Recently I entered into the ‘Fall Carving Contest 2012’ organised by Selena @garnishfood.blogspot.com. This ‘Rock Melon Centrepiece’ is my submission. Winners were selected by votes. Thanks dear friends for voting me. However the contest was very competitive & I could not gain much votes to be eligible to one of top three winners.
BUT, for my surprise, I was selected for The Beginner's Award. It is really exciting & encouraging me as a beginner. I was given with the’ Fruit Carving How-To DVD’ from TempleofThai.com & my gift is on the way to Singapore.
I thought of sharing how I did this fruit garnishing with a very simple tool.Hope all you beginners will enjoy this & think of preparing a centrepiece in your next occasion.
For my luck, I found below tool from a supermarket for less than $5.(From NTUC-Ang Mo Kio, Singapore).
My initial plan was doing a garnish with a watermelon. But,I had a problem of how to finish a big watermelon in few days without wasting. Then I saw this round cute Rock melon & it was ideal in shape, colour & size.
Carving tool as of above picture.(or check this Garnish Kitchen Tool Set, 5-Piece,if you dont have tools)
Few flower shaped cookie cutters
Few tooth picks & skewers
A plate to hold the garnish
A Rock Melon (Should be able to stand like a vase without falling)
Few cherry tomatoes
Ladies fingers (okra)
Salad leaves (lettuce)
Few watermelon pieces.
Here is the method
Using the ‘V end’ of the tool, cut the Rock melon into half. So, both surfaces of Rock melon would be flowery shape.
Use one half as the vase. Remove inside flesh using a scoop.(From the Vase)
Using the same tool, cut apple & orange into half. Now there are few orange, apple & Rock Melon flowers to decorate. Using the cookie cutter, cut water melon slices as flowers. Use tooth pick to arrange them on Orange/apple/Rock Melon flowers.
Insert cherry tomatoes in skewers as in photos.
Cut flowers from Carrot. Check here on how to cut flowers from a carrot.
Arrange them on skewers with a half cherry tomato.
Arrange all carrot flowers & cherry tomato skewers in Melon vase. Use the lettuce accordingly as leaves.
Cut the head of Okra(ladies fingers) & insert a tooth pick. Arrange them nicely in Rock Melon vase.
Finally arrange the Rock melon vase with other Apple/Orange/Rock Melon flowers on a tray or a plate nicely.
I hope this is a beautiful & easy Centerpiece for a dining table. What do you think?
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