Friday, August 31, 2012
What I learned from YouTube
I was assigned the appetizer for a group dinner -- that's easy right? Or you can make things hard on yourself. You can google things. You can have a great veggie dip (take a jar of pesto and a block of cream cheese and add enough milk to make it blend smoothly in the mixer and you get dip that people love and rave about) and you can begin innocently enough thinking you want to make one little vegetable flower to garnish a tray of cut veggies.
Be warned: YouTube will suck you in with fantastic amazing demonstrations of vegetable (and fruit) carving. There are some truly talented people doing amazing perishable art. That's the first thing you learn. The second thing you learn is that most of these people don't speak English. Which makes the third thing a little harder to learn -- the third thing you learn is how to make some of those veggie flowers yourself.
I am particularly fond of the way my carrot flowers look almost good enough to be recognizable as flowers. By the way, some of the things you learn from actually making those carrot flowers? Carrots will stain your hands yellow if you work with them for three hours straight. They really do get stiffer and crisper in a bowl of ice water just like the lady from Thailand says. And seriously, if it takes three hours to make five sad little carrot flowers like that how amazing must God be to have created real flowers and carrots in the first place! :)