INGREDIENTS (makes about 10 skewers)
- One pineapple
- One small/medium melon
- Four kiwi fruits
- Ten large strawberries
- Ten grapes
- One orange
- Icing sugar
You will also need: tin foil; ten long wooden skewers; three wooden toothpicks; a colander (check that your long wooden skewers fit in the colander's holes).
Start by creating the base for your centrepiece by following these steps:
- Take the colander, place it on the table upside down (with the hollow part facing the table surface) and cover it with tin foil.
- Wash and dry the orange and cut off a slice from the bottom, horizontally, so that it can stand firmly on its own when placed on a flat surface. Cut off the bunch of leaves from the pineapple's top (keep the bunch whole by cutting it just below the bottom of the stem, where the pineapple fruit begins).
- Stick three toothpicks through the bottom of the bunch of leaves, leaving one half of the toothpicks sticking out; pierce the other end of the toothpicks through the top of the orange (the round part, not the part that you have cut off), thus "nailing" together the two items. If you follow these instructions correctly, you should end up with an orange that stands on its own and has a pretty bunch of pineapple leaves springing from its top. Yes, that's right! ;-)
- Now, place the mutant "pineappley orange" on top of the colander (the latter upside placed upside down on the table or on a serving tray), i.e. resting on its flat, smaller surface at the centre.
Dust the skewers with icing sugar just before serving. Voilà!