For a fun dessert, salad course or snack, make an edible Rubik’s Cube.
Erno Rubik, born July 13, 1944, is a Hungarian architect and inventor. His immortality lies in his 1974 invention, the Rubik’s Cube, just one of the mechanical puzzles he’s created.
Crafty cooks have reinterpreted the Rubik’s Cube with cubes of cake, cheese, fruit and vegetables.
A Rubik’s Cube of fruit and cheese is a summery dessert (photos 1 and 4).
The key to a good-looking cube is having the patience to cut every ingredient the same size. Unless you’re a pro with a knife, you might want to get a square cookie/vegetable cutter.
RECIPE: RUBIK’S FRUIT & CHEESE CUBE
 An all-fruit Rubik’s Cube (photo courtesy Laurentiu Iordache | 500px.com).
1. CHOOSE the fruit and cheese combination.
2. USE a cleaned ruler to measure; then cut the fruit and cheese into one-inch-high slabs. Next, cut the slabs into one-inch cubes, ideally with a one-inch-square cutter. Reserve the scraps for another purpose (salads, salsas, smoothies for fruit; omelets, salads, salsas for cheeses, meats and vegetables).
3. ASSEMBLE the cube(s) on the serving plate(s). First create the base: four sides with three cubes on each side. Build the second and third layers, alternating so that no adjacent cubes are the same.
4. GARNISH as desired. We set out different garnishes and sauces and let guests dress their own cubes.
If you want to watch the process, check out this YouTube video. You don’t need to use sugar syrup to bind the cubes together, as is done in the video recipe.
Veggie: For a first course, here’s an all-vegetable Rubik’s cube salad made with beets, carrots, cucumbers and potatoes (photo 2 above). You can substitute cubed ham, salami or turkey for one of the veggies.
Cake: Here’s how to make the Rubik’s Cube Cake in photo 3.
WHAT IS TAJIN SEASONING?
Made by Tajin Products, a Mexican company, this mildly spicy seasoning combines chili, lime and salt. It is delicious on fruits: citrus, cucumber, melon, and tropical fruit (mango, papaya, pineapple, etc.).
A Mexican staple, you can find it in the Mexican foods aisle in supermarkets, in Latin American food stores, and online.
It’s a versatile seasoning. You can use it on: