Making kiwi faces is a lot like carving pumpkins — with a clever approach (plus a toothpick and some black-eyed peas), you can create an infinite number of moods. "And if you make a mistake, you can always try your luck on the other end of the kiwi," says Saxton Freymann, artist and coauthor of "Play with Your Food."
Tip the kiwi so that the stem points toward you. The stem will become the nose in the middle of the face.
Using a toothpick, make 2 small holes for the eyes and press 2 black-eyed peas into them. "Experiment with different eye placements on different kiwis," says Freymann. You can even use a pea on one side and a slit on the other to make your kiwi wink. Or skip the peas and just use the toothpick to create small slits -- for sleepy and happy faces.
Use a toothpick to create the mouth. A single small hole makes a surprised look. Connecting series of tiny holes together is an easy way to make a smile. "You can excavate as much as you want -- and even build green kiwi teeth by creating a deep hole and leaving a ridge of kiwi fruit along the top," Freymann says.
When you're done, take a snapshot if you like, but then peel and eat the kiwis. "That's very important," Freymann says. "These faces don't stay fresh for long -- and kiwis are delicious."