About Judith

I love to present good, hearty, healthy food beautifully.

Fun Blueberry Bee

Blueberry Bee

I haven’t been doing much food art recently – which I’ve missed – as I’ve been focused on other things I’m passionate about. I’ve realised what a difference I can make to individual parents supporting them with recipes, information and tips and tricks so they are able to provide simple, healthy school lunches. Creating balanced, delicious, fresh food lunches in 10 minutes is something I can deliver to my boys every day. Did you want to learn how? Check out the link .. http://www.theartofnutrition.co.nz/store/c1/Featured_Products.html and join the other parents creating new habits and empowering their kids with brain food.

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Scientifically Proven Ways to get Kids Eating More Veggies

Scientists Prove Best Ways to Get Kids Eating More Veggies

I was doing research for my monthly blog at the Healthy Food Guide and starting reading about some of the studies figuring out how to get kids to eat more veggies. It was fascinating and I got totally engrossed. Even had to drill down and read some of the actual studies themselves not just the “news summaries”. Amazing how much time and energy is poured into this topic and it really gets me wondering whether we need to put way more energy into changing our customs and culture so that “eating veg” is not such a big deal. Why is eating veggies such a big hurdle for millions of kids? Why have we let it become so?

Check out the article at the Healthy Food Guide … http://www.healthyfood.co.nz/blogs/the-art-of-nutrition/2016/march/23/10-scientifically-proven-ways-to-get-your-kids-eating-more

Carrot Train - Finished 1 (1 of 1)

Egg-free Quiche

Egg-free Quiche

Yes I know “Egg-free Quiche” is a bit like “tyre-free car” and it was the first thing Max said .. “Mum, aren’t quiches made from eggs?” Well yes, generally they are however as part of my prep for the GF & Allergy Show this weekend I have been testing all sorts of things. Egg-free recipes have been a focus as it’s not something we generally do but of course eggs are a common allergen. The quiches turned out to be a total winner. All three boys gave them the tick – YES!!! So today Max has 4 kumara (sweet potato) mini, egg-free quiches, a slice of zucchini pizza and ironically 2 cooked egg yolks!!

Healthy vegetarian lunchbox
Joe has pretty much the same but traded the yolks and 2 quiches for a sausage.

Healthy kids Lunchboxes

Little Parcels Lunchbox

Max at school camp so Joe gets to be chief tester (guinea pig)! Yesterday I was making all sorts of wraps and rolls ready for my stint at the GF & Allergy Show so that’s Joe’s lunchbox today. And I can tell you he’ll be delighted. He has veggies and a little cheese in the nori and rice paper and then an egg wrap with cheese and apple chutney … http://www.theartofnutrition.co.nz/blogLunchbox Joe - 14 (1 of 1)

Rice Paper Rolls

Rice Paper Rolls

Fun, healthy lunches Rice paper rolls

Yesterday I was doing a big kitchen stint (when I have time I bulk cook) as today and tomorrow we have after school activities that limit what I can do for dinner. I had 250gms of mince beef that needed using and also had to step up and provide Max with some exciting vegetarian fare. Decided to make some rice paper rolls. As I had water boiling and frying pans going it wasn’t a big deal. Did mince, fried mushrooms and broccoli plus ginger for Roy & Joe. For Max (at his behest) I did raw, crushed peanuts, chopped lettuce, sesame & tamari, raw mushrooms, brown rice noodles and grated cheese (not very Asian with the cheese I know but it was the compromise and actually tasted OK!!). Max got 4 rice paper rolls and Joe 3 plus some chick pea crackers and I know they will love this lunch. A little different and something they will really enjoy. Go Mum!!

Fun vegetarian Lunchboxes Rice paper rolls

Wraps

Lunch Wraps

Have been recipe testing – which the boys love and hate in equal measure. Today was a love day as I’ve done some rather successful brown rice wraps. Joe has his filled with mince, veg and cheese (to be melted). Max’s have cheese and home-made tomato sauce. They roll and stay together well. Good one Mum!! They were also very excited as my lovely neighbour gifted us some home-grown damsons. We all LOVE the tartness and the sweetness.

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Healthy lunchboxes gluten free wraps

 

Quick healthy vegetarian Lunchbox

Kumara Quiche

Kumara Quiche

The kumara (sweet potato) quiche I baked yesterday for Max was well received and of course makes the perfect lunch fare. Here he’s taking a big chunk of the quiche and some baked cauli tots in the thermos. He also has his standard chopped veggies, a piece of fresh corn, home-made yoghurt with fermented strawberries and blueberries and cherries and watermelon. No prizes for guessing what season we’re in!

Healthy Vegetarian Lunchbox

Re-learning How to Cook

Re-learning How to Cook

As Max is determined to remain a vegetarian for a while I need to rethink the way I cook. It is not enough to dump the meat and add some melted cheese or an egg. I am gradually getting better at providing meals that are tasty and nutritious without the traditional proteins I would add. But I am still a long way off being confident that I am providing a balanced diet and being able to serve enough decent protein substitutes and fat to keep Max satiated. Not only do I not want him to feel hungry but I want to make sure he is looking forward to meals with the same enthusiasm he used to. Ahhh, to be at a less busy point so I have the luxury of spending hours perusing new recipe ideas. But alas that is not so. I have however, made a promise to myself that I will do one recipe specifically for Max every other day so I am at least moving forwards and getting closer to serving the sort of food that will tick all of my boxes.

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The lunchbox shown is Joe’s from this morning. Chopped veg, corn, nectarine, plum, home-made yoghurt with fermented strawberries and blueberries. To go in the thermos a marinated chicken wing, a zucchini fritter and some potato wedges. Max got the same but minus the chicken wing and I added a broccoli burger and some melted cheese (yes I resorted to the melted cheese … sigh). In my defense the broccoli burger was a new recipe and it rocked!

Non grain quiche

I am feeling very smug about tonight though. Check out the Kumara (sweet potato) Quiche. It looks and smells fab and I tasted the mixture and can confirm that if Max doesn’t like it I will be quite happy to snarf the whole lot.

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Fun Kids Food Art

Kids Food Art

Things have got crazy busy for me organising workshops, running programs, doing cooking classes and gearing up for a gig at the GF & Allergy Show. The boys have decided to help by doing some food art for me. And do it they have. Check out the Apple Hummingbird from Max and Joe’s Parrot!

Food Art kids Hummingbird Cute kids food art Parrot

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Max’s Moral Stand

Max’s Moral Stand

So my lovely Max has just started at Intermediate School. It’s a big step up in terms of maturity and responsibility. Now he needs to leave a lot earlier for school, catch the train to and fro and generally be more independent. It’s been such a positive move for him and he’s loving it all. Mon night he came home from school and asked whether he could go vegetarian. We discussed his reasons for choosing to do this and he explained what he was thinking and what he had researched. I said that it wasn’t a problem but a little more warning may have been helpful. To which he replied “we eat so many veggies anyway it’s not exactly going to be a huge difference!” True ….

Healthy kids Lunchboxes

I’m getting into my stride now so today for lunch he has corn, a nectarine, a plum, mixed chopped veg, veggie nori rolls (no rice just veggies) and to go in the thermos a jacket potato and cheese). There is also a totally sugar free (as in no sugar or sugar substitutes) quinoa muffin. I don’t bake for my boys … poor neglected little mites .. but I do test recipes for my programs and then they are the very willing recipients of the samples 🙂

Fun Beach Salad

Beach Salad

Well, it’s beautifully hot here. Definitely high summer so beach is on our minds.

Here’s our fun food, Beach Salad.

Sugar free party food Beach Salad

Recipe

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Carrot

– Celery

– Red cabbage

– Cucumber

Method

1. Cut a sun from yellow capsicum.

Beach Salad - 1 sun (1 of 1)

2. Add chopped carrot for the sand.

Beach Salad - 2 sand (1 of 1)

3. Use celery and red cabbage for a giant beach umbrella.

Beach Salad - 3 umbrella (1 of 1)

4. Create a cucumber bucket and spade.

Beach Salad - 4 bucket & spade (1 of 1)

5. Finish with a carrot sandcastle.

Fun food art Beach Salad

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Fun Watermelon Manor

Watermelon Manor

Watermelon is just so great for designing as you have a giant piece of fruit to work with. This fun food plate was a lot more time consuming than usual (if you want to go the whole hog and put in the window panes) but the end result was worth it and the mini-chefs were delighted by the detail.

Sugar free party food Watermelon house

Recipe

– Watermelon (or other large fruit)

– Pear (or other green fruit)

– Red Apple (plum or pear would work too)

– Desiccated coconut (for the clouds – yoghurt is also good)

Method

1. Cut a big rectangle of watermelon for the house.

Watermelon Manor - 1 house (1 of 1)

2. Then another rectangle with sloping edges for the roof.

Watermelon Manor - 2 roof (1 of 1)

3. Slice pear for the windows

Watermelon Manor - 3 top windows (1 of 1)

4. Then more pear for the lower windows.

Watermelon Manor - 4 windows-door (1 of 1)

5. Before using apple for the chimneys.

Watermelon Manor - 5 chimneys (1 of 1)

6. All that was quick and easy. The window detail from red apple was fiddly and time consuming (and not essential!)

Watermelon Manor - 6 detail (1 of 1)

7. The roof looked a little detached so I added an apple roof-line.

Watermelon Manor - 7 roof line (1 of 1)

8. Then some pear grass, bushes and tree.

Watermelon Manor - 8 foliage (1 of 1)

9. And some steps.

Watermelon Manor - 9 steps (1 of 1)

10. Before finishing it off with some desiccated coconut clouds.

Fun food art Watermelon House

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Fun Superbowl Eggs

Superbowl Eggs

A little celebration for the upcoming Superbowl. And, as I lived in N.C. for a year I have to say “GO PANTHERS”!!

Here’s our fun food, Superbowl Eggs.

Fun, healthy Superbowl Eggs

Recipe

– Boiled eggs

– Cucumber

– Red cabbage

– Carrot

– Cheese

Method

1. Boil, peel and cut eggs in half.

Superbowl Eggs - 1 eggs (1 of 1)

2. Add lacing detail from cucumber.

Superbowl Eggs - 2 green lacing (1 of 1)

3. Then lacing from red cabbage.

Superbowl Eggs - 3 purple lacing (1 of 1)

4. And finally from carrot.

Superbowl Eggs - 4 orange lacing (1 of 1)

5. Finish with some stars from the veg and cheese.

Fun food art Superbowl Eggs

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Fun Melon Crab

Melon Crab

Ah summer, and all these beautiful fruits. NZ is so seasonal so we have to make the most of them for the short period they are around!

