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Food art with tomato

Steps

Premise

You will learn an interesting idea to present a salad plate with a tomato. The process of the food art with vegetable tomato will include
1. Carving a tomato saucer base.
2. Cutting carrot sticks.
3. Cutting celery sticks.
4. Soaking vegetable sticks in water.
5. Inserting vegetable sticks into tomato saucer base.

YOU WILL NEED

3 How to, Food art with tomato, You will need

  1. A chef knife
  2. A paring knife
  3. A chopping board
  4. A small tray (see picture-1 to find a correct size)
  5. A big tomato
  6. Some celery stalks
  7. Some carrots
  8. Some dipping sauce

Practice

1. Carving a tomato to be a saucer base

1-1 Creating a saucer base

Choose a big tomato and get a small saucer that is able to match the tomato top.

Food art with tomato, carving a tomato to be a saucer base, creating a saucer base step 1

In order to let the saucer stay on top of the tomato well, we trim a little bit of the top of the tomato. After that, check whether the saucer can stand on the tomato flat.

Food art with tomato, carving a tomato to be a saucer base, creating a saucer base step 2

If it can’t, trim it correctly till it is parallel. After that, place them on a plate.

Food art with tomato, carving a tomato to be a saucer base, creating a saucer base step 3

1-2 Carving curves on the tomato

How can you carve curves on the tomato consistently? Just use your thumb as a basis of the shape. Follow the tips below to process

  • Carve curves and keep one thumb width to another.
  • Keep 1 cm height between the bottom level and the top level.
  • Curves are a little bit narrower at the top level.
Food art with tomato, carving a tomato to be a saucer base, carving curves on the tomato
Carving curves at bottom level of the tomato base

Let’s start, use the point of a paring knife to scratch an arc shallowly at first. After that, use the edge finish of a paring knife to carve more deeply.

Food art with tomato, carving a tomato to be a saucer base, carving curves at bottom level of the tomato base step 1

Once you made a curve on the flesh of the tomato, you can insert the paring knife and pull it out a little bit.

Food art with tomato, carving a tomato to be a saucer base, carving curves at bottom level of the tomato base step 2

When you are carving the arcs if you would like to create a consistent shape. Just use your thumb to help you. Place your thumb with one thumb width between the first curve that you have done, then carve around the shape of the thumb.

Food art with tomato, carving a tomato to be a saucer base, carving curves at bottom level of the tomato base step 3

Some carving on the tomato can be deeper than others, as such, insert the paring knife deeper to get it all out.

Food art with tomato, carving a tomato to be a saucer base, carving curves at bottom level of the tomato base step 4

And so on to process the bottom level, you should have five curves in total.

Food art with tomato, carving a tomato to be a saucer base, carving curves at bottom level of the tomato base step 5

Here is the result that you should have at the bottom level.

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Carving curves at top level of the tomato base

Let us start the process at the top level. Keep 1 cm distance between the bottom level to start the first curve. Also, create a curve that is a little bit narrower than the curves on the bottom one.

Food art with tomato, carving a tomato to be a saucer base, carving curves at top level of the tomato base step 1

Keep processing until you have five curves at the top level of the tomato base.

Food art with tomato, carving a tomato to be a saucer base, carving curves at top level of the tomato base step 2

2. Cutting carrot sticks

We are going to prepare the Jullienne cut vegetables at this step. However, the shapes are different from the normal rectangle one. In order to fit them into the curves of the tomato base, we will cut one edge narrower at the end.

Firstly, peel the carrot skin off or keep it if you want to, then remove the stem area. There are two ways to cut the carrot.

  • The first way, cutting a carrot with a narrow root.
  • The second way, cutting a carrot without a narrow root.
Food art with tomato, cutting carrot sticks

2-1 Cutting a carrot with a narrow root

If the carrot that you have is a baby carrot and the length is just right to fit on your plate. You are able to cut them with a triangle height, keep the root of the carrot narrower.

