After a few attempts, this blog post is my entry for the Tesco Blogger Fruit and Vegetable Carving Challenge to win £150 meal voucher from Red Letter Days. This week is the first time I have tried vegetable carving, so I’ve found it difficult, challenging and fun at the same time. It’s easy to see why carved fruit and vegetables are so popular in Thailand. The kids eyes popped open when it was ready to eat and sat on the table with dinner.
The kids gave me some inspiration to make it and the suggestion for marzipan when white icing didn’t work was genius. I decided on Tomato Ladybirds and a Cucumber Rose.
I’ve already written a post about the vegetable carving that showed just how difficult I had found it. Tesco sent me a set of Thomas knives to carry out the task with, and my first attempts failed miserably. With a plan, and deciding to still have a last try, I decided to take it from a different angle and create decoratively carved food that my kids would enjoy picking off a plate.
I needed Philadelphia Cheese, Tomatoes, a Cucumber, some White Marzipan, Fruit Flakes, Chocolate Sprinkle Drops, Lettuce and a Carrot. It took 6 bamboo skewers in all, with three for the tomatoes and one to make my cucumber rose with a carrot topped centre.
The marzipan sticks to the dried tomatoes very easily, so was perfect for the spots and base for the eyes. I could have also used it for the top of the antennae, but I had fruit flakes so used them to have something different.
So, here goes. My finished attempts and the photographs of how it turned out.
My cucumber rose in a container of lettuce for the decorative setting.
My ladybirds on a bed of lettuce with carrot and cucumber decorations.
If you would like to find out more about the Thomas Kitchen Knives and win a set for yourself, head on over to the Giveaway post to enter.
If you shop at Tesco, you’ve probably noticed that they are running a sticker promotion between 3rd March – 1st June 2014 where you can save up to 70% on exclusive kitchenware products at Tesco. For every £20 you spend online OR in-store you can collect a sticker, once you’ve collected five stickers you can use these to save up to 70% off professional kitchenware items of your own.
Stickers can be collected from 3rd March 2014 – 25th May 2014 and must be redeemed by 1st June 2014.
I’ve already got enough stickers to get the chopping boards and the roasting tin, so I am a happy bunny right now.
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