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Vegecational Video Ventures 4 – Home-made sauerkraut

Sauerkraut

Being from an English background, Sauerkraut is not something I have grown up with. Chutneys and pickles yes (and I love making them) but this is my first go at fermented cabbage!

I am informed that it’s really simple to make and I know that the beneficial bacteria contained in fermented foods are great for our bodies (we already have yoghurt for those great probiotics) so today was the day to see if I could make it.
Check out the video to see the Sauerkraut being put into the jar.

Sauerkraut (1 of 1)

http://youtu.be/Z07hJ5lTCXY

Recipe

– Finely shredded green cabbage (1/2 head of a large one)

– Tbsp salt (not iodised)

Mix together in a large bowl with the hands until the cabbage gets soft and “soupy”. Place into a sterilised jar and push down the cabbage until it’s totally immersed in the liquid. Cover and leave at room temperature for 3 days (or longer dependent on taste).

The Testing (7 days later)

We left ours for 5 days to ferment and then refrigerated it. Tonight we cooked it up with some roast pork, grated carrot and cannellini beans that I had pre-soaked plus some other veggies. Before putting the sauerkraut into the pan I rinsed to remove the majority of the salt.

Check out the video to see what the crash test food dummies thought of the sauerkraut. As it’s high summer here we are making the most of the weather and eating on the balcony so excuse the hats!

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Fun Pancake “Cakes”

Pancake “Cake”

We were having a bit of a celebration so I decided to make a fun food little “cake” and served it to four boys. It lasted about the same time as it took me to get my camera ready ….

I made some buckwheat pancake batter then cooked them individually in egg rings to make small circles. These were then stacked and layered with fruit and yoghurt. A big hit and a great alternative to a traditional cake – especially as there is no sugar but loads of colour, flavour and of course you can make to personal specifications!

Fun food art - Pancake Cake

Recipe

– Pancakes (I used buckwheat)

– Yoghurt (or coconut cream)

– Fruit – I used strawberries and blueberries

– Mint leaves to decorate

Method

1. Make the pancakes into any shape you wish. I used an egg ring to create small circles.

Pancake Cake - 2 stack (1 of 1)

2. Add a layer of yoghurt.

Pancake Cake - 3 yoghurt (1 of 1)

3. Then some strawberries.

Pancake Cake - 4 strawberries (1 of 1)

4. And another pancake.

Pancake Cake - 5 next layer (1 of 1)

5. Then more yoghurt and strawberries.

Pancake Cake - 6 layertwo (1 of 1)

6. Until the stack is completed.

Pancake Cake - 7 stack up (1 of 1)

7. Add fruit to the top for decoration.

Pancake Cake - 8 toppings (1 of 1)

8. A few mint leaves to pretty it up and it’s ready to eat.

Healthy party food Pancake Cake

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Fun Tomato Ladybirds

Tomato Ladybirds

High summer so we’re feeling like lots of salads, the tomatoes are plentiful and the flowers and insects are blooming. We combined them all with these bright, fun food Tomato Ladybirds.

Fun food art Tomato Ladybirds

If you’d like to watch the video check out the link:
http://t.co/97wpCAu2K2

Recipe

– Lettuce leaves (or other green leaves)

– Tomatoes

– Olives

– Green stems (I used rosemary leaves but parsley stems/chives would be good)

Method

1. Wash some green leaves.

Tomato Ladybirds - 1 leaves (1 of 1)

2. Slice tomatoes to make the ladybird’s bodies.

Tomato Ladybirds - 2 body (1 of 1)

3. Use an olive to make the head.

Tomato Ladybirds - 3 heads (1 of 1)

4. Cut olives to make the divider between the wings and add olive spots.

Tomato Ladybirds - 4 wings & spots (1 of 1)

5. Do that for all the tomatoes.

Tomato Ladybirds - 5 all the spots (1 of 1)

6. And add rosemary leaves for antennae.

Tomato Ladybirds - 6 antennae (1 of 1)

7. So easy and ready to eat.

Cute food ideas Tomato Ladybirds

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Vegecational Video Ventures 2 – Home-made tomato ketchup

Vegecational Video Ventures 2 – Home-made tomato sauce

We don’t buy tomato ketchup from the store as it contains too much sugar and other additives. However, when we were catering the school sports day BBQ and needed something to accompany our vegan sausages we knew that having some ketchup would be excellent. We tested a few recipes and finally settled on our own version of a sugar (and sugar substitute) free ketchup that is super easy to make, cost effective, keeps well and yet tastes delicious. 70 kids at the BBQ agreed with us!

Check out the video link for the recipe and instructions on how to make:

http://t.co/CuRLed4XDk

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Vegecational Video Ventures 1 – Introduction

Vegecational Video Ventures 1 – Introduction

This year we’ll be trying something new via Vegecational Video Ventures. There will be an eclectic mix of topics, everything from experimental recipes to home-made sauces and simple food art. Check back regularly to find out what we’re doing in the kitchen and how my favourite crash test food dummies (Max and Joe) are liking what we’re whipping up!

Click on the link for a short introduction and what to expect:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSooiIklmQo

 

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Strawberry Hummingbird

Strawberry Hummingbird

Here we go, using the delicious berries that are in abundance right now to make a summery, fun food Strawberry Hummingbird.

Fun food art Strawberry Hummingbird

Recipe

– Strawberries

– Melon – honeydew

– Melon – canteloupe/rockmelon

– Banana

– Blueberries

Method

1. Cut a body from strawberries.

Strawberry Hummingbird - 1 strawberry (1 of 1)

2. Add a strawberry tail.

Strawberry Hummingbird - 2 tail (1 of 1)

3. And a head.

Strawberry Hummingbird - 3 head (1 of 1)

4. Then some wings.

Strawberry Hummingbird - 4 wings (1 of 1)

5. Before adding a long, curved beak.

Strawberry Hummingbird - 5 beak (1 of 1)

6. I used a cookie cutter to make melon flowers (which I later cut back).

Strawberry Hummingbird - 6 flowers (1 of 1)

7. Then added some banana flowers too.

Strawberry Hummingbird - 7 more flowers (1 of 1)

8. And gave the bird a little eye.

Strawberry Hummingbird - 8 eye (1 of 1)

9. Using blueberries for the centres of the flowers.

Strawberry Hummingbird - 9 blueberries (1 of 1)

10. Before cutting back the overgrown flowers a little.

Healthy food ideas Strawberry Hummingbird

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Fun New Year Fireworks

New Year Fireworks

Happy New Year! This year we’re celebrating with fun food fruit explosions over London …

Healthy food for NYE fireworks

Recipe

– Apple

– Mandarin

– Kiwifruit

– Strawberry

– Sunflower seeds

– Long grain coconut

Method

1. I cut apple to make the sides of the tower.

NYE Fireworks - 1 tower (1 of 1)

2. Then made the top of the tower.

NYE Fireworks - 2 top of tower (1 of 1)

3. And added an apple spire.

NYE Fireworks - 3 spire (1 of 1)

4. Before starting the Houses of Parliament.

NYE Fireworks - 4 building (1 of 1)

5. With the pointed rooftops.

NYE Fireworks - 5 spires (1 of 1)

6. Then I added the clock from a disc of apple with the red skin as the hands.

NYE Fireworks - 6 clock (1 of 1)

7. More apple gave the buildings detail.

NYE Fireworks - 7 detail (1 of 1)

8. Then it was time for the fireworks. Strawberry stars.

NYE Fireworks - 8 stars (1 of 1)

9. With long tails.

NYE Fireworks - 9 shooting bits  (1 of 1)

10. A mandarin wheel.

NYE Fireworks - 10 mandarin wheel (1 of 1)

11. Kiwi stars.

NYE Fireworks - 11 kiwi stars (1 of 1)

12. All made explosive with the coconut.

NYE Fireworks - 12 coconut (1 of 1)

13. One more firework from sunflower seeds.

Fun food art New Years Eve Fireworks

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Fun Salad Cabin

Salad Cabin

This is something I made for the boys and I to share for lunch during the Sept school holidays. I’ve since seen some amazing creations on Pinterest but this fun food cabin is simple, quick and easy to make. It’s perfect if you have a few people over, just serve with dip.

Healthy fun food Salad Cabin

Recipe

– Carrots

– Celery

– Cucumber

– Cheese

– Sprouts

Method

1. Chop some peeled carrots into roughly equal lengths and arrange in an open rectangle.

Salad Cabin - 1 carrots (1 of 1)

2. Add two more stumps for the door.

Salad Cabin - 2 door (1 of 1)

3. Then slice some celery and start adding for the roof.

Salad Cabin - 3 celery (1 of 1)

4. Finish off above the door.

Salad Cabin - 4 roof (1 of 1)

5. Before adding a cucumber chimney.

Salad Cabin - 5 chimney (1 of 1)

6. And a cheese door.

Salad Cabin - 6 door (1 of 1)

7. Which needed a carrot handle.

Salad Cabin - 7 handle (1 of 1)

8. Then I used sprouts for grass.

Salad Cabin - 8 sprouts (1 of 1)

9. And finished off with some carrot stepping stones.

Fun food art Salad Cabin

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Salad Manger

Salad Manger

Merry Christmas!!

One of my favourite memories of Christmas as a child was seeing the nativity scene all lit up outside the local church. I have done a salad version to fit in with our Southern Hemisphere weather.

Christmas food salad manger

Recipe

– Carrot

– Celery

– Yellow and red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Grated cheese

– Cucumber

Method

1. Cut the walls of the stable from carrot.

Salad Manger - 1 walls (1 of 1)

2. Then make a celery roof.

Salad Manger - 2 roof (1 of 1)

3. And top with a yellow capsicum star.

Salad Manger - 3 star (1 of 1)

4. Before making the manger from carrot and filling with grated cheese straw.

Salad Manger - 4 manger (1 of 1)

5. Then I used bits of salad to make a cartoon style shepherd and king.

Salad Manger - 5 figures (1 of 1)

6. And yellow capsicum for the baby.

Salad Manger - 6 baby (1 of 1)

7. Merry Christmas everyone!

Fun food art Salad Manger

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Fun Rudolph Pitas

Rudolph Pitas

Christmas Eve and it has to be Rudolph.

A handy, fun food share platter to go with those celebrations … Rudolph Pitas.

Healthy Christmas Snacks Rudolph Pitas

Recipe

– Pita/flat bread/tortilla

– Hummus

– Cherry tomatoes

– Celery

– Carrots

– Olives

Method

1. Cut a circle from the bread.

Rudolph Pitas - 2 cut out (1 of 1)

2. Spread with hummus.

Rudolph Pitas - 3 hummus (1 of 1)

3. Add a cherry tomato.

Rudolph Pitas - 4 nose (1 of 1)

4. And then cut some celery ears.

Rudolph Pitas - 5 ears (1 of 1)

5. Cut antlers from carrot.

Rudolph Pitas - 6 antlers (1 of 1)

6. Use olives to make eyes and mouth.

Rudolph Pitas - 7 eyes and mouth (1 of 1)

7. Add some friends.

Fun food art Rudolph pitas

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Fun Fruit Bouquet

Fruit Bouquet

It’s tradition in my boy’s school for the parent’s from the penultimate year to make desserts for the Year 6 Graduation ceremony. I volunteered to make fruit skewers but wanted to do something a lot more special for the night. From this the fun food Fruit Flower Bouquet was born.

It looks really complex but is actually simple. It took me about 1 ½ hours to put it together although I’m sure I could do it more quickly next time!

Healthy Fruit Flower Bouquet   Fruit Bouquet - 2 orange (1 of 1)

Recipe

– Flower pot

– Cabbage (I used this for ballast and to stick the skewers into. Potato/florists foam/apple would work too)

– Orange (I used this to cover the cabbage)

– Fruit – whatever you have on hand. Those that don’t oxidise work best. I used:

=Strawberries

=Blueberries

=Grapes – green and red

=Melon – Rockmelon/cantaloupe

=Melon – Honeydew

=Kiwifruit

=Pineapple

Method

1. I bought a plastic pot from the garden centre and stuffed a quarter of a cabbage into it.

Fruit Bouquet - 1 pot  (1 of 1)

2. Then covered with a layer of sliced oranges to pretty it up!

Fruit Bouquet - 2 orange (1 of 1)

3. Before teaching myself to make strawberry roses via U-Tube …

Fruit Bouquet - 3 strawberry rose (1 of 1)

Giving them a stem covered with green grapes.

4. I made a few of them.

Fruit Bouquet - 4 strawberry roses (1 of 1)

5. Then added some melon and blueberry flowers, made using cookie cutters.

Fruit Bouquet - 5 melon flowers (1 of 1)

6. And some melon and grape star flowers.

Fruit Bouquet - 6 melon stars (1 of 1)

7. And melon and kiwifruit too.

Fruit Bouquet - 7 kiwi flowers (1 of 1)

8. I added some melon “leaves” on short skewers.

Fruit Bouquet - 8 mini flower towers (1 of 1)

And some mini melon and half grape flower stacks.

9. Then I added some strawberry and pineapple flowers.

Fruit Bouquet - 9 melon leaves-pineapple hearts (1 of 1)

10. I bulked and coloured it up with some additional strawberries (just hulled).

Fruit Bouquet - 10 grape stacks (1 of 1)

11. Then used blueberries as soil.

Fruit Bouquet - 11 blueberry soil (1 of 1)

12. All finished and ready to pick …

Fun food art Fruit Bouquet

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Fun Mini Christmas Pudding

Mini Christmas Pudding

I wanted to make a Christmassy breakfast and thought a mini pudding was just the ticket. This is a wheatbrick mixed with a little milk and some raisins. The boys thought it was delicious.

Creative Christmas food breakfast pudding

Recipe

– Wheatbrick/milk/raisins

– Yoghurt

– Berries (I used raspberries)

– Mint

Method

1. I mixed a wheatbrick with raisins and a little milk to make a “pudding”.

Mini Chrissy Pudding - 1 pudding (1 of 1)

2. Then added yoghurt for the white sauce.

Mini Chrissy Pudding - 2 yoghurt (1 of 1)

3. And some raspberries.

Mini Chrissy Pudding - 3 berries (1 of 1)

4. Before using scissors to cut the mint leaves into holly shapes.

Mini Chrissy Pudding - 4 leaves (1 of 1)

5. Doesn’t that look ready to eat?

Fun food art healthy breakfast pudding

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Fun Brekkie Christmas Tree

Brekkie Christmas Tree

Bubble and squeak is a firm favourite in our house and it’s so versatile as you can chuck whatever left-over veggies you have into the mix.

