25 Years Together

>>  6/24/2010

More edible creations arranged with melon:

Fruit Basket Carved Out of Melon
Wedding Fruit Display With Melon
Watermelon Vase With Fruits And Melon Flowers
Wedding Feng Shui Fruits

This melon says "25 years together". It was made for a 25 years marriage anniversary.


Plating Techniques

>>  6/23/2010

Today I want to present a host post from Essentially Healthy Food about plate garnishing. Please meet Suzie Banks and her article  

Plating Techniques - Follow the Shape of the Plate

Plating is a very subjective area. The plate is to a chef or cook what a canvas is to an artist and like a piece of artwork, the end results often provoke mixed reactions. Styles of food presentation are also very fashion led. Creative chefs tend to lead the way with new plating trends, ideas which eventually become the 'current style' in plating which means that plating styles are continually evolving.

This results in countless different plating styles. Some rely on using hidden grids and other design principles to accurately position food whilst others are more random in appearance.

So how do you decide how you are going to plate your food? The easiest style is dictated by the shape of the plate you use and then you simply follow that shape. Round plates lend themselves to circles and curves whilst straight lines suit square and rectangular plates.

When I'm planning a dish, particularly for a special occasion, I like to sketch out some plating ideas on a piece of paper. I find it saves the mad panic of where to put the food when you're in the middle of plating up and also you can work out exactly what accompaniments and garnishes you'll need so you can factor these into the design and preparation. With this in mind, I've produced some sketches to give you some ideas for various different shaped plates.

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to plating, you are limited only by your own creativity and imagination. However, remember that the objective is always to tantalise the taste buds by making the food look deliciously tempting.
Round & Oval Plates
Think Circles, Curves, Sectors & Swirls!

The plating style of the Strawberry & Passion Fruit Tarts is a classic design. The round tart is placed centrally on a round plate and is surrounded with a circle of strawberry quarters and passion fruit seeds which are roughly placed using a hidden 16 point radial grid. for guidance. Not positioning them too uniformly gives the dish a more natural feel and the casualness of the passion fruit seeds helps to soften the appearance even further. The single strawberry placed centrally on the tart gives the dish a prominent central point.

Square & Rectangular Plates
Think Straight Lines, Squares, Rectangles & Corners!

As you can see in the photograph, the Chicken & Asparagus Terrine with Grape Salsa follows a rectangular design with the sliced terrine and salsa placed in two parallel lines down the length of a rectangular plate.

On the other hand, the Smoked Haddock with a Sun Dried Tomato & Pine Nut Crust makes full use of the corners of the square plate. The potatoes and fish are placed on a central line with the watercress dressing drizzled in two parallel lines either side whilst the cherry tomatoes and beans fill the corner positions.

Triangular Plates
Think Triangles, Straight Lines & Points!

Obscure Shaped Plates
Think Creatively - Follow the Curves, Lines or Angles!


Watermelon Vase With Fruits and Melon Flowers

>>  6/22/2010

More fruit displays:

Watermelon displayed as a vase with flowers.

Tools to make patterns on watermelon can be checked HERE


Delicate Soap Carving

>>  6/19/2010

More articles:
Soap Carvinf Class in Tokyo, September 2011
My First Try in Soap Carving, August 2010

I carved these soaps with a thai knife. The green soap with a heart is one of my favotire designs.


How To Carve Carnation Out Of Vegetable

>>  6/18/2010

More fruit displays:
Fruit Basket Carved Out of Melon
Edible Fruit Bouquets
Watermelon Display 

Romantic fruit display with watermelon for a wedding party and Valentine Day.

School leaving party 


Wedding Fruit Displays

>>  6/13/2010

More fruit displays:
Fruit Basket Carved Out of Melon
Edible Fruit Bouquets
Watermelon Display

Wedding fruit displays with melon.


Fruit Basket Carved Out Of Melon

>>  6/08/2010

More melon displays:
Edible Fruit Bouquets
Wedding Buffet

 My new melon basket.


Edible Fruit Bouquets

>>  6/07/2010

More edible arrangements:
Apple Arrangement
Last Minutes Christmas Fruit Bouquets

Fruit Carving Tutorials:
Make Heart and Butterfly From Apple - How-to fruit carving video
Apple Vase
Fruit Snowman- How-to fruit carving video
Culinary Art Every Day - How-to video

It's time to make summer edible bouquets.


Clay Dolls

>>  6/06/2010

Today I attended a clay modeling lesson organized by our Japanese Club for its members. Mrs.Kiryukhina, a famous Sakhalin artist, taught us to work with clay. We have been making traditional Russian clay dolls. It was my first time of clay modeling. I can say it is fairly a relaxing and pleasant work. Mud makes your fingers sensitive. You feel mud as alive substance. 

I took some pictures from the lesson.
This is the working place. Mud, wet cloth, a wheel and wooden sticks.

The doll of mine. It's wearing a russian woman cap and holding a bread and salt in hands. Front and backside views.

Traditionally Ladies can hold a baby or animals (chicken, goose, pig, cat). Below pictures are the works of people from my group:

Dancing Ladies:

The taller doll is created by Vladimir, the only man in the group today.

All together in the circle. Dolls are done. They are going to be dryed for 2 months. And then they will be set into fire. In the end of August we will get us all together to burn our dolls.


Soap Carving Art

>>  6/05/2010

More soap carving on this blog:
Soap Carving continued
Soap Carving begining

Thai carving techiques and application work on soap. New add to my soap collection.


Party In Red & Sexy Fruit Carving

>>  6/04/2010

 See more fruit carving displays

The right way to use a chocolate fountain. My fruit carving displays and chocolate fountain went on hot news about night life in Yuzhno City, Sakhalin Isle. See how ladies in red enjoyed the party.

Sexy apple garnish for adult


25 Pieces Tool Box

>>  6/02/2010

Carving tools usage (all made by Triangle):
Tools For Making Edible Arrangements
Thai Knives

I've purchased new carving tools, a Triangle case with 25 different knives. I have used tools by Triangle company before, always being happy with the knives. 

I also got two brilliant books by Ludek Prochazka together with the carving set as a present from Triangle dealer. Ludek Prochazka is a famous chef from Czech Republic, an author of fruit carving books. He organizes Fruit Carving Champs in Europe. If you like to know his art better connect him on Facebook. Simply check out my Facebook friend list for it.


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