Here’s our fun food, Melon Crab.

Sugar free party food Melon Crab

Recipe

– Cantaloupe (Rockmelon)

– Honeydew melon

– Grapes or blueberries

– Strawberry

Method

1. Carve a head from the rockmelon.

Melon Crab - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Add two, bright eyes.

Melon Crab - 2 eyes (1 of 1)

3. Cut the honeydew melon into pieces and build the arms.

Melon Crab - 3 legs (1 of 1)

4. Keep going until there are 3 on each side.

Melon Crab - 4 more legs (1 of 1)

5. Then make shorter ones at the front with rockmelon pincers.

Melon Crab - 5 pincers (1 of 1)

6. Finish with a strawberry smile.

Fun food art Melon Crab

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Lunchboxes

Lunchboxes

So (and the irony is not wasted on me) the lady who spends countless happy hours creating food art from fruit and veg prepares very bog standard looking lunchboxes!

Fun, simple lunchboxes

I do not have the pretty boxes with all the little compartments to beautifully present every last morsel. But what I do have is:

1. Nutritious meals – every day.

2. Food that is soooo quick and simple to pack.

3. Lunches that sustain my boys from their big breakfast to their big dinner in the evening.

4. Vibrant colours that provide a variety of tastes, textures and nutrients and that can be eaten quickly and easily (busy boys).

5. Different foods every day of the week.

This is a standard “summer” lunchbox for us. It contains:

1. A pot of 5 types of chopped veggies (we always have raw veggies for lunch)

2. A pot of fruit – who doesn’t like apricots and cherries – yum!

3. Home-made yogurt with fermented blueberries (which the boys love). I have frozen it in deference to the weather so it’s a squeezy popsicle.

4. A piece of fresh corn. Gotta be done!

5. A thermos with fish and roast potatoes (leftovers from the evening meal)

Packing a meal like this literally takes no time at all and most is done the night before (fruit washed, yoghurt frozen etc.). Once you’re in a routine it doesn’t seem like a psychological hurdle or chore – although boy am I glad when holidays roll around!

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Fun Capsicum Dinosaur

Capsicum Dinosaur

Ooh, I’m on such a roll making salads fun.

Here’s our fun food, Capsicum Dinosaur.       Healthy party food Capsicum Dinosaur

Recipe

– Capsicum red & yellow (bell pepper)

– Carrot

– Cucumber

Method

1. Cut a piece of red capsicum for the dinosaur’s body.

Capsicum Dinosaur - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add a head and long neck from yellow capsicum.

Capsicum Dinosaur - 2 head & neck (1 of 1)

3. Give her a tail from yellow capsicum.

Capsicum Dinosaur - 3 tail (1 of 1)

4. Use carrots for the big, strong legs.

Capsicum Dinosaur - 4 legs (1 of 1)

5. Add a face from capsicum and cucumber.

Capsicum Dinosaur - 5 face (1 of 1)

6. And toes from yellow capsicum.

Capsicum Dinosaur - 6 toes (1 of 1)

7. Make some ground from cucumber.

Capsicum Dinosaur - 7 ground (1 of 1)

8. Finish with a cucumber sun.

Fun food art Capsicum Dinosaur

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Fun Watermelon Dolphin

Watermelon Dolphin

Watermelons abound and as it’s hot I keep thinking of water …

Here’s our fun food, Watermelon Dolphin.

Sugar Free party food Watermelon Dolphin

Recipe

– Watermelon

– Blueberries

– Long thread coconut

Method

1. Cut a dolphin shape from watermelon (I used a plastic cookie cutter!)

Watermelon Dolphin - 1 dolphin (1 of 1)

2. Add half a blueberry as an eye.

Watermelon Dolphin - 2 eye (1 of 1)

3. Then blueberry waves.

Watermelon Dolphin - 3 sea (1 of 1)

4. Finish with coconut “foam”.

Fun food art Watermelon Dolphin

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Fun Space Salad

Space Salad

Making a simple salad just that little bit more exciting is a breeze.

Here’s our fun food, Space Salad.

Fun food for kids Space Salad

Recipe

– Radish

– Celery

– Cucumber

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Carrot

– Oat bran (or coconut)

Method

1. Cut a moon from a slice of radish (later made it a crescent moon).

Space Salad - 1 moon (1 of 1)

Space Salad - 2 satellite (1 of 1)

2. Create a satellite from celery and cucumber.

 

3. Add some capsicum stars.

Space Salad - 3 stars (1 of 1)

4. Then change the moon to a crescent and add a carrot and radish planet.

Space Salad - 4 moon & planets (1 of 1)

5. Finish with an oat bran galaxy.

Fun food art Space Salad

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Fun Blueberry Boat

Blueberry Boat

Thought we’d turn the tables and use the blueberries for the boat rather than the sea.

Here is our fun food, Blueberry Boat.      Fun food art Blueberry Boat

Recipe

– Blueberries

– Strawberries

– Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

– Apricot

Method

1. Arrange the blueberries for the hull of the boat.

Blueberry Boat - 1 bows (1 of 1)

2. Create a mast.

Blueberry Boat - 2 mast (1 of 1)

3. Cut strawberries and use for sails.

Blueberry Boat - 3 sails (1 of 1)

4. Add blueberry portholes.

Blueberry Boat - 4 portholes (1 of 1)

5. Use pepitas for waves.

Blueberry Boat - 5 waves (1 of 1)

6. Add an apricot sun.

Blueberry Boat - 6 sun (1 of 1)

7. With bright rays.

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Fun Celery Car

Celery Car

We try to have 5 different veggies at every meal so this Celery Car ticks all the boxes in the variety stakes!

Here’s our fun food, Celery Car.        Fun food art Celery Car

Recipe

– Cucumber

– Celery

– Yellow & red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Carrot

– Red cabbage

Method

1. Cut two discs of cucumber for wheels.

Celery Car - 1 wheels (1 of 1)

2. Join them with celery.

Celery Car - 2 join (1 of 1)

3. Add the front and back underneath parts of the car.

Celery Car - 3 back & front (1 of 1)

4. Then create the bonnet and windscreen.

Celery Car - 4 windscreen (1 of 1)

5. Finish the outline of the car from celery.

Celery Car - 5 back (1 of 1)

6. Give it a door from celery.

Celery Car - 6 door (1 of 1)

7. Then a bright carrot sun and red cabbage road.

Celery Car - 7 sun & road (1 of 1)

8. Add the sun’s rays.

Celery Car - 8 rays (1 of 1)

9. Finish with a red capsicum brake light and yellow capsicum headlight.

Cute food for kids Celery Car

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Fun Blueberry Elephant

Blueberry Elephant

I made this, Joe and his friend scoffed it and then Max saw the photos and panned it. Soooo, I had to make another with his recommendations …

The finished one is version two of our fun food, Blueberry Elephant.

Fun, healthy party food Blueberry Elephant

Recipe

– Strawberries

– Blueberries

– Pepitas

Method

1. Make an ear from half a strawberry.

Blueberry Elephant - 1 ear (1 of 1)

2. Add a head and a body.

Blueberry Elephant - 2 head & body (1 of 1)

3. Then some legs (which I then had to alter!)

Blueberry Elephant - 3 legs (1 of 1)

4. Give him a tail.

Blueberry Elephant - 4 tail (1 of 1)

5. And a trunk.

Blueberry Elephant - 5 trunk (1 of 1)

6. With a face from strawberry (we then swapped the mouth for a tusk)

Blueberry Elephant - 6 face (1 of 1)

7. Add strawberry feet.

Blueberry Elephant - 7 feet (1 of 1)

8. Then pepitas for the ground.

Blueberry Elephant - 8 ground (1 of 1)

9. The final version had straight legs and a tusk!

Fun food art Blueberry Elephant

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Fun Capsicum Spider

Capsicum Spider

Loving the variety of veg at this time of year especially the “med veg” that are seasonal.

Here’s our fun food, Capsicum Spider.

Fun food art Capsicum Spider

Recipe

– Grilled zucchini

– Grilled red capsicum (bell pepper)

Method

1. Use a circle of zucchini for the body.

Capsicum Spider - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add capsicum legs.

Capsicum Spider - 2 legs (1 of 1)

3. Then a zucchini head.

Capsicum Spider - 3 head (1 of 1)

4. Form eyes cut from the inside of the capsicum.

Capsicum Spider - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Bit of décor and ready to serve!

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Fun Grape Bee

Grape Bee

Summer here so there are soooo many bumble bees around. Love the buzzing and their big fuzzy bodies.

Our rendition looks a little sad – oops – but here’s our fun food, Grape Bee.

Fun food art Grape Bee

Recipe

– Pineapple

– Black grapes

– Pepitas

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Cut a head from pineapple.

Grape Bee - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Add black grapes then more pineapple for the stripes.

Grape Bee - 2 body (1 of 1)

3. Keep adding more stripes.

Grape Bee - 3 more body (1 of 1)

4. Use half grapes for the eyes and a slice for the stinger.

Grape Bee - 4 eyes & sting (1 of 1)

5. Ring with slices of grape.

Grape Bee - 5 outline (1 of 1)

6. Then do the same for some wings. Use more grape pieces for antennae.

Grape Bee - 6 wings & antennae (1 of 1)

7. Add legs. Fill the wings with coconut and use pepitas for the ground.

Grape Bee - 7 legs, wings, floor (1 of 1)

8. Buzz, buzz, buzz away ….

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Fun Salad Caterpillar

Salad Caterpillar

Lovely summer lunch.

Here’s our fun food, Salad Caterpillar.

Fun, healthy snacks Salad Caterpillar

Recipe

– Cucumber

– Cherry tomatoes

– Yellow capsicum

– Spinach

Method

1. Cut circles of cucumber.

Salad Caterpillar - 1 cucumber (1 of 1)

2. Add cherry tomatoes on top.

Salad Caterpillar - 2 tomato (1 of 1)

3. Add a tail.

Salad Caterpillar - 3 tail (1 of 1)

4. Give her a big head.

Salad Caterpillar - 4 head (1 of 1)

5. And a lovely wiggle.

Salad Caterpillar - 5 wiggle (1 of 1)

6. Use cucumber and yellow capsicum for the face.

Salad Caterpillar - 6 face (1 of 1)

7. Then add some legs.

Salad Caterpillar - 7 legs (1 of 1)

8. Some eyes.

Salad Caterpillar - 8 eyes (1 of 1)

9. And capsicum antennae.

Salad Caterpillar - 9 antennae (1 of 1)

10. Finish with some spinach leaves ….

Fun food art Salad Caterpillar

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Fun Fruit Skewers

Fruit Skewers

Fruit Skewers are one of my favourite things to take to parties in high summer. All those luscious, brightly coloured fruits make for an irresistible plate. Make into rainbows (with associated colours) and serve with some yoghurt or coconut cream and they’re sure to be a winner.
Here is our fun food, Fruit Skewers.