This is our fun food breakfast version in the shape of a tree (Christmas of course).

Healthy Christmas breakfast tree

Recipe

– Bubble & squeak

– Egg (separated and cooked)

– Mushroom

– Baby spinach

Method

1. I cooked the bubble and squeak then cut it into the shape of a tree.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 1 tree (1 of 1)

2. Then added a mushroom pot.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 2 pot (1 of 1)

3. And an egg yolk star.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 3 star (1 of 1)

4. Then used the egg white to make baubles.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 4 ornaments (1 of 1)

5. With more egg yolk as heart shaped ornaments.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 5 hearts (1 of 1)

6. Baby spinach cut with scissors made perfect tinsel.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 6 tinsel (1 of 1)

7. Then I added presents using some of the left-overs.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 7 presents (1 of 1)

8. Ready to eat.

Fun food art Christmas Tree

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Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties

Both my boys have December birthdays (yes very bad timing on our behalf …) so this time of year is especially mad at our house. Fortunately we’re not much into presents so that takes away one stress however, Max and Joe do like to have a party each. This is fair enough but squeezing them into an ever shrinking window of time between all the other festivities is always a challenge. This year the only workable weekend was 6th/7th Dec so that was the one. I’d also booked to see a pantomime on the Saturday afternoon (months ago) so we needed to work around that too – ahhhh! Fortunately my boys are very comfortable with few whistles and bells so we were able to schedule Joe’s for 4.30 on the Saturday and Max’s for 2.30 on the Sunday.
We gave the boys options for food and Joe chose home-made burgers and Max home-made pizzas. Although I have been hosting no junk parties for years I am still surprised each time by children’s reactions and what I learn. This year was no exception.

Joe’s Party

Healthy food for parties

For Joe’s party we made home-made wholegrain rolls and minced beef burgers. We served this with sliced veggies, hummus dip, home-made tomato sauce and roasted sweet potato wedges. We always do platter style meals for the family and so did the same for the five six year old boys. They looked at the food with open mouthed amazement and one said “wow, this is such a feast”. Perhaps for children used to having food served on individual plates it made it look more plentiful. It may also have been a little overwhelming at first but I think having the option to eat whatever they wanted from the offered plates made them comfortable and they were soon all tucking in with relish. Roy and I were shocked (but happy) at how much food disappeared.

Fun, healthy food for parties

Joe had chosen a cowboy theme for the party so alongside firing bows and arrows and attempting lassoing (impossible for anyone aside from professional musterers!) I tried to get the fruit platter to tie in. No self-respecting cowboy would be complete without his gun so that became the centrepiece and I piled seasonal fruit around the outside.

Cowboy fun food art gun

It took a lot less time to eat than to create but it’s always fabulous to see food enjoyed and eaten with relish – well done boys!

Fun food art for parties

Max’s Party

Having older boys always brings larger appetites so I made the veggie and hummus platter earlier so the boys could dig in for a mid-afternoon snack, which they did …

Make your own pizza party

Max chose pizza as his party food so Roy whipped up some wholemeal bases and I prepped mountains of accompaniments. All the bright colours and textures made for some very appealing looking platters for the boys to choose their toppings from. And, there was of course the home-made chilli chicken option to test the mettle. Creating their own pizza was very popular and there was enough to have a second go around choosing a whole new set of flavours too. The veggie-nut in me was of course delighted to see baby spinach, mushrooms, corn and capsicum being piled on alongside the more “meaty” options.

No junk food party food

As it was a pizza fest I also made a fruit pizza as a dessert. Pizza topped with cream cheese and then fruit, although the slam dunk winner was the “raspberry sauce” (frozen raspberries blitzed in the bar mix).

Fun food fruit pizza

Max wanted to bake a small cake so I let him whip up a fabulous recipe I found and then modified to fit within my “criteria”! It’s a carrot cake that is perfect for share occasions as its gluten, dairy and sugar (and sugar substitute) free. This sounds less than ideal but it actually tastes amazing, is lovely and moist and contains nothing undesirable.
All in all two great parties and that concludes my birthday hosting duties for another year. Maybe it isn’t so bad having them both at the same time …..

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Fun Pizza Snowman

Pizza Snowman

Making the Tomato Santa gave me an idea so I tried a Pizza Snowman. Big hit with the mini-chefs! I used a wholemeal flatbread as the base – my quick cheat when I want to make pizza in minutes. You could of course use a regular base (and cut the shape with a knife).

Here’s my fun food, Pizza Snowman.

Cute Christmas food Pizza Snowman

Recipe

– Pizza Base (I used wholemeal flat bread)

– Tomato paste

– Oregano

– Mozzarella cheese

– Carrot

– Olives

– Red capsicum/bell pepper

– Spinach

Method

1. Cut the shape of the snowman out of the base (I used scissors).

Pizza Snowman - 1 outline (1 of 1)

2. Spread tomato paste and sprinkle oregano.

Pizza Snowman - 2 tomato  (1 of 1)

3. Cover body and face with cheese.

Pizza Snowman - 3 cheese (1 of 1)

4. Add olive eyes and mouth.

Pizza Snowman - 4 face (1 of 1)

5. And a carrot nose.

Pizza Snowman - 5 nose (1 of 1)

6. Give him some olive buttons.

Pizza Snowman - 6 buttons (1 of 1)

7. And a jaunty capsicum hat.

Pizza Snowman - 7 hat (1 of 1)

8. Cut a scarf from spinach.

Pizza Snowman - 8 scarf (1 of 1)

9. Then bake him in the oven until the cheese melts and the base goes crispy.

Pizza Snowman - 9 cooked (1 of 1)

10. Serve nice and hot!

Fun Food Art - Pizza Snowman

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Fun Cherry Tomato Santa

Cherry Tomato Santa

Nothing says Christmas like a big, red Santa. I was going to make a basic pizza but he just developed into a snack that the boys devoured with glee.

Here’s a fun food Tomato Santa, sweet, delicious and simple.             Fun Christmas food art Santa

Recipe

– Flat bread base (optional)

– Cherry tomatoes

– Cream cheese

– Olives

– Yellow capsicum/bell pepper

– Oat bran or grated cauliflower/cheese

Method

1. Use scissors to cut a “Santa” shape.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 1 base (1 of 1)

2. Cover with tomatoes sliced in half.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 2 tomatoes (1 of 1)

3. Add a cream cheese bobble.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 2 bobble (1 of 1)

4. Then some trim for his top.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 5 trim (1 of 1)

5. And a beard and moustache.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 4 trim (1 of 1)

6. With some trim for his hat.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 6 hat trim (1 of 1)

7. Use slices of olive for his belt.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 7 belt (1 of 1)

8. And his eyes.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 8 eyes (1 of 1)

9. Then give him a flashy, capsicum buckle.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 9 buckle (1 of 1)

10. Before adding his arms.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 10 arms (1 of 1)

11. And some little hands.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 11 hands (1 of 1)

12. I used oat bran for snow.

Healthy Christmas food Santa

13. Santa is ready. Ho Ho Ho!

Fun food art Santa

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Fun Popcorn Snowman

Popcorn Snowman

It’s often difficult to find fun, small gifts to give people. Here’s an idea that doesn’t take long, is easy, economical and fun.

This fun food Popcorn Snowman is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. My boys fought over him and begged me to make another!

Popcorn Snowman great goody bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can even personalise.

Christmas snacks for picky eaters popcorn snowman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recipe

– Popcorn (I popped some kernels in the pan)

– Clear plastic food bag

– Paper/scissors/tape/scarf

Method

1. I put some popcorn in a plastic bag and tied off the top (leaving space to add the head later). Then I tied the bottom corners off to make it look round.

Popcorn Snowman - 1 bag (1 of 1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. I cut the tied off bottom ends to leave a round body.

Popcorn Snowman - 2 bag cut (1 of 1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Then added some popcorn for the head and tied off the top of the bag (do not snip this).

Popcorn Snowman - 3 head (1 of 1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Cut a hat and attach to the head (the tied off bag helps to anchor this). Then give him eyes, nose and mouth.

Popcorn Snowman - 4 hat & face (1 of 1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. And some large buttons.

Popcorn Snowman - 5 buttons (1 of 1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. I used some scrap material for the scarf or use ribbon or tinsel.

Healthy Christmas snacks popcorn snowman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. What a great giveaway or treat for the mini-chefs.

Fun food art popcorn snowman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fun Banana Snowmen

Banana Snowmen

A simple, delicious snack or dessert that you can put together so quickly. A trio of fun food Banana Snowmen.

Fun Christmas snacks

Recipe

– Bananas

– Strawberries

– Raisins

– Blueberries

– Dried apricot

– Yoghurt

– Desiccated coconut

– Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Method

1. Cut banana for the heads.

Banana Snowmen - 1 heads (1 of 1)

2. Add banana bodies.

Banana Snowmen - 2 bodies (1 of 1)

3. And strawberry hats.

Banana Snowmen - 3 hats (1 of 1)

4. Slice raisins for arms.

Banana Snowmen - 4 arms (1 of 1)

5. Use apricot for noses.

Banana Snowmen - 5 noses (1 of 1)

6. And blueberries for buttons.

Banana Snowmen - 6 buttons (1 of 1)

7. More blueberries for eyes.

Banana Snowmen - 7 eyes (1 of 1)

8. And mouths.

Banana Snowmen - 8 mouth (1 of 1)

9. Natural yoghurt makes a fabulous snow drift (and dip …).

Banana Snowmen - 9 snow (1 of 1)

10. With desiccated coconut snow falling from the sky.

Banana Snowmen - 10 falling snow (1 of 1)

11. And a few “green leaves” from pepitas.

Fun food for Christmas snowmen

12. Or are they better looking shocked?

Banana Snowmen fun food art

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Fun Veggie Turkey

Veggie Turkey

A special plate to celebrate Thanksgiving in the US. I have very fond memories of my time living in N.C. and thought a fun food pumpkin dish was in order!

Fun food for thanksgiving turkey

Recipe

– Roast pumpkin

– Roast parsnips

– Roast zucchini (courgette)

– Roast carrots

– Roast cauliflower

– Roast red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Steamed broccoli

– Steamed green beans

Method

1. Make a neck from pumpkin.

Veggie Turkey - 1 neck-001

2. Add a head (I made this larger later).

Veggie Turkey - 2 head-002

3. Give her some zucchini wings.

Veggie Turkey - 3 wing-003

4. Then a luxurious tail of carrot and parsnip.

Veggie Turkey - 4 tail feathers-004

5. Add a green bean beak.

Veggie Turkey - 5 beak-006

6. Then some cauliflower “ruffles”.

Veggie Turkey - 6 ruffles-008

7. Her wings needed to be a little more prominent so add the darker zucchini too.

Veggie Turkey - 7 extra wings-009

8. And then give her a larger head.

Veggie Turkey - 8 head-010

9. With some pumpkin legs.

Veggie Turkey - 9 legs-011

10. Add a bright red capsicum wattle.

Veggie Turkey - 10 wattle-012

11. And some eyes made from the inside of a slice of parsnip with darker roasted bits for pupils.

Veggie Turkey - 11 eyes-013

12. Use the broccoli and green beans as grass.

Veggie Turkey - 12 grass-014

And make her strut.

13. Ready to serve …

Thanksgiving Veggie Turkey

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Fun Pancake Santa

Pancake Santa

The Christmas countdown has officially started at The Art of Nutrition. Watch this blog for a host of healthy, fun food ideas for Christmas.

A Pancake Santa?

fun, healthy Christmas breakfast Santa pancake

Recipe

– Pancake

– Strawberries

– Yoghurt (coconut cream)

– Raisins (blueberries)

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Cut a circle for Santa’s head.

Santa Pancake - 1 pancake-001

2. Add a hat.

Santa Pancake - 2 hat-002

3. Then fit it to his head.

Santa Pancake - 3 hat fitted-003

4. Cover the hat with chopped strawberries.

Santa Pancake - 4 strawberries-004

5. Add yoghurt trim and bobble.

Santa Pancake - 5 yoghurt-005

6. Cut some more pancake for his eyes and give him raisin pupils.

Santa Pancake - 6 eyes-006

7. Then make a little strawberry mouth.

Santa Pancake - 7 mouth-007

8. And surround it with a big fluffy beard and moustache.

Santa Pancake - 8 beard-008

9. Add a pancake nose and some coconut snow.

Santa Pancake - 9 nose-011

10. Finish with some ears.

Fun food art santa pancake

Ho Ho Ho!

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Fun Pear Kea

Pear Kea

The Art of Nutrition will be launching the E-Book “Healthy Share Platters” very, very soon.
There will be a host of easy to make recipes that you can share with family and friends – definitely not as complicated as my Pear Parrot but just as fun.

Creative kids food Parrot

This is a Kea, the cheeky NZ parrot. They are the most amazing birds – unless you park your car in the alpine regions and they decide to eat parts of it! Check out “Kaha the Kea” at www.craigsmith.co.nz (the author of the Wonky Donkey) to see some of their shenanigans.

If you’d like step-by-step photo instructions as to how to make please e-mail me:
judith@theartofnutrition.com

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Fun Asparagus Ballerina

Asparagus Ballerina

I can’t look at asparagus without thinking about long limbs, and what better to showcase that than a ballerina.
Not sure I’ve done her justice but here’s my fun food, ballet take on asparagus anyway!

Fun food for picky kids Ballerina

Recipe

– Steamed potato (or bread)

– Asparagus

– Radish (or red capsicum/bell pepper)

Method

1. Cut the potato into an oval for her body.

Asparagus Ballerina - 1 body-001

2. Add her head (I made it a little larger at the end).

Asparagus Ballerina - 2 head-002

3. Use the tip of the asparagus for her hair.

Asparagus Ballerina - 3 head piece-003

4. Give her some beautiful arms.

Asparagus Ballerina - 4 arms-004

5. And some supple legs.

Asparagus Ballerina - 5 legs-005

6. Use a little of the asparagus tip for the eyes and some radish for the lips.

Asparagus Ballerina - 6 face-006

7. Then add a tutu from radish.

Asparagus Ballerina - 7 skirt-007

8. Before moving her into a more graceful position (well I thought so!).

Asparagus Ballerina - 8 new pose-008

9. I thought I was finished but then realised her head looked a smidge small.

Asparagus Ballerina - 9 detail-011

10. That’s better!

Food Art ballerina

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Fun Egg Panda

Egg Panda

Simple eggs, mushrooms and spinach make a lovely start to a morning.

