Monday, 14 November 2011

The Finishing Touch

Often we can spend hours preparing food for guests but it can be a garnish that can really make the end result look quite spectacular. Today i'm demonstrating two such ways of wowing your dinner guests.

How To Make An Apple Swan

Take your apple and slice off the bottom 1/4. Leave to one side for later.

Sit your apple on it's now flat base and cut two wedges from each side of the apple making sure you leave a center strip about 1 centimeter wide.

From each wedge, cut another wedge.

Repeat this process again and sit them all inside each other and slide out.

From your center strip use a pointed edged knife to cut out a small rectangle.

Using the original 1/4, that you cut off the bottom slice, off the rounded end.

This is the tricky part. From your apple circle cut out the shape of a swan's neck.

Use a small piece of the red to make an eye.

Insert your swan's "neck" into the rectangular hole you made in the center strip of the apple and place wedges back where originally cut from.

And there you go an Apple Swan.

To keep from discolouring, spray with a solution of lemon and water.

How To Make A Tomato Rose

Using a sharp knife gently slice into the base of your tomato.

Without tearing the skin continue cutting round and round the tomato to form a long strip.

Start to curl the end round.

Keep winding round until it sits in the round base.

Cut semi circles of cucumber to sit at the base to look like leaves.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and give it a go yourself.

I'm entering this post in the Handmade Monday blog hop organised by Wendy of 1st Unique Gifts. Pop along to see what other crafters have been up to this week.



  1. I want to run out and get some apples now, just to have a go. It looks so wonderful and frakly just too good to eat!

  2. Novelty ideas, nice touch to a meal.

  3. Wow! Lots more of these please. My youngest son will love these he's always fascinated by the intricate garnishes you see in Chinese restaurants. Thank you.

  4. The swan looks lovely, well done. I love the rose too.

    Jan x

  5. Wow that swan is good! I will never look at an apple the same way. Maybe it could be adapted into a turkey for Christmas dinner :-D

  6. Wow, I love food decorated well especially for buffets, lovely

  7. They look fab :) thanks for the tutorial x

  8. Thank you, that's a great tutorial!

  9. I'm going to have a go at that swan it's fantastic thank you for sharing.

  10. Wow... now there is something I wanna try. Just to show off at Christmas lol

  11. Superb directions and with pictures! Thank you!

  12. Wow, what an amazing tutorial! I have always been in awe of how Chinese restaurants do these garnishes but I've never seen a swan apple before!