Fun food art Fruit Skewers

Recipe

Any seasonal fruits that will not spoil too quickly (or dip in lemon juice to preserve)

I have made two versions:

– Blueberries

– Watermelon

– Green grapes

– Mandarin

– Strawberries

– Pineapple

– Plum

– Honeydew melon

– Orange

Method

1. Chop fruits and put onto skewer.

Fruit Skewers - 1 skewer (1 of 1)

2. Add skewers.

Fruit Skewers - 2 add skewers (1 of 1)

3. Serve with a dip.

Cute party food Fruit Skewers

4. Make into a rainbow if you’d like.

Fun food art Rainbow Fruit Skewers

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Fun Pea Palm Tree

Pea Palm Tree

In keeping with the tropical weather we would like to be having!

Here’s our fun food, Pea Palm Tree.

Fun food art Pea Palm Tree

Recipe

– Fresh peas

– Carrot

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Hazelnuts

– Grated cheese

Method

1. Arrange the peas as leaves.

Pea Palm Tree - 1 peas-001

2. Add carrots for a trunk.

Pea Palm Tree - 2 trunk-003

3. And a bright yellow capsicum sun.

Pea Palm Tree - 3 moon-005

4. Hazelnuts make perfect coconuts.

Pea Palm Tree - 4 coconuts-006

5. Then finish with some grated cheese sand.

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Fun Apple Man

Apple Man

Lazy days when it’s warm it’s good to just be able to chop a bit of fruit and arrange it on a plate …

Here’s our fun food, Apple Man.

Fun food art Apple Man

Recipe

– Red apple

– Red grapes

– Blueberry

Method

1. Slice the apple cheeks to form the body and a smaller head. Then add half grapes for arms and legs.

Apple Man - 1 body & limbs-001

2. Give him eyes from half grapes and half blueberry.

Apple Man - 2 eyes-002

3. Add more grapes for hands and feet.

Apple Man - 3 hands & feet-003

4. Finish with a slice taken from the face for a smile.

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Fun Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Was experimenting with 3-D strawberry designs and suddenly there was a little girl in a cape!

Here’s our fun food, Little Red Riding Hood.         Fun food art Little Red Riding Hood

Recipe

– Strawberries

– Yoghurt

– Blueberries

– Coconut

– Edible herbs

Method

1. Balance two strawberries on top of each other (smaller on the top).

Little Red Riding Hood - 1 body-001

2. Slice a little face from the top strawberry.

Little Red Riding Hood - 2 face-002

3. Add eyes and mouth from yoghurt and bits of blueberry.

Little Red Riding Hood - 3 eyes & mouth-004

4. Give her some blueberry feet.

Little Red Riding Hood - 4 feet-005

5. And some yoghurt socks.

Little Red Riding Hood - 5 socks-006

6. Hollow out a strawberry for a basket and make a handle from a herb stem.

Little Red Riding Hood - 6 basket-007

7. Add some blueberry hands on cocktail sticks.

Little Red Riding Hood - 7 arms-008

8. Then fashion her a cape by slicing some strawberry from the front.

Little Red Riding Hood - 8 cape-009

9. Fill the basket with coconut.

Little Red Riding Hood - 9 filled basket-010

10. And finish with some edible herb flowers.

Creative food Little Red Riding Hood

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Fun Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New Year and welcome to 2016. It’s going to be a great year!

Here’s our fun food, 2016 celebration plate.

Fun food art Happy New Year 2016

Recipe

– Apple

– Blueberries

– Raisins

– Nectarine

– Mint

– Long thread coconut

Method

1. Cut a circle of apple for the zero.

2016 - 1 zero-0219

2. Make the 2, 1 and 6 from blueberries.

2016 - 2 216-0220

3. Add midnight to the clock from raisins.

2016 - 3 clock-0221

4. Then party hats from nectarine.

2016 - 4 party hats-0222

5. Use mint for streamers.

2016 - 5 streamers-0223

6. Then finish with long thread coconut poppers …

Fun, healthy party food for New Years Eve

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Fun Egg Angel

Egg Angel

Christmas is over but the spirit still remains.

Here’s our fun food, Egg Angel.      Creative breakfast Egg Angel

Recipe

– Egg (separated)

– Olive

Method

1. Cut egg white into a circle for the head.

Egg Angel - 1 head-001

2. Add a body.

Egg Angel - 2 body-002

3. Then an arm.

Egg Angel - 3 arm-003

4. Use the yolk for a horn.

Egg Angel - 4 horn-004

5. Before adding the halo.

Egg Angel - 5 halo-005

6. And a few stars. A thin slice of olive gives her an eye.

Egg Angel - 6 eye & stars-009

7. All finished!

Fun food art Egg Angel

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Fun Santa Pizza

Santa Pizza

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Here is our fun food, Santa Pizza.

Fun food art Santa Pizza

Recipe

– Pizza base

– Feta/ricotta cheese

– Tomatoes

– Olives

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Cheese

Method

1. Cut a base into an oval shape.

Santa Pizza 3 - 1 face-0219

2. Add feta for the hat fur and beard.

Santa Pizza 3 - 2 beard & fur-0220

3. Use tomatoes for the hat.

Santa Pizza 3 - 3 hat-0221

4. Add olive eyes and a capsicum mouth.

Santa Pizza 3 - 4 eyes-0222

5. Bake in the oven then add a feta bobble.

Santa Pizza 3 - 5 bake & bobble-0224

6. Finish with some cheese stars.

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Fun Rudolph Crackers

Rudolph Crackers

Oooh, Santa comes tonight … which means so does Rudolph.

Here’s our fun food, Rudolph Crackers …

Fun food art Rudolph Crackers

Recipe

– Crackers or crisp toast

– Cherry tomato

– Cheese

– Olive

– Carrot

– Spinach

Method

1. Use or make triangular crackers.

Rudolph Crackers - 1 crackers-0221

2. Slice a cherry tomato in half to make the noses.

Rudolph Crackers - 2 noses-0222

3. Cut big cheese eyes.

Rudolph Crackers - 3 eyes-0223

4. Add olives as pupils.

Rudolph Crackers - 4 pupils-0224

5. Use carrots as antlers.

Rudolph Crackers - 5 antlers-0227

6. Then make stars from spinach.

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Fun Tomato Cheese Candy Cane

Tomato Cheese Candy Cane

This is an awfully long title for an uber simple plate that takes minutes to make.

Here’s our fun food, Tomato Cheese Candy Cane.

Fun food art Tomato Cheese Candy Cane

Recipe

– Cherry tomatoes

– Cheese

Method

1. Build a candy cane from half cherry tomatoes and blocks of cheese.

Tomato Cheese Candy Cane - 1 base-0219

2. Continue until you have the iconic shape.

Tomato Cheese Candy Cane - 2 the cane-0220

3. Add some herbs for décor.

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Fun Blueberry Christmas Tree

Blueberry Christmas Tree

Whipped up a lovely, simple Christmas themed dessert for the boys.

Here’s our fun food, Blueberry Christmas Tree.       Fun food art Blueberry Christmas Tree

Recipe

– Strawberry

– Blueberries

– Yoghurt

– Long thread coconut

– Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Method

1. Cut a strawberry for the pot.

Blueberry Christmas Tree - 1 pot-002

2. Add some blueberries ringing yoghurt to build the tree.

Blueberry Christmas Tree - 2 blueberries-003

3. Continue to add yoghurt and blueberries.

Blueberry Christmas Tree - 3 more blueberries-004

4. Until the tree forms.

Blueberry Christmas Tree - 5 top-006

5. Then add a strawberry star to the top.

Blueberry Christmas Tree - 6 star-007

6. And some strawberry ground.

Blueberry Christmas Tree - 7 base-008

7. Long thread coconut is perfect tinsel.

Blueberry Christmas Tree - 8 coconut-009

8. A few pepitas for baubles and décor and we’re done.

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Fun 3-D Strawberry Christmas Tree

Strawberry 3-D Tree

Creating 3-D food art can be quite challenging. Not so this Christmas Tree!

Here is our fun food, Strawberry 3-D Tree.      Fun food art 3-D Strawberry Christmas Tree

Recipe

– Strawberries

– Dates

– Dried apricot

– Pepitas

– Sunflower seeds

– Long thread coconut

Method

1. Put strawberries of descending size on a skewer.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 1 skewer-001

2. Squish some dates into an old bottle lid covered with foil to create the pot.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 2 base-002

3. Insert the skewer into the base.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 3 stand up-003

4. Cut a small star from apricot and place on the top.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 4 star-005

5. Push pepitas and sunflower seeds into the sides of the tree for baubles.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 5 ornaments-006

6. Add coconut threads as tinsel.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 6 tinsel-007

7. Decorate the plate!

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Fun Melon Christmas Platter

Melon Christmas Platter

I needed a quick (under 10 mins) share platter for Joe’s last night at junior Cubs. More importantly it had to be transportable by my husband (ahhhhhhhh).

Here ‘tis, our fun food, Melon Christmas Platter.

Fun food art Christmas Platter

Recipe

– Honeydew melon

– Pineapple

– Blueberries

– Strawberries

– Mandarin

– Desiccated coconut snow

Method

1. Chop melon roughly and arrange in a Christmas tree shape.

Melon Xmas Platter - 1 melon-0219

2. Add a pineapple star.

Melon Xmas Platter - 2 star-0220

3. Then some blueberry baubles.

Melon Xmas Platter - 3 blueberries-0221

4. And some strawberry tips.

Melon Xmas Platter - 4 strawberries-0222

5. Mandarin segments make little lights.

Melon Xmas Platter - 5 mandarins-0223

6. And a big strawberry sliced in half a trunk.

Melon Xmas Platter - 6 trunk-0224

7. Finish with some coconut snow.

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Fun Mini Tomato Santas

Mini Tomato Santa’s

There is something admittedly a little military about these!

Here is our fun food, Mini Tomato Santa’s.