Here’s my cute, fun food panda.

Healthy breakfasts for kids panda

Recipe

– Egg whites (I poured the lightly baked yolks over it!)

– Dark mushrooms

– Baby spinach (or other edible leaves)

Method

1. I cooked the egg whites in a ring to give them the shape (saving some for the eyes).

Egg Panda - 1 egg-001

2. Then added some mushroom ears.

Egg Panda - 2 ears-002

3. And the iconic blushes around the eyes.

Egg Panda - 3 eye patches-003

4. Then a mushroom nose.

Egg Panda - 4 nose-004

5. With a smiley mouth.

Egg Panda - 5 mouth-006

6. I used a little of the egg white for the irises and then more mushroom for the pupils.

Egg Panda - 6 pupils-007

7. Then added some baby spinach leaves.

Egg Panda - 7 leaves-008

8. And that’s it.

Fun food art panda

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Fun Happy Sun

Happy Sun

So here in the Southern part of the world we are starting to see a lot more sun – yeah!

Here’s a simple, fun food tribute to that lovely, big heater in the sky.

Creative food ideas sun

Recipe

– Orange (or peach)

– Pear (plum would probably be even better but they’re not in season here!)

Method

1. Cut a slice from the largest part of the orange.

Happy Sun - 1 orange-002

2. Add some orange rays.

Happy Sun - 2 rays-004

3. Use the outer part of the pear to cut some cool shades.

Happy Sun - 3 sunnies-010

4. And some of the flesh for a mouth.

Happy Sun - 4 mouth-011

5. So simple it will take minutes to do.

Fun food art sun

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Tomato Poppy

Tomato Poppy

This is the one day of the year I am not preparing a fun food plate. Today I am creating a tribute to all those who sacrificed. This is in honour and thanks.

LEST WE FORGET

Poppy food art Lest We Forget

Recipe

– Large tomato

– Black Olives

– Baby Spinach

Method

1. Slice the side of the tomato to form a petal.

Tomato Poppy - 1 tomato-001

2. Then add 3 more.

Tomato Poppy - 2 petals-002

3. Use olives to make the dark seeds in the centre.

Tomato Poppy - 3 centre-003

4. I cut the edges of the “petals” to make them a little squarer.

Tomato Poppy - 4 squared edges-004

5. Add a spinach leaf cut into the shape of a poppy leaf (scissors work!).

Tomato Poppy - 5 leaf-005

6. I used some letter cookie cutters to carefully make the letters.

Tomato Poppy - 6 letters-006

7. Then some larger ones for the number.

Tomato Poppy - 7 no's-007

8. I added some detail.

Tomato Poppy Lest We Forget

LEST WE FORGET.

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Fun Egg Flower

Egg Flower

Busy, busy at the moment so looking for really simple plates to present. I wanted to use some our lovely, fresh eggs to make a fun food breakfast plate. From this emerged a flower.

Fun food art breakfasts egg flower

Recipe

– Fried egg

– Baby spinach (or other leaves)

Method

1. I fried the egg and made sure there was white all around (when the egg first goes in the pan you can tip it a little to ensure this happens).

Egg Flower - 1 egg-001

2. Then used a sharp knife to slice all around to make the flower shape. You can buy flower shaped silicon molds, but I don’t have one!

Egg Flower - 2 flower shape-002

3. Add some leaves.

Egg Flower - 3 leaves-003

4. And eat …

Fun food art flower

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Fun Tulip Field

Tulip Field

We were privileged to have Craig Smith, author of the Wonky Donkey and many other children’s books over for dinner this week.
www.craigsmith.co.nz

Wonky Donkey Fun food art

I decided that I just had to use the beautiful strawberries that have just come into season and what better than a fun food field of tulips.

Sugar free party food tulips

Recipe

– Pear

– Strawberries

– Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

– Kiwi Fruit

– Orange

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1 . Slice some pear to make the main part of the windmill.

Tulip Field - Test-001

2. Add some pear sails.

Tulip Field - 2 sails-002

3. Cut strawberries in half and make an indent at the top and then slice the bottom at an angle on each side for the flower shape.

Tulip Field - 3 tulip-003

4. Add as many as you’d like.

Tulip Field - 4 tulips-004

5. Then I used pepitas to form the ground.

Tulip Field - 5 ground-005

6. And sliced kiwi fruit to make the stems.

Tulip Field - 6 stems-006

7. With more cut to make rough leaves.

Tulip Field - 7 leaves-007

8. Before adding a lovely, big, orange sun to help the flowers grow ..

Tulip Field - 8 sun-008

9. A few desiccated coconut clouds to dip the fruit into and it’s all done.

Fun Food art tulips fruit

Next time Craig comes he will get his own plate so he doesn’t eat all ours ….

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E-Book

The Art of Nutrition will be launching an E-Book very soon (should be this month). Keep a look out for links as to where to buy. It will be competitively priced and new recipes will be automatically updated for subscribers.

Fun food art parrot

Watch this space!!

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Fun Elephant Toast

Elephant Toast

I was cutting some bread that had a little indent and it just looked like the back of an elephant. From that this cute, fun food elephant emerged!

Healthy fun breakfast elephant

Recipe

– Bread/toast

– Large mushrooms

– Spinach

Method

1. Cut a body shape from the toast.

Elephant Toast - 1 toast (1 of 1)

2. Slice a section out to make the legs.

Elephant Toast - 2 legs (1 of 1)

3. Add a head.

Elephant Toast - 3 head (1 of 1)

4. And some flappy ears.

Elephant Toast - 4 ears (1 of 1)

5. Give her a long trunk.

Elephant Toast - 5 trunk (1 of 1)

6. And a little crust tail.

Elephant Toast - 6 tail (1 of 1)

7. Some large mushrooms make great ears.

Elephant Toast - 7 mushrooms (1 of 1)

8. Then some spinach for the ground cover.

Elephant Toast - 8 spinach (1 of 1)

9. And she’s ready to eat.

Fun food art elephant

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Fun Apple Spider

Snack Spiders

A fun food snack for Halloween. Not a creepy spider but a cute one!

Cute food ideas for Halloween spider

Recipe

– Apple

– Nut butter (I used peanut butter)

Method

1. Cut the apple in half and then remove the core.

Snack Spider - 1 apple (1 of 1)

2. Cover with nut butter.

Snack Spider - 2 peanut butter (1 of 1)

3. Slice part of the other half of the apple to form the legs (8 of course …)

Snack Spider - 3 legs (1 of 1)

4. Cut out googly, apple eyes.

Snack Spider - 4 eyes-antennae (1 of 1)

5. And that’s a simple snack or dessert.

Fun food art spider

For ease of eating you can slice the apple under the nut butter first!

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Fun Avocado Skulls

Avocado Skulls

I found some lovely, ripe avocadoes and as we were having a Mexican inspired dinner I thought what better but some salsa-stuffed skins.

Some fun food, avocado salsa skulls. Perfect for dinner or a party, simple to make and delicious to eat.

Avocado Skulls

Recipe

– Avocado

– Salsa (I made with avocado/tomato/coriander(cilantro)/chilli/lemon)

– Cheese

Method

1. Slice the avocado in half and remove the seed.

Avocado Skulls - 1 avocado

2. Scoop out the flesh then use the back part of the half that has been scooped out and the edge of the other side to make the salsa “receptacles”.

Avocado Skulls - 2 scooped out

3. Put the avocado flesh back in, mixed with your additions of choice.

Avocado Skulls - 3 stuffed

4. Add some cheese eye sockets.

Avocado Skulls - 4 eyes

5. And some noses.

Avocado Skulls - 5 noses

6. Then score some cheese rectangles to make the teeth.

Avocado Skulls - 6 teeth

7. Bit of decoration and they’re ready to eat.

Healthy food for Halloween skulls

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Fun Frankenstein Tortilla

Frankenstein Tortilla

I made a simple, spinach flat bread for a novel take on breakfast fare then added mushrooms and cheese to make a fun food Frankenstein.

Healthy Halloween ideas Frankenstein

Recipe

– Spinach flat bread (wholemeal flour, water and drained/chopped spinach)

– Cheese (I used Edam)

– Mushrooms (I used the large flat ones)

– Baby spinach leaves

Method

1. I lightly fried the bread then cut into a “face” shape.

Frankenstein Tortilla - 1 face (1 of 1)

2. Then added some ears.

Frankenstein Tortilla - 2 ears (1 of 1)

3. And some cheese for eyes.

Frankenstein Tortilla - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. Using baby spinach for eyebrows.

Frankenstein Tortilla - 4 eyebrows (1 of 1)

5. Then more for his mouth.

Frankenstein Tortilla - 5 mouth (1 of 1)

6. Cheese makes great teeth.

Frankenstein Tortilla - 6 teeth (1 of 1)

7. And sautéed mushrooms fabulous hair.

Frankenstein Tortilla - 7 hair (1 of 1)

8. What self-respecting Frankenstein would go out without his bolts?

Frankenstein Tortilla - 8 bolts (1 of 1)

9. Using more mushroom for the pupils gives him a good stare.

Frankenstein Tortilla - 9 pupils (1 of 1)

10. And he’s ready to eat.

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Fun Banana Mummy

Banana Mummy

My boys just loved this simple Halloween dessert!!

A fun food mummy …

Healthy Halloween desserts mummy

Recipe

– Banana

– Crepe (or thin pancake)

– Raisins (or blueberries)

Method

1. Peel a banana and use the straightest bit for the mummy’s body (as you can see I joined two bits together on mine).

Banana Mummy - 1 banana (1 of 1)

2. Cut thin strips of pancake and wrap around the banana. Leave a gap for the eyes.

Banana Mummy - 2 pancake (1 of 1)

I thought this would be fiddly but it was actually surprisingly easy.

3. Continue to wrap the banana.

Banana Mummy - 3 wrapped (1 of 1)

4. Then give him some raisin eyes.

Banana Mummy - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Use some of the left-over banana for the arms.

Banana Mummy - 5 arms (1 of 1)

6. Then wrap them in crepe too.

Banana Mummy - 6 wrap arms (1 of 1)

7. I thought he needed a bit more bandaging on the top of the head.

Banana Mummy - 7 top of head (1 of 1)

8. Oohh, how decadent would this be covered in yoghurt or home-made custard!

Banana Mummy fun food art

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Fun Eyeballs

Eyeballs

This is a great Halloween share plate. Traditional colours, simple, healthy and a great fun food plate for any age group.

Healthy party food for Halloween eyeballs

Recipe

– Carrots

– Cream cheese (or regular cheese)

– Olive (actually only used one!!)

Method

1. Cut carrot into eyeball shapes.

Eyeballs - 1 carrot (1 of 1)

2. Make as many as you need.

Eyeballs - 2 more carrots (1 of 1)

3. Add a cream cheese iris.

Eyeballs - 3 irises (1 of 1)

4. Then slices of olive for the eyeballs.

Eyeballs - 4 pupils (1 of 1)

5. And that is it. Too easy!

Fun food art eyeballs Halloween

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Fun Food Egg Ghost

Egg Ghost

This may just qualify as the easiest fun food plate ever!!

Making an egg ghost for breakfast or lunch is so simple I got the boys to do their own. Much to their delight ….

Healthy fun food for Halloween ghost

Recipe

– Fried Egg

– Mushroom (or olives/cut out spinach/raisins)

Method

1. Fry the egg. As you put it into the pan tip it slightly so the white runs down to form the body and at the same time gently push the yolk to the top with a spatula. Right the pan and continue to hold the yolk until it stays at the top.

Egg Ghost - 1 egg (1 of 1)

2. Cut some eyes and a mouth.

Egg Ghost - 2 eyes (1 of 1)

3. The egg ghost is ready to eat!!

Fun food art ghost

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Fun Fruit Witch

Fruit Witch

And to go with Wednesday’s cauldron here is a cutesy, fun food witch.

Healthy snacks for Halloween witch

Recipe

– Kiwi fruit (or melon)

– Pineapple (or melon/apple/pear)

– Raisins (or blueberries)

– Mandarin segments (or orange)

– Long thread coconut (optional)

Method

1. Cut the Kiwi in half once peeled.

Fruit Witch - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Shape it so it’s a little more “face-shaped” and flatten the top ready for the hat.

Fruit Witch - 2 shaped (1 of 1)

3. Add a pineapple brim (it’s actually two pieces pushed together).

Fruit Witch - 3 hat brim (1 of 1)

4. Make a triangular top for the hat from more pineapple.

Fruit Witch - 4 peak (1 of 1)

5. Then add a kiwi nose.

Fruit Witch - 5 nose (1 of 1)

6. Give her some raisin eyes.

Fruit Witch - 6 eyes (1 of 1)

7. And then a mouth.

Fruit Witch - 7 mouth (1 of 1)

8. Use some mandarin segments for her hair.

Fruit Witch - 8 hair (1 of 1)

9. Move her to the middle, add some long grain coconut for spells and watch out for the frogs and spiders!

Fruit Witch Halloween fun food

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Fun Witches Cauldron

Witches Cauldron

Had to do a cauldron as part of my Halloween series and this one made a great addition to a fun food lunch for the boys and myself.

Fun food for Halloween Witches cauldron

Recipe

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Avocado

– Olive

– Carrot

– Cucumber

Substitute in other veggies you have on hand!

Method

1. Slice the capsicum in half.

Witches Cauldron - 1 capsicum (1 of 1)

2. Cut into a “cauldron” shape.

Witches Cauldron - 2 cauldron (1 of 1)

3. Add capsicum legs.

Witches Cauldron - 3 legs (1 of 1)

4. And some avocado “bubbles”.

Witches Cauldron - 4 bubbles (1 of 1)

5. Then an olive spider.

Witches Cauldron - 3 Spider (1 of 1)

6. Before using other veggies to make up the nefarious witches brew ingredients (carrots and cucumber).

Witches Cauldron - 4 ingredients (1 of 1)

7. Add a bat cut from cucumber.

Witches Cauldron - 5 bat (1 of 1)

8. The boys complained about the spider so I tweaked him a little ….

Healthy party food for Halloween Witches Cauldron

Hubble bubble toil and trouble ….

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Fun Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey

OK so every year I get into trouble from one of my Canadian friends (yes that’s you Suzanne) as I do a design for the US Thanksgiving but not one for the Canadian one.

Not this year, I shall be in the good books! HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my Canadian friends and here’s a fun food plate to celebrate with. It’s really quite simple!

