Hi. My name is Nita Gill and I enjoy carving fruits and vegetables.
How cancer led me to learn fruit and vegetable carving.
I came to learn fruit and vegetable carving in an unusual way.
From a very young age, when I longed for an “Easy Bake Oven” I have enjoyed baking. Then I learned to love cooking and entertaining and giving parties. I like making my guests feel special. Over the years, I have taken many cooking classes and devoured lots cook books. My recipe file is particularly full of dessert recipes.
Why Fruit And Vegetable Carving?
Throughout the years, I have enjoyed making special birthday cakes for family and friends.
One year, a loved one’s birthday was approaching and I was planning to have her over for dinner and I wanted to make her a cake that she would enjoy. She loves pineapple upside-down cake. But, this year was different. She was experiencing some concerns with cancer and had decided to change her diet to eliminate sugar, wheat flour, milk and other foods that are normally found in cakes. The only foods that she was still able to eat included some fruits, some vegetables, and fish….not ingredients typically found in cakes.
The day before she was to celebrate her birthday with us, my loved one told me how she had celebrated her birthday with her children and grandchildren the previous day. Her daughter who is an excellent cake baker had made a beautiful cake for her birthday party. Everyone enjoyed the cake but my loved one, the birthday girl, was unable to eat it. She told me that it looked awfully good and she wanted to eat some but it was not allowed in her new healthy way of eating.
My loved one felt a bit deprived.
I wanted to make a birthday dessert that my loved one could enjoy, so, I came up with the idea of making a cake made of watermelon and fruit. I cut a watermelon into a cake shape that then I decorated with pineapple ring swags on the side and honeydew melon balls on top. It turned out to be an adorable, colorful, happy cake. I set it on a cute white pedestal cake plate and put candles on top.
It was a hit!
My guest of honor loved it. Everyone else talked about how cute it was. After she took pictures of her “cake”, I cut it up into cake slice pieces and everyone ate it off their plates just as you would eat cake.
There were lots of laughs. We all enjoyed it.
That cake came up in conversation quite a few times during the following weeks. When introducing me to a few different new friends, my loved one would tell them the story of the watermelon cake I made for her and she even showed them the photos that she had taken.
So, all in all it was a big hit. It was fun and easy to make, fun to present, fun to eat and memorable for everyone. And best of all, it was a way for me to show my loved one that I care and to make her feel special and honored on her birthday.
After that, I was inspired to start looking into all the different ways I could make fruits and vegetables into beautiful out-of-the-ordinary flowers, centerpieces and garnishes. My circle of family and friends loved that because so many of them are health conscious eaters and a few are athletes. Carving fruit became a great substitute for making sugary desserts.
Whenever I brought my fruit and vegetable carvings to dinners, people always oooed and awwed and complimented me. I was always amazed at how easy it was to create these little “works of art”.
Soon, people were asking me to teach them and telling me that I should do it as a business. I am not a professionally trained chef, just a woman who likes to cook and entertain. But, I figured that there must be others like me who would enjoy the creative outlet that fruit and vegetable carving provides. And who would enjoy the admiration of their guests, friends and family.
Now, I through my video lessons, I have taught people all over the world how to get great results with fruit carvings. I’ve carved won competitions, have judged at the U.S. National Collegiate National Championships, and have even had the honor of carving pumpkins at the White House for their Halloween Trick-or-Treat event.
Sharing what I have learned
Since that first watermelon birthday cake, I have learned lots of techniques used by professionals that I will share with you. I’ve learned some simple techniques that will give you WOW results. I’ve learned some more detailed Thai fruit carving, fancy garnishes and more. With my Fruit and Vegetable Carving Course, you will be creating your own edible works of art in no time and getting rave reviews from your friends, families and guests.
Like me, I know that you will be amazed at the results that you can create. You will be proud to display them and give them as gifts. All it takes is knowing how and trying it yourself. And that’s you will learn in my course. You will be surprised at how easy it can be.