To continue my tradition of representing different holidays in healthy, crunchy, colorful vegetables, my latest is a cauliflower skull with an array of colorful dipping veggies and two dips.
This was probably my most difficult project, to date. There is no form or mold for this one and the cauliflower is a little tricky to work with.
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WHAT YOU NEED
- small piece of styrofoam
- veggie tray (I prefer a plastic)
As usual, I start with a small piece of styrofoam which is cut and hot glued into the center of my plastic platter.
I like to use these plastic veggie trays:
I did this because I needed to travel with it. You could easily do this without gluing it if you want to use a nice platter.
I used bamboo skewers to start securing my shapes. It is very helpful to have a skull "model" to look at while you are doing this.
I cut small and large chunks of cauliflower to become the chin, jaw and eye sockets.
The larger the better to start with, then fill in with smaller pieces.
I suggest using a large head of cauliflower for the head and then, you must get crafty with a knife and extra pieces and chunks of cauliflower, securing them with round toothpicks. I really had to play around with my face. I used 3 small heads of cauliflower, total, but there was some left over to eat!
What really makes it look like a skull is the teeth. I carved them out of the cauliflower stem.
The other important part of this project is to get the nose and eyes just right. Again, a lot of experimenting and finally cutting into the area where the nose should be with a knife. Scary, but doable. It is nice to have that extra cauliflower on hand in case you goof...
Then, I was lucky enough to have these beautiful full head, kale, "flowers" to fill in on the side and back of the skull. I used all the extra leaves to make a bed, then nestled two different home made dips on my tray. Finally, I put in all my cut veggies for eating and dipping.
Next time, I wish I had saved a couple black olives from my Spicy Spiders project, this week, for eyes. The tomatoes worked, but I think I would prefer the black eyes if I ever do this again...
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