Carving fruits and vegetables adds a decorative touch to food presentation. The food looks more attractive and just seems to taste better. Co-ordinate the garnish with the dish. For example: Serve carved carrots with a dish of stir fried vegetables, or apple slices carved into leaves for a fruit salad. Start with an easy carving project and graduate to more complex projects.
Choose a fruit that has contrast in colors between the flesh of the fruit and the skin. Watermelon, cantaloupe and apples are good choices.
Select a design to carve that isn't too intricate for your first carving. Once the design has been cut it can't be erased or hidden. The only solution is to start over.
Draw the design freehand, or follow a stencil, using a washable marker.
Cut out the design from the center to the edges. Remove the skin and a thin layer of the flesh of the fruit. Watermelon actually has three layers that can be used in the design. The hard green rind, the white inner rind and finally the flesh. That allows three colors for your design.
Select firm large sized radishes and scallions. Wash thoroughly. Place ice in the bowl of water.
Slice the radishes and scallions root ends off with a narrow slice. How narrow depends on how big the veggie is.
Place the scallion on a cutting board and make 1 1/2 inch lengthwise narrow slices on the white root end up the stem. Turn the scallion over a quarter of a turn and make 1 1/2 inch lengthwise narrow slices. You are making the first slices even thinner. Place the scallion in the ice water. The slices will curl back into a flower shape.
Hold the radish in your non-dominant hand. Make horizontal cuts from the root end of the radish back toward the stem end but not through the stem end. Turn the radish a quarter turn and cut the radish again with horizontal cuts that are at a 90-degree angle from the first cuts. The radish now has thin square petals. Place the radish in ice water. The petals of the radish will open up and spread apart.
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