Look boss! De cookbook! De cookbook! It's a garnisher's fantasy!
Indeed.The Fine Art of Garnishing (c)'78 was handed over to me this weekend [along with a stack of other un-gourmet goodys] from my good friend Mandy's mom, Amy. In its own right, a self-proclaimed book of the, "...comprehensive study of creating delightful and delicious ornaments from fruits and vegetables..." It's pretty much cruise-ship garnish porn. Everything from orange elephants to egg frogs and beet asters how-tos are covered.
I'm a bit of a novice, no surprise there. But I knew I could tackle this root vegetable oasis right outta the garden [not mine, I've got two dead strawberry plants and some sad onions fighting the pests in the backyard]. So without further ado, I present to you... Paradise Island. A potato hut with a thatched celery leaf roof. And a carrot palm with more leafy greens on top, thriving from the nutrient-rich russet isle. Kinda makes you want to put up your feet and sip on a pina colada with a scallion-flower garnish, huh?