A Different Kind of Masterpiece

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; Beauty is art. To celebrate beauty where ever we may find it. All that delights the senses, visual, auditory, taste, touch and be it natural, man made, culinary - eye candy in general and sensory delights.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

 

CULINARY ART

WATERMELON CARVINGS













THAI FOOD ART:

The Fruits of Their Labour

Art is a fruit that grows in man.

- Jean Arp

According to Thai lore, for the Royal of Festival of 1364, artist Nang Nopamas decorated a floating lantern with a variety of fruits and vegetables carved to resemble a delicate three-dimensional flower. Floating down the river in the moonlight, the lantern looked like a huge water lily, and so charmed King Phra Ruang that he decreed the carving technique a heritage of Thailand, a tradition to be taught to all Thai woman and passed down through the generations. Seven hundred years later, Ka-Sae-Luk, which translates to art carving, is still a thriving art form in Thailand.



The average time for a carving is about four-and-a-half hours, and that most pieces will last five days if kept moist and refrigerated. The average cost is US$50 - 200.

Or - you COULD try your hand at it yourself carefully using an exacto knife...



Would you prefer to start on something simpler?

Sources: www.zwire.com/site for text and familyfun.go.com for the small illustrations. You might try that site for instructions on how to make the simpler items to get you started. They suggest:

bulletEyes and Noses: Peas, corn niblets, carrot rounds, black olives, black beans, cereal, nuts, seeds or raisins.
bulletHair: Broccoli or cauliflower florets, grapes, fresh dill or parsley, or cooked fusilli or other curly pasta.
bulletLegs: Thin celery or carrot strips or pretzel sticks.
bulletGlues: Peanut butter, mayonnaise, cream cheese, jelly, yogurt, catsup, mustard, pizza sauce or honey.

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