Fun Egg Angel

Egg Angel

Christmas is over but the spirit still remains.

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

Recipe

– Egg (separated)

– Olive

Method

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

Egg Angel - 1 head-001

2. Add a body.

Egg Angel - 2 body-002

3. Then an arm.

Egg Angel - 3 arm-003

4. Use the yolk for a horn.

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5. Before adding the halo.

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

Egg Angel - 6 eye & stars-009

7. All finished!

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Fun Rudolph Oatmeal

Rudolph Oatmeal

Let’s make a lovely, nourishing Christmas breakfast!

Here’s our fun food, Rudolph Oatmeal.

Fun food art Rudolph Oatmeal

Recipe

– Oatmeal

– Strawberries

– Blueberries

Method

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

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

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3. Add a shiny nose.

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4. And some strawberry ears.

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5. Bright blueberry eyes.

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

Rudolph Oatmeal breakfast

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Fun Oaty Tiger

Oaty Tiger

Breakfast can be so much fun.

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

Recipe

– Oatmeal

– Mandarin

– Orange

– Raisins

– Plum

– Coconut threads

Method

1. Make a circle for the face.

Oaty Tiger - 1 face-001

2. Add some ears.

Oaty Tiger - 2 ears-003

3. And a nose.

Oaty Tiger - 3 nose-004

4. Then some eyes from mandarin and raisins.

Oaty Tiger - 4 eyes-006

5. Give him a raisin nose.

Oaty Tiger - 5 nose-007

6. Then a mouth.

Oaty Tiger - 6 mouth-008

7. Use the orange for his fur.

Oaty Tiger - 7 fur-009

8. And some dark plum for contrast.

Oaty Tiger - 8 extra hair-010

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

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Fun Banana Train

Banana Train

Trains are so easy to build and great to eat!

Here’s our fun food, Banana Train.

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Recipe

– Banana

– Red apple

– Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

– Sunflower seeds

– Raisins

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Build an engine and trucks.

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

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

4. Use discs of apple for wheels.

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

6. A red apple window completes the cab.

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

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

9. Desiccated coconut makes perfect steam.

10. And finish with raisin tracks.

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Fun Oat Clown

Oat Clown

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

Here’s my fun food, Oat Clown.

Creative breakfast Oat Clown

Recipe

– Oats

– Red apple

– Green pear

– Raisins/blueberries

Method

1. Make a bowl of porridge or soaked oats.

Oat Clown - 1 oats (1 of 1)

2. Add a big, red, apple nose.

Oat Clown - 2 nose (1 of 1)

3. And a curved mouth.

Oat Clown - 3 mouth (1 of 1)

4. Then a bright smile.

Oat Clown - 4 smile (1 of 1)

5. Some apple eyes.

Oat Clown - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

6. With some clown-like crosses.

Oat Clown - 6 crosses (1 of 1)

7. And some funky, pear hair.

Oat Clown - 7 hair (1 of 1)

8. Then some raisin pupils.

Oat Clown - 8 pupils (1 of 1)

9. A triangle of apple makes the perfect hat.

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Fun Yoghurt Flowers

Yoghurt Flowers

My boys love yoghurt for dessert. If it’s topped with extra fruit then even better! Here are some fun food Yoghurt Flowers. Use whatever fruit is your favourite.

Fun food art Yoghurt Flowers Sugar free desserts Yoghurt Flowers Healthy, fun food Yoghurt Flowers

Recipe

– Plain yoghurt

– Fruit. I used apple, mango, persimmon, blueberries

– Pepitas (sunflower seeds)

Method

1. For the apple flower cut petals.

Yoghurt Flowers - 1 petals (1 of 1)

2. Add pepitas for stem and leaves.

Yoghurt Flowers - 2 stem (1 of 1)

3. Finish with a blueberry centre.

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Fun Breakfast Wolf

Breakfast Wolf

We’re deep into winter now with some brrrrrrr mornings so something warm to start the day is lovely.

Joe loved this fun food Breakfast Wolf (Max had the non choc version).

Fun food art Oat Wolf

Recipe

– Porridge

– Banana

– Cacao (or cocoa powder)

– Blueberries

Method

1. Form the porridge into a head shape in a bowl, giving him a long snout.

Oat Wolf - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Sprinkle over the chocolate powder to give the colour and a little flavour too but without the sugar.

Oat Wolf - 2 colouring (1 of 1)

3. Add some banana ears.

Oat Wolf - 3 ears (1 of 1)

4. And eyes.

Oat Wolf - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. A large, frozen blueberry makes an excellent nose.