Christmas Party food Santas

Recipe

– Cherry tomatoes

– Bread or mushrooms

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Cream cheese

– Olives

– Cheese

Method

1. Slice the tomatoes in half to form the bodies.

Mini Tomato Santas - 1 bodies-001

2. Add a disc of bread/mushroom for the face.

Mini Tomato Santas - 2 faces-002

3. Cut a hat from capsicum.

Mini Tomato Santas - 3 hats-003

4. Form fur and bobble from cream cheese.

Mini Tomato Santas - 4 bobbles & fur-006

5. And of course beards.

Mini Tomato Santas - 5 beards-007

6. Add some arms.

Mini Tomato Santas - 6 arms-008

7. Then a smaller piece of tomato for the pants.

Mini Tomato Santas - 7 pants-010

8. Give them olive boots.

Mini Tomato Santas - 8 boots-011

9. And eyes.

Mini Tomato Santas - 9 eyes-012

10. Some cheese stars for décor and they are rocking!

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Fun Apple Candy Cane

Apple Candy Cane

A Christmas plate that takes literally 2 minutes to make but looks fab!

Here’s our fun food, Apple Candy Cane.

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Recipe

– Apple

Method

1. Chop the apple into slices and then from there to rough rectangles.

Apple Candy Cane - 1 apple-0234

2. The pointier end bits become the hook part.

Apple Candy Cane - 2 candy cane-0235

3. Few herbs to give it colour. Done.

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Fun Grape Christmas Tree

Grape Christmas Tree

Sticking with the simple is good! Here is our fun food, Grape Christmas Tree.

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Recipe

– Green grapes

– Red grapes

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Form the top of the tree from grapes.

Grape Christmas Tree - 1 green-001

2. Add more grapes to form the rest.

Grape Christmas Tree - 2 more green-002

3. Use red grapes for the base.

Grape Christmas Tree - 3 base-003

4. Then form a star for the top.

Grape Christmas Tree - 4 star-005

5. Reshape a little!

Grape Christmas Tree - 5 Reshape-006

6. Add some baubles.

Grape Christmas Tree - 6 presents-007

7. And finish with coconut snow.

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Fun Rudolph Oatmeal

Rudolph Oatmeal

Let’s make a lovely, nourishing Christmas breakfast!

Here’s our fun food, Rudolph Oatmeal.

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Recipe

– Oatmeal

– Strawberries

– Blueberries

Method

1. Form the oatmeal into the shape of a head (I tipped it out of a small bowl to get the initial circle).

Rudolph Oatmeal - 1 oatmeal-0229

2. Cut antlers from two halves of a large strawberry.

Rudolph Oatmeal - 2 antlers-0230

3. Add a shiny nose.

Rudolph Oatmeal - 3 nose-0231

4. And some strawberry ears.

Rudolph Oatmeal - 4 ears-0232

5. Bright blueberry eyes.

Rudolph Oatmeal - 5 eyes-0234

6. And finish with some coconut snow, if you wish …

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Fun Fruit Baubles

Fruit Baubles

This is a super simple idea and it’s easy to make a whole bunch of them for a Christmas party. Imagine serving with dollops of yoghurt, whipped cream or coconut cream. Yum!

Here is our fun food, Fruit Baubles.

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Recipe

– Strawberries

– Blueberries

– Kiwi fruit

– Pineapple

– Sunflower seeds

Method

1. Use small bowls and fill with fruit like strawberries.

Frut Baubles - 1 strawberry-004

2. And blueberries.

Frut Baubles - 2 blueberries-005

3. Add any fruit you’d like.

Frut Baubles - 3 second bauble-006

4. Pineapple makes the top.

Frut Baubles - 4 pineapple-008

5. And sunflower seeds the thread.

Frut Baubles - 5 thread-009

6. Eat, drink and be merry!

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Fun Christmas Cheese Board

Christmas Cheese Board

Who doesn’t love a cheese board on a special occasion. It’s the perfect way to present a healthy share platter for a party for any age group. Even better you can use whatever suits – cheese, nuts, fruit, crackers, condiments ….

Here’s our very simple, fun food, Christmas Cheese Board.

Healthy Christmas party food Cheese Board

Recipe

I used:

– Cheddar cheese

– Cherry tomatoes

– Dried rosemary

– Feta cheese

– Almonds

– Pineapple

– Peanuts

Method

1. Cut the cheese into cubes and place on a wooden board.

Christmas Cheese Board - 1 cheese-0219

2. Add some bright cherry tomatoes.

Christmas Cheese Board - 2 tomatoes-0220

3. Then some dried rosemary.

Christmas Cheese Board - 3 herbs-0221

4. Followed by some feta cheese cubes.

Christmas Cheese Board - 4 feta-0222

5. And some almonds.

Christmas Cheese Board - 5 almonds-0223

6. Few more cheddar chunks.

Christmas Cheese Board - 6 cheese-0224

7. Then some tomatoes and rosemary.

Christmas Cheese Board - 7 tomato-0225

8. Place a pineapple star on the top.

Christmas Cheese Board - 8 pineapple-0226

9. And form a base from peanuts.

Christmas Cheese Board - 9 trunk-0227

10. A few fresh herbs for décor and it’s ready to serve.

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Fun Oaty Tiger

Oaty Tiger

Breakfast can be so much fun.

Here’s our fun food, Oaty Tiger.        Fun breakfasts for kids Tiger

Recipe

– Oatmeal

– Mandarin

– Orange

– Raisins

– Plum

– Coconut threads

Method

1. Make a circle for the face.

Oaty Tiger - 1 face-001

2. Add some ears.

Oaty Tiger - 2 ears-003

3. And a nose.

Oaty Tiger - 3 nose-004

4. Then some eyes from mandarin and raisins.

Oaty Tiger - 4 eyes-006

5. Give him a raisin nose.

Oaty Tiger - 5 nose-007

6. Then a mouth.

Oaty Tiger - 6 mouth-008

7. Use the orange for his fur.

Oaty Tiger - 7 fur-009

8. And some dark plum for contrast.

Oaty Tiger - 8 extra hair-010

9. Then I removed the fur from the top of the head and gave him some coconut whiskers.

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Fun Fruit Tree

Fruit Tree

At this time of the year we need simple. Simple is good!

Here’s our fun food, Fruit Tree ..

Fun food art Fruit Tree

Recipe

– Mandarin

– Green grapes

Method

1. Form a trunk from mandarins.

Fruit Tree - 1 trunk-001

2. Then branches.

Fruit Tree - 2 branches-002

3. Give the tree grape leaves.

Fruit Tree - 3 leaves-005

4. Filling the branches.

Fruit Tree - 4 more leaves-008

5. And finishing with some grape ground.

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Fun Mushroom Lion

Mushroom Lion

We love raw veggies and love lions … sooo, here is our fun food, Mushroom Lion.

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Recipe

– Mushroom

– Carrot

– Cucumber

– Olive

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

Method

1. Slice the top from a button mushroom and cut into the shape of a lion’s face.

Mushroom Lion - 1 face-0241

2. Add thinly sliced carrot batons for the mane.

Mushroom Lion - 2 mane-0242

3. Then mushroom ears.

Mushroom Lion - 3 ears-0243

4. And more mane.

Mushroom Lion - 4 more mane-0244

5. I gave him some rock star eyes but flipped them over later.

Mushroom Lion - 5 eyes-0245

6. Olive makes a shiny nose and capsicum a big mouth.

Mushroom Lion - 6 nose & mouth-0246

7. Mushroom and olives form his irises and pupils.

Mushroom Lion - 7 iris & pupils-0247

8. Then he needed more mane.

Mushroom Lion - 8 ear covering-0248

9. And his eyes to be flipped.

Mushroom Lion - 9 eye flip-0249

10. Some cucumber whiskers.

Mushroom Lion - 10 whiskers-0250

11. Finishing with some grass.

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Fun Red, White & Blue Turkey

Red, White & Blue Turkey

In celebration of American Thanksgiving this year we’ve created a fun food, Red, White & Blue Turkey.       Sugar Free Thanksgiving dessert Fruit Turkey

Recipe

– Blueberries

– Red Apple
– Pepitas

Method

1. Make a body from a cluster of blueberries.

RW & B Turkey - 1 Body-0227

2. Then form a head.

RW & B Turkey - 2 head-0228

3. Begin adding slices of apple for the tail.

RW & B Turkey - 3 tail-0229

4. And continue all the way round the body.

RW & B Turkey - 4 finish tail-0230

5. Give her some apple and blueberry feet.

RW & B Turkey - 5 legsl-0231

6. Then a face from apple.

RW & B Turkey - 6 face-0232

7. Add some red wattles.

RW & B Turkey - 7 wattles-0233

8. And finish with ground made from chopped pepitas.

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Fresh Food Flowers

Fresh Food Flowers ….
I was sooo excited last week. One of the lovely ladies that helps out at the school social events helping us to provide healthy choices for the students also has a child at the local Kinder. At their annual fundraising evening she organised sushi for the adults to go alongside the sausage sizzle. For the kids she put together 100 individual pots of fruit. And as the fruit was all free courtesy of the local supermarket it provided a great profit at $ 1.00 per pot.

Fruit Salad - Finished-002
Here I must digress. As much as supermarkets can work against people in terms of eating a fresh food diet I have to admit that our local Countdown is super supportive of any initiatives in the community that promote fresh food eating. Thanks Countdown we are so appreciative!
To have the sushi and the fruit pots was fabulous as it provided excellent choices for those wanting to avoid the standard fundraising fare. But far more exciting is that what we’ve done at the school is now being replicated in other community groups. Yeah!! We have planted the seeds and the fresh food will grow ….
What can you do to provide a fresh food alternative? At your house, in your school, within your community? Many small acts grow change …

Fun Tomato Weightlifter

Tomato Weightlifter

Tomatoes are coming into season – yeah! My boys love cherry tomatoes as they are so sweet and easy to eat.

We have a whole series of cherry tomato plates … but today, here is our fun food Tomato Weightlifter.

Fun food art Tomato Weightlifter

Recipe

– Tomatoes

– Carrrot

– Celery

– Olives

– Radish

Method

1. Slice in half two tomatoes of different size to form the head and body.

Tomato Weightlifter - 1 man-001

2. Add some carrot legs.

Tomato Weightlifter - 2 legs-002

3. And some arms.

Tomato Weightlifter - 3 arms-003

4. Make a bar from celery.

Tomato Weightlifter - 4 bar-004

5. Then weights from olive.

Tomato Weightlifter - 5 weights-005

6. Finish with some ground made from radish.

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Fun Banana Train

Banana Train

Trains are so easy to build and great to eat!

