My friend, Jane, texted me while I was making lunch today. The text said, "Leanne! Check out redhongyi on Instagram if you haven't already! I think you'd really like her stuff since you like photographing food :)" and off on to redhongyi's instagram I go. And it was amazing. Thank you, Jane. I can now finally put a name to all the beautiful food art I've seen floating around online. 'Red' Hong Yi is an artist-architect who likes to paint, but with not with a conventional paintbrush. She experiments with new materials every month from fruit to petals. She shows so much creativity, especially with food. Just admiring the beauty of the artwork on Red's account was inspiring. So inspiring that I decided to dig out some of the existing vegetables in my fridge and make some kind of food art of my own.
Today's appetizer snack are little radish mice with mickey mouse ears! I had a bunch of red radishes that I picked up from the supermarket a few days ago and thought they'd be perfect for a pre-lunch snack. These would be the perfect finger food if you're ever looking to impress your guests with some cute and creative party snacks!
Here's what you need:
- A bunch of radishes (with leaves and stems)
- Whole cloves, peppercorns or anything you would like to use as eyes.
- A toothpick
- Rinse the radishes and pat dry.
- Slice the smallest radish of the bunch - make sure these are fairly thin slices. Set them aside - we will be using this for the ears later!
- Carefully pull the leaves and stems off your radish but leave one stem for the tail. I think leaving a stem closest to the center of the radish gives the most natural look.
- If your radish has a roots sticking out, break it off but leave the last few millimeters on as the tip of nose.
- Using a sharp knife, poke two thin slits on top of the radish in the positions where the ears will be. Slide in the radish slices from step 2 and they should stay in place. You may have to adjust the size of the slits depending on how thick you've cut your radish ears. Work slow and steady and becareful not to hurt yourself.
- Using a toothpick, poke two holes in the positions where the eyes will be and then pop two pieces of cloves or peppercorns to give your radish mouse some beady eyes! Your radish mouse is complete! Depending on the shape of your radish, some of mine were a little bit wobbly when sitting on the plate so I cut off thin slices of the "belly" area to level it out.
- For the rest of the platter, I filled a small dipping dish with hummus and placed some radish leaves (yes, you can eat them) around the platter. I also used the leftover "ears" and the shaved "belly" bits as garnish and decoration around the platter so nothing was wasted!
- Lastly, place your radish mice around the plate and serve.
As a final note, you can dip radish in hummus, gaucamole or anything dipping sauce your heart desires. Go and impress your guests with your kitchen creativity. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! :)