Oat Wolf - 5 nose (1 of 1)

6. And pupils.

Oat Wolf - 6 pupils (1 of 1)

7. More banana for whiskers finishes him off.

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Fun Pancake Giraffe

Pancake Giraffe

School holidays so it’s good to spend time making some breakfasts!

Here is a simple, fun food, buckwheat Pancake Giraffe (made for Max with his predilection for peanut butter).

Fun food art Pancake Giraffe

 

Recipe

– Pancake (I used buckwheat)

– Banana

– Peanut butter (no sugar or additives)

– Raisins

Method

1. Make the pancake – I cooked in an egg ring to make the circular shape.

Pancake Giraffe - 1 pancake (1 of 1)

2. Add a banana neck.

Pancake Giraffe - 2 neck (1 of 1)

3. And some spindly legs.

Pancake Giraffe - 3 legs (1 of 1)

4. Then a tail.

Pancake Giraffe - 4 tail (1 of 1)

5. Before adding hooves and tail detail.

Pancake Giraffe - 5 feet & tail (1 of 1)

6. Banana makes a great head and ears.

Pancake Giraffe - 6 head & ears (1 of 1)

7. And ossicones.

Pancake Giraffe - 7 ossicones (1 of 1)

8. Then slim down her face a little.

Pancake Giraffe - 8 face shaping (1 of 1)

9. And add some raisin eyes and nostrils.

Pancake Giraffe - 9 eyes (1 of 1)

10. Using peanut butter for the unique patterns.

Pancake Giraffe - 10 PB (1 of 1)

11. And there she is ready to eat.

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Fun Decorated Eggs

Decorated Eggs

Instead of chocolate eggs why not decorate real eggs – and ones you can eat afterwards!

Here are some fun food Decorated Eggs. Go crazy and create your own …

No sugar Easter Eggs

Recipe

– Hard boiled egg

– Veggies to decorate – cucumber, orange & red capsicum (bell pepper), corn

Method

1. Slice the egg in half.

Decorated Eggs - 1 eggs (1 of 1)

2. Add some orange capsicum for detail.

Decorated Eggs - 2 orange capsicum (1 of 1)

3. Then some corn kernels.

Decorated Eggs - 3 corn (1 of 1)

4. Some little slices of cucumber.

Decorated Eggs - 4 cucumber (1 of 1)

5. And some discs of red capsicum.

Decorated Eggs - 5 capsicum (1 of 1)

6. Decorate the other side.

Decorated Eggs - 6 other decorated (1 of 1)

7. Add a few cucumber “eggs” around the edge and it’s done.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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3. And the iconic blushes around the eyes.

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4. Then a mushroom nose.

Egg Panda - 4 nose-004

5. With a smiley mouth.

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

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7. Then added some baby spinach leaves.

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8. And that’s it.

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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.

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4. And eat …

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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.

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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 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!!

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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 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 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.

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Moooooo!

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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.

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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 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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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!

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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.

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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 ..

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Brekkie Rainbow

Brekkie Rainbow

It’s great to have a big share breakfast at the weekend. My boys see a cooked breakfast as a big treat and every now and again I deliver!!

Here’s a fun food rainbow, healthy and delicious. You can of course substitute in your favourite breakfast ingredients.

Breakfast Rainbow fun food

Recipe

– Scrambled egg (just the whites)

– Fried egg (just the yolks)

– Sauteed mushrooms

– Potatoes cubed and cooked (I lightly roasted)

– Tomatoes

– Baby Spinach

– Cheese – I used Edam

Method

1. Use the scrambled whites as clouds.

Brekkie Rainbow - 1 clouds (1 of 1)

2. Place a row of mushrooms (I drew some faint lines in to make it easier to figure out where to put things!) first.

Brekkie Rainbow - 2 mushrooms (1 of 1)

3. Then a layer of egg yolk cut into strips.

Brekkie Rainbow - 3 yolk (1 of 1)

4. And a row of cubed potatoes.

Brekkie Rainbow - 4 potatoes (1 of 1)

5. I then used baby spinach for the next arch.

Brekkie Rainbow - 5 spinach (1 of 1)

6. Before adding some cheese.

Brekkie Rainbow - 6 cheese (1 of 1)

7. And to add some bright colour some tomatoes.

Healthy rainbow for breakfast

8. Not sure whether it needs some rain. But just in case I added some dried thyme.

Fun breakfast for kids rainbow

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Fun Egg Galleon

Egg Galleon

After a week of flowers for us fab mums it’s time to float back to normal.

Here’s my simple and nutritious, fun food, egg ship – perfect for breakfast or light lunch. The mini-chefs were impressed!

