Twenty minutes down the road from where I live, at Llanfairfechan (that’s Welsh for ‘The Little Church of St. Mary’) there are a pair of friendly wild swans who I’ve trained to eat out of my hand. They enjoy celebrity status in the area, and are always well fed and happy. Every year they have a good brood of cygnets, who quickly become as tame as their parents.
It’s amazing to see them grow each week.
All the time looked after by mum and dad.
But even if you live a long way from Llanfairfechan (as most people do!) you can still join in the fun by making your own swan, from an apple!
First take a slice from the base of the apple, this is the only piece you do not need so you can eat it. Or feed it to a swan for modeling! Then make a second slice which you need to keep.
Now start making the wings by cutting a small ‘v’ shaped wedge from the top.
Then cut 3 more so there are 4 in total.
Spread them out as shown.
To do the wings you do the same on each side this time making 3 sections.
Spread the sections out to make the wings.
To make the head and neck, carve this from the second section cut from the base.
The off-cut is now also available to eat.
To insert it into the body of the swan, cut a slot in the front. This needs to
be the right width so the neck goes in a tightly.
Insert the neck piece, if it is a good fit it will stay in place.
Now it’s time to release my creation back into the wild!Watch the baby swans getting out of the pond with varying degrees of success
Categories: Plant-based Cooking & Recipes