Saturday, September 3, 2011

Watermelon Shark - 52 Church PotLuck Dishes

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Happy Labor day Weekend!  Not too late for one more fun outdoor party!  And every party needs a fun carved centerpiece.  This particular one is about as simple as it gets...

cut a wedge
carefully hollow out the guts, form into balls if you have a handy melon baller
carefully carve the teeth and cut a thin layer away from the outside so the whites of the teeth show
Garnish with eyes (I used tiny marbles, the one I saw used black olives)

Every kid LOVES eating watermelon from a shark!

as Center Pieces go, the shark was painfully fast, easy and among my key audience, very impressive (key audience being my 4-7 year old nieces and nephews).  But has a  WONDERFUL contributor, Selena of the FRUIT CARVING ARRANGEMENTS AND FOOD GARNISHES Blog.  Selena is unusual in many ways, first, she lives on an historically disputed island in the northern Pacific, a narrow strait divides Selena's SAKHALIN Island and Russia, while many miles from Japan, the island has been disputed by both countries for generations.  Since World War 2 (one of the recent wars to end all wars), the island has been controlled by Russia.  But neighboring islands are still disputed.

Selina's blog is in English.  She covers the subject of fruit carving and presentation extremely well, with dozens and dozens of examples.  Her bio page is pretty incomplete, beyond her name, where she lives and her joy in sharing the fun side of Carving, Arrangements and Garnishes.  I do hope that at some point she gets more personal, I would love to learn a little bit about her history (Is she native to the island?  How does a fruit and vegetable carver even find raw materials on an island where most things are imported (only 100 day growing season)?  I see a lot of her carvings are used at events... Does she do this full time, part time... is there good money in being a fruit carver in Sakhalin Island???  Do you whale watch or is the sight of a whale off shore so common that the thrill is gone (never existed)  But that's just me.  I enjoy hearing everyone's stories.).  Selena, that was a hint.  Do a couple of posts about who you are and what your day is like... Now that we've found you, we want to know!

Selena must love food bloggers just as much as I do.  After all, Selena posts tricks of the trade on her blog, freely shares them through her exposure on and also provides FREE downloadable eBooks and carving videos so anyone can look good!

Click HERE to see her page of free downloads.  What a gracious thing to do.   


  1. WOWWWWW - I absolutely love it!
    Wonderful ideas and wonderful photos
    Must visit Selena's blog to see more.
    And I also have to try the watermelon
    Thanks Dave

  2. Dave, I am so surprised you've learned much about Sakhalin island! The post is great, you did not leave me a chance to stay in the background no longer )) The hint is accepted, will write a story soon. Thanks for the kids friendly shark.

  3. I know Selena already, she is a close blog friend of mine and her carving is STUNNING!
    LOVED this post and the shark!

  4. This is too too cute! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper.

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  5. This is no nice! Love the faces of the kids, are they yours?...
    for once shark is not frightening hahaha!

  6. the shark is soo nice & creative.Found you via Church Supper...& I love simple food carving/garnishing.Would like to participate to this event too....

  7. The water melon shark looks really cute. Thanks for participating in the create n carve event.For previous round ups do drop by to check them out.