If we do indeed “eat with our eyes,” what a feast I devoured on the weekend!
I had the pleasure of entertaining a lovely Thai woman, named Ploy. Or rather, she entertained me. She had been holidaying here with family and spent her last day in Australia at my kitchen bench, sharing tea, lunch and an afternoon of creative bliss.
Ploy works as a cook in a luxury resort in Phuket and is passionate about cooking, eating and presenting beautiful Thai food. Her English is very limited so regular chit chat and ‘getting to know you’ conversation is difficult. When I found myself struggling to connect, I pulled out my iPad and searched for images of Thailand and Thai food. She was instantly engaged and excited and asked me for a tomato.
What followed, was a lesson in exquisite fruit and vegetable carving and an effortless afternoon in the company of a fellow art lover.
Since becoming a mother, time and space for creating my own art has dwindled away to occasional craft sessions with the boys and getting somewhat creative in the kitchen. Yesterday afternoon was a joyous reminder of that slowing down, losing ones self in a project and creating something beautiful.
Summer fruits would have been divine of course, but we carved what we had on hand. Tomatoes, apples, oranges and zucchini, to make flowers and leaves, patterns and textures.
In the following photos, (unfortunately the light was not ideal) anything fine and delicate is most likely Ploy’s, anything clunky and uneven – mine no doubt! It is a skill that requires practise and patience and Ploy was kind enough to leave her special tiny knife with me to practice with, until we meet another day over tea and food and art.