Party Box Exclusive: How To DIY Watermelon Brains Like A Pro
Some of you may remember how last week (the week before? It blurs together) we were SO EXCITED because we officially launched our Shop and stocked a couple Halloween themed Party Boxes. We’ve been blown away by all the support and we’re really excited to share our new Box themes as we stock them! In the meantime, we promised some exclusive behind the scenes diy projects from the Halloween boxes because we’re just that kind of girls.
Today’s is my absolute favourite, because while obviously we can’t ship food in the Box (you can’t send a carved watermelon via Canada Post? That seems a little judgey.) we still wanted to give people an idea of how they can set up the Box with food. So we’re including recipe cards, tutorials like these, and little surprises to really make sure it’s as easy as it sounds! And the watermelon brain was the best thing ever. I have never laughed so hard. It lived in my fridge for a couple days over the photoshoot and Justin kept shaking his head at how much fun I had arranging it in little montages in the fridge. A highlight from that adventure was when I stuck the plastic rat in the fridge and cut some pieces off so it looked like it was eating it. At 5am that was super fun for Just to find pre-work. I’m the greatest.
ANYWAYS, I’m not allowed to play with knives in such intricate ways. Luckily, my amazingly talented chef bestie Lindsey (you may remember her from other guest appearances such as this masterpiece) has crazy knife skills (as evidenced that time she made me a shark watermelon eating a fish) so she took pity on me and created the most spectacular brain ever. Here’s how you can too!
First of all, you have to skin the watermelon. This is the step where I was told I “should never be allowed near knives” and that “children with no kitchen experience know not to hold knives like that” and other such grouchy things. But to be fair, you need a VERY sharp knife to not need years for this part, so get a cutting board and cut AWAY from you (apparently…).
Your goal is for it to look like this:
Next, slice a big jagged gouge down the middle of what will be the “top” of the brain. You want to make this line thicker than the lines you’ll cut later. Cut a wedge about a finger width wide to show the most red (that’s important).
Using a serrated knife, carve curvy lines in a wave pattern moving out from the centre. If you’ve never seen a brain before, google a picture (BUT WAIT WAIT SEARCH A CARTOON VERSION NOT REAL LIFE YOU’LL NEVER SLEEP AGAIN!) to get a better idea of the pattern you want. You can also see how Linds carved hers.
Because you want your brain to rest on a platter, you’re going to want to slice off a piece of the bottom to create a base. You don’t need to cut much off, basically just level it out on an angle you like.
Isn’t it adorable? It’s not very hard to make at all, and it looked so fun with all the party decor! Plus you could even carve it open mid party and scoop it out to eat brains!!!!! I just thought of that. On second thought it sounds a little gross even for me. But you do what makes you happy. After you’re done carving rinse it off just to get rid of any pieces that you carved out.
Isn’t it adorable? It’s not very hard to make at all, and it looked so fun with all the party decor! Plus you could even carve it open mid party and scoop it out to eat brains!!!!! I just thought of that. On second thought it sounds a little gross even for me. But you do what makes you happy.