There are many recipes, crafts and what not available for everyone to test, try and enjoy. Taking into consideration the many uses of red for holiday’s such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Fourth of July, Christmas, and countless birthdays and anniversaries, I decided to try my hand at food art.
I wanted a universal and rather inexpensive way to express my feelings. I chose the strawberries after I came across a pictorial recipe on Pinterest. The series of pictures indicated the only tools needed would be a knife and stick for each strawberry made.
I started by setting up a cutting board, my knife, sticks (I used cake pop sticks), strawberries and a plate to lay them on once complete. I wanted to make a dozen for an upcoming holiday that my family and I would be celebrating early. I had confidence; the pictures gave precise cuts and pulls needed to create a masterpiece. So, off I went on my way to creating a dozen edible pieces of art.
After inserting a stick into the center of the strawberry I can begin the creation. In this step, you are making 3 slices near the stem end of the strawberry. As you slice into the strawberry the key is to pull your knife at an outward angle to bring the “petals” to an open position. I completed the initial cuts and went on the stagger the cuts and pulls at each level and topping off the tip with a cross like cut.
While the actual process of creating the “rose” was quite easy, I had difficult in imaging the look of a rose. I tried to bend out, pull out and otherwise create the full look of a rose to no avail. The “petals” fell out to a slight degree but did not appear to be full and open like I had seen in the pictorial. I could find no way to remedy the look even after trying all the bending and pulling out. I even tried smaller knives including the paring knife. Now, I have a great dozen Sliced Strawberry’s on a stick for the kids to eat tomorrow after I announce that I made special treats just for them. Before giving them their treats, I will simply dip the in melted chocolate and make stripes on them. They will look extremely special.
Take a chance; maybe it requires a more delicate touch from someone who is far more crafty than I am. You never know, you may actually nail it.