Fun food for thanksgiving

Recipe

– Half avocado

– Cucumber (could use more avocado)

– Carrot (or sweet potato/kumara or cucumber)

– Celery (or other veg)

– I used cream cheese for the eyes (or regular cheese/inside of cucumber)

– Red capsicum/bell pepper for the wattles (or tomato)

Method

1. Cut the avocado in half, peel and then slice the bottom so it’s more rounded. Make an indent at the top for the head to slot into.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. I used a slice of cucumber for the head and elevated it slightly on another piece of cucumber.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Add a carrot beak.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 3 beak (1 of 1)

4. And some red capsicum wattles.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 4 wattles (1 of 1)

5. A few globs of cream cheese with cucumber skin pupils made great eyes.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

6. Then I cut her some carrot legs.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 6 legs (1 of 1)

7. Before starting the tail feathers with some carrot sticks.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 7 feathers (1 of 1)

8. And then some celery. Bevelling the ends slightly on the tips and slicing so they fitted into the angle of the body at the other end.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 8 celery (1 of 1)

9. I added alternate carrot and celery all the way round.

Thanksgiving Turkey - bottom feathers (1 of 1)

Then added a celery feather at the very top to fit.

10. A few veggies to make the ground.Thanksgiving Turkey - 11 ground (1 of 1)

11. And there she is in all her glory (I did bevel two of the feathers a little more ….)

Fun food art Thanksgiving turkey

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Fun Apple Spiderweb

Apple Spiderweb

Spiders are an iconic part of Halloween and nothing screams spider like a web!

I’ve created a fun food web from apple. The boys thought it was cool.

Healthy Halloween spiderweb

Recipe

– Apple

Method

1. Cut the centre of the web.

Apple Spiderweb - 1 centre (1 of 1)

2. Add the radials (I sliced the apple into strips first then just cut to size).

Apple Spiderweb - 2 main struts (1 of 1)

3. Then put more apple for the threads between the radials.

Apple Spiderweb - 3 cross webs (1 of 1)

4. And some outer threads.

Apple Spiderweb - 4 outer cross webs (1 of 1)

5. Cut a simple spider shape and add apple legs.

Apple Spiderweb - 5 spider (1 of 1)

OK so this is not my forte but as it’s in a web it’s pretty forgiving!!

6. Simple and effective.

Fun food art spiderweb

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Fun Salad Skull Share Platter

Salad Skull Share Platter

I’m in the process of putting together an E-Book of Healthy Share Platter recipes and this Halloween plate could easily be in there!

Here’s a fun food plate for Halloween that’s healthy and great for a party of any age. My boys used at a playdate and it was very well received …

Fun food art for halloween skulls

Recipe

– Carrot (and or kumara/sweet potato)

– Celery

– Cucumber

– Daikon (Chinese radish) or regular radish

You can use any veggies you have on hand like capsicum (bell pepper). Larger ones are generally easier to cut. A small, sharp knife makes it all simpler too!

Method

1. Slice the carrot lengthways to give a large flat surface to cut from. Cut a basic “skull” shape.

Salad Skulls Share Platter - 1 carrot (1 of 1)

2. Cut two eye sockets, a triangular nose hole and a rectangular mouth.

Salad Skulls Share Platter - 2 cut-outs (1 of 1)

3. Add a cocktail stick to make dipping easy.

Salad Skulls Share Platter - 2 cocktail stick (1 of 1)

4. And cut as many as you’d like.

Salad Skulls Share Platter - 3 carrots (1 of 1)

5. Then make some celery ones.

Salad Skulls Share Platter - 4 celery (1 of 1)

6. And some cucumber too.

Salad Skulls Share Platter - 5 cucumber (1 of 1)

7. Daikon has a mild flavour so is perfect for dipping and it’s also the right colour!

Salad Skulls Share Platter - 6 daikon (1 of 1)

8. I mixed some cream cheese with beetroot juice to make a “spooky” dip.

Healthy Party food for Halloween skulls

And it was popular and delicious!

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Fun Brekkie Monster

Brekkie Monster

Halloween falls at the end of the month so it’s time to start some “monstrous” designs.

Here’s a fun food Brekkie Monster to start the series. It’s a great one to do with the mini-chefs as they can decorate their own ….!

Fun Halloween food art monster

Recipe

– Wheatbrick (I soaked in milk and added raisins)

– Raisins (or sultanas/dates/blueberries)

– Apple (or pear/melon)

Method

1. Shape the wheatbrick into a “monster” shape.

Brekkie Monster - 1 wheatbrick (1 of 1)

2. Add some apple antennae.

Brekkie Monster - 2 antennae (1 of 1)

3. Cut out some apple outlines for the eyes.

Brekkie Monster - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. Use more apple for the mouth.

Brekkie Monster - 4 mouth (1 of 1)

5. I added half a large raisin for each pupil.

Brekkie Monster - 5 pupils (1 of 1)

6. Then put half a raisin on the end of each antennae.

Brekkie Monster - 6 ends (1 of 1)

7. A few sprinkled pepitas, add milk and the monster becomes breakfast …

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Fun Pear Pirate

Pear Pirate

I found some lovely, black skinned plums at the market and thought of pirates!

Using a plum and a green pear I put together a fun food fruit plate, great for a snack or a dessert.

Fun, healthy food for kids pirate

Recipe

– Pear (or apple)

– Honeydew Melon (or other melon)

– Plum

– Sunflower seeds

Method

1. Slice the pear in half and then cut off the central seedy bit. Use the inner part of the cheek.

Pear Pirate - 1 pear (1 of 1)

2. Add some melon for the bandana.

Pear Pirate - 2 cap (1 of 1)

3. Then cut the cheek of the plum into the shape of a patch.

Pear Pirate - 3 patch (1 of 1)

4. Add some more melon for the additional material of the bandana.

Pear Pirate - 4 material (1 of 1)

5. Use plum for the eye patch straps.

Pear Pirate - 5 patch straps (1 of 1)

6. Then make an eye from pear and a pupil from more plum.

Pear Pirate - 6 eye (1 of 1)

7. The inside of the plum was a lovely, bright red so worked well for the mouth.
Pear Pirate - 7 mouth (1 of 1)

8. I then cut a simple skull and crossbones from plum skin.

Pear Pirate - 8 skull & crossbones (1 of 1)

9. Gave him a sunflower seed beard.

Pear Pirate - 9 beard (1 of 1)

10. Ahoy mateys!!

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Fun Mother & Baby Bird

Mother & Baby Bird

Spring is here and the birds are going mad in the trees all around as they build nests and start hatching chicks.

Here’s a fun food tribute to all the feathery ones waking me up EVERY morning!!

Cute food ideas for kids birds

Recipe

– Celery

– Carrot

– Cherry tomatoes

– Cucumber

Method

1. Cut a simple trunk and branch from celery and add a thinly sliced carrot nest.

Mother & Baby Bird - 1 branch & nest (1 of 1)

2. Use tomatoes to make a body and head for the chick.

Mother & Baby Bird - 2 baby (1 of 1)

3. Then cucumber for the beak, wings and eye.

Mother & Baby Bird - 3 cucumber (1 of 1)

4. Use more tomatoes for the head and body of the mother bird.

Mother & Baby Bird - 4 mother (1 of 1)

5. Giving her cucumber tail and wings.

Mother & Baby Bird - 5 wings (1 of 1)

6. Then a beak and eye.

Mother & Baby Bird - 6 eye (1 of 1)

7. I decided the trunk was a little “fat” so slimmed it down.

Mother & Baby Bird - 7 thinner tree (1 of 1)

8. And gave the mother a delicious carrot worm to feed the baby.

Mother & Baby Bird - 8 worm (1 of 1)

9. All ready to eat.

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Fun Egg Ship

Egg Ship

Using the eggs from my favourite, feathery girls at the bottom of the garden I made a fun food, egg ship for the boys.

Fun food art ship Egg Ship - Finished (1 of 1)

Recipe

– Toast

– Sauteed Mushroom

– Boiled egg

– Tomato

– Spinach

Method

1. I cut the boat’s hull from some toast.

Egg Ship - 1 hull (1 of 1)

2. Added a mushroom mast.

Egg Ship - 2 mast (1 of 1)

3. Sliced the egg in half, then used two quarters to make the sails.

Egg Ship - 3 sails (1 of 1)

4. Used tomato to make the prow and flag.

Egg Ship - 4 tomatoes (1 of 1)

5. Then baby spinach for the sea.

Egg Ship - 5 sea (1 of 1)

6. And more spinach for the birds.

Egg Ship - 6 birds (1 of 1)

7. The other half of the egg made the sun shining in the sky …

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Fun Orange Caterpillar

Orange Caterpillar

Fresh, juicy oranges make the perfect snack or dessert. Add a few grapes and that’s a fun food caterpillar!

Cute snack ideas for kids caterpillar

Recipe

– Orange

– Grapes

Method

1. Slice oranges to make the shape of the caterpillar’s body.

Orange Caterpillar - 1 oranges (1 of 1)

2. Add some cut grapes for the eyes and mouth.

Orange Caterpillar - 2 face (1 of 1)

3. Use a little sliced orange with grapes to make antennae.

Orange Caterpillar - 3 antennae (1 of 1)

4. Some thinly sliced grapes for legs and that’s it!

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Fun Cheese Butterfly

Cheese Butterfly

A lovely, simple lunch or snack, a fun food butterfly!

Cute food ideas for kids butterfly

Recipe

– Cheese

– Cherry tomatoes

– Corn

– Celery

Method

1. Cut out some cheese wings.

Cheese Butterfly - 1 wings (1 of 1)

2. Add a body from cherry tomatoes.

Cheese Butterfly - 2 tomatoes (1 of 1)

3. Give her some corn eyes.

Cheese Butterfly - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. Cut some thin strips of celery for antennae.

Cheese Butterfly - 4 antennae (1 of 1)

5. Add some celery detail.

Cheese Butterfly - 5 detail (1 of 1)

6. Then some corn and celery dividers.

Cheese Butterfly - 6 corn (1 of 1)

7. Finished!

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Fun Yoghurt Cow

Yoghurt Cow

It’s easy to add a bit of fruit to a yoghurt to jazz it up and add some texture and sweetness.

Here’s my fun food cow which my boys just loved!

Cute healthy breakfast ideas cow

Recipe

– Yoghurt (I used home-made Greek style). You could also use your favourite grain instead to make a porridge.

– Plum (or apricot/stone fruit/orange/melon)

Method

1. I made a sort of bell shape out of the yoghurt for the cow’s head.

Yoghurt Cow - 1 yoghurt (1 of 1)

2. Slice the inside of the plum into an oval for the nose.

Yoghurt Cow - 2 nose (1 of 1)

3. Add some plum nostrils.

Yoghurt Cow - 3 nostrils (1 of 1)

4. I redefined the outline of the head a little.

Yoghurt Cow - 4 reshape (1 of 1)

5. Then gave her some big, plum eyes.

Yoghurt Cow - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

6. And some plum ears.

Yoghurt Cow - 6 ears (1 of 1)

7. Balancing it out with some horns.

Yoghurt Cow - 7 horns (1 of 1)

8. I used some lighter coloured plum flesh to give her patches.

Fun food art for kids cow

Moooooo!

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Fun Kiwi Car

Kiwi Car

My boys are always delighted to get a vehicle for dessert!

Here’s my fun food, kiwi car.

Healthy snacks for kids racing car

Recipe

– Kiwi

– Grapes

– Pepitas

Method

1. Skin and halve a kiwi.

Kiwi Car - 1 kiwi (1 of 1)

2. Cut a flap and a cockpit for the driver.

Kiwi Car - 2 flap (1 of 1)

3. Streamline the kiwi!

Kiwi Car - 3 angles (1 of 1)

4. Add a grape driver.

Kiwi Car - 4 grape (1 of 1)

5. And four grape wheels.

Kiwi Car - 5 wheels (1 of 1)

6. Then cut a front and rear wing.

Kiwi Car - 6 front & back (1 of 1)

7. Add a few pepitas for the road and zoooooom.

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Fun Mash Castle

Mash Castle

It’s that change of seasons time when there is hot and cold weather. It’s great for variety in meals as there is a call for the hearty and the light.

Here is my fun food, mash and lentil castle. It could be made with any mash or veggie puree and any bolognaise style sauce and is really very simple.

Healthy food for kids castle

Recipe

– Mash (or other veggie puree)

– Carrots

– Lentils (or any bolognaise style sauce)

– Corn (or peas)

– Broccoli (or beans/spinach)

Method

1. Make the outline of a simple castle.

Mash Castle - 1 outline (1 of 1)

2. Cut windows and door from steamed carrot.

Mash Castle - 2 windows & door (1 of 1)

3. Carefully add the lentil mix.

Mash Castle - 3 lentils (1 of 1)

4. Use corn to make the ground.

Mash Castle - 4 corn (1 of 1)

5. Add some broccoli trees.

Mash Castle - 5 broccoli (1 of 1)

6. And detail for the door and flag (made from broccoli stalks/carrot and corn).

Fun food art castle

All finished, lower the drawbridge!

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Fun Egg Clown

Egg Clown

A fun food clown for breakfast, easy and delicious!

Cute breakfast food ideas clown

Recipe

– 2 eggs separated

– Cherry tomato

– Mushrooms

– Spinach

Method

1. Cook the egg whites in a circular pan.

Egg Clown - 1 face (1 of 1)

2. Add a cherry tomato nose.

Egg Clown - 2 nose (1 of 1)

3. Give him some egg yolk eyes.

Egg Clown -  eyes (1 of 1)

4. Cut him a lovely wide mouth.

Egg Clown -  4 mouth (1 of 1)

5. Add some mushroom pupils.

Egg Clown - 5 pupils (1 of 1)

6. Then some spinach hair.

Egg Clown - 6 hair (1 of 1)

7. And there’s our lovely breakfast clown.

Egg Clown fun breakfast food

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Fun Pear Mouse

Pear Mouse

Pears lend themselves to so many animal shapes!

Here’s my fun food, pear mouse.

Cute food ideas for kids mouse

Recipe

– Pear

– Apple (or pear)

– Raisins (or blueberries/dates/plum)

– Dark plum (or raisins/blueberries/date)

– Long thread coconut

– Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Method

1. Slice pear in half.

Pear Mouse - 1 pear (1 of 1)

2. Round off the “nose” end.

Pear Mouse - 2 cut end (1 of 1)

3. Add big apple ears by scoring slots in the pear for them to fit into.

Pear Mouse - 3 ears (1 of 1)

4. Cut a round piece of plum for the nose.

Pear Mouse - 4 nose (1 of 1)

5. Give her two raisin eyes.

Pear Mouse - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

6. And a long apple tail (I joined a few pieces together …)

Pear Mouse - 6 tail (1 of 1)

7. Give her some ostentatious coconut whiskers.

Pear Mouse - 7 whiskers (1 of 1)

8. Sprinkle some chopped pepitas for ground and there she is.

Fun food for kids mouse

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Fun Veggie Rocket

Veggie Rocket

I love roasting veggies. They are lovely and naturally sweet and the boys are always excited to eat. Here I have combined a tray full of roast veggies with some mash and some steamed veggies too.

