Mandarin Orange Man – Creative Fruit Art

If you haven’t seen what a Mandarin Orange Man looks like, then it’s a food art made from a single piece of mandarin orange. The finished product looks like a man that is hugging a piece of mandarin orange in his chest and belly.

It really looks cool! And, it’s a great way of spicing up your plain mandarin oranges during the times you invite friends and/or relatives over for a get-together or party.

Mandarin Orange Man Instructional Overview

Doing your own Mandarin Orange Man is easy. However, this kind of tutorial is better illustrated with pictures or a video. However, we will cover the basic steps to give you an idea on how easy it is to do.

You will need a few pieces of toothpicks, a pen, a surgical knife (small cutting knife will also do) and a piece of mandarin orange.

  1. First, you will need to use a pen or pencil, to draw out a pattern. Draw the head, then proceed to the arm, then body and then the legs.
  2. Start cutting out the pattern with the surgical knife. Don’t rush this step.
  3. Start peeling the orange skin that is at the “outside” area of the man you just cut.
  4. Carefully Peel the head. Make sure you only peel the head part. Leave the arms unpeeled as it will give the illusion of arms hugging the orange.
  5. Carefully peel the legs.
  6. The head and legs part will have the tendency to return to its original unpeeled position. To solve this, insert a toothpick at the right places to make it appear that its upright man’s head. Do the same with the legs.
  7. Lastly, insert 3 toothpicks at the bottom of orange. Position the toothpicks so it will act like a tripod. This will make it appear as if the Mandarin Orange Man is standing on its own.

Food art is an exciting and beautiful form of artwork. Plus, you can eat your finished product. In this article, we gave you an instructional overview of how to do the Mandarin Orange Man. From the basic instructions above, you can see it’s easy and fun to do. So what are you waiting for? Get some Mandarin Oranges and start having fun!

Food Art: Easy-to-Make Carrot Leaf Garnish

I’ve always liked playing around with food presentation using ingredients that I already have in my kitchen. Leaves, flowers and even ordinary vegetables like carrots can be used to bring a splash of color and texture to any boring dish. Here’s a great video on how to make a carrot leaf that can add a bright dash of color to your next pork roast or salad.

Carrot Leaf Garnish – Cutting the Basic Shape

Take a carrot and cut off a nice block about 5 cm long. You want to cut just outside of the core, just outside the innermost ring that divides the inner core from the outer ring of the carrot. Cut longitudinally downwards to get a nice, smooth surface, about 1 cm thick. Lay your block down flat and start cutting a fish shape out from the center of the block. This is your basic shape. Set aside the extra pieces of carrots which you can use for other recipes.

Carrot fish food art

Carving Your Leaf

Using a sharp, narrow knife, start cutting a line through the middle at a slight curve which will serve as the vein of your leaf. Make one straight cut followed by another cut at a 45 degree angle. Pull out the cut piece up and off. Create the zigzag pattern of your leaf by pressing your knife from the stem, pulling out and then moving forward, and at a 45 degree angle joining the other cut with the first one. Do the same for the succeeding cuts, pressing down first, pulling out and moving and then making another 45 degree angle cut to create zigags until you create the distinctive leaf shape.

carving a fish carrot leaf
Lay the leaf flat down on your cutting board and start connecting your zigzags with the center vein of the leaf. Do this by cutting lines from the top end of the zigzags withe the central vein. Follow this up with more precise cuts at 45 degree angles next to your first lines to give the lines a 3D effect. Do this for both sides of the leaf. This actually is a bit harder than it looks for your first cuts but with practice your cuts are going to be easier and more precise.

Finishing Touches

You can cook your carrot leaves for a few minutes to give them a softer texture and make them more edible. Add them to chicken or beef stock to add flavor.These carved leaf carrots are perfect accompaniments and garnishes for salads, pork steaks, roast chicken and they can also add a dash of color to regular pea soup.

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Food Art: Tomato Roses, Onion Mums, and Scullion Brushes

Have you ever made a salad or an entree for your guests and just wished you could make it look a little nicer? Every time I prepare a fresh salad it turns out delicious but a little boring to look at. Good food is one thing, but good food that’s also beautiful takes your cooking to the next level! There’s actually some fairly simple ways you can take ordinary veggies and make them work a little harder for you. The video here shows some easy techniques for making flowers out of tomatoes and onions, and brushes out of scallions. This is food art!


The first one shown is surprisingly simple. Since you might be skinning your tomatoes for the meal anyways, why not put a little extra care into how you use the skin? By just carefully carving the skin off in a long, thin single piece you can then roll it up into a pretty looking rose to set on the completed plate. Whenever I’ve made a tomato sauce for spaghetti, I skin the tomatoes so that the little curled up pieces don’t end up in every bite. Next time, I’m going to try this out and garnish the side salads with some pretty tomato roses!

Making a Tomato rose

Red onions can have a nice shade of color, but if you just cut them up into rings you’re missing out on the extra flare you could give your dishes. To make these same onions into mum flowers, all you have to do is take the onion and cut it in half in a zig-zagged “crown” shape. Cut through the thick center as you would to make rings, not around the top and bottom. When you take the two halves apart, un-peel all of the layers and combine them back again without lining up all the edges together perfectly. The result is a great looking onion mum that your guests are sure to comment about!

Onion mums

Scallions by themselves are not particularly pretty vegetables, although they can taste very nice with your meals. Just a minute of work and a little time can change their purpose altogether and let you dress up whatever you’re serving! Take the scallion and cut the root end off as well as the green stalk. Then take your knife and make a lot of thin cuts through the scallion at one end, running all the way up close to the other end (but not all the way across!). It doesn’t look like much yet, but when you soak it in water for an hour or longer, the ends will separate and curl up a bit, making a pretty brush design to complement whatever dish you’re serving. Check out the video to see what the end result should look like, so you know when to remove your own from the water.

Everyone seems to make food art look very difficult. This doesn’t have to be the case, because there are tons of simple things you can do that will only take a few minutes and will really dress up your plate. I’m surprised by just how easy some of these techniques are, and a little embarrassed that I didn’t think of them myself… So take a stab at some fancy food art next time you invite someone for dinner and just see how impressed they’ll be!