Food art with tomato, cutting carrot sticks, cutting a carrot with a narrow root step 1

Try to get as narrow an end as you can on one end for all the stick cuts.

Food art with tomato, cutting carrot sticks, cutting a carrot with a narrow root step 2

2-2 Cutting a carrot without a narrow root

If the carrot that you are going to use has a length longer than that you want. You can cut it to a correct height first.

Food art with tomato, cutting carrot sticks, cutting a carrot without a narrow root step 1

After that, hold a carrot and let its shoulder face outside. Use a paring knife to trim the end like a pyramid.

Food art with tomato, cutting carrot sticks, cutting a carrot without a narrow root step 2

Cut it in half horizontally. After that, cut that half into a quarter. The middle section of the quarter could still be too big, as such, cut them in half again.

Food art with tomato, cutting carrot sticks, cutting a carrot without a narrow root step 3

Try to make all carrot sticks with a small endpoint. See picture-19 are the result of cutting a carrot without a narrow end root.

Food art with tomato, cutting carrot sticks, cutting a carrot without a narrow root step 4

3. Cutting celery sticks

Firstly, take three or four celery stalks, remove the top leaves and wash well. After that, trim the same length as the carrot that you have done for the celery sticks.

Food art with tomato, cutting celery sticks

There are two ways to cut the celery stalks.

  • Celery stalk with a narrow end.
  • Celery stalk with the same width on both ends.

3-1 Celery stalk with a narrow end

If a section of celery that you have, has a narrow end, cut a triangle.

Food art with tomato, cutting celery sticks, celery stalk with a narrow end step 1

See picture-22 left-hand side, the red lines are where you will cut to process for this.

Food art with tomato, cutting celery sticks, celery stalk with a narrow end step 2

3-2 Celery stalk has the same width on both ends

If a section of stem you have has the same width on both ends. You are able to create the triangle cuts on the opposite sides alternately.

Food art with tomato, cutting celery sticks, celery stalk has the same width on both ends step 1

This is the result of cuts that you should have for this.

Food art with tomato, cutting celery sticks, celery stalk has the same width on both ends step 2

4. Soak vegetable sticks in water

When you have done the carrots and celery, please prepare a bowl with drinking water to soak them for a couple of minutes. It will help these vegetable sticks look fresh on the plate.

Food art with tomato, soak vegetable sticks in water

Organize the type and size on a chopping board after soaking them in the water.

Food art with tomato, soak vegetable sticks in water and organize it on a chopping board

5. Inserting vegetable sticks into the tomato-saucer base

5-1 Process level one

Grab three or four vegetable sticks, and keep their narrow ends together. After that, insert the group of sticks into a curve at the bottom level of the tomato.

Food art with tomato, inserting vegetable sticks into the tomato saucer base on level one step 1

Process the other four the same way. From the top view, check these inserted vegetables, they should look like radial lines on the same circle.

Food art with tomato, inserting vegetable sticks into the tomato saucer base on level one step 2

5-2 Process level two

Pick some short sticks and let their narrow ends align together, also insert it into an arc at the top level on the tomato.

Food art with tomato, inserting vegetable sticks into the tomato saucer base on level two step 1

Keep processing a group of vegetable sticks into the other four arcs on the top level. Check these inserted vegetables from the top and bottom levels, let them equally fill up the gaps between each group of vegetables.

Food art with tomato, inserting vegetable sticks into the tomato saucer base, finish

Payoff

Once the tomato base has been inserted with groups of vegetables properly, place the saucer with dipping sauce at its top. It will look amazing to serve vegetable sticks on a plate.

3 How to, food art with tomato, place the saucer with dipping sauce at top of the tomato-saucer base

See left-hand side picture below, it has had too many vegetable sticks inserted. It is still all right to hold vegetable sticks. However, the best solution is to cut one end of the vegetable stick as narrow as you can if you would like to fit in lots of them. This is a similar idea, please see the article BBQ party vegetable.

3 How to, food art with tomato, tips

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