Who knew radishes and cucumbers could make the prettiest roses! Radishes sliced paper-thin, with the fuchsia-colored edges of their bright exterior skin, make for a beautiful contrast against the semi-transparent, white insides.
Accompany these with roses cut from cucumbers. These make for colorful garnishes that will amaze your guests. They’re surprisingly easy to make at home. The best part is unfurling the outside “petals” and seeing the roses bloom right before your eyes!
Not only are these edible works of art great for surprising guests, it’s also a fun and exciting way to get kids to eat their vegetables. Your child will be elated to have broccoli in the shape of a cute kitty cat or an apple that’s made to resemble a swan. This process is actually known as an ancient art originated in Japan called “Mukimo”. The creations are served as garnishes that would bring excitement and appeal to the dish. Mukimo is not only for vegetables but fruits as well.
Radish roses or rosettes are an absolute elegant way to garnish savory dishes and it’s a plus that they are also easy to make. All you need are your radishes and a small paring knife.
1. Always opt for fresh radishes and ones that are free of or have little bruises. Since we are not peeling the skin, we want the radish to look as vibrant and clean as possible. Speaking of cleaning, be sure to wash them well under cold water and then pat dry. Remove the root and the stem with green leaves using your knife.
2. Now place the radish standing up and use your knife to cut a tic tac toe box pattern. Be careful not to cut all the way down as the radish needs to stay intact.
3. Then, cut an “X” in the middle of the tic tac toe boxes.
4. Sit the radish in a bowl of cool water with some salt to season. This wild cause the radish to open up and look like rose petals.
There are many other vegetables that can be made into magnificent and artistic garnishes. With the right technique and tools a carrot becomes a daisy with intricately carved cucumber leaves. Your tool of choice does not always have to be a paring knife. You can also use a vegetable peeler to produce long thin almost paper-like strips, a veggie spiralizer to produce springy and bouncy structures or even a melon baller for producing evenly round circles in a variety of sizes.
Even the rind or skin of the vegetable or fruit can be utilized in the carving process. Some might not be edible so it is advised that you work with those that are, since garnishes in their entirety should be edible. The possibilities are limitless when it comes to this art. More props to you if you have a naturally creative eye. Whether it’s dressing up a salad, vegetable platter or fruit bowl, these techniques are a sure way to bring creativity to the mix.
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