Ship breakfast healthy & fun

Recipe

– Toast (I used wholemeal grain)

– Mushrooms

– Boiled Egg

– Tomato

– Baby Spinach (could use onion)

– I used some onion for the birds but mushroom/tomato or spinach would also work

Method

1. Cut the toast into the shape of a boat hull.

Egg Galleon - 1 hull (1 of 1)

2. Add masts made from mushrooms.

Egg Galleon - 2 masts (1 of 1)

3. Then the sails from 3 slices of boiled egg.

Egg Galleon - 3 sails (1 of 1)

4. Before cutting some tomato flags.

Egg Galleon - 4 flags (1 of 1)

5. Then I used baby spinach to make some waves.

Egg Galleon - 5 sea (1 of 1)

6. And added some detail using the tomato.

Egg Galleon - 6 detail (1 of 1)

7. A few onion birds drifting in the sky and we’re ready to sail to the table.

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Fun Mother’s Day Brekkie

Flowers for Breakfast

As Mother’s Day is coming up for many countries this Sunday I thought I’d do a few special designs. This fun food, flower plate makes a great breakfast or light lunch for anyone.

Creative breakfast for mother's Day

I did change my mind a few times during the making so bear with me!! I also did two options so you can choose toast or mushrooms.

Simple mother's day breakfast

Recipe

– 2 boiled eggs (mine kindly donated by my chickens)

– Tomato

– Toast or mushrooms for stem

– Baby spinach for leaves

– I used sautéed onions for the ground

Method

1. Peel and cut the eggs. I initially left them in halves but then sliced into quarters.

Mother's Day Brekkie - 1 eggs (1 of 1)

2. Then I added a slice of tomato as the centre of the flower.

Mother's Day Brekkie - 2 tomato (1 of 1)

3. I used mushrooms for the stem (and later cut them thinner).

Mother's Day Brekkie - 3 mushrooms (1 of 1)

4. Before adding some onion “soil”.

Mother's Day Brekkie - 4 onions (1 of 1)

5. And some baby spinach leaves for …. leaves!

Mother's Day Brekkie - 5 leaves (1 of 1)

6. I realised the stem was too wide and the flower needed extra petals.

Mother's Day breakfast Paleo

So cut the mushrooms thinner and sliced the eggs into quarters.

7. Or you can go the toast stem instead.

Mother's Day Breakfast Healthy

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Fun Toast Tower

Toast Tower

I’m devastated as my favourite bakery is closing down. Where to now for my lovely grainy bread with no preservatives? Although yesterday they were all sold out anyway and I had to settle for wholemeal …

Here’s a fun food breakfast. Jazz up the toast with a few mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach and cheese. Yum.

Toast Tower - breakfast for kids

Recipe

– 2 slices of toast

– Mushrooms

– Tomato

– Baby Spinach

– Cheese

Method

1. Cut indents from the top of a slice of bread.

Toast Tower - 1 bread (1 of 1)

2. Then make a window.

Toast Tower - 2 window (1 of 1)

3. Toast and give the tower a second level.

Toast Tower - 3 second level (1 of 1)

4. Cover the join and make a door with some pre-cooked mushroom pieces and cut more windows.

Toast Tower - 5 mushrooms (1 of 1)

5. Then give the windows colour with some tomatoes, sliced to fit.

Toast Tower - 6 tomatoes (1 of 1)

And a lovely, mushroom full moon.

6. I used more mushrooms to make some ground.

Toast Tower - 7 ground (1 of 1)

7. Before growing some spinach trees.

Toast Tower - 8 spinach (1 of 1)

8. And adding some cheese for detail.

Fun healthy breakfast for kids

9. All finished and ready to demolish ….

Healthy castle breakfast

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Fun Brekkie Bunny

Brekkie Bunny

Breakfast can be such a routine meal, but with a little extra time we can transform it into an Easter special!

Here is my fun food, wheatbrick bunny. Simple, cute and eaten in a heart-beat ….

Fun food for breakfast

Recipe

– 3 wheatbricks

– I used pear for the detail (apple/melon would work too)

– I used blueberries for pupils/nose/mouth (other dark fruit like plums or raisins would work)

Method

1. I soaked a wheatbrick in a little milk just so it would hold form but not enough to be “stodgy”. Using an egg ring to make the circular shape for the face.

