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We had been for a wedding in fact it was Candida Andrade’s wedding and there the decorations at the buffet table were amazing there were carnations of a very different colour and some other colourful lilies.   Closer inspection showed them to be onion carnations and cucumber lilies.

I went and asked the waiter about the creator of the flowers.  Since Michel the caterer and the man behind the flowers was around he gave me a demo. The cucumber lilies I am yet to try but the carnations are here.

Here I have tried making a carnation out of the onion. Take a look.

You need to cut the onions from the top and stop before you reach the root.

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Then make another section similarly perpendicular to your cut. Next one is between these cuts and so on. Just take care they are attached to the root.

Once done put the onion in ice cold water for 8-10 hours Michel said he kept them overnight and the onion opens out. You can colour them too just add food colour to the water in which you are soaking them.

While demonstrating putting them on the what we call in Goa ”viri” Michel pressed it squashed the onion  on the top . So his Michel’s flowers had bloomed out very beautifully.

Mine was in the fridge for approximately 4 hours and I tried making it open up gently. Mine is on a skewer.

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Viri is what is used to make your stick broom, the coconut leaf vein midribs.

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15 thoughts on “Carnations

  1. Priya April 26, 2013 at 4:05 pm Reply

    Omg, damn attractive onion flower, pretty and super cute.

  2. Rajani April 26, 2013 at 5:29 pm Reply

    It didnt look like an onion at all. I thought it was made with some stiff kind of cloth..

    They look superb and would beautifully adorn any table!

  3. Runnergirlinthekitchen April 26, 2013 at 6:25 pm Reply

    These is really amazing and done so well! Waiting for cucumber lilies!

  4. Chef Mireille April 26, 2013 at 6:30 pm Reply

    wow – so creative!

  5. Vaishali Sabnani April 26, 2013 at 7:55 pm Reply

    onion carnations look very pretty..I wonder if you noticed them on my blog, when I did garnishing…good job Archana..see you can do it:))))

  6. Kitchen Queen April 26, 2013 at 10:52 pm Reply

    wow what a innovative way to do decoration.

  7. foodiliciousnan April 27, 2013 at 1:38 am Reply

    I saw a similar one that a bhel puri guy at the beach had done. but he had kept the pointed tip of the onion intact so out kind of looked like a lotus

  8. Srivalli April 27, 2013 at 2:36 pm Reply

    That’s really such a pretty one!..very neatly done..

  9. harini April 27, 2013 at 9:13 pm Reply

    Cool. Very cute.

  10. pumpkinfarmfood April 27, 2013 at 10:37 pm Reply

    this one has turned out very well

  11. Janani April 30, 2013 at 1:38 am Reply

    wow so cute they look nice idea.

  12. Pavani May 2, 2013 at 1:48 am Reply

    Beautiful onion flower. Very neat idea.

  13. preeti2kitchen May 2, 2013 at 5:32 pm Reply

    Beautiful flower

  14. veena May 2, 2013 at 10:50 pm Reply

    Beautiful flower…i can only sculpt a clay carnation

  15. Suma Gandlur May 23, 2013 at 11:17 pm Reply

    They look really beautiful. I guess I will cry a river if I decide to make a bouqet of onion carnations. 🙂

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