Here’s our fun food, Banana Train.

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Recipe

– Banana

– Red apple

– Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

– Sunflower seeds

– Raisins

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Build an engine and trucks.

Banana Train - 1 engine & trucks-02312. Connect with some apple.

Banana Train - 2 links-02303. Then add a funnel and cab.

4. Use discs of apple for wheels.

5. Then add a banana cow catcher at the front.

6. A red apple window completes the cab.

7. And the trucks get filled with sunflower seeds and pepitas.

8. Use more apple for the wheel cranks (oh I’m so happy with that technical term I looked up on Google …)

9. Desiccated coconut makes perfect steam.

10. And finish with raisin tracks.

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Fun Grape Cat

Grape Cat

Someone gave me some lovely black grapes. Would be a shame not to use them!

Here is our fun food, Grape Cat.

Fun food art Grape Cat

 

Recipe

– Black grapes

– Yoghurt

– Mint leaves

– Pepitas (sunflower seeds)

Method

1. Use half a grape for a head.

Grape Cat - 1 head-0223

2. Add some ears.

Grape Cat - 2 ears-0224

3. Then a body (I had to make it bigger later as he looked so scrawny and sad).

Grape Cat - 3 body-0225

4. Give him a tail.

Grape Cat - 4 tail-0226

5. And big eyes made from yoghurt and slices of mint.

Grape Cat - 5 eyes-0227

6. Then a grape nose.

Grape Cat - 6 nose-0228

7. With a bigger body.

Grape Cat - 7 body-0229

8. Then some whiskers.

Grape Cat - 8 whiskers-0230

9. Finish with mint & pepitas for the ground.

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Sports Day Revamp

Sports Day – Revamp …

Just a short year ago we decided to provide some options at the school’s Sports Day BBQ. We have tried and tested a few things since then with the support of a fabulous PTA and some have been more successful than others.

The things we have focused on are i) having options ii) being as inclusive as possible.

This sports day was a huge success on both fronts. We offered our standard vegan sausage as an alternative to the regular sausage. We also had fresh fruit smoothies (dairy and non-dairy) as a choice instead of a popsicle. It was great to see students queuing for a fresh food alternative.

Really exciting though was offering all sausages on wheat-meal bread (was supposed to be wholemeal but the bakery messed up!). These were served with optional home-made sugar free tomato sauce and salad (chopped tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce).
The swap to wheat-meal bread and sugar-free sauce was seamless. The salad was interesting as being new a lot of the children were surprised and even confused to see it as an option. Probably 20% took some for their “sandwich”. The feeling is that having it as a permanent choice will normalise it and encourage more students to opt in.

Tomato lettuce cucumber

The food environment can have such an impact on our kids choices. Don’t we have a responsibility to ensure it’s a good one?

Fun Monsters in Cave

Monsters in Cave

OK so this is a bit left of centre but Joe loved it doused in home-made mayo!

Here’s our fun food, Monsters in Cave.         Fun food for picky kids Monsters

Recipe

– Cucumber

– Cabbage

– Carrot

– Cream cheese

– Olives

Method

1. Build the outline of a cave from cucumber.

Monsters in a Cave - 1 cucumber-001

2. Then drape some cabbage “vines”.

Monsters in a Cave - 2 vines-002

3. Give the cave some depth and ground beside.

Monsters in a Cave - 4 ground-004

4. Then add more vines.

Monsters in a Cave - 5 finish cave-006

5. And some monster faces from carrot.

Monsters in a Cave - 6 faces-007

6. Give them some googly, cream cheese eyes.

Monsters in a Cave - 7 eyes-008

7. Then some olive mouths and pupils.

Monsters in a Cave - 8 pupils-mouths-009

8. Before adding some fangs.

Monsters in a Cave - 9 teeth-010

9. And finish with some cute, grabby arms.

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Fun Apple Teddy

Apple Teddy

Simple, cute, quick … what’s not to like?

Here’s our Apple Teddy.

Fun food art Apple Teddy

Recipe

– Dip (I used a strawberry/yoghurt)

– Red Apple

– Raisins

Method

1. Place dip in a round bowl.

Apple Teddy - 1 dip-0232

2. Add a head from the cheek of an apple.

Apple Teddy - 2 head-0233

3. Give her some ears.

Apple Teddy - 3 ears-0234

4. Then some arms and legs.

Apple Teddy - 4 arms & legs-0235

5. Finish with a face from apple and raisin.

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Fun Octopus Platter

Octopus Platter

Lovely, fun plate to share or as part of lunch.

Here’s our fun food, Octopus Platter.

Healthy fun party food Octopus Platter
Recipe

– Dip (I used a white bean)

– Carrots

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Olives

– Celery

– Cream cheese

Method

1. Form the dip into a head.

Octopus Platter - 1 head-002

2. Add discs of carrot to form the arms.

Octopus Platter - 2 arms-003

3. Finish with a face from capsicum, celery, olives and cream cheese.

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Fun Grape Birds

Grape Birds

So many birds waking me up at 5.30am, and now they have brought in mini-reinforcements!

Here is our fun food, Grape Birds.

Fun food for picky kids Grape Birds

Recipe

– Grapes

– Pear

– Strawberry

– Raisins

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Build a bird from a grape.

Grape Birds - 1 grape bird-0276

2. Add a raisin eye.

Grape Birds - 2 eye-0277

3. Then a pear tree (without partridge).

Grape Birds - 3 tree-0278

4. And a nest made from pear flesh.

Grape Birds - 4 nest-0279

5. Then the grape babies.

Grape Birds - 5 baby birds-0280

6. Give mummy a larger tail, a larger beak and a strawberry worm.

Grape Birds - 6 worm-0281

7. And some cubes of pear for the ground.

Grape Birds - 8 ground-0283

8. Finished with some desiccated coconut clouds.

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Fun Egg Cats

Egg Cats

Whilst I was experimenting with Halloween ghosts some cats appeared. These are pseudo meringues made from nothing but egg whites whipped until stiff. We love them served with the lightly cooked yolks poured over the top.

Here is our fun food, Egg Cats.

Fun food art Egg Cats

Recipe

– Egg whites

– Olives

– Rosemary

Method

1. Whip the egg whites until stiff.

Egg Cats - 1 egg-0329

2. Bake in the oven 8 – 10 mins at 180 degrees.

Egg Cats - 2 meringues-0330

3. Until crispy.

Egg Cats - 3 cooked-0335

4. Add ears, eyes, nose and mouth from olives.

Egg Cats - 4 faces-0339

5. Use rosemary for whiskers.

Egg Cats - 5 whiskers-0340

6. Ready to eat.

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Fun Apple Snail

Apple Snail

Phew, Halloween done for another year so time to return to the cute and fluffy!

Here’s our fun food, Apple Snail.

Fun food art Apple Snail

Recipe

– Red apple

– Strawberries

– Sunflower seeds

– Yoghurt

– Raisin

– Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

– Rosemary

Method

1. Slice the apple to form the shell.

Apple Snail - 1 apple-0352

2. Add part of a strawberry for the head.

Apple Snail - 1 apple-0353

3. Add a tail.

Apple Snail - 3 tail-0354

4. Give her a pattern on the shell with sunflower seeds.

Apple Snail - 4 pattern-0355

5. Add some antennae.

 

6. Form the ground from some pepitas.

Apple Snail - 5 antennae-0356Apple Snail - 6 ground-0357

7. Add some eyes made of yoghurt and raisins.

Apple Snail - 7 eyes-0358

8. Then give her antennae round tips.

Apple Snail - 9 ends to antennae-0359

9. And finish with some rosemary bugs.

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Fun Avocado Frankenstein

Avo Frankenstein

A nice, light snack for Halloween …

Here’s our fun food, Avo Frankenstein.

Halloween fun food Avocado Frankenstein

– Avocado

– Olives

– Cheese (I used cottage)

Method

1. Slice the avocado in half and cut into a face shape.

Avo Frnakenstein - 1 face-0354

2. Add some olive hair.

Avo Frnakenstein - 2 hair-0355

3. And some avo ears.

Avo Frnakenstein - 3 ears-0356

4. Then a nose and mouth.

Avo Frnakenstein - 4 nose & mouth-0357

5. Make a bolt to go through the neck.

Avo Frankenstein - 5 bolt-0358

6. Give him some eyes made from cheese and olives.

Avo Frankenstein - 6 eyes-0359

7. I used a sharp knife to give him a forehead and stitches.

Avo Frankenstein - 7 forehead-0360

8. Finish with a little décor.

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Fun Egg Ghosts

Egg Ghosts

Ooh (or should it be wooo ooooo?) needed something quick and simple today so made some egg ghosts. Made by just whipping the egg whites with the stick blender until they form stiff peaks, cooking briefly in the oven and then pouring over the egg yolks and cooking for a few minutes. Delicious!

Here are our fun food, Egg Ghosts.

Fun food art Egg Ghosts

Recipe

– Eggs (separated)

– Olives

Method

1. Whip the egg whites in a bowl until stiff.

Egg Ghosts - 1 egg-0329

2. Form into the shape of ghosts.

Egg Ghosts - 2 shaped-0330

3. Cook in the oven 5-10 mins at 180 degrees.

Egg Ghosts - 3 cooked-0331

4. Add olive eyes and mouth.

Egg Ghosts - 4 faces-0332

5. Woooooooo woooooo!!

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Fun Egg Witch

Egg Witch

A lovely, simple plate for Halloween.

Here’s our fun food, Egg Witch.

Healthy Halloween food Egg Witch

Recipe

– Boiled egg

– Red Cabbage

– Carrot

– Peas

– Green beans

– Avocado

– Olive

Method

1. Slice a boiled egg in half.

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2. Cut the top of the egg and place a red cabbage hat on her head.

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3. Add some carrot hair.

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4. Then some peas for eyes.

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5. Give her a long bean nose and an avocado mouth.

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6. Finish by opening up her mouth and adding some carrot stars and olive pupils.

Fun food art Egg Witch

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Fun Pineapple Skull

Pineapple Skull

A delicious Halloween plate. Perfect for a party!

Here’s our fun food, Halloween Skull.

Fun food art Pineapple Skull

Recipe

– Pineapple (I used fresh)

– Strawberry (or contrasting coloured fruit)

Method

1. Chop the pineapple roughly then place in the shape of a skull.

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2. Add strawberry eyes.

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3. Then a nose.

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4. Finish with a funky mouth.

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5. Dig in. Or serve with some blended strawberry sauce for blood!

