Last Minute Veggie Valentine’s

13 Feb

Did you forget it was Valentine’s day tomorrow?  Need to make a quick, yet beautiful, card?

Ok. Take a deep breath and open up your vegetable crisper.

I know. Not your typical place to find crafty items, but your average vegetables can be turned into beautiful flower stamps.  I got the idea when I was making the most delicious pasta e fagioli last week (more on that later).  As I was chopping the celery, I noticed something:

The celery was shaped like a perfect rose.  As a teacher, I try and make small Valentine’s day bookmarks for all of my students.  I immediately got out my stamp pads and some card stock.

So I know this is technically a cooking blog, but I wanted to share this simple trick – in case you need to scramble at the last moment.


Bunch of celery (or brussels sprouts, small head of cabbage, or any other vegetable with similar leaf configuration)

stamp pad (I used red)

card stock or blank stationary cards


Evenly slice celery bunch (or other veggie) about 3 inches from base.  Make sure you have a very flat cut, as this will be your stamp.  Put cut side down on a paper towel to dry for about 5 mins.

Evenly coat your new stamp with ink.  Press firmly on card.  Repeat.

These shots are to show you how much these look like flowers.

If you have more than one type of vegetable, you can vary the size of your flowers. My celery needed a little extra support, so I also wrapped a rubber band around it.


5 Responses to “Last Minute Veggie Valentine’s”

  1. David February 13, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    Ahhhh! Valentine’s day tomorrow?! Too bad I don’t have any celery.

    • David February 13, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

      I was kidding — I know it’s Valentine’s day. I don’t have any celery, though. No, but seriously, that’s freaking beautiful.

    • vegetarianepicurean February 13, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

      Bad hubby!

      • Jules February 15, 2012 at 2:43 am #

        Those prints are amazing! They really turned out well. Keep it crunchy!

      • vegetarianepicurean February 15, 2012 at 6:41 am #

        Thanks! You too – how’s farming going?

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