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Add some zing to your table

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 Put on your apron, grab a carving knife and create some masterpieces.  It is easy to transform common vegetables into decorative arrangements. You can chop and carve the veggies up to two days in advance and store them in a bowl of ice water in the refrigerator.

Pumpkin vase

Fruits and vegetable carving is a very important aspect of culinary art. This is actually a traditional Thai craft used predominantly in making food offerings for monks, entertaining guests and at weddings.

tube roses from spring onions

It is said that this traditional craft evolved in the palaces of kings during the Sukhothai period— the golden period of Thai culture, dating back to more than 700 years ago.

Chili flowers

To make chili flowers, hold the chili by the stem end and make several cuts from base to tip, using the point of the knife. Toss the chilies into iced cold water for a couple of hours till they blossom into flowers. Pack these in a zip lock bag and store in the refrigerator.

Onion tulips

Make small cuts from the root end vertically. Put into ice cold water to blossom.

 Roses from tomatoes

Slice off the top of the fruit and set aside. Now with a sharp knife, peel the tomato including 2mm of flesh, with a circular motion from top to bottom in one long spiral. Roll this long strip of peel up to form a rose. Store in a zip lock bag till needed.

 Chili flowers

 To make chili flowers, hold the chili by the stem end and make several cuts from base to tip, using the point of the knife. Toss the chilies into iced cold water for a couple of hours till they blossom into flowers. Pack these in a zip lock bag and store in the refrigerator.

 Onion tulips

 Make small cuts from the root end vertically. Put into ice cold water to blossom.

 Roses from tomatoes

 Slice off the top of the fruit and set aside. Now with a sharp knife, peel the tomato including 2mm of flesh, with a circular motion from top to bottom in one long spiral. Roll this long strip of peel up to form a rose. Store in a zip lock bag till needed.

cucumber lilies

lilies from radish and carrots

 

radish rosettes

Lotus from onions

( I clicked these images at Sunu Kurian’s place while she gave a demo to the British Ladies Society )

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