Party Halloween food Pineapple Skull

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Fun Cabbage Bat

Cabbage Bat

Was having avocado for lunch and decided to build it into a bat. Surprisingly easy and pretty cool (even if I do say so myself).

Fun food, Red Cabbage Bat.

Fun food art Cabbage Bat

Recipe

– Avocado

– Red cabbage

– Olive

– Carrot (optional)

Method

1. Slice an avocado in half, peel off the skin and cut into a circular shape.

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2. Cut red cabbage leaves to make wings (a sharp knife or scissors work).

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3. Give her some wings.

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4. Then slice an olive for the eyes.

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5. Add some feet.

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6. And if you like an orange moon.

Cute food for Halloween Cabbage Bat

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Fun Spooky Eggs

Spooky Eggs

This was a bit of a fail … alas. Not an “epic fail” as my boys would have been delighted to crow but not quite as I would have liked. I was trying to make Spooky Eggs so boiled some and cracked them all over. The aim was to dye them red and as I knew beetroot juice would make them pinkish I decided to try raspberries.

After soaking for 24 hours I washed off the crushed raspberries and peeled them and found they were covered in red and blue “veins”. They looked amazing but I found it hard to capture on film. They also tasted a bit like raspberry. Not disgusting but not great either.
I would recommend going the beet and settling for pink!

Fun food art eggs for Halloween

Recipe

– Boiled eggs

– Cover with dye (beetroot/spinach juice)

Method
1. Boil eggs. Crack all over and then cover in coloured juice and allow to sit in fridge for 24 hours.

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2. Peel eggs.

Spooky Eggs for Halloween

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Fun Blueberry Witch

Blueberry Witch

OK it’s officially time for Halloween.

Let’s kick it off with a fun food, Blueberry Witch.

Fun food art Blueberry Witch

Recipe

– Green Pear

– Orange

– Raisin

– Blueberries (unfortunately still frozen for us)

Method

1. Slice off the cheek of a pear and then cut to “face” shape.

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2. Use segments of orange for hair.

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3. Make an ugly nose.

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4. Bits of raisins over pear form the eyes.

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5. Then add a pear mouth.

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6. And finish with a blueberry hat.

Halloween food Blueberry Witch

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Fun Cucumber Pig

Cucumber Pig

Almost but not quite time for Halloween fare!

So, here’s my fun food, Cucumber Pig.

Fun food art Cucumber Pig

Recipe

– Cucumber

– Cherry tomato

– Celery

– Olives

Method

1. Slice cucumber for the head.

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2. Add a cherry tomato nose.

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3. And some cucumber ears.

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4. Then some olive nostrils.

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5. Eyes from cucumber skin.

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6. And a lovely, fat body.

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7. Some legs.

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8. A flashy, celery tail.

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9. Finishing with olive and cucumber soil.

Fun party food Cucumber Pig

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Fun Apple-Strawberry Fish

Apple Strawberry Fish

Strawberries have just come in to season – yummm. Add some crunchy apple and you have an Apple-Strawberry Fish.

Fun food art Apple Strawberry Fish

Recipe

– Red apple

– Strawberries

– Almonds (flaked)

– Hazelnuts

Method

1. Slice some apple for the head.

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2. Add a mouth shape.

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3. Then use the strawberries for scales.

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4. Until you have a whole body.

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5. Add an apple tail.

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6. And a big eye.

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7. Then some spiky fins.

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8. Flaked almonds make great rocks.

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9. Finish with some hazelnut bubbles.

Healthy Party food Apple Strawberry Fish

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Fun Celery Salad Pig

Celery Salad Pig

Celery is one of those foods that people either like or don’t. When I went to visit my parents one time my mother made an apple and celery salad. It instantly reverted me to childhood! Yummy mix of sweet and savoury with nuts and raisins to pique the taste buds. When I was young it was the way to eat celery.

Here’s my giant, fun food Celery Salad Pig. OK he’s a bit squashed but …

Cute food for picky kids Salad Pig

Recipe

– Coleslaw of your choice

– Red apple

– Celery

– Raisins

Method

1. Make a body from the coleslaw.

Celery Salad Pig - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add ears from apple.

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3. And a big nose.

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4. Give him raisin nostrils.

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5. And eyes.

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6. Then add a curly, celery tail.

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7. And legs.

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8. Yummm!

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Fun Grape Alien

Grape Alien

Coming towards Halloween so starting to think of spooky stuff.

Here is my fun food, Grape Alien.

Fun food art Grape Alien

Recipe

– Grapes

– Apple (optional)

Method

1. Slice the grapes in half and use a cluster for the head.

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2. Add a neck.

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3. Then a body.

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4. Use black grapes for the eye.

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5. And add an antenna.

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6. Slice black grapes thinly for the arms.

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7. Then the legs.

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8. And maybe some more arms!

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9. Add some apple stars and he’s ready to eat.

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Fun Cheesy Sheep

Cheesy Sheep

My computer died on Friday so I have been in tech hell since then …

Fortunately starting to get back to normal so here’s my happy, fun food Cheesy Sheep.

Fun food art Cheese Sheep

Recipe

– Cottage or ricotta cheese

– Mushrooms

– Cucumber

– Carrot

– Celery

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Cherry tomato

Method

1. Form a body from cheese.

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2. Add a mushroom head.

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3. And legs.

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4. Cheese eyes.

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5. With a shiny tomato and capsicum sun.

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6. Slice some cucumber and celery grass.

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7. Add a big of carrot then you can even dip!

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Fun Pear Faces

Pear Faces

This is a fun activity to do with the mini chefs. Cut up a few pieces of fruit and let them go crazy!

Here are my fun food, Pear Faces.

Healthy party food Fruit Faces

Recipe

– Green pear

– Strawberries

– Raisins

Method

1. Slice the cheeks from the pear and use for the face. Take off the additional from the back too so they lie flat.

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2. Add raisin eyes.

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3. Then slice the tops of the faces ready for the headgear.

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4. Use strawberries for the hair.

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5. And pear for the hat.

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6. Add strawberry mouths and a dapper moustache.

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7. Then little raisin noses.

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8. More pear makes a neck and upper body.

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9. Before adding a necktie and necklace.

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10. All finished and ready to eat.

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Fun Chilli Owl

Chilli Owl

I was making some chilli for dinner and decided to whip up a quick owl.

Here’s my fun food, Chilli Owl.

Creative kids food Chilli Owl

Recipe

– Chilli (or any bolognaise style sauce)

– Cheese

– Tomato

– Avocado

– Black beans (or olives)

Method

1. Fill a bowl with chilli.

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2. Add two, large circles of cheese for eyes.

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3. Then a beak from tomato.

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4. And large irises from avocado.

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5. Use black beans for pupils.

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6. Then finish with a triangle of cheese for the top of the head.

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Fun Apple Lady

Apple Lady

Every now and again I have to do a design that’s more “pink” than usual!

Here’s my fun food, Apple Lady.

Fun food art Apple Dancer

Recipe

– Red Apple

– Strawberries

– Raisin

Method

1. Use the flesh from the apple to create a face.

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2. Add strawberry hair.

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3. Then raisin eyes.

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4. And an apple ruff.

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5. Slice the apple thinly to form the dress.

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6. Then give her a beautiful strawberry mouth.

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7. And some graceful apple arms.

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8. With lovely legs.

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9. All finished!

Fun food for picky kids Apple Lady

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Fun Hummus Fishbowl

Hummus Fishbowl

We love veggies and dip so I often find myself getting creative to amuse the boys (or have them roll their eyes!).

Here’s my fun food, Hummus Fishbowl.

Creative food for kids Hummus Fishbowl

Recipe

– Hummus (or other dip)

– Corn

– Carrot

– Dill or other edible herbs

– Cucumber

– Radish

Method

1. Make the outline of a fish bowl from hummus.

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2. Add corn for the “sand”.

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3. Give the bowl a lip.

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4. Then populate with carrot fish.

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5. Use edible herbs for the plants.

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6. And cucumber for the fishes eyes.

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7. A few chunks of radish as shells and all finished!

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Fun Apple Lighthouse

Apple Lighthouse

I was clearing out old photos and found this that I did 2 years ago and never posted. Perfect for the season!

My fun food, Apple Lighthouse.

Fun food for picky kids Apple Lighthouse

Recipe

– Red apple

– Orange

– Pear

– Pepitas

Method

1. Start the tower with a small piece of apple.

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2. Add a contrasting stripe.

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3. Then continue building.

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4. Put on a balcony.

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5. Then a light from orange.

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6. And a housing from apple.

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7. Then some orange rays.

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8. Using pear for the rocks.

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9. Finish with some pepitas.

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Fun Cheese Flowers

Cheese Flowers

Spring is definitely here. Well, not today but it has been!

Flowers are everywhere and it just makes life that little bit more colourful. Here are my fun food, Cheese Flowers. Perfect for a snack ..

Fun food art Cheese Flowers

Recipe

– Cheese

– Celery

– Cucumber

– Spinach

– Cherry tomatoes

– Carrot

Method

1. Place cherry tomatoes on the plate for the centres of the flowers (slice a little bit off the bottom if you do not want them to be marbles!).

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2. Cut cheese petals to arrange around the one of the tomatoes.

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3. Then make the others flowers bent over.

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4. Add celery stalks.

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5. And some cucumber ground.

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6. Then some spinach leaves (cut the shape using scissors).

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7. Finish with a carrot butterfly.

Fun food for picky kids Cheese Flowers

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Fun Pear Triceratops

Pear Triceratops

Who doesn’t like dinosaurs? Especially ones you can eat.

Here’s my fun food, Pear Triceratops …

Dinosaur party food Pear Triceratops

Recipe

– Pear

– Raisin

Method

1. Slice the cheek from the pear to use as the head.

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2. Cut the classic horny shape of the triceratops’ head.

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3. Use the other pear cheek for the body.

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4. Then place the head on top (you may need to slice away some of the inner flesh for balance).

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5. Give her some large feet.

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6. And a tail.

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7. Some big toenails.

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8. Then eyes with a raisin pupil.

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9. Use more pear for the 3 horns and more raisin for the nostrils.

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10. Bit of décor and she’s ready to rumble …

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Fun Salad Princess

Salad Princess

Every now and again it’s important to have the royal treatment.

Here’s my fun food, Salad Princess.

Fun food art Salad Princess

Recipe

– Cheese

– Cucumber

– Carrot

– Tomato

– Spinach

Method

1. Cut a circle for her face.

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2. Then add a cucumber crown.