Brekkie Bunny - 1 mold

2. Then removed it from the mold.

Brekkie Bunny - 2 face

3. I cut two wheatbricks into rough ear shapes.

Brekkie Bunny - 3 ears

4. Before using some pear to make teeth.

 

5. And more pear for eyes (bit scary looking!!)

Brekkie Bunny - 5 eyes

6. Then made the insides of the ears.

Brekkie Bunny - 6 ear inside

7. And to make him less scary some blueberry pupils for the eyes and another for the nose.

Brekkie Bunny - 7 eyes

8. I cut a blueberry and stretched it to make a mouth shape and then framed it with pear whiskers.

Brekkie Bunny - 8 whiskers

9. Just add milk or yoghurt and hoppity hop into breakfast.

Easter bunny breakfast for kids

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Fun Rabbit Pancakes

Rabbit Pancakes

I saw this recipe on Facebook (see, spending hours on Facebook is a worthwhile enterprise!!) and was sceptical but dying to try. You take 2 eggs and one banana. Mash the banana really well and mix in with the two eggs and then pour batter into a frying pan and fry like a regular pancake. It comes out texturally like a pancake, looks like a pancake, tastes like a pancake and takes a minute to make. It is also so simple kids of all ages can make and is so sweet that no toppings are necessary. In fact for me it is way too sweet! What a find, loads of great protein, potassium and nothing unhealthy in sight and so quick and cheap.

As we’re entering the countdown to Easter it’s time to amp up the bunnies, chicks and eggs though so …..

Rabbit Pancakes

Here is my fun food Easter breakfast plate.

Recipe

– Pancakes (I used banana pancakes)

– I used raisins and yoghurt for detail

– I used pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and desiccated coconut for the ground and clouds

Method

1. Make a pancake.

Rabbit Pancakes - 1 pancake (1 of 1)

2. I used a cookie cutter to make two rabbits. One from each side of the pancake to give them a contrasting “look”.

Rabbit Pancakes - 2 rabbits (1 of 1)

3. I cut raisins for eyes.

Rabbit Pancakes - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. And what self-respecting rabbit would be seen without a fluffy, yoghurt tail?

Rabbit Pancakes - 4 tails (1 of 1)

5. Then I added a raisin mouth and a yoghurt nose.

Rabbit Pancakes - 5 faces (1 of 1)

6. A few pepitas for the ground and some coconut clouds and you can hop to it.

Pancakes no sugar rabbits

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Fun Brekkie Bonfire

Brekkie Bonfire

The large, really dark mushrooms reminded me of sticks so I decided to build a breakfast campfire around them.

Healthy breakfasts for kids

Recipe

– Large capped mushrooms (rather than the button)

– Egg. I separated part of the yolk (so I could get the really orange looking flames)

– Tomato

– Baby spinach

Method

1. Cut the cooked mushroom into strips and pile into a campfire shape.

Campfire - 1 mushrooms (1 of 1)

2. Then add scrambled egg as glowing fire.

Campfire - 2 egg (1 of 1)

3. With the cooked separated yolk becoming the bright flames.

Campfire - 4 flames (1 of 1)

4. Then using sliced tomatoes for red flames.

Campfire - 5 tomatoes (1 of 1)

5. And spinach leaves for the surrounds.

Campfire - 6 leaves (1 of 1)

6. Leaving no cooking to do.

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Fun Leprechaun Hat

Leprechaun Hat

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

I wanted to go green today but wanted to try something a little different. Sometimes this is good and sometimes not so good. I decided to make flat bread but incorporate spinach into it. I’m always excited if I can up the dark green, leafy vegetable quotient!

The first test was a disaster as I tried steaming the spinach and then mixing through the dough. I knew as soon as I started it wouldn’t work (so the chickens get a treat!). The next batch I steamed the spinach then used my favourite kitchen toy – the bar mix. Perfect. The dough worked beautifully, cooked well and tastes good too.

Here is my fun food Leprechaun Hat made from spinach flat bread (which takes 5 mins to make and another 5 to cook).

Leprechaun Hat St.Patricks Day

Recipe

– Spinach – I used a small bunch of flat leafed steamed and then made a paste

– Flat bread – I make with wholemeal flour and a little olive oil (for this batch I combined with the spinach paste)

– Avocado for the hat band

– Cooked egg yolk for the hat buckle

– I cut clover from baby spinach leaves (using my kitchen scissors)

Method

1. I lightly fried the flat bread.

Leprechaun Hat - 1 bread (1 of 1)

2. Then cut the top of the hat from the bread.

Leprechaun Hat - 2 hat (1 of 1)

3. And then the brim.

Leprechaun Hat - 3 brim (1 of 1)

4. I used avocado to make the hat band.

Leprechaun Hat - 4 strap (1 of 1)

5. Then added a flower from baby spinach. Four leafed clover of course …..

Leprechaun Hat - 5 flower (1 of 1)

6. I cooked an egg yolk and cut a buckle from it.

Leprechaun Hat - 6 buckle (1 of 1)

7. Before decorating the plate with more clover.

Leprechaun Hat - 7 clover (1 of 1)

8. HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY !!!

Leprechaun Hat Irish food

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Fun Pancake Ice Cream

Pancake Ice Cream

Shrove (pancake) Tuesday is one of my enduring childhood memories. Remembering the thrill of watching my Dad flipping pancakes in the kitchen (a skill he did not pass down to me) and the delight of scoffing a treat on a Tuesday evening ….