A fun food veggie rocket that you can make from whatever veg you have on hand.

Cute food ideas for kids rocket

Recipe

– Mash

– Peas

– Pumpkin

– Carrot

– Parsnip

Method

1. Form the shape of the rocket from the mash.

Veggie Rocket - 1 potato (1 of 1)

2. Add the peas for the windows.

Veggie Rocket - 2 peas (1 of 1)

3. Use pumpkin to make the cone and the fins.

Veggie Rocket - 3 tip & wings (1 of 1)

4. Use more pumpkin for the exhausts.

Veggie Rocket - 4 thrusters (1 of 1)

5. And carrot for the exhaust flames.

Veggie Rocket - 5 jet fuel (1 of 1)

6. I cut some stars from the inside of the parsnip.

Veggie Rocket - 6 stars (1 of 1)

7. Then added a pumpkin planet with a parsnip ring.

Veggie Rocket - 7 planet (1 of 1)

8. BLAST OFF!!

Veggie Rocket fun food

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Fun The Cow Jumped ….

The Cow Jumped ..

A simple cow jumped over the moon that you can make from pancake or toast. I used a cookie cutter to make this fun food breakfast.

Cute breakfast ideas cow

Recipe

– Pancake

– Raisin (date)

– Yoghurt

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Cut a cow out with a cookie cutter.

The Cow Jumped - 1 cow (1 of 1)

2. Then some stars.

The Cow Jumped - 2 stars (1 of 1)

3. Add a yoghurt moon.

The Cow Jumped - 3 moon (1 of 1)

4. Give her a raisin eye.

The Cow Jumped - 4 eye (1 of 1)

5. Use desiccated coconut for the distant stars.

The Cow Jumped - 5 moon (1 of 1)

6. Cut some legs .. jump ….

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Fun Mandarin Flowerpot

Mandarin Flowerpot

Mandarins are so plentiful at this time of the year and make the perfect snack.

I’ve combined with some grapes and apple to make a simple, fun food plate.

Cute food ideas for kids flowerpot

Recipe

– Mandarin

– Grapes

– Red apple (pear/melon)

Method

1. Peel a mandarin carefully.

Mandarin Flowerpot - 1 mandarin (1 of 1)

2. Add a green grape stem and leaves (I cut some to shape) and a centre for the flower from a black grape.

Mandarin Flowerpot - 2 grapes (1 of 1)

3. Cut a pot from apple.

Mandarin Flowerpot - 3 flowerpot (1 of 1)

4. Give the pot some detail.

Mandarin Flowerpot - 4 detail (1 of 1)

5. Growing, going, gone ….

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Fun Salad Jellyfish

Salad Jellyfish

I was looking at a capsicum/bell pepper and it spoke of jellyfish and an alter ego ….

Here’s my fun food, Salad Jellyfish.

Fun food art jellyfish

Recipe

– Red capsicum/bell pepper

– Cabbage (initially I used red but then changed to regular!)

– Carrot (use any veg for seabed)

– Corn (substitute for other chopped veg)

– Celery (carrot/cucumber)

– Cheese (or veg)

Method

1. Slice the capsicum to form the top of the jellyfish.

Salad Jellyfish - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Cut strips of cabbage for the tentacles.

Salad Jellyfish - 2 tentacles (1 of 1)

3. Add some finely diced carrot for the seabed.

Salad Jellyfish - 3 carrots (1 of 1)

4. Then cut some fish. I used celery and cheese.

Salad Jellyfish - 4 fish (1 of 1)

5. And added some corn for the seabed.

Salad Jellyfish - 5 corn (1 of 1)

6. But it looked a little dull so I changed the tentacles to regular cabbage and wow, how much better does it look?!?!

Creative food for kids jellyfish

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Fun Oaty Bear

Oaty Bear

Simple, cute, nutritious and delicious!

Here’s my fun food, Oaty Bear. You can make him with porridge or Bircher muesli and of course any grain would work!

Cute food for breakfast bear

Recipe

– Porridge/Bircher muesli

– Plum

Method

1. Form the oats into a circle.

Oaty Bear - 1 oats (1 of 1)

2. Add a plum nose.

Oaty Bear - 2 nose (1 of 1)

3. And some plum eyes.
Oaty Bear - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. I used the plum cheeks to create big ears.

Oaty Bear - 4 ears (1 of 1)

5. Then gave him a smiley mouth.

Oaty Bear - 5 smile (1 of 1)

6. Using the inside of the plum as contrast for the pupils.

Oaty Bear - 6 pupils (1 of 1)

7. So cute and ready to eat.

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Fun Pineapple Bus

Pineapple Bus

It’s hard to beat a lovely, juicy, ripe pineapple. They are also a great splash of colour on a plate.

Here’s my vibrant, fun food school bus.

Cute food ideas for kids bus

Recipe

– Pineapple (easier with fresh but could use tinned!)

– Plum (or other stone fruit or apple cheeks)

Method

1. Cut a piece of pineapple for the roof of the bus.

Pineapple Bus - 1 roof (1 of 1)

2. Add another piece for the back of the roof.

Pineapple Bus - 2 back roof (1 of 1)

3. And more for the rear of the bus.

Pineapple Bus - 3 back (1 of 1)

4. Put in the wheels using the cheeks from a plum joined with some pineapple.

Pineapple Bus - 4 wheels (1 of 1)

5. More pineapple joins the wheel base to the roof.

Pineapple Bus - 5 front (1 of 1)

6. Then make a front window.

Pineapple Bus - 6 window (1 of 1)

7. And some back doors.

Pineapple Bus - 7 back doors (1 of 1)

8. Before creating more windows.

Pineapple Bus - 8 windows (1 of 1)

9. Then a road from pieces cut from the inside of the plum.

Pineapple Bus - 9 road (1 of 1)

10. And that’s it!!

Pineapple Bus fun food for kids

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fun Frog in Swamp

Frog in Swamp

I love the bold flavours in a pesto and so I make different versions dependent on the season. The dark green makes a lovely swamp for my fun food frog and he tastes great dipped in it too!

Food Art frog for kids

Recipe

– Pesto (or any green dip/veggie)

– Daikon/Chinese radish -I used this for the lily pad (lettuce leaf would be perfect too)

– Cucumber

– Carrot

– Celery

Method

1. Smear the pesto around the outside of the plate.

Frog in Swamp - 1 pesto (1 of 1)

2. Add the daikon lily pad.

Frog in Swamp - 2 lily leaf (1 of 1)

3. Cut a thick section of cucumber and slice slots in the top for the eyes to fit into and little holes in the front for the arms.

Frog in Swamp - 3 body (1 of 1)

4. Use carrot sliced in discs for the eyes.

Frog in Swamp - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Give him pupils with the dark skin of the cucumber cut into circles.

Frog in Swamp - 5 pupils (1 of 1)

6. Add some thin celery batons for arms.

Frog in Swamp - 6 arms (1 of 1)

7. And finish with some thicker celery batons bent at the centre for legs. These can just rest against the side of the body.

Salad frog fun food for kids

Ribbit ….

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Fun Mushroom Penguin

Mushroom Penguin

Found some lovely, dark-capped mushrooms at the markets so have been divising lots of ways to create with them. The boys loved this cute, little, fun food penguin and he was so simple I could do one each!

Food Art Penguin

Recipe

– Mushrooms (sautéed)

– Egg (separated into white and yolk)

Method

1. Use a large mushroom cap and squeeze so it’s more oval than round.

Mushroom Penguin - 1 mushroom (1 of 1)

2. Add cooked egg white.

Mushroom Penguin - 2 egg (1 of 1)

3. Use the cooked egg yolk to make feet.

Mushroom Penguin - 3 feet (1 of 1)

4. Cut some mushroom to make the wings.

Mushroom Penguin - 4 wings (1 of 1)

5. Then I thought his feet should be changed.

Mushroom Penguin - 5 feet 2 (1 of 1)

6. Add some of the mushroom stalks as eyes.

Mushroom Penguin - 6 eyes (1 of 1)

7. And use more egg yolk as a beak.

Mushroom Penguin - 7 beak (1 of 1)

With some egg white for pupils.

8. More egg white for snow.

Mushroom Penguin - 8 ground (1 of 1)

9. A sprinkle of oat bran for snow and he’s ready to eat.

Mushroom Penguin cute breakfast

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Fun Melon Gecko

Melon Gecko

There seem to be lots of melons around at the moment. Great as the boys love to eat them and good for me as they are so easy to design with!!

He’s my fun food gecko.

Creative food ideas for kids gecko Melon Gecko - Finished (1 of 1)

Recipe

– Honeydew melon

– Grapes

Method

1. Cut the melon into slices and then it’s easy to carve from there. Start with the head.

Melon Gecko - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Add some segments for the body.

Melon Gecko - 2 body (1 of 1)

3. And more for the back. Then add a big, curving bit for the actual tail.

Melon Gecko - 3 tail (1 of 1)

4. I made some large feet.

Melon Gecko - 4 feet (1 of 1)

5. Then joined them to the body.

Melon Gecko - 5 legs (1 of 1)

6. I used dark grapes to give him eyes.

Melon Gecko - 6 eyes (1 of 1)

7. Then more grapes sliced in half for toes.

Melon Gecko - 7 toes (1 of 1)

8. A few half green grapes for the back and it’s all finished.

Melon Gecko food art for kids

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Jacket Potato Elephant

Jacket Potato Elephant

Well we’re still battling through winter so lots of lovely warming dinners are on the menu.

My boys would never say no to a jacket potato and they just seem to lend themselves to fun food. So, here’s my jacket potato elephant.

Food art Elephant for kids

Recipe

– Jacket Potato

– Roasted Parsnip (or sweet potato)

– Roasted sweet potato/kumara (or pumpkin)

– Green beans

Method

1. Slice the potato in half lengthways.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 1 potato (1 of 1)

2. Cut out a semi-circle to fit the ear into.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 2 cut out (1 of 1)

3. Add the roasted sweet potato/kumara.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 3 ear (1 of 1)

4. Use some of the left-over potato to make the face.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 4 face (1 of 1)

5. Put on some parsnip legs.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 5 legs (1 of 1)

6. Give him a little tail.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 6 tail (1 of 1)

7. Use another piece of parsnip for the trunk.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 7 trunk (1 of 1)

8. And some of the inside of the parsnip for the tusk, eye and toes.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 10 eye (1 of 1)

9. Add some green bean grass.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 11 grass (1 of 1)

10. Finished!!

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Oaty Lion

Oaty Lion

I’ve been putting together a series of simple breakfast plates for my boys. They are so delighted when they get something “special” and most of the designs I can prepare the night before so there is no extra stress in the mornings.

Here is my fun food lion. Simple, cute and delicious.

Fun breakfast for kids lion

Recipe

– Porridge/ or soaked oats (Bircher muesli)

– Mandarins

– Raisins

– Yoghurt (for the eyes but could use apple or mandarins)

– Long thread coconut

Method

1. Form a circle from the porridge.

Oaty Lion - 1 oats (1 of 1)

2. Add some ears.

Oaty Lion - 2 ears (1 of 1)

3. And some cheeks.

Oaty Lion - 3 cheeks (1 of 1)

4. Then a mane from mandarin segments.

Oaty Lion - 4 mane (1 of 1)

5. I wanted some dramatic eyes so used a big glob (technical term) of yoghurt.

Oaty Lion - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

6. And added some giant raisins for pupils.

Oaty Lion - 6 pupils (1 of 1)

7. I used another raisin for the nose.

Oaty Lion - 7 nose (1 of 1)

8. Then one for the mouth.

Oaty Lion - 8 mouth (1 of 1)

9. Long thread coconut made perfect whiskers.

Oaty Lion - 9 whiskers (1 of 1)

10. And a few slices of mandarin for detail in the ear and he was all finished!

Oat Lion Fun breakfast

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Fun Apple Alien

Apple Alien

Lovely, crunchy apples and space – what could be more exciting and delicious!

A simple alien in his flying saucer, a great fun food snack or dessert.

Space alien healthy snacks for kids

Recipe

– Red apple

– Grapes

Method

1. Slice the apple in half.

Apple Alien - 1 Apple (1 of 1)

2. Cut the shape of the space ship.

Apple Alien - 2 base (1 of 1)

3. Then give it a base cut from the outside of the apple.

Apple Alien - 3 bottom (1 of 1)

4. Use some more apple for the dome.

Apple Alien - 4 cabin (1 of 1)

5. Then add some grapes as detail.

Apple Alien - 5 detail (1 of 1)

6. Put a little grape alien in the cockpit and give him an eye.

Apple Alien - 6 alien (1 of 1)

7. Make his craft stable with some apple landing gear.

Apple Alien - 7 legs (1 of 1)

8. Use apple with grape halves on the end for antennae.

Apple Alien - 8 antennae (1 of 1)

9. A few apple planets and he’s ready to fly.

Space Alien cute food for kids

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Fun Ice Cream Sandwich

Ice Cream Sandwich

I was asked to put together a creative plate using bread … and thought of an ice cream sandwich but not the sweet kind!

I’ve used some bread, cheese and veggies to make a fun food cone. My boys thought it looked really appetising and couldn’t wait to share.

Sandwich food art for kids

Recipe

– Wholegrain bread

– Grated cheese

– Roasted beetroot

– Cucumber

– Cherry tomato

– Carrot

Method

1. Cut the bread into a cone shape. I went for a double cone!

Ice Cream Sandwich - 1 cone (1 of 1)

2. I used a small dish to slice around to make the bread “scoops”.

Ice Cream Sandwich - 2 bread scoops (1 of 1)

3. And added a smear of butter and some cheese detail.

Ice Cream Sandwich - 3 butter (1 of 1)

4. Then cut the beetroot scoop using the same dish for size.

Ice Cream Sandwich - 4 beetroot (1 of 1)

5. But realised that the cucumber wasn’t as large so cut the beetroot smaller.

Ice Cream Sandwich - 5 cucumber (1 of 1)

6. I added grated cheese to the top.

Ice Cream Sandwich - 6 cheese (1 of 1)

7. And what ice cream would be complete without a cherry … tomato!

Ice Cream Sandwich - 7 tomato (1 of 1)

8. I used a carrot stick for a flake.

Ice Cream Sandwich - 8 carrot (1 of 1)

9. But then thought that it would look better with smaller bread circles so changed those!!

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Fun Yoghurt Panda

Yoghurt Panda

I needed to put together a “milk based” design for CIA Magazine in Indonesia so chose a bowl of yoghurt as my base. Added to that were a few slices of plum and there … poof … a panda appeared!