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3. Slotted onto the head snugly.

 

4. Add some carrot hair. But it looked a little “witchy” so I changed it!

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5. Give her a face from cucumber, and tomato.

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6. Then change that hair …

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7. Add some cucumber jewels to the crown.

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8. And a ruff made from spinach.

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9. Finish with some stars.

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No soap, No shampoo, No smelly stuff .. at all ….

No soap, No shampoo, No smelly stuff .. at all ….

No shampoo

So if you’d told my younger self that I’d turn into a middle-aged hippy I would have scoffed. However, I seem to be heading unassisted into that definition!
I am obsessive about what we put into our bodies in the way of food and also in the other ways we must nourish our bodies, minds and soul. Sleep, exercise, mental stimulation, love, forays into nature etc. But I seemed to have skipped a step without realising it. Although I’ve always been fonder of baking soda and vinegar for cleaning than smelly chemicals this has not applied to the stuff we use to clean ourselves. Yes we use the eco versions of soaps and shampoos and moisturisers but do we actually even need these?
My light-bulb moment was after purchasing Norwex branded cloths for cleaning the house. The anti-microbial/anti-bacterial microfiber cloths eliminated the need for additional cleaning fluids. Even better they clean things with way less effort and who doesn’t want that!
I started to think about my personal care routine and question habits I’ve had forever. I began with my hair. Now I would never be invited to participate in a hair commercial. My hair is madly curly, thick, kind of wiry feeling and very long. It does two styles – very long or very short. I have spent years drowning it in conditioner to try and keep it from getting dry and the ends splitting. Whilst doing this the roots get greasy and by the 4th morning it just could not be left without a wash. And tangles, boy did I fight every time with knots, you would not believe what a task it would be.
Then I began to read about going “no poo”. Scary thought. I am a mad exerciser and so the thought of having hair not “properly” washed was very scary. And what about my dry hair? How would it cope without the half a bottle of conditioner twice a week?
But thinking about how much less of a chemical load I’d be placing on my body, the environment and also what I’d save in terms of dollars made me take the plunge. I was very thankful to the lovely ladies at the Real Food in NZ Facebook group who gave me advice and support and I just went for it.
To start with it was a disaster. I used baking soda and vinegar and my hair looked like it hadn’t been washed at all and was lank and lifeless. Fortunately vanity is not one of my many vices and my husband – bless him – probably wouldn’t even notice if I shaved it all off, so I decided to continue. Reading more I realised that baking soda was too harsh and that it may take weeks for my hair to adjust and let the natural oils balance. I ditched the soda and just washed my hair in apple cider vinegar. Much better result but still not the bouncy, vibrant look I was used to after a shampoo wash. Then as I persevered I realised that my hair no longer had knots. None! And it was soft. Not of course commercial ready soft (not going to happen with my hair) but way, way softer than previously. And the ends although split from previously were not dry. As I continued I also noticed that my hair didn’t actually need washing very often (although I do!). The natural oils have balanced and my hair does feel better. There is also not the super dry after a wash followed by the icky greasy a few days later. It is content, happy and balanced.
Never being one to do things by halves I decided to try the Norwex body wash cloths and go soap and cleanser free. Now despite the cleaning cloths and the no poo success I was still really, really, nervous about this. As I said before, I’m a mad exerciser and as I dumped deodorant 10 years ago after a workout I am in urgent need of a major shower. The first morning I was gobsmacked. Yep, totally amazed at how clean the cloths get the body without any cleaning products at all. In fact way better at removing sweat than soap. And the positive side-effect of this is that moisturiser is no longer necessary as the body balances those good old oils itself.
Now admittedly I still do soap my hands and moisturise those and my face but I am working on that. And of course I always need to share my crazy schemes with the boys. They have always been primarily no poo but they are now no soap too. Joe reckons its way easier to wash and loves his new body cloth. Max is not as enthusiastic but then again how many 10 year old boys are excited about washing?
And that leaves me searching for my next mad project. Any suggestions?

Fun Apple Whale

Apple Whale

Apples are in season and there are so many varieties to try. The boys love the crisp, sweet red ones!

Here’s my fun food, Apple Whale.

Sugar free snacks Apple Whale

Recipe

– Red apple

– Blueberries

Method

1. Slice the cheek of the apple to form the body of the whale.

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2. Add a little tail.

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3. Then some water jets coming out of the blow hole.

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4. Cut a big eye from apple.

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5. And a happy smile.

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6. Form the sea from some blueberries.

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7. Have a whale of a time!

Fun food art Apple Whale

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Fun Avocado Turtle

Avocado Turtle

Often fruit and veg ‘speak’ to me. This time it was an avocado … !

Here’s my fun food Avocado Turtle.

Fun, healthy snacks for kdis Avocado Turtle

Recipe

– Avocado

– Cucumber

– Dill

Method

1. Cut an avocado in half and peel.

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2. Thinly slice cucumber and arrange on top of the avocado.

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3. Add 4 feet. I changed to the dark side of the cucumber later!

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4. Then a cucumber head.

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5. And some big eyes.

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6. With darker pupils.

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7. Then the foot swap to the darker colour.

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8. Sprinkle some herbs for background (and flavour!).

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9. And finish with a tail.

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Fun Fruit Caterpillar

Fruit Caterpillar

Big, bright beautiful fruit platters are fabulous for gatherings.

Here’s my fun food Fruit Caterpillar.

Fun food art Fruit Caterpillar

Recipe

– Pear

– Strawberries

– Kiwi fruit

– Orange

– Pineapple

– Blueberries

– Apple

Method

1. Slice a pear in half and form the head of the caterpillar.

Fruit Caterpillar - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Add a layer of strawberries.

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3. Then a layer of kiwi fruit.

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4. Followed by some orange.

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5. And some pineapple.

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6. With some frozen blueberries.

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7. Then an apple tail.

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8. And some blueberry eyes.

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9. Then blueberry legs.

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10. Finish with apple and blueberry antennae.

Fun, healthy party food Fruit Caterpillar

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Fun Coleslaw Seahorse

Coleslaw Seahorse

Wow I made this two years ago and never got around to blogging it … until today! I rarely use molds but this is one of those times that I did.

Here’s my fun food, Coleslaw Seahorse.

Fun food art Coleslaw Seahorse

Recipe

– Coleslaw (I used cabbage/carrot & home-made mayo)

– Celery

– Rice

– Carrot

– Corn

– Spinach

– Parsley

– Beetroot

– Daikon/chinese radish

Method

1. Squash some coleslaw into a mold.

Coleslaw Seahorse - 1 mould (1 of 1)

2. Carefully remove the mold.

Coleslaw Seahorse - 2 out of mould (1 of 1)

3. Add some rice for the seabed.

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4. Then a celery stalk for seaweed.

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5. Use baby spinach for the seaweed leaves.

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6. Add some parsley and corn for shells and seaweed.

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7. Chopped carrot makes more shells.

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8. And daikon perfect bubbles – do seahorses do bubbles?!!?

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9. Beetroot gives detail to the seahorse.

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10. Finished!

Creative kids food Coleslaw Seahorse

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Fun Apple Volcanoes

Apple Volcanoes

Was chopping some apples and suddenly saw a volcano appear. The dinosaurs are not the best but they improve the scene!!

Here are my fun food Apple Volcanoes.

Fun, healthy kids snacks Apple Volcano

Recipe

– Red apple

– Pear

Method

1. Slice triangles from apple for the mountains.

Apple Volcano - 1 volcano (1 of 1)

2. Cut indents at the top for the craters.

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3. Add some of the red for the lava and spitting fire.

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4. Use pear for the rocks spewing from the top and around the base.

Apple Volcano - 4 rocks (1 of 1)

5. Make a red sun for the sky.

Apple Volcano - 5 sun (1 of 1)

6. Finish with some dinosaurs cut from pear.

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Fun Clown Fish

Clown Fish

Nemo may be a little old these days but there’s still something very appealing about a stripy orange fish!

Here are my fun food, Clown Fish.

Healthy kids snacks Clown Fish

Recipe

– Carrot

– Olive

– Cheese

– Corn

– Cucumber

– Dill

Method

1. Cut a fish shape from a large carrot.

Clown Fish - 1 fish (1 of 1)

2. Give him some friends.

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3. Add some olive eyes.

Clown Fish - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. And some cheesy stripes.

Clown Fish - 4 stripes (1 of 1)

5. Form the seabed from corn and edible herbs (dill in this case).

Clown Fish - 5 seabed (1 of 1)

6. Add some cucumber bubbles.

Clown Fish - 6 bubbles (1 of 1)

7. Then finish with some cucumber rocks.

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Fun Mandarin Ostrich

Mandarin Ostrich

On a roll with the mandarin designs – they’re just so easy!

Here’s my fun food, Mandarin Ostrich.

Fun food art Mandarin Ostrich

Recipe

– Mandarin

– Brown pear or apple

– Raisin or blueberry

– Sunflower seeds or nuts

Method

1. Use half a mandarin as the body.

Mandarin Ostrich - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add a pear neck with a little piece that the beak will fit onto.

Mandarin Ostrich - 2 neck & head (1 of 1)

3. Then some pear legs and feet.

Mandarin Ostrich - 3 legs (1 of 1)

4. Use some of the flesh for the beak.

Mandarin Ostrich - 4 beak (1 of 1)

5. And a raisin for the pupil.

Mandarin Ostrich - 5 pupils (1 of 1)

6. Then it’s time for some ostentatious tail feathers.

Mandarin Ostrich - 6 tail (1 of 1)

7. And a little neck ruff.

Mandarin Ostrich - 7 neck rough (1 of 1)

8. Give him some ground to run on.

Mandarin Ostrich - 8 ground (1 of 1)

9. Finished!

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Fun Pineapple Porcupine

Pineapple Porcupine

Ahhhhh, had a terrible mother moment and realised I’d forgotten to make a share plate for Joe to take to a social occasion and had literally 10 mins to rectify my “unmotherliness”.

Apologise for the quality of the photos as it was a mad dash from start to finish.

Here’s my fun food, share plate, a Pineapple Porcupine (and yes he was appreciated, devoured and finished!) phew, I am redeemed.

Healthy Party food Pineapple Porcupine

Recipe

– Pineapple (I used fresh but tinned would work)

– Red Apple (or pear/melon/stone fruit)

– Plum (or just use more apple)

Method

1. Chop the pineapple and start to build the body.

Pineapple Porcupine - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add more pineapple and form an oval-ish shape.