My boys LOVE pancakes and so how could we not continue the tradition? Tomorrow is the big day so I thought I’d do a breakfast version. Given that traditionally it signifies the last chance to indulge in foods that are to be forgone during Lent I thought an ice cream shape was very appropriate!

Pancake Tuesday recipes

Here is my fun food, breakfast pancake which is actually made with my favourite crepe recipe (1 cup wholemeal flour, 2 cups milk, 3 eggs. Whisk milk and eggs, add to the flour and combine and then cook in a pan).

Recipe

– Pancake/crepe

– Scrambled egg

– Cherry tomato

– Slice of mushroom

– I decorated with diced, fried red onion

Method

1. Roll the pancake into a cone shape and slice along the top so it’s straight.

Pancake Ice Cream - 1 pancake-001

2. Add scrambled egg to the top for the ice cream.

Pancake Ice Cream - 2 egg-002

3. Then I used a cherry tomato for the top.

Pancake Ice Cream - 3 cherry-004

4. Before sticking a slice of mushroom in for the flake.

Pancake Ice Cream - 4 mushroom-005

5. But in looking at it the “cherry” was too small so I swapped it for a larger one.

Pancake Ice Cream - 5 bigger cherry-006

6. I was frying off some onions and thought they’d make great sprinkles!

Healthy pancake ideas

7. Ready to serve ….

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Fun Giant Toadstool

Giant Toadstool

I found these giant mushrooms and just had to use them for a fun food breakfast.

I wanted something quick and simple so that’s what it is!!

Healthy breakfast ideas for kids

Recipe

– Mushroom (big ones are easier to use)

– Boiled egg

– I used baby spinach and cherry tomatoes for the flowers

Method

1. I boiled an egg and sliced one end off then placed the flat bit downwards.

Giant Toadstool - 1 Egg-002

2. Then balanced the mushroom cap on top (after removing the stalk).

Giant Toadstool - 2 mushroom-003

3. I used the remainder of the egg for the “spots” cutting rough circles.

Giant Toadstool - 3 spots-005

4. But it looked a bit plain on the plate and I always add extra veggies whenever I can so …. I made some flowers.

Giant Toadstool - 4 flowers-006

I used baby spinach leaves with half cherry tomatoes in the middle.

5. Then made centres from some more of the egg.

Giant Toadstool - 5 flower centres-007

6. A lovely, simple light breakfast.

Healthy breakfast for kids

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Fun Oat Puppy

Oat Puppy

This was supposed to be a slam dunk, quick design but as usual I wasn’t 100% happy with the results of the cookie cutter mold so had to adapt. Using a mold, even if you make changes does make things easier though as you have a basic shape to work to.

Here is my still simple and quick oat puppy fun food breakfast.

Puppy breakfast picture

Recipe

– Oats – I use wholegrain and soak for a while to soften and make them easier to mold.

– I used some papaya for the ball (any fruit you can cut into a circle would work)

– I used pepitas (pumpkin seeds) for the ground.

– I used a raisin for the eye and sliced almonds for mouth and ear

Method

1. I filled a cookie cutter mold with softened oats.

Oat Puppy - 1 mold-016

2. Then thought I’d prefer him standing up, with 2 legs and a longer tail …

Oat Puppy - 2 Puppy-018

It was fortunately quite simple to bend him around a bit.

3. Then I added a raisin eye and a bit of sliced almond for the mouth.

Oat Puppy - 3 eye & mouth-019

4. And another piece of almond for the ear.

Oat Puppy - 4 ear-020

5. I used a cookie cutter to cut a circle from a piece of papaya and sprinkled pepitas for the ground.

Creative breakfast food

6. And there it is a quick and nutritious fun food breakfast.

Healthy breakfast food for kids

Woof Woof.

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Fun Teddy Valentine

Valentine Teddy

Carrying on in the spirit of Valentines I made a cute, fun food breakfast …

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Recipe

– Wheatbrick soaked to soften

– I used oat bran, sliced almonds and raisins for detail (and for the writing)

– ½ Strawberry for the rose

– Pepitas (pumpkin seeds) for the stem and leaves

Method

1. I used a teddy bear mold and filled with softened wheatbrick – but then of course was dissatisfied so modified it!

Teddy Valentine - 1 mold-001

2. Once the mold was full I pulled it away carefully.

Teddy Valentine - 2 Teddy-002

3. Then thought I could improve on the shape so tried.

Teddy Valentine - 3 Teddy refit-003

4. I used sliced almonds to give him ears, hands and feet.

Teddy Valentine - 4 almonds-005

5. Then thought he should be tubbier so gave him a rounder tummy.

Teddy Valentine - 5 face-006

And covered his face with oat bran so his features would show up.

6. I used raisins to give him eyes, nose and mouth.

Teddy Valentine - 6 features-007

7. Then he needed a rose which I made from half a strawberry (sliced at the end to “feather”) with a pepita stalk and leaves.

Teddy Valentine - 7 rose-008

8. Gave him a pepita ground to stand on.

Teddy Valentine - 8 ground-009

9. And then gave him some raisin love ….

Valentine breakfast

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Fun Egg Ducklings

Egg Ducklings

We love eggs in our house. In fact we go through so many we decided to invest in some hens of our own! They have a house to rival ours and get treated as part of the family with treats and cuddles. Not sure this is conducive to laying lots of eggs but time will tell …

This is my fun food egg duckling plate. Great for breakfast or a snack.

Healthy breakfast for kids

Recipe

– 1 large egg, scrambled (I always use free range as they are just so much better)

– 1 large egg with yolk and white cooked separately

– I used a little olive for eyes

Method

1. Make the shape of the body.

Egg Ducklings - 1 bodies-001

2. Then add a head.

Egg Ducklings - 2 heads-002

3. I cut beak shapes from the cooked yolk.

Egg Ducklings - 3 beaks-003

4. And cut wings from the white.

Egg Ducklings - 4 wings-004

5. I realised their tails needed to be longer so made them so.

Egg Ducklings - 6 eyes-006

6. Then cut eyes from an olive.

Egg Ducklings - 6 eyes-006

7. And no duck would be happy without some water, made from little pieces of the white.

Egg Ducklings - 7 water-007

8. But then I thought it’d look better if it was a bit wavy.

Egg Ducklings - 8 waves-008

9. And with a few ripples.

Egg Ducklings - 9 ripples-010

10. Add an egg yolk sun and off they swim.

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Fun Oaty Three Blind Mice

Oaty Three Blind Mice

It’s great to reproduce classic nursery rhymes and they’re always instantly recognisable!

Here is my breakfast fun food three blind mice.

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Recipe

– Porridge – I soaked then cooked oats to make a simple porridge

– Apple (or other fruit)

– I used raisins, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds for detail

Method

1. Form the shape of a mouse from porridge.

Oaty 3 Blind Mice - 1 body-002

2. Then make 2 friends.

Oaty 3 Blind Mice - 2 three-003

3. And cut them some ears from apple.

Oaty 3 Blind Mice - 3 ears-006

4. I made some dark glasses from raisins.

Oaty 3 Blind Mice - 4 glasses-007

5. Then some cute little feet from bits of apple.

Oaty 3 Blind Mice - 5 feet-008

6. And some long tails from slices of apple.

Oaty 3 Blind Mice - 6 tails-009

7. Making a floor from sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

Oaty 3 Blind Mice - 7 floor-011

8. And little noses from a bit of the red apple.

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9. Run mice, run ….

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Fun Egg Volcano

Egg Volcano

The boys were soooo excited when I was making this. They could not wait to eat it. Unfortunately the photos do not do it justice as it’s hard to get perspective with the camera. The “lava” was a spectacle and they couldn’t wait to taste the “mountain”.

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Here is my fun food egg volcano, perfect for breakfast or a main meal. It doesn’t take long to cook and you can serve on top of bread, rice or just some veggies.

Recipe

– Eggs

– Tomato paste

– Bread

– I used mushrooms, onion and spinach for the background

Method

1. Separate the eggs.

Egg Volcano - 1 eggs (1 of 1)

2. Place bread on greased baking paper on a tray.

Egg Volcano - 2 bread (1 of 1)

3. Whisk the egg whites until stiff. I used a stick blender.

Egg Volcano - 3 whipped whites (1 of 1)

4. Fashion the whipped egg whites into a volcano shape on top of the bread (making a hollow for the sauce).

Egg Volcano - 4 volcano whites (1 of 1)

5. I spooned a little tomato paste into the well at the top.

Egg Volcano - 5 tomato (1 of 1)

6. Then added the egg yolks carefully on top of that and put them in the oven (180 degrees for 10-15 mins).

Egg Volcano - 6 yolks (1 of 1)

7. As the eggs were cooking I fried some mushrooms and onions.

Egg Volcano - 7 mushrooms (1 of 1)

And placed them in a ring on each plate.