A fun food, Yoghurt Panda, great for a simple breakfast, snack or dessert.

Yoghurt Panda healthy breakfasts

Recipe

– Yoghurt (I used home-made, thick Greek style)

– Plum (could use dates/black grapes or clusters of half blueberries)

Method

1. I used a flattish, round bowl and filled with yoghurt.

Yoghurt Panda - 1 yoghurt (1 of 1)

2. I sliced some plum from the cheeks of the plum then cut to make the classic, sloping eye shape of the panda.

Yoghurt Panda - 2 eyes (1 of 1)

3. Then used some yoghurt for the irises.

Yoghurt Panda - 3 irises (1 of 1)

4. And a few bits of plum cut to be pupils.

Yoghurt Panda - 4 pupils (1 of 1)

5. Then cut a plum nose.

Yoghurt Panda - 5 nose (1 of 1)

6. Before adding a plum mouth.

Yoghurt Panda - 6 mouth (1 of 1)

7. Some big ears cut from the other cheeks of the plum and we’re ready ..

Yoghurt Panda fun breakfast food

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Fun Plum Zebra

Plum Zebra

One of my friends is in Africa at the moment volunteering to help preserve the wildlife. I wanted to create something to remind us how cool some of the unique animals are!

I found some really dark plums and married with some juicy pears I made a fun food zebra. It was not difficult but the stripes did take me a while to put on ….

Food art for kids zebra

Recipe

– Dark plum

– Pear

– Sunflower seeds for the ground

Method

1. I cut a body from the cheek of the pear.

Plum Zebra - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Then added a head and neck.

Plum Zebra - 2 head & neck (1 of 1)

3. And some legs.

Plum Zebra - 3 legs (1 of 1)

4. More pear for the ears.

Plum Zebra - 4 ears (1 of 1)

5. Then I cut stripes from the outside of the plum. I found that slicing a succession of pieces and then fitting them onto the body with a little knife worked the best.

Plum Zebra - 5 body stripes (1 of 1)

6. I used a bit more plum for hooves and nose.

Plum Zebra - 6 nose & hooves (1 of 1)

7. Before adding a plum tail.

Plum Zebra - 7 tail (1 of 1)

8. And a mane.

Plum Zebra - 8 mane (1 of 1)

9. Then I cut shorter strips of plum to use for the legs.

Plum Zebra - 9 leg stripes (1 of 1)

10. Using the inside of the plum to create an eye, with a bit of plum skin for the pupil.

Plum Zebra - 10 eye (1 of 1)

11. She needed a little bit of detail in her ears and some sunflower ground.

Plum Zebra - 11 ears & ground (1 of 1)

12. And she’s ready to roam across the savannah.

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Fun Veggie Boat

Veggie Boat

After figuring out how to mix red cabbage and a little bicarb soda to make a natural greenish/blue “dye” it’s fun to use for designs. To make a perfect sea I mixed the red cabbage with mash.

Here’s my fun food veggie boat floating on the ocean …

Feeding picky kids veggie boat

Recipe

– Mash (coloured blue is more fun!)

– Carrot (or sweet potato/potato)

– Parsnip (or carrot/potato/green bean)

– Peas (or any diced veggie)

– Corn (or any diced veggie)

– Pumpkin (or sweet potato/carrot)

Method

1. Make the mash into the ocean!

Veggie Boat - 1 sea (1 of 1)

2. Cut a carrot hull for the boat.

Veggie Boat - 2 carrot (1 of 1)

3. Add a parsnip mast.

Veggie Boat - 3 parsnip (1 of 1)

4. Then a pea sail.

Veggie Boat - 4 peas (1 of 1)

5. With a corn sail for the other side.

Veggie Boat - 5 corn (1 of 1)

6. And a little carrot flag.

Veggie Boat - 6 flag (1 of 1)

7. Set under a deep orange, pumpkin sun.

Veggie Boat - 7 sun (1 of 1)

8. A few parsnip birds and we’re ready for plain sailing through dinner …

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Fun Yoghurt Pig

Yoghurt Pig

Joe wanted some fruit yoghurt so I made a simple breakfast/snack/dessert using just home-made Greek yoghurt, a few frozen berries and some fruit.

Here’s my super easy, fun food yoghurt pig.

Yoghurt Pig fun healthy food for kids

Recipe

– Yoghurt (I mixed with frozen raspberries to give it a pinkish hue and a lovely flavour)

– Plum (could be stone fruit/apple/pear)

– Raisins and sultanas (or blueberries/dates)

Method

1. Put the yoghurt in a bowl.

Yoghurt Pig - 1 yoghurt (1 of 1)

2. I used a slice of plum for the nose.

Yoghurt Pig - 2 nose (1 of 1)

3. Then added some raisin nostrils and plum ears.

Yoghurt Pig - 2 nostrils (1 of 1)

4. And sultanas for pupils on plum eyes.

Yoghurt Pig food art for kids

5. Simple and cute.

Yoghurt Pig cute kids food

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Fun Grape Big Ben

Grape Big Ben

After being most privileged to be off to the UK soon to visit my parents all the sites are on my mind! Seeing the dark grapes I knew straight away what I could create ….

Here’s my fun food Big Ben.

Creative food ideas Big Ben

Recipe

– Dark grapes

– Apple (or pear) for the clock face

– I used desiccated coconut for the clouds (or yoghurt/cottage cheese)

Method

1. Cut the bottoms off the grapes so they don’t roll and build the tower.

Big Ben - 1 tower (1 of 1)

2. Then add the Houses of Parliament.

Big Ben - 2 building (1 of 1)

3. Slice some thin pieces of grape to add detail.

Big Ben - 3 spikes (1 of 1)

4. Use grapes to create a space for the clock face.

Big Ben - 4 clock space (1 of 1)

5. Give the tower its distinctive look with little slices of grapes arranged in vertical rows.

Big Ben - 5 tower detail (1 of 1)

6. And the same at the top of the tower.

Big Ben - 6 detail top (1 of 1)

7. Block in the gap at the top of the tower.

Big Ben - 7 fill in tower (1 of 1)

8. Then add the vertical lines to Parliament.

Big Ben -8 building detail (1 of 1)

9. Cut a circle from the cheek of an apple for the clock face. I used grape “hands”.

Big Ben - 9 clock face (1 of 1)

10. Before finishing with some desiccated coconut clouds.

Fun food Big Ben

 

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Fun Salad Snail

Salad Snail

I was making pesto yesterday (coriander/cilantro on this occasion) and it looked just like a mossy patch in the garden (a tasty looking one of course!) and this made me think of snails.

So here’s my fun food, salad snail cruising along on my “mossy” pesto. The boys loved her!

Ideas for feeding picky kids

Recipe

– Pesto (optional) could also use other dips like hummus

– Celery

– Cucumber

– Tomato

Method

1. I put down a smear of pesto (made me feel very “chefy” !!).

Salad Snail - 1 pesto (1 of 1)

2. And added a baton of celery with the back end cut to a point and the front sliced diagonally on each corner.

Salad Snail - 2 celery (1 of 1)

3. Then I cut the bottom off a small tomato and put it at the front.

Salad Snail - 3 tomato (1 of 1)

4. Before adding a thick slice of cucumber with the bottom levelled off so it didn’t roll.

Salad Snail - 4 cucumber (1 of 1)

5. I made little incisions in the top of the tomato and inserted celery “antennae’.

Salad Snail - 5 antennae (1 of 1)

6. So simple, it’s already finished.

Salad Snail - Finished 1 (1 of 1)

7. A great snack.

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Fun Mushroom Jellyfish

Mushroom Jellyfish

Breakfast just got even more fun ..

Simple, fun food jellyfish, serve with some toast or your favourite sauce and it’s a delicious way to start the day!

Food Art breakfast jellyfish

Recipe

– Mushrooms (I used the larger brown caps)

– Egg (mixed then lightly fried)

– I used spinach and cheese for the fish

Method

1. Cut the stems from the mushroom caps and slice in half (after sautéing lightly).

Mushroom Jellyfish - 1 mushrooms (1 of 1)

2. Slice the egg into thin strips and use for tentacles.

Mushroom Jellyfish - 2 tentacles (1 of 1)

3. Add more egg for the second jellyfish.

Mushroom Jellyfish - 3 egg (1 of 1)

4. Not forgetting the last one.

Mushroom Jellyfish - 4 all tentacles (1 of 1)

5. I cut and added some little spinach and cheese fish.

Mushroom Jellyfish - 5 fish (1 of 1)

6. And that was it, simple but fun.

Mushroom Jellyfish Fun food

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Fun Banana Panda

Banana Panda

Black grapes, white (ish) banana and it had to be a panda!

A fun food, quick and easy snack anyone can make.

Food Art for kids banana panda

Recipe

– Banana

– Black grapes

Method

1. Cut a slice of banana from the smaller ends.

Banana Panda - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Use two bigger slices from the centre and cut 2/3 of each and then slot together for the body.

Banana Panda - 2 body (1 of 1)

3. Add eyes, nose and mouth from grapes.

Banana Panda - 3 face (1 of 1)

4. Then some ears.

Banana Panda - 4 ears (1 of 1)

5. Before giving her hands and feet.

Banana Panda - 5 hands & feet (1 of 1)

6. A few sprigs of rosemary “bamboo” and we’re ready to eat.

Banana Panda fun food for kids

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Fun Salad Robot

Salad Robot

Making salad robots is a great activity to do with the kids. Just chop up a whole range of shapes from whatever you have on hand and let them create their own fun food versions.
So versatile as you can use any veggies and any shapes.

Salad Robot Food Art

Recipe

– Red and green capsicum (bell pepper)

– Carrot

– Celery

– Daikon (Chinese radish)

Method

1. Cut a square from the red capsisum.

Robot - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add a carrot head.

Robot - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Use the green capsicum for the nozzle on top of the head and the arm attachments.

Robot - 3 detail (1 of 1)

4. Then do the same for the legs.

Robot - 4 top of legs (1 of 1)

5. Add some arms and legs from batons of celery.

Robot - 5 legs & arms (1 of 1)

6. Use carrot for the feet and green capsicum for the wrist attachments.

Robot - 6 feet (1 of 1)

7. Make some hands from carrot.

Robot - 7 hands (1 of 1)

8. Then use the daikon for the face.

Robot - 8 face (1 of 1)

9. And the control panel.

Robot - 9 panel (1 of 1)

10. I used a couple of triangles of red capsicum to give him some pupils.

Robot - 10 eyes (1 of 1)

11. Finished!!

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Sam & his Grape Bear

Sam & his Grape Bear

A big thank you to Dave the storyteller from Broc and Cara, veggie-cational books (http://brocandcara.com) for sending in a photo of Sam (5) who made an awesome Grape Bear.

Broc and cara

My boys love making their own designs and get really excited about eating food they have made themselves. If you have any pics of your mini-chefs making fun food please send in so we can share.

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Fun Porridge Owl

Porridge Owl

Use your favourite breakfast grain to make porridge and then add a bit of fruit to make a super simple, cute, fun food owl.

I added a bit of cocoa powder to give my porridge some colour and to test whether the taste worked (boys rated it just OK).

Healthy Kids breakfasts Porridge Owl

Recipe

– Porridge

– Mandarin

– Raisins (dates/blueberries)

– Banana

– I used pepitas for feathers

Method

1. Put the porridge in a circular bowl.

Porridge Owl - 1 porridge (1 of 1)

2. Add two mandarin segments on either side to make the eyes.

Porridge Owl - 2 mandarins (1 of 1)

3. Then a third segment to make the beak.

Porridge Owl - 3 beak (1 of 1)

4. I used some plump raisins for pupils.

Porridge Owl - 4 pupils (1 of 1)

5. Before slicing a piece of banana for the top of his head.

Porridge Owl - 5 banana (1 of 1)

6. A few pepitas for feathers and he’s all finished and ready to eat.

Porridge Owl fun breakfast food

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Fun Grape Bear

Grape Bear

Had to whip up a quick and simple share plate when some friends were over so ….

Here’s my easy, fun food, grape bear.

Grape Bear sugar free desserts for kids

Recipe

– Dark grapes

– Banana

Method

1. Cut the bottom off the grapes (so they don’t roll around) and make a “head” shape.

Grape Bear - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Do the same for the “body” shape.

Grape Bear - 2 body (1 of 1)

3. Add some banana ears and a nose area.

Grape Bear - 3 nose & ears (1 of 1)

4. Then slice more banana for some feet.

Grape Bear - 4 feet (1 of 1)

5. Cut a crescent shape from the grapes for pupils (I later changed the angle of these).

Grape Bear - 5 pupils (1 of 1)

6. Then I used some slightly lighter coloured grapes from the bunch to make toes.

Grape Bear - 6 toes (1 of 1)

7. And extended out some grape arms with banana hands.

Grape Bear - 7 arms & hands (1 of 1)

8. Using more of the lighter grapes for the claws.

Grape Bear - 8 claws (1 of 1)

9. I gave him a grape nose.

Grape Bear - 9 nose (1 of 1)

10. Then thought he’d be cuter with the pupils at a different angle.

Grape Bear cute food ideas

11. All finished and ready to share.

Grape Bear Fun food for kids

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Fun Stegosaurus Potato

Stegosaurus Potato

My boys love jacket potatoes, and like me crispy skin is the go. Looking at one it does seem quite leathery a lot like I imagine a dinosaur would look and that of course lead me into the kitchen …

Here’s my fun food, jacket potato stegosaurus. The boys were really, really excited about the result!

Jacket  potato Stegosaurus fun food

Cute food for kids dinosaur

Recipe

– Jacket potato (I used one and a bit ….)

– Raw sweet potato (kumara). It tastes great, if you haven’t tried you must! Can always be substituted for carrot

– Carrot

– Vegetables for the ground. I used broccoli, peas, corn

Method

1. Bake potato. A long-ish, thin-ish one works for shape!

Jacket Stegosaurus - 1 potato (1 of 1)

2. Cut spikes from sweet potato and insert into slots sliced into the top of the potato. A double row creates a great visual.

