Friday, January 11, 2008

Just To Let You Know What I'm Up To...

The past couple of nights I practiced making butterflies out of carrots. No, there was no special reason. I just had nothing better to do. (How pathetic!)

The current success rate is apx. 50%.



Anonymous said...

Those are really pretty! I remember seeing a show about carving various objects out of vegetables and it's so amazing what these people can do. I imagine it takes tons of patience, and having a lot of time certainly would help with that.

Anonymous said...

Hi there Obachan! I hope you had a relaxing time at your parents. I saw your beautiful butterflies and thought you might be interested in this video on you tube:

Anonymous said...

OMG, those are so pretty!

Anonymous said...

I don't think that's pathetic at all! They look beautiful, I'd view that as a good use of time. :-)

Anonymous said...

I'm very impressed. Your words came up before the picture and I gasped in surprise at how pretty they are. Won't you feel a tiny bit of sadness when you pop them in your mouth?!

K and S said...

so pretty!

Unknown said...

Oh, these are just so cute! You did very well. Did you eat them? Or at least eat the ones that did not make it into a buttefly?

Piccola said...

beautiful! Good job on making them

Anonymous said...

Nah.. not pathetic at all.. ;) now i would have turned into a couch potato.. now.. that IS pathetic.. muahahhaa!!

obachan said...

Yeah, those professional people must have practiced a lot. A Japanese chef I once worked with said that he had to practice cutting/carving vegetables at home and had to spend a lot of money buying the vegetables himself.

Oh, I love Itasan's videos! I have seen the ones on katsura-muki and gutting fish, and liked them both. He is certainly a good itamae. His carrot butterfly looks more difficult to make than mine (but mine does not produce THAT much carrot scraps. hahaha...)

Donna of taj
Thanks! :D

Anonymous commenter
A good use of time. Yeah, I like that. Thank you.

Actually, I felt as if I was a cold-blooded monster eating small, lovely insects. (BTW, I threw them into miso soup.)

K & S

I ate them all because it would have hurt more to watch those cute butterflies dry up and rot.

Thank you. I think I got the hang of it.

Crunchasarus rex
Don't know... I guess couch-potating is a more popular way to kill time than carving carrots??

Pinkity said...


obachan said...

Thank you!!!! :D

Marcela said...

Really beautiful! Time is absolutely not lost when you create something so pretty... My compliments to you. :)

Anonymous said...

wow. pretty amazing :).

obachan said...

Thank you. :)

Thanks. Now I'm not telling you that it's not as complicated as you may think. But the carrot has to be sliced really, really thin to start with, and that's the most difficult part.

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 gmirage said...

Kawaii! I wonder how much time do you spend doing this? =D

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