What does cancer have to do with fruit carving?
A lot of people ask me how I came to learn fruit carving. So, here is my story.
I have enjoyed baking even when I was very young. I always wanted an “Easy Bake Oven”. Those of you around my age will remember the Easy Bake Oven. I never did get one but my mother gave me a gift of some tiny cake size baking pans and small cake mix packets. She helped me to bake them in a regular oven.
Later, as a teenager, I made and sold my home made cookies on a lunch route where I brought baskets full of sandwiches and salads to businesses daily. My cookies got to be very popular with my customers.
In my adult years, I learned to love cooking and entertaining and giving parties. I like making my guests feel special. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed taking cooking classes and devoured lots cook books. My recipe file was particularly full of dessert recipes.
Why Vegetable and Fruit Carving?
Throughout the years, I enjoyed making special birthday cakes for family and friends that I love.
One year, a loved one’s birthday was approaching and we planned to have her over for dinner. I wanted to make her a cake that she would enjoy. Pineapple upside-down cake is her favorite. But, this year was different. She had just discovered that she had cancer. In an effort to improve her immune system, she had drastically changed her diet. She was not eating flour or any kind, sugar, milk and other ingredients that are normally found in cakes. She was only eating some fruits, some vegetables and fish….not ingredients typically found in cakes.
How was I going to make her a cake?
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 the birthday girl, was unable to eat it. My loved one told me that it was a beautiful cake and she wanted to eat some but couldn’t. Her health was more important.
Still, she felt a bit deprived.
I kept asking myself, “What can I make instead of a regular cake”? I wanted to make a birthday dessert that she could eat and that would be festive. So, I came up with the idea of making a cake made of watermelon and fruit. I cut a watermelon into a cake shape. I decorated the sides with pineapple ring swags topped it with pretty green honeydew melon balls. It turned out to be an adorable, colorful, happy cake. Once I positioned it on a cute white pedestal cake plate and put candles on top, it was a perfect birthday cake made of only fruit.
It was a hit!
My guest of honor loved it. Everyone 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 had fun with it.
Several times over the next following months, that cake came up in conversations. When introducing me to a few different new friends, my loved one told them the story of the watermelon cake I made for her and she showed them the photos of it that she had taken.
So, over all it was a big success. It was fun and easy to make, a delight to present, tasty to eat and memorable for everyone. And best of all, it gave me a way 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 exquisite flowers, centerpieces and garnishes. So many of my friends and family members are health conscious eaters and a few are athletes so they loved my new fruit creations. Carving fruit became a great substitute for fat filled, sugary desserts.
Soon, people were asking me to teach them and encouraging me to do it as a business. I am not a professionally trained chef, just a woman who likes to cook and entertain. But, I thought that there must be others like me who would enjoy the creative fun of fruit and vegetable carving. And the admiration of guests, friends and family is a pleasant bonus.
A Lot Has Blossomed Since Then
Now, I have taught people all over the world how to get great results with fruit carvings through my video lessons. I’ve been a repeat judge at the U.S. National Collegiate National Championship and have won awards in various carving competitions. I have even had the honor of carving at the White House for their Halloween 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.
During my journey of learning, I experience a lot of trial and error and I wasted money on less than adequate tools, and books. Some of them were downright useless. My instructions will speed you along the path so that you don’t waste valuable time and money learning the hard way.
I’ve learned some simple techniques that will give you impressive results. I’ve learned how to how to carve detailed Thai fruit carvings, fancy garnishes and more. With my Fruit and Vegetable Carving Course, not only will you create your own edible works of art, you’ll hear lots of “WOW”s from your family, friends, and guests.
You Can Make Amazing Vegetable and Fruit Carvings, Too
Like me, I know that you will be amazed at the what you can do. When you are shown how, you’ll find it’s easier than you may think. You will be proud to display your centerpieces, garnishes and fruit displays. You’re carvings will be something people remember and talk about. Fruit and vegetable centerpieces makes great gifts, too.
All it takes is being shown how and then doing it yourself. And that’s exactly how you will learn in my Vegetable and Fruit Carving Course. My step-by-step videos show you exactly how to carve.You will be surprised at how easy and how creatively rewarding it can be. You’ll see.
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