When we were younger, Christmas seemed always to be forever and a day away. We started counting the days as soon as the last present under the tree was unwrapped.
Now the day we long for is when the garden is at its peak and the harvest an embarrassment of riches unlike any we knew growing up. The day is coming. Soon.
While the garden will always inspire a few culinary masterpieces each year, it can also creativity elsewhere, too. Who hasn’t wished to create a secret kingdom under the pea trellis? Or make hair using the silks from a cob of corn? Not to mention those great works of folk art fashioned from dried beans (we’ve got a pair of these in one of our guest rooms).
The Italian-born artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-1593) certainly had a flare for playing with his food, and his whimsical, deranged portraits perfectly fed the Renaissance appetite for the beautiful and bizarre.
Have you come up with some creative ideas of your own, share them with the rest of us in the comments section below.