How to Make Vegetable Bouquets

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    • 1). Wash and dry the vegetables thoroughly, and place them in piles according to variety. Cut a cabbage in half, and place it flat-side down in the center of the basket. Leave some room around the edges to insert bunches of herbs later.

    • 2). Slice the whole white turnip into rounds approximately 1/4 inch thick. (The width of the rounds will depend on the size of the turnip but should be approximately 5 inches wide.) Use the point of a sharp knife to score a simple flower outline on the top of each round, about 2 inches across, in one of the slices, and cut it out. Slice a small carrot, and place an orange round in the center of the turnip flower. Push a 6-inch skewer through the edge of the turnip slice toward the center of the turnip flower and into the carrot slice until they are secured together (don't push the skewer in so far that it goes right through the carrot slice). Repeat until you have sufficient flowers for your display. Stick the flower skewers in the center of the cabbage in a small bunch.

    • 3). Take tall, thin, leafy vegetables, which have fronds or can be semi-peeled to create them, such as celery, spring onions or baby leeks, and trim them until they stand about 5 inches high. Trim celery from the base to keep the leafy top intact. Trim leeks and spring onions from the top, then peel back their layers to create fronds. Insert toothpicks in their bottom, and press them into the cabbage to form a ring around the turnip/carrot flowers.

    • 4). Insert skewers into brightly colored vegetables, such as radishes, baby carrots, or miniature bell peppers, until they stand about 4 inches high. Press these into the cabbage in a ring around the celery/spring onions/baby leeks.

    • 5). Cut the cauliflower and broccoli into florets. Stick toothpicks in their bases, and arrange them around the baby carrots/radishes/peppers until the cabbage is covered in vegetables.

    • 6). Create a few more turnip and carrot flowers, and place individual flowers at scattered points throughout the display.

    • 7). Place small bunches of flowering herbs in the space between the cabbage and the edges of the basket until it is filled. Scatter with zucchini flowers, if available, or a few baby carrots with their leaf fronds still attached.

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