So not another zucchini recipe, but a way to use zucchini nonetheless. I've been seeing some amazing zucchini carvings on the internet. I didn't realize that was a thing. Some of them are quite beautiful, but pretty is not my thing.
I like the ones that could be used for Halloween décor like a toothy alligator , monsters, a skeleton, a ghost, evil grins and creepy faces.
I decided to try my hand at it, even though carving isn't in my skill set. I prefer making things where I build up layers. Removing negative space is a hard concept for my brain to wrap around. Still, I'm pretty happy with how this guy turned out. I used a paring knife, potato peeler and a hammered loop of wire (my attempt at making a carving tool).
If you check out the alligator, make sure to look at the watermelon skull on the same site. The chickens pecking the brains is priceless.
Update: A week later, which has been cold and dry, and the surface of the skull is drying out. I like the way it looks. Here he is with a newly carved friend and my daughters mini pumpkin.
This is what he looks like with mood lighting: