|garnishes (cutting ti leaves using kitchen sheers)|
|garnishes (red and green ti leaves)|
|garnish (green ti leaf)|
I have created a few simple garnishes using leaves. Let your imagination go wild and soon you will be creating something extraordinary out of nothing. So, get out your sharpest scissors and knife!! The banana leaf and ti leaf garnishes were inspired by the plastic garnishes that I saw being used in some restaurants. I often wonder the reason behind using plastic garnishes when there are plenty of interesting and "greener" ways to help present the food.
1-2 ti leaves (red and green)
1 banana leaf
A pair of sharp scissors or knife
Wet paper towels
1) Clean the ti and banana leaves with a wet paper towel.
2) Cut the leaf out away from the center stem.
3) Fold the leaf in half and cut to the size you prefer.
4) Use a knife or scissors and cut out the "negative" design on the leaf.
5) Once your design is cut you can use them right away or store them in a book to dry.
|an example of using a banana leaf garnish|
|banana leaves shredded by the wind|
|new banana leaf|
|fold the leaf in half and cut out the size you prefer|
|my cut piece is a rectangle (but you can use any shape)|
|cut out the pieces away from the center fold|
|keep cutting away to make your design|
|these are the "negative" cut out shapes|
|when you unfold your design that is the "positive" shape|
|your very own banana leaf design,|
simple and quick to make!
*You can use a knife to cut out the design but I find that you can do the job well with a pair of scissors. You can practice by drawing a design on paper first and then cutting it out. However, I prefer the free form style. I made most of my designs based on a square or rectangle. You can use a circle, oval, star, triangle, diamond or another shape. The design is up to your imagination.