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Written by Deborah on December 20, 2012 – -
by Prajakta Gudadhe
Every year around this time the same question starts popping up into my mind: what should I make for the holiday gatherings? I think everyone has at least a few dashing staple stars; these are the dishes that you can whip up with no worries at-all, with very less preparation and they are sure to please every tummy! I am always awed by all the fellow food-bloggers who whip up these delightfully scrumptious baked goodies; seeing the pictures of which make me wish I had more of a baking woo-doo But with my limited baking talent all I feel comfortable taking to any holiday gatherings is usually a banana nut bread or some fruit cake!
Recently though, I found a supermarket flyer featuring a stunning Christmas tree – made out of fruit!
I figured out how to make it, and wrote down the instructions below for you to follow.
1 green Styrofoam cone (small or medium size) from your local craft store, such as Michaels.
Cookie cutters with various shapes, such a gingerbread man and a star shaped
Assorted fruits, such as green and black grapes, strawberries, kiwis, dried cranberries and a honeydew melon.
If you are only able to find a white Styrofoam cone, then you might want to drape some green paper it, or attach fruits very densely so it resembles more like a tree trunk.
Using the cookie cutters, create various shapes out of the melon slices.
Attach toothpicks to the Styrofoam cone. Attach one piece each of a fruit to a toothpick. Think free-form; as the tree starts building, you will know more about which fruit combinations are looking better and how densely packed you want your tree to be.
Continue building the tree as dense as you want!
Use cilantro leaves as grass garnish.
Enjoy your new edible fruit tree!!
I am Prajakta Gudadhe (shortened to PJ), and I host Ginger & Garlic – a web recipe catalog of my experiments in the kitchen and kitchen crafts. I believe in cooking simple, healthy and delicious dishes from the seasonal and fresh ingredients.
My cooking is influenced by Indian flavors, but now and then I love to go out and explore a new vegetable, spice or a new whole grain and make it mine.. the global pantry is out there, inviting and so very tempting and the odds always favor the adventurous, don’t they!
I am a software engineer by profession and have a day job that I absolutely love! If not in the kitchen or huddled in front of my laptop looking up recipes, you can likely find me enjoying some quality Mommy time with my year old baby girl, Vedika.
I love reading as much as writing (fueled by the mild insomnia I carry). I like spending my lazy winter weekends with yarn crafts such as knitting and crocheting.