What If our food was art - and then we ate it? Would you eat something that looked like this? It doesn't look likely that it can be preserved, but who would break apart the globe for a watermelon snack?
These would be examples of the kinds of entries in the IKA Culinary Olympics. There are more HERE in the enroute magazine article. This is a popular Asian tradition. There are many fruits that can be used in this process; the most popular that artists use are watermelons, apples, strawberries, pineapples, and cantaloupes. In the vegetable realm, there are carrots, zucchini, and cucumbers. You can find a zucchini cactus rose, a carrot candle, a banana daschund, blueberry penguins, and so on.
So a scenario came to me - carving onions. Wouldn't this be for the sturdiest and fastest of carvers. The tears would get in the way of the result. Look at the results - red onions are carved to look like lotus flowers.
These onions start to take on a life of their own - so here's their joke of the day:
One day two onions, who were best friends, were walking together down the street. They stepped off the curb and a speeding car came around the corner and ran one of them over.
The uninjured onion called 911 and helped his injured friend as best he was able. The injured onion was taken to emergency at the hospital and rushed into surgery.
After a long and agonizing wait, the doctor finally appeared. He told the uninjured onion, "I have good news, and I have bad news. The good news is that your friend is going to pull through. The bad news is that he's going to be a vegetable for the rest of his life".
Here's an ornamental allium/onion for today's image.