8. Then I slid the cooked egg volcanoes from the oven onto the plate.

Egg Volcano - 8 cooked (1 of 1)

9. Which I had added some baby spinach leaves to.

Egg Volcano - 9 egg on mushrooms (1 of 1)

10. Then the boys were able to puncture the yolk with their knife and let the tomato/egg mixture become the lava down the side of the volcano.

Egg Volcano - 11 eruption-012

11. It was all very exciting.

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12. And nutritious and delicious too ….

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Fun Pancake Rocket

Pancake Rocket

My boys love crepes (or thin pancakes) as a treat and I have to say they are great to design with as you can make them into pretty much any shape.

These crepes I used to make a fun food space scene and then combined them with fruit for a bit of sweetness.

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Recipe

– Crepes or pancakes. I make simple wholemeal ones with flour, egg and milk.

– I used strawberries for detail but any fruit you have on hand would be great.

– Desiccated coconut for the distant stars.

Method

1. I cut the body of the rocket.

Pancake Rocket - 1 rocket (1 of 1)

2. Then added the fins.

Pancake Rocket - 2 fins (1 of 1)

3. And a tail and a pointed front.

Pancake Rocket - 3 tail & front (1 of 1)

4. I used strawberries to add detail.

Pancake Rocket - 4 detail (1 of 1)

5. And of course no rocket would be complete without a destination.

Pancake Rocket - 5 planet (1 of 1)

I cut a planet and gave it a “ring”.

6. Then some stars.

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7. And a sprinkle of coconut for the distant constellations.

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Blast off!!!

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Fun Avocado Turtle

Avocado Turtle

Love, love, love avocadoes and it’s the season for them this time of year in NZ.

Avocadoes make a great breakfast, lunch or snack food. I have made a very simple, fun food plate that the mini chefs can help you make.

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I served on toast but it would be delicious on mushrooms or on its own.

Recipe

– Wholegrain toast

– ½ avocado

– 2 cherry tomatoes

– I used cottage cheese for eyes

– Baby spinach leaves

Method

1. Place half the avocado on top of the toast.

Avocado Turtle - 1 avo (1 of 1)

2. Add a cherry tomato for the head.

Avocado Turtle -  head (1 of 1)

3. Then slice another cherry tomato into 4 pieces to make the legs.

Avocado Turtle -  3 legs (1 of 1)

4. I used cottage cheese to make two little eyes.

Avocado Turtle -  4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Then added some spinach leaves for his environment.

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6. Or should he be on green?

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Fun Banana Igloo

Banana Igloo

Well we’re supposed to be in the middle of summer but it does NOT feel like that so this plate is probably as appropriate for us as those deep in winter!

My boys love bananas and yoghurt so this fun food plate hits the spot for dessert (aside from arguing over the penguin). The photos unfortunately do not do it justice.

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Recipe

– Bananas

– Yoghurt

– Desiccated coconut for snow

– For the penguin I used a date, 2 raisins, a dried apricot, a hazelnut and some yoghurt.

Method

1. Slice the banana and build the first level of the igloo.

Banana Igloo - 1 bananas (1 of 1)

2. Add another layer of banana slices.

Banana Igloo - 2 2nd layer (1 of 1)

3. Then I sliced some banana lengthways to make the door.

Banana Igloo - 3 Door (1 of 1)

4. And added a roof with more layers.

Banana Igloo - 4 roof (1 of 1)

5. Then I covered the whole thing in yoghurt to give the snow effect.

Banana Igloo - 5 yoghurt (1 of 1)

6. And sprinkled some coconut “snow” falling.

Banana Igloo - 6 snow (1 of 1)

7. Then put together a little penguin.

Banana Igloo - Penguin (1 of 1)

8. And it’s time to eat!

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Fun Christmas Crackers (Bon bons)

Christmas Cracker (Bon Bons)

I love turning simple breakfast food into a visual delight. This is not something that is tricky to make and transforms the humble wheatbrick into a great, fun food Christmas icon.

Use whatever fruit you have in stock to decorate. I used yoghurt coloured by raspberries and blueberries to give it a bright coating.

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Recipe

– 2 Wheatbricks

– I used yoghurt coloured by crushed raspberries and by blueberries for colour

– I used Greek yoghurt, blueberries and strawberries for decoration

Method

1. Cut the ends of a wheatbrick on the diagonal.

Christmas Cracker - 1 wheatbrick (1 of 1)

2. Slice another wheatbrick in half then cut the inner ends on a diagonal too.

Christmas Cracker - 2 ends (1 of 1)

3. I coloured the ends using yoghurt mixed with raspberries. You could use just the berries crushed if you choose.

Christmas Cracker - 3 pink (1 of 1)

4. Then I did the same for the centre with yoghurt mixed with blueberries.

Christmas Cracker - 4 purple (1 of 1)

5. And then made some stripes for detail with plain yoghurt.

Christmas Cracker - 5 stripes (1 of 1)

6. I used blueberries and chopped strawberry to give a jewel effect.

Christmas Cracker - 6 blueberries (1 of 1)

7. And then to finish I used some of the yogurt/raspberry mix for a party effect.

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8. I had made another but it looked too “sweet/candy” like ..

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Fun Strawberry Santa Hats

Strawberry Santa Hats

I usually do all my own designs but I saw a version of this and thought I could make a lovely fun food, healthy version.

It’s the perfect snack, dessert or simple breakfast.

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Recipe

– Large strawberries

– Yoghurt (or cream cheese)

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Slice the strawberries along the bottom.

Santa Hats - 1 strawberry (1 of 1)

2. Dip the bases in yoghurt then into desiccated coconut to make a “furry” trim.

Santa Hats - 2 trim (1 of 1)

3. Then make a yoghurt bobble for the top and again dip in desiccated coconut.

Santa Hats - 3 bobbles (1 of 1)

4. And there you have some very simple but very effective Santa Hats.

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Fun Christmas Bells

Fun Christmas Bells

I’m always looking for new ways to serve food and as we’re in the middle of moving (ahhh) I am more time poor than usual. Dishes like Bubble and Squeak tick my boxes as I can throw whatever veggies I have in with some mashed potato, roast in the oven and voila a simple meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner packed with nutrients.

I am not usually happy with the outcome of molds – but this time they worked a treat.

Check out my very simple, fun food bells.

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Recipe

– Bubble and Squeak

– Flat leaf spinach

– Cherry tomato

Method

1. Push the B & S into the mold.

Christmas Bells - 1 Bell (1 of 1)

2. Then add another bell.

Christmas Bells -  2 bells (1 of 1)

3. Add some slices of cherry tomatoes for the tops of the bells.

Christmas Bells -  3 tomatoes (1 of 1)

4. Then I cut some of the spinach leaves to make bows (I used my kitchen scissors).

Christmas Bells -  4 bows (1 of 1)

5. But realised the bells were too near the top of the plate and the bottom ribbons too long ….

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Ding dong …. time to eat.

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Fun Fruit Candy Cane

Fruit Candy Cane

I have to say Candy Canes are one of my least favourite of the commercial aspects of Christmas. That is of course unless they are a special, healthy version.

Here is my super simple, fun food Candy Cane.

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Recipe

– Banana

– Strawberries

Method

1. Cut slices of banana and strawberry.

Fruit Candy Cane - 1 top (1 of 1)

2. And keep adding to make the stem.

Fruit Candy Cane - 2 middle (1 of 1)

3. You will need to cut on a slight angle to make the curve of the cane.

Fruit Candy Cane - 3 curve (1 of 1)

4. And then I realised it was a nice “J”. Good for Joe and I but ….

Fruit Candy Cane - 4 turn around (1 of 1)

Ah … that’s better.

5. I added some mint and coconut to jazz it up but that is it in all its simplicity!

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Fun Strawberry Santa’s

Strawberry Santa’s

The Christmas season is fast approaching and Santa will feature heavily in a lot of households. Fortunately we can recreate him as a fun food very healthily!

Strawberry Santa’s are simple to make and can be used for breakfast, dessert or snacks. My boys absolutely love them, and who wouldn’t!

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Recipe

– Large strawberries (pointed ends work better)

– Yoghurt (could substitute cream cheese)

– Blueberries (or raisins)

Method

1. Cut the top off the strawberry to form the hat.

Strawberry Santa's - 1 strawberry (1 of 1)

2. Make his head from a blob of yoghurt. If the yoghurt is not firm enough use a piece of strawberry for the head shape and just cover that in yoghurt.

Strawberry Santa's - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Give him a bobble made from yoghurt.

Strawberry Santa's - 3 beard & button (1 of 1)

Then add a beard and a button.

4. He needs two eyes and a smiley mouth.

Strawberry Santa's - 4 Santa (1 of 1)

5. And some friends!

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Fun Mushroom Tree

Mushroom Tree

It’s great to have basic, healthy breakfasts that can be whipped up in a minute. My boys love sautéed mushrooms and marrying them with tomato and cheese is always a winner.

This is my simple, fun food mushroom tree.

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Recipe

– Mushrooms

– Cherry tomatoes

– Cheese (I used Edam)

– Baby spinach leaves

Method

1. Cut the mushroom into stem/stalk like strips.

Mushroom Tree - 1 mushrooms (1 of 1)

2. I used a cookie cutter to make flower shapes from cheese (you could cut free-hand or use triangles which work well).

Mushroom