatoes, kiwis, etc;
6 : Round Cutters
With smooth or ridged edges to cut out perfect circles of fruit or vegetable slices.
These are the commonly available tools however you dont need to have all of the above to create a great sculpture. Even a knife and peeler can work wonders!
1) This event focuses on making the food look creative. You can create it as a part of a recipe or just a stand alone sculpture.
2) Not necessary that the final result should look like a person, animal or object. It can just be anything that looks beautiful and creative.
3) Please feel free to use the ‘Melon Basket’ logo above.
4) Please link your post back to the event announcement
5) Mail in your entries by July 31st, 2008 to romaspace(at)gmail(dot)com with subject line ‘Vegetable Carving’
Non-Bloggers please dont hesitate to participate. Mail me your entries and I will post it on your behalf.
Entry Details required :
- Your Name
- Blog Name
- Name of Entry
- URL of post
- Picture of width 250 pixels
The round-up will be posted within a week after the deadline. Happy Carving!
For Ideas :
Funny Vegetable Carvings