Jacket Stegosaurus - 2 spines (1 of 1)

3. And then ensure they go all down the back.

Jacket Stegosaurus - 3 more spines (1 of 1)

4. I used the ends of a second potato to make a head and tail.

Jacket Stegosaurus - 4 head & tail (1 of 1)

5. Before putting some longer sweet potato spikes into the tail.

Jacket Stegosaurus - 5 tail spikes (1 of 1)

6. Next I added some legs from more potato.

Jacket Stegosaurus - 6 legs (1 of 1)

7. And gave her a carrot face.

Jacket Stegosaurus - 7 face (1 of 1)

8. To simulate the lush undergrowth I used broccoli, peas and corn.

Jacket potato dinosaur

9. Easy as that!

Cute food for fussy kids dinosaur

10. Or that …..

Fun food for kids dinosaur

 

 

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Fun Pancake Eiffel Tower

Pancake Bastille Day

Was spoilt for ideas today; World Cup, Tour De France or Bastille Day. Boys opted for Bastille Day so we made some blackberry pancakes together (much to their total delight). And, what symbolises France more than an Eiffel Tower?!?!

Here is our joint effort, fun food pancake celebratory plate.

Healthy food art breakfast Eiffel Tower

Recipe

– Pancakes (we made blackberry ones!)

– I used blueberries, apple and strawberries for the stars

– I used pepitas for the ground

Method

1. Make an Eiffel Tower shape from the pancake.

Pancake Eiffel - 1 tower (1 of 1)

2. Cut an arch from the bottom part of the tower.

Pancake Eiffel - 2 arch (1 of 1)

3. Add two balconies from additional pancake.

Pancake Eiffel - 3 balconies (1 of 1)

4. Then I used a cookie cutter to make some stars.

Pancake Eiffel - 4 stars (1 of 1)

5. Arrange some pepitas for the ground.

Pancake Eiffel - 5 ground (1 of 1)

6. And that’s the Eiffel Tower with some celebratory stars.

Pancake Eiffel Tower fun food

 

Heureux Jour De Bastille!!

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Fun Citrus Bike

Citrus Bike

I love citrus fruit at this time of year, sweet, juicy and huge! And what better way to celebrate than with a fun food bike to coincide with the Tour de France!

This is so simple and takes minutes to put together.

Fruit Bike fun food for kids

Recipe

– Orange

– Mandarin

– Grapes

Method

1. Cut two wheels.

Citrus Bike - 1 wheels (1 of 1)

2. Add some bars from mandarin.

Citrus Bike - 2 struts (1 of 1)

3. A slice of orange for the handlebars.

Citrus Bike - 3 handles (1 of 1)

4. And a little curve for the seat.

Citrus Bike - 4 seat (1 of 1)

5. I added half a grape for the pedal and a few more for the ground.

Fun food art for kids orange bike

6. All finished and ready to roll …

Fruit Bike sugar free desserts

 

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Fun Salad Bicycle

Salad Bicycle

OK so Tour De France time so bicycles in the news. I could never draw bicycles so am amazed I am able to reproduce them in food. Weirdly it seems way easier in veg than in pencil!

Here’s part of a fun food, light lunch I whipped up for the boys.

Salad Bicycle fun food

Recipe

– Radish/avocado (or cucumber/tomato/daikon)

– Celery (or cucumber/carrot)

– Red Capsicum (bell pepper) or other veg

– Carrot

– I used red cabbage and baby spinach for the background

Method

1. Cut the wheels from radish.

Salad Bicycle - 1 wheels (1 of 1)

2. Add a front strut from celery.

Salad Bicycle - 2 front strut (1 of 1)

3. Then add more supports.

Salad Bicycle - 3 supports (1 of 1)

4. And cross bar and back wheel bars.

Salad Bicycle - 4 back wheel bars (1 of 1)

5. I used capsicum for a flashy, red seat.

Salad Bicycle - 5 seat (1 of 1)

6. Then some handles.

Salad Bicycle - 6 handles (1 of 1)

7. Before adding some carrot wheel hubs (I had to shorten the celery “bars” a little).

Salad Bicycle - 7 hubs (1 of 1)

8. More capsicum for the pedal over a carrot cog.

Salad Bicycle - 8 gears- pedal (1 of 1)

9. I added some red cabbage ground.

Salad Bicycle - 9 ground (1 of 1)

10. And then some baby spinach bushes and a carrot bird!

Salad Bicycle - 10 trees & bird (1 of 1)

11. Finished!!

Cute food ideas salad bicycle

12. But then is it better with avocado wheels?

Avocado bicycle food art for kids

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Fun Grasshopper

Grasshopper

I was cutting an egg and the shape just reminded me of some wings. From there it was a small jump to a fun food grasshopper!

Recipe

– Boiled egg

– Mushrooms (toast would be good too)

– Tomato

– Spinach for antennae and ground

– I used cottage cheese for ends of antennae and eyes (a little egg white or other cheese would be perfect too)

Method

1. Cut the egg in half then make a triangle indent.

Grasshopper - 1 egg (1 of 1)

2. Add some mushrooms to make the body.

Grasshopper - 2 mushrooms (1 of 1)

3. Then I gave him a giant, cartoonish head from tomato.

Grasshopper - 3 head (1 of 1)

4. And some arms and legs from more mushroom.

Grasshopper - 4 arms & legs (1 of 1)

5. Before cutting some spinach antennae, with cottage cheese ends.

Grasshopper - 5 antennae (1 of 1)

6. I made him a little face from cottage cheese and sliced mushroom.

Grasshopper - 6 face (1 of 1)

7. Then some ground from spinach.

Grasshopper - 7 ground (1 of 1)

8. A grasshoppery start to the day!

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Fun July 4th “Cake”

July 4th “Cake”

I would have so loved to have made this from fresh berries …… but alas mid-winter is not a good time to be finding them on our beautiful, little, isolated island ….

Fortunately the taste compensated and my boys were suitably delighted to be gorging themselves on berries!

Here’s my fun food, red, white and blue “cake”.

4th July sugar free desserts

Recipe

– Yoghurt (or coconut cream)

– Blueberries

– Rapsberries

– Strawberries

I had to use frozen fruit but it would look so much better with fresh fruit!

Method

1.Make the shape of a cake from yoghurt. I decided on three tiers.

4th July Cake - yoghurt (1 of 1)

2.I used blueberries to make the bottom layer.

4th July Cake - 2 blueberries (1 of 1)

3.Then raspberries for the second layer.

4th July Cake - 3 raspberries (1 of 1)

4.And added a blueberry outline to the third layer.

4th July Cake - 4 outline (1 of 1)

5.Before making a “4th” from strawberry.

4th July Cake - 5 4th (1 of 1)

6.And some strawberry stars too.

4th July Cake - 6 stars (1 of 1)

7.I finished with some yoghurt streamers for the stars.

4th July Cake healthy fun food

Happy Independence Day!!

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Fun July 4th Veg

July 4th Veggies

Independence Day coming up in the US so thought I’d experiment with natural colours and see if I could create a blue. It was more green than I’d have liked 🙁 but was super simple to do. I just chopped a handful of red cabbage, placed in boiling water and added a sprinkle of bicarbonate of soda. I left the lid on the pot for a few minutes and then drained the cabbage. I mixed this with mash for a natural blue.

Here’s a fun food, veggie celebration plate using “blue” food.

blue food 4th July healthy

Recipe

– Mashed potato mixed with naturally dyed cabbage

– Red Capsicum (bell pepper)

– Mushrooms (peeled)

Method

1. Mould a “4” from the mash mixture.

4th July Veg - 1 4 (1 of 1)

2. Then add the “th”.

4th July Veg - 2 th (1 of 1)

3. I used a cookie cutter to make some capsicum stars.

4th July Veg - 3 stars (1 of 1)

4. And another one to cut out some smaller, mushroom ones.

4th July Veg - 4 white stars (1 of 1)

5. One smaller red star and some capsicum streamers and that’s it!

4th July Veggies fun food

 

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Fun Wheatbrick Nest

  Wheatbrick Nest

I was absent mindedly reading the outside of the wheatbrick box as I was putting it away and there were suggestions as to how to serve. One of them was adding bananas and my mind raced from there.

This fun food, breakfast nest has got to be one of the simplest ever!

Cute, creative breakfast for kids

Recipe

– 2 Wheatbricks

– 1 banana

Method

1. I sliced the wheatbrick and then cut into smaller bits to build the outside of the nest. All the crumble went in the centre.

Wheatbrick Nest - 1 wheatbrick (1 of 1)

2. Then I added an extra layer.

Wheatbrick Nest - 2 extra layer (1 of 1)

3. Before cutting some banana pieces into rough egg shapes.

Wheatbrick Nest cute breakfast idea

And that was it. Simple but delicious ..

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Fun Soccer Berries

Soccer Berries

This is a bit of a summery design and for those of us in mid-winter it will probably mean resorting to frozen berries!

However, it’s a cute, simple, fun food soccer/football plate.

Soccer Berries fun food

Recipe

– Blueberries (could use other small berries)

– Strawberry (or other brightly coloured fruit) for the ball

– I used kiwi fruit and pepitas for the grass

– I used sunflower seeds and yoghurt for the net

Method

1. Place two berry heads on the plate.

Soccer Berries - 1 heads (1 of 1)

2. Then add the body of the goalie.

Soccer Berries - 2 goalie (1 of 1)

3. And the striker.

Soccer Berries - 3 striker (1 of 1)

4. I used a strawberry to make the ball.

Soccer Berries - 4 ball (1 of 1)

5. Then kiwi fruit and pepitas for the grass.

Soccer Berries - 5 grass (1 of 1)

6. And of course a net – from sunflower seeds and yoghurt.

Cute food ideas Soccer Berries

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Fun Soccer Pitch

Soccer Pitch

Back to World Cup fever! My boys were totally mesmerised by this dish.

A fun food soccer pitch that is healthy, delicious and simple to create.

Soccer Pitch from veggies

Recipe

– Pea & broccoli puree (steam veggies, add a splash of stock and herbs – blend!)

– Mashed potato

Method

1. I used the only rectangular platter I have which is a little too thin to give the shape of a proper soccer pitch but best I could do!
I spread the pea & broccoli puree as smoothly as possible to make the grass.

Soccer Pitch - 1 pitch (1 of 1)

2. I added quite a bit of milk to the cooked mash then piped it out of a plastic bag using a small knife to guide into position. Starting by making lines around the sides and across the centre.

Soccer Pitch - 2 outline (1 of 1)

3. I used mash again to create the goal and penalty area.

Soccer Pitch - 3 goals (1 of 1)

4. And finished by adding the circles and penalty spots.

Edible football field fun food

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Fun Tic Tac Toe Oats

Tic Tac Toe Oats

Winter is well and truly here for us so some nice warm oats in the morning is a great way to fill the belly and heat the body from the inside. Throw in some fruit and it’s delicious.

Here’s my simple, fun food Tic Tac Toe (Noughts and Crosses).

Tic Tac Toe Oats Fun breakfastHealthy, creative breakfasts for kids

Recipe

– Oats/porridge

– Blueberries (or raisins)

– Strawberries (or other fruit) or yoghurt

Method

1. Make a square from the oats.

Tic Tac Toe Oats - 1 oats (1 of 1)

2. Create vertical lines from berries.

Tic Tac Toe Oats - 2 lines (1 of 1)

3. Add the horizontal lines.

Tic Tac Toe Oats - 3 crosses (1 of 1)

4. I used strawberries to make the noughts and crosses.

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5. And thought I was finished.

Tic Tac Toe Oats cute food ideas

6. But then wondered if yoghurt crosses gave a better contrast.

Tic Tac Toe Oats fun food breakfast

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Fun Soccer Net

Soccer Net

The World Cup continues so there are a few more fun food plates to do too.

Here’s a simple, fun, soccer snack that my boys loved.

Soccer Net World cup fun food

Recipe

– Banana

– Black grapes

– Yoghurt (or coconut cream)

Method

1. Make some goalposts from banana.

Soccer Net - 1 Posts (1 of 1)

2. Then add the sides.

Soccer Net - 2 back posts (1 of 1)

3. And make the net from yoghurt (I used a small knife to create the lines).

Soccer Net - 3 net (1 of 1)

4. Use the knife again to do the sides.

Soccer Net - 4 side net (1 of 1)

5. Drag the knife downwards through the yoghurt to finish the netting.

Soccer Net - 5 Netting (1 of 1)

6. Cut a slice of banana to make the ball and add detail using black grapes.

Soccer Net - 6 ball  (1 of 1)

7. Slice the banana into strips and carve out the letters for World Cup.

World cup snack plate

8. And we’re ready to play …

Fun food soccer net

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Fun World Cup Logo

World Cup Logo

This was pure indulgence. I saw the logo, loved the vibrant colours but knew it would be impossible to reproduce in food. Still there is nothing like a challenge to spur one on …

Here’s my fun food version of the World Cup Logo.

World Cup Logo in food

Recipe

– Grated carrot and sweetcorn (I mixed with a little home-made mayo to help it stay together and taste amazing).

– Baby Spinach

– Red Capsicum (bell pepper)

Method

1. I made the hand shape from the carrot/corn mix.

World Cup - 1 carrot hand (1 of 1)

2. Then used scissors to cut the baby spinach and make the detail down the bottom.

World Cup - 2 bottom leaves (1 of 1)

3. More baby spinach made the fingers arching over the top left.

World Cup - 3 Left leaves (1 of 1)

4. I added the numbers from red capsicum.

World Cup - 4 numbers (1 of 1)

5. Then the curving spinach fingers on the right.

World Cup - 5 right leaves (1 of 1)

6. And the printed words as that was just a step too far in food …

World Cup logo cute food ideas

OK so it’s not perfect but it was delicious!!

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Fun Soccer Pancake

Soccer Pancake

World Cup fever strikes and I just had to do a topical fun food plate.

Pancakes are a huge treat in our house and married with blueberries (ones I froze in the summer) and yoghurt it’s a winning combination!!

Futbol mundial bola

Recipe

– Pancake

– Blueberries (I had to use frozen as it’s winter!!)

– Yoghurt (I used home-made Greek). Ricotta or cottage cheese would work as would coconut cream.

