Introduction: Bunny Garnish

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I have always appreciated food art.  I think adding a garnish to a dinner plate is one thing you can do to make a big splash with your dinner guest.  I am always thinking of ways to dress up a meal to make it appealing for my family or guest.   Recently I have been experimenting with boiled eggs.  I wanted to see if I could carve a boiled egg because,  I have not seen any boiled eggs carved before. Most carvings are made from fruits and vegetables. Here is my version of a carved boiled egg.  

I had to keep it simple,  so if I can do this anyone can do it.  I thought he was very cute.  It would be a great garnish for a bento salad, potato salad, dinner plate, or a deviled egg entree.' This bunny can be made with most things a person will already have on hand in the kitchen.

Step 1: Supplies

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This is a list of supplies for a rabbit garnish one serving:
 It is better to have extra eggs because they are fragile and you can't use all of them.  
  • 2 Boiled and peeled eggs  Please note: ( I used 2 eggs because I did not have any cauliflower for the tail)
  • Cauliflower bud with stem  for tail or use a boiled yoke from 2ND egg 
  • 1 Straight carrot 
  • Parsley bunch
  • Several pepper corns or raisins
  • Salad optional 
 


Step 2: Tools

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Tools to make the bunny:
  • Paring knife
  • Potato peeler
  • Tooth picks or skewers to poke eyes and mouth optional  you can use a knife
  • Plate or cutting board

Step 3: Carving Bottom

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Carving the bottom:

  • Using the knife cut the bottom part of the egg so it will lay flat.
  • Then cut the smaller egg in half lengthwise to make the ears.
  • Flip the egg over so it lays flat.




Step 4: Carving Ears

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Carving the ears:
  • Place 2 tooth picks about where you want the ears and use the mark as a guide to cut the slot to place the ears.
  • Remove the toothpicks. 
  • Carefully carve a slit across evenly where your marks are as shown.  
  • Cut again to make a small valley to place the ears.
  • Place one ear at a time and position where it looks the best.

Step 5: Carving Eyes

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Carving the eyes:
  • Peel the carrot. 
  • With a knife point, tooth pick, or skewer mark the eyes.
  • With the point of the knife or tooth pick carve the eyes a very small eye hole.  
  • Place 2 pepper corns into the eyeball.
  • Carefully carve the mouth.
  • Carve a small carrot piece and stick into the mouth. 

Step 6: Tail

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Carving the tail:
  • I would use the cauliflower for my first choice for the tail.  It really makes a nicer appearance.
  • Poke a small hole where the tail should be.
  • Stick a small piece of cauliflower with a stem  into the hole.
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  • If using the egg yoke make a thin slice across the back end of the mouse.
  • Cut the yoke in half and place it carefully against the bottom of the bunny as shown. It is very fragile so be careful.

Step 7: Carving the Flowers

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Here is how I carved the flowers:

  • Using the knife make 5 slices the length of the carrot or as long as how many flowers you want.  (Each flower about 1/8 - 1/4 inch) 
  • Go back and make the slice wider with the knife to form a small tunnel.
  • Cut small round slices for the flower head.
  • Carefully make a small hole in the center of the flower with a tooth pick.
  • Place 1 pepper corn in the center of each flower. 


Step 8: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

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These little bunnies were very easy to make after I got the hang of it.  I did make some mistakes and could not use some of the eggs. The next time I make these I will know how delicate they are and can make them better.  I will use cauliflower and maybe think of something that could be used to support the ears a little better.  Tooth picks would be too dangerous.  Very thin pretzels might work. Anyway the ears worked  OK  without any support.  

Thank you for stopping in and do: 
Sunshiine

Comments

mary candy (author)2011-09-20

uonnnn how cute!!!!

sunshiine (author)mary candy2011-09-20

Thanks there Mary! I have missed your ibles! I know you are busy I guess that is a good thing? Hope your great and the project your working on will amaze me as usual! Girl you have talent! Remember to have a splendorous day! Sunshiine

mary candy (author)sunshiine2011-09-20

Dearling,,,, I did ready an ible for this contest... but... it seems not so good... it's a bread, it is my second try hahhhahhahaa
The damm bread doesn't work ! ahhahahaa
Tomorrow I', going try again.. Hopefully this time my bread works right. ;)

sunshiine (author)mary candy2011-09-20

I am sorry! Don't feel too bad I have had a lot of bloopers! 3 is a charm!
Have a splendorous day mary candy and make dat bread work!

pecospearl (author)2011-09-20

I'm loving this bunny garnish (and the mouse one too). It would be perfect for Easter.

sunshiine (author)pecospearl2011-09-20

Thanks for your sweet comment! He was fun to make! Have a splendorous day!
Sunshiine

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