Pineapple Porcupine - 1 more body (1 of 1)

3. Pile on a second layer.

Pineapple Porcupine - 2 next layer (1 of 1)

4. Use cocktail sticks as the spines and for ease of eating.

Pineapple Porcupine - 4 skewers (1 of 1)

5. Cut the red apple to form the head and ears.

Pineapple Porcupine - 5 head & ears (1 of 1)

6. And use more for the feet.

Pineapple Porcupine - 6 feet (1 of 1)

7. Add pupils from dark plum.

Pineapple Porcupine - 7 eyes (1 of 1)

8. Then slice a circle of plum for the nose.

Pineapple Porcupine - Finished (1 of 1)

9. And he’s ready to serve.

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Fresh Food Lunchbox Workshop

Fresh Food Lunchbox Workshop

Fresh Food Lunchbox Workshop

I love the opportunity to present lovely, fresh food beautifully and make it the hero for snacks, dinners or parties. I use this knowledge to provide healthy options at community functions. I also take the food art and fresh food cooking into school and local groups to excite children about real food choices.

Recently I have begun running “Fresh Food Lunchbox Workshops” for parents. These have as the focus facilitating a change from packaged lunches to a fresh food lunchbox. They are interactive and provide guidance for simple steps to change habits.

On Tue I was privileged to be asked to speak to parents at a local preschool and my lovely Max lobbied to help and put himself in charge of the graphics. It was great to have him along and he was also able to discuss his experiences as a primarily sugar-free child in a sugary world!

I will be sharing the information from the workshop on how to make a transition with food choices on my new website (to be launched very soon). The focus will be on fresh food for lunches and also family meals with tricks, tips and recipes to support this.

Watch this space …

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Fun Scarecrow Dip

Scarecrow Dip

Hope he’s not too “scary clown” looking!

Here’s my fun food, Scarecrow Dip.

Creative food for picky eaters Scarecrow Dip

Recipe

– Dip (I used hummus)

– Celery

– Cucumber

– Carrot

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Olives

Method

1. Put the dip in a bowl. Having a lip makes it easier to balance the hat and hair!

Scarecrow Dip - 1 dip (1 of 1)

2. Use celery to form a hat.

Scarecrow Dip - 2 hat (1 of 1)

3. Cut a triangle of cucumber for the nose.

Scarecrow Dip - 3 nose (1 of 1)

4. Then use more for the eyes and pupils.

Scarecrow Dip - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Add some strips of carrot for hair.

Scarecrow Dip - 5 hair (1 of 1)

6. And slices of olive for the mouth.

Scarecrow Dip - 6 mouth (1 of 1)

7. Give him some rosy, red capsicum cheeks.

Scarecrow Dip - 7 cheeks (1 of 1)

8. And he’s ready to party!

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Fun Mandarin Balloons

Mandarin Balloons

Mandarins are the perfect shape for lots of things, including balloons!

Here are my fun food, Mandarin Balloons.

Fun food art Mandarin Balloons

Recipe

– Mandarin

– Pear

– Kiwi fruit

– Linseeds/flaxseeds

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Peel the mandarin and split in half to form the balloons.

Mandarin Balloons - 1 mandarins (1 of 1)

2. Add a pear basket for each.

Mandarin Balloons - 2 baskets (1 of 1)

3. Then pear flesh for the ropes.

Mandarin Balloons - 3 ropes (1 of 1)

4. Slice pear to form the buildings below.

Mandarin Balloons - 4 building (1 of 1)

5. Then use some kiwifruit for the greenery.

Mandarin Balloons - 5 grass (1 of 1)

6. Add some detail to the buildings using pear and linseeds.

Mandarin Balloons - 6 detail (1 of 1)

7. Finishing with some desiccated coconut clouds.

Fun food for picky kids Mandarin Balloons

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Fun Oat Clown

Oat Clown

My boys view porridge as a treat for breakfast so they are always excited when I make a bowl. With extra fruit – bonus!!

Here’s my fun food, Oat Clown.

Creative breakfast Oat Clown

Recipe

– Oats

– Red apple

– Green pear

– Raisins/blueberries

Method

1. Make a bowl of porridge or soaked oats.

Oat Clown - 1 oats (1 of 1)

2. Add a big, red, apple nose.

Oat Clown - 2 nose (1 of 1)

3. And a curved mouth.

Oat Clown - 3 mouth (1 of 1)

4. Then a bright smile.

Oat Clown - 4 smile (1 of 1)

5. Some apple eyes.

Oat Clown - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

6. With some clown-like crosses.

Oat Clown - 6 crosses (1 of 1)

7. And some funky, pear hair.

Oat Clown - 7 hair (1 of 1)

8. Then some raisin pupils.

Oat Clown - 8 pupils (1 of 1)

9. A triangle of apple makes the perfect hat.

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Fun Pear Elephant

Pear Elephant

Elephants are so hard to do! Not sure I nailed this and the boys agreed but didn’t stop them eating it anyway!

Here’s my fun food Pear Elephant.

Cute food for kids Pear Elephant

Recipe

– Brown pear

– Raisin (or blueberry)

– Pepitas/pumpkin seeds

– Persimmon/orange

Method

1. Cut a body from the flesh of the pear.

Pear Elephant - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add a tail.

Pear Elephant - 2 tail (1 of 1)

3. And 3 legs (oops?).

Pear Elephant - 3 feet (1 of 1)

4. Then the head.

Pear Elephant - 4 head (1 of 1)

5. Using the outside of the pear for the trademark ears.

Pear Elephant - 5 ears (1 of 1)

6. Adding a big trunk.

Pear Elephant - 6 trunk (1 of 1)

7. And a raisin eye.

Pear Elephant - 7 eye (1 of 1)

8. Then a bright orange persimmon sun.

Pear Elephant - 8 sun (1 of 1)

9. Pepitas and chopped pear form the ground.

Pear Elephant - 9 ground (1 of 1)

10. Finished!

Fun food art Pear Elephant

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Fun Hummus Fish

Hummus Fish

My boys love home-made hummus with their veggie sticks. Thought we’d go one step further and create a dip/veggie plate.

Here’s my fun food, Hummus Fish. Quick, simple, delicious.

Fun food for picky kids Hummus Fish

Recipe

– Hummus (or bean dip)

– Cucumber

– Carrot

– Corn

– Dill (or other edible plants!)

Method

1. Form a body from the dip.

Hummus Fish - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add some big, cucumber eyes.

Hummus Fish - 2 eyes (1 of 1)

3. And carrot tail fins.

Hummus Fish - 3 tail (1 of 1)

4. Then some side fins.

Hummus Fish - 4 fins (1 of 1)

5. Add some spikes.

Hummus Fish - 5 spines (1 of 1)

6. A few more spikes and a cucumber smile.

Hummus Fish - 6 spines-smile (1 of 1)

7. Then use the inside of the cucumber for the pupil.

Hummus Fish - 7 pupil (1 of 1)

8. Corn makes perfect sand.

Hummus Fish - 8 sand (1 of 1)

9. Then some dill and its flowers for seabed plants.

Hummus Fish - 9 plants (1 of 1)

10. A few cucumber bubbles and we’re all finished.

Fun food art Hummus Fish

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Fun Banana Caterpillar

Banana Caterpillar

Busy at the moment so looking for super simple, fun food ideas. Here’s my cute Banana Caterpillar.

Fun food art Banana Caterpillar

Recipe

– Banana

– Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

– Raisin

Method

1. Cut the banana into circles to form the body then add a pointed tail.

Banana Caterpillar - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Use pepitas to create legs and antennae.

Banana Caterpillar - 2 legs (1 of 1)

3. Then add raisin eyes and mouth.

Banana Caterpillar - 3 face (1 of 1)

4. I thinned down the tail a little and she’s finished!

Fun food for picky kids Banana Caterpillar

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Fun Cucumber Tree

Cucumber Tree

I had some spinach pesto to use so wanted to incorporate it into a quick snack. Simple, make a fun food, Cucumber Tree!

Fun, healthy food Cucumber Tree

Recipe

– Carrot

– Cucumber

– Pesto

– Corn

Method

1. Cut a trunk from carrot.

Cucumber Tree - 1 trunk (1 of 1)

2. Use slices of cucumber to make leaves.

Cucumber Tree - 2 leaves (1 of 1)

3. Add pesto grass.

Cucumber Tree - 3 grass (1 of 1)

4. Then finish with corn flowers and cucumber birds.

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Fun Delicious Dips at Cubs

Delicious Dips at Cubs

I was really excited to be invited to run cooking sessions for the local junior cubs last week. They have two separate groups so I put together 4 sugar, nut and dairy free dips that everyone could make and then taste. We combined this with some knife skills chopping crudites – veg for the savoury dips and fruit for the dessert dips.

It was all a bit mad especially as the cub leaders needed to take charge of the recipes and I think a few measurements went slightly awry ….! Luckily everyone had a great time and we discovered some very enthusiastic choppers and people who never realised they’d enjoy a pesto or a hummus.

Cooking with six and seven year olds is great fun and there are so many skills they get to use. Everything from how to use a knife safely to which is a tablespoon and which is a teaspoon. And not of course forgetting my favourite mantra – “healthy food is delicious food”.

Healthy dips at Cubs

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Fun Apple Polar Bear

Apple Polar Bear

We are in the middle of a very cold snap here with snow on the mountains ringing Wellington. A fun food, Apple Polar Bear seemed very appropriate!

Fun food art Apple Polar Bear

Recipe

– Red apple

– Raisins

– Desiccated coconut

– Dill (or other edible greenery)

Method

1. Cut a large oval from apple for the body.

Apple Polar Bear - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add a round piece for the head.

Apple Polar Bear - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. And two ears.

Apple Polar Bear - 3 ears (1 of 1)

4. Give him paws.

Apple Polar Bear - 4 hands & feet (1 of 1)

5. Then use raisins for eyes and nose.

Apple Polar Bear - 5 eyes & nose (1 of 1)

6. And paw pads.

Apple Polar Bear - 6 paws (1 of 1)

7. Cut the skin side for a little fish.

Apple Polar Bear - 7 fish (1 of 1)

8. Then slice a piece of apple for his rock and sprinkle desiccated coconut for the water.

Apple Polar Bear - 8 rock (1 of 1)

9. Add some more fish in the water.

Apple Polar Bear - 9 more fish (1 of 1)

10. Then some coconut snow.

Apple Polar Bear - 10 snow (1 of 1)

11. A few dill trees in the background and he’s finished.

Fun food for picky kids Apple Polar Bear

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