Method

1. Make a pancake. Fortunately most frying pans are round!

Soccer Pancake - 1 pancake (1 of 1)

2. I made a template of the hexagon and pentagon.

Soccer Pancake - 2 templates (1 of 1)

3. Then scored around them with a knife.

Soccer Pancake - 3 cuts (1 of 1)

4. I filled in the central pentagon with berries.

Soccer Pancake - 4 blueberries (1 of 1)

5. And used more to cover all the partial pentagons round the edge.

Soccer Pancake - 5 edges (1 of 1)

6. Then began to fill the hexagons with yoghurt.

Soccer Pancake - 6 white (1 of 1)

7. Scoring a line between each one with the knife.

Soccer Pancake - 7 3 segments (1 of 1)

8. And that was it!

Fun food for kids football pancake

9. Then I wondered if it would be better on a white plate.

World Cup football pancake ball

Or is green more in keeping …

Soccer Pancake World Cup

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Fun Fishing

Gone Fishing

Happy Father’s Day to all those celebrating today!!

Fishing seems like an appropriate homage to the occasion …

Fishing Rod fun food

Recipe

– Pear

– Red Apple

– Mandarin

– Raisin

– Pepitas

Method

1.Cut a handle from pear.

Fishing Rod - 1 handle (1 of 1)

2.Then slice some flesh of the pear thinly for the rod.

Fishing Rod - 2 Rod (1 of 1)

3.And extend it back into the handle.

Fishing Rod -  Extension (1 of 1)

4.I made a reel from apple.

Fishing Rod -  4 Reel (1 of 1)

5.Then added fishing wire from very thinly cut apple.

Fishing Rod - 5 Wire (1 of 1)

6.And used the outside of the apple to make the detail on the rod.

Fishing Rod - 6 detail (1 of 1)

7.Fortunately today it did not get away so the mandarin fish is caught!

Fishing Rod - 7 fish (1 of 1)

8.With its fins and tail.

Fishing Rod - 8 fins (1 of 1)

9.Adding gills and eye from raisin.

Fishing Rod - 9 gills (1 of 1)

10.And some water and water drips from pepitas.

Fishing Rod cute food ideas

11.Gone fishin’ ….

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Fun Tool Set

Tool Set

So Father’s Day is looming on some parts of the planet so I thought I’d do a blokey design. It felt a little stereotypical to do tools and then I thought about how excited my husband gets about a trip to the hardware store and how many new toys he must have once there ….

Here are my fun food, fruit tools to surprise Dad with on Sunday.

Tools fruit for father's day

Recipe

– Pear

– Apple

– Banana

Method

1. Cut the handle of the screwdriver from the cheek of the apple.

Tools - 1 handle (1 of 1)

2. Add the blade of the screwdriver from the flesh of the apple.

Tools - 2 screwdriver (1 of 1)

3. Carve the head of the hammer from a pear.

Tools - 3 hammer head (1 of 1)

4. Then the handle from a banana.

Tools - 4 hammer handle (1 of 1)

5. I added some pear to cover the join in the banana.

Tools - 5 Hammer detail (1 of 1)

6. Before using more apple to make the head of the wrench.

Tools - 6 wrench handle (1 of 1)

7. The handle was from the flesh of the apple.

Cute food ideas tools

8. Can we fix it? Yes we can ….

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Fun Salad Bulldozer

Salad Bulldozer

A bright yellow capsicum (bell pepper) just screamed construction vehicle to me.

So here is my fun food bulldozer.

Salad Bulldozer fun food for kids

Recipe

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Cherry tomato

– Celery

– Cucumber

Method

1. Cut a cab shape from the cheek of the capsicum.

Salad Bulldozer - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Then carve out a window.

Salad Bulldozer - 2 window (1 of 1)

3. I sliced the body at an angle to make the caterpillar tracks look lopsided!

Salad Bulldozer - 3 cut (1 of 1)

4. Before adding another slice of capsicum (inner side out) for the tracks. Tomatoes cut in half made the wheels.

Salad Bulldozer - 4 wheels (1 of 1)

5. Then I added celery cut into “curls” for the tracks and added a scoop to the front from more capsicum.

Salad Bulldozer - 5 scoop-tracks (1 of 1)

6. I used chunks of cucumber for the load and the road.

Salad Bulldozer - 6 road & load (1 of 1)

7. A few celery details and we’re ready to work!

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Fun Toast Ute

Toast Ute

I admit that I find it very difficult to look at round veggies and not think of wheels! This time I gave in to the obsession and created a simple toast truck. It’d be just as good untoasted too!!

Toast truck breakfast food

Recipe

– Mushrooms (lightly cooked whole – or can leave raw!!)

– Wholegrain bread

– Cheese for the windows (I used Edam)

– Tomato for brakelight (optional)

– I separated an egg and used for headlight and load

– Spinach for the road

Method

1. I lined up the mushrooms for wheels.

Toast Ute - 1 mushrooms (1 of 1)

2. Then put the toast over the top so I could figure out where to cut the wheel arches.

Toast Ute - 2 toast (1 of 1)

3. And then cut the semi-circles out.

Toast Ute - 3 wheel arches (1 of 1)

4. Before cutting a rough body shape for the truck.

Toast Ute - 4 body shape (1 of 1)

5. Then used cheese to make some windows.

Toast Ute - 5 windows (1 of 1)

6. I sliced a little from a tomato to make the brake light.

Toast Ute - 6 brake light (1 of 1)

7. And utilised the cooked egg yolk for the headlight and added a cheese door handle.

Toast Ute - 7 headlight (1 of 1)

8. The white of the egg was used for the load.

Toast Ute - 8 load (1 of 1)

9. Before adding a bumpy, spinach road.

Fun food ideas truck for breakfast

10. And then I thought the windows would look better less solid so cut out the centres.

Cute food ideas bread truck

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Fun Pear Raccoon

Pear Raccoon

I had some lovely black grapes I wanted to use in a design and raccoons with their iconic bandit faces and stripey tails just jumped out at me (and way easier than zebra!!).

Here’s my fun food raccoon using just pear and grapes.

Pear Raccoon snack for kids

Recipe

– Brown pear

– Black grapes

Method

1. Cut a head shape from the pear.

Pear Raccoon - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Before adding ears and snout.

Pear Raccoon - 2 ears (1 of 1)

3. Then I used the cheek from the pear to make the body as it was the perfect shape. Just sliced out some legs and cut an indent for the head!

Pear Raccoon - 3 body (1 of 1)

4. And of course he needed a big, fluffy, pear tail too.

Pear Raccoon - 4 tail (1 of 1)

5. Next I gave him the bandit mask, cut from a grape.

Pear Raccoon - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

6. More grapes for paws and nose.

Pear Raccoon - 6 paws (1 of 1)

7. Then the stripes for the tail and detail on the ears.

Pear Raccoon - 7 tail (1 of 1)

8. Adding pupils to the eyes with both pear and grape.

Pear Raccoon - 8 pupilsl (1 of 1)

9. Instead of a garbage can I was kind and gave him a pear rock … and crescent moon.

Pear Raccoon - 9 moon & rocks (1 of 1)

10. And I thought I was finished but he needed some back legs too.

Healthy food Pear Raccoon

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Fun Corn Bee

Corn Bee

With the last of this season’s corn I decided to make a special plate for Joe who loves corn and loves olives. He was so pleased with his fun food plate!

Corn Bee healthy snacks for kids

Recipe

– Fresh cooked corn

– Olives

– Celery

Method

1. Cut the corn into slices for the body.

Corn Bee - 1 corn (1 of 1)

2. Then cut a slice into a head shape.

Corn Bee - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Before adding the black olive stripes and stinger.

Corn Bee - 3 stripes (1 of 1)

4. I cut discs from celery for the eyes.

Corn Bee - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. And used more celery for the antennae (which I balanced against the body so they stand upright).

Corn Bee - 5 antennae (1 of 1)

6. Then I used olives to make pupils for the eyes and a nice smile.

Corn Bee - 6 pupils (1 of 1)

7. I pulled corn off the cob to use as the outline for the wings.

Corn Bee - 7 wings (1 of 1)

8. Before filling them with very thin slices of celery.

Corn Bee cute food ideas

9. And he was finished but I thought he’d look better on white.

Fun snacks for kids corn bee

Or not?

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Fun Queen’s Guard

Queen’s Guard

This weekend in Australia and New Zealand we traditionally celebrate the Queen’s birthday. In honour of the occasion I whipped up a fun food palace guard.

Queen's Guard from fruit

Admittedly not a quick number but sometimes one just has to push the boat out and although it’s a bit complicated it only uses two ingredients!

Recipe

– Red apple

– Plum

Method

1. Cut the cheek from the apple and shape to make the body of the soldier.

Queen's Guard - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Then add some apple arms.

Queen's Guard - 2 arms (1 of 1)

3. I added a belt and jacket closure from the inside of the apple.

Queen's Guard - 3 belt (1 of 1)

4. With some buttons.

Queen's Guard - 4 buttons (1 of 1)

5. And used more apple for the head and hands.

Queen's Guard - 5 head & hands (1 of 1)

6. Before breaking out the plum for collar and cuffs.

Queen's Guard - 6 cuffs & collars (1 of 1)

7. And also for a smile before adding the buckle.

Queen's Guard - 7 mouth & buckle (1 of 1)

8. Then we needed an ostentatious hat and a nose peeking out.

Queen's Guard - 8 nose & hat (1 of 1)

9. And of course a plum rifle.

Queen's Guard - 9 rifle (1 of 1)

10. That was the end of the design but then I couldn’t help myself and had to add some pants and boots.

Queen's Guard - 10 pants (1 of 1)

11. And to finish the Queen’s initials.

Queen's Guard fun food for kids

Happy Official Birthday …

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Fun Goodbye Platter

Goodbye Platter

Joe’s class were having a shared lunch to say goodbye to a student teacher who’d been working in the class for a few months. I wanted to create a vegetable platter that was easy to eat and share and thought something topical would be more interesting. I titled it with the class room number and had the teacher waving goodbye to the students and them waving back!

Here’s my fun food platter, complete with home-made hummus for dipping. It seemed to work well as it all disappeared super quickly (I moved the letters at the last minute but the paper dried quickly so the marks were not apparent).

Goodbye Platter Healthy party plate

Recipe

– Kumara (sweet potato) – a lovely Maori lady showed me how nice it was raw with dips and we have never looked back – it’s a great alternative to carrot.

– Tomatoes

– Cucumber

– Carrot

– Red Cabbage

– Red Capsicum (bell pepper)

– Celery

– Daikon (Chinese radish)

– Hummus for dipping

Method

1. I hand cut letters and numbers from kumara (sweet potato) and placed them on a chopping board covered with baking paper I’d taped down.

Goodbye Platter - 1 letters (1 of 1)

2. I used half tomatoes as heads.

Goodbye Platter - 2 heads (1 of 1)

3. Then started by giving the teacher a body made from cucumber, carrot and celery.

Goodbye Platter - 3 teacher (1 of 1)

4. Before adding the middle girl (carrot, capsicum, celery) and the body of the boy from cucumber.

Goodbye Platter - 4 girl (1 of 1)

5. Then I created the other girl from cucumber and kumara and added the boy’s shorts too.

Goodbye Platter - 5 girl 2 (1 of 1)

6. I finished off the boy with celery and capsicum.

Goodbye Platter - 6 boy (1 of 1)

Then went back and added details using cucumber and daikon.

7. Finally I gave everybody hair using red cabbage, daikon and carrot.

Fun, goodbye vegetable platter

And simple faces from daikon.

8. To finish I added two small bowls of hummus to dip the veggies into.

Fun vegetable platter for party

Joe was delighted with the platter and it was very well received. It also travelled well as the veggies don’t move easily on the baking paper!!

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Fun Egg Submarine

Egg Submarine

Breakfast just dived into the depths with this Egg-marine.

Simple fun food, to tempt the troops in the morning!

Egg Submarine Fun breakfast

Recipe

– Boiled egg

– Mushroom (could use tomato/spinach/part of the egg)

– Tomato (or spinach/mushroom/egg yolk)

– I used baby spinach for detail

Method

1. Slice the back off an egg (so it doesn’t roll around).

Egg Submarine - 1 egg (1 of 1)

2. Then cut a periscope from mushroom.

Egg Submarine - 2 periscope (1 of 1)

3. And give the craft a propeller.

Egg Submarine - 3 propeller (1 of 1)

4. Before adding some tomato windows.

Egg Submarine - 4 windows (1 of 1)

5. And a seabed to glide over.

Egg Submarine - 5 seabed (1 of 1)

6. Super simple but very effective …

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Fun Kiwi Ninja Turtle

Kiwi Ninja Turtle

I am not normally a big fan of licensed stuff but this was just too tempting ….

This is admittedly not quick to do. It is however surprisingly simple and loads of fun. One of my friend’s was saying how bright the kiwi fruit are at this time of the year and how they could make a great Ninja Turtle.

Ninja Turtle party food

So this fun food, Ninja Turtle is for Iley and Joe. I made Michealangelo as orange is Joe’s favourite colour and luckily persimmons are in season!

Recipe

– Two kiwi fruit (could use green melon)

– I used persimmon for the detail (harder fruit like apple, pear, plums would work)

– I used plum for the nunchucks and sunflower seeds for the chains

– Pepitas for the ground

Method

1. Cut a kiwi in half and peel off the skin and the hard ends. See perfect turtle shell shape!!

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 1 Kiwi (1 of 1)

2. I cut a head from the other half.

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 2 headi (1 of 1)

3. But it looked a little too small so I added a face cut from more kiwi.

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 3 face (1 of 1)

4. Then I made arms (do not be too worried about perfection as the detail covers things nicely).

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 4 arms (1 of 1)

5. I needed a second kiwi to make the legs.

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 5 legs (1 of 1)

6. Before cutting bands from persimmon for the arms, legs and feet.

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 6 bands (1 of 1)

7. I made a belt from more persimmon.

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 7 belt (1 of 1)

8. Then cut a mask for the face.

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 8 mask (1 of 1)

9. I sliced a plum to make the smile, the “M” for the belt and pupils that I pushed into the eye holes in the mask.

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 9 M & smile (1 of 1)

10. His hands were cut from kiwi. I realised they needed to stick out more to hold the nunchucks so moved them later.

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 10 hands (1 of 1)

11. And then I placed nunchucks made from plum and sunflower seeds in his hands.

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 11 nunchucks (1 of 1)

12. Then added “movement marks” from thin slices of plum.

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 13 movement marks (1 of 1)

13. Before giving him some pepita ground to stand on.

Sugar Free Party food Ninja Turtle

14. And there he is in all his glory.

Fun party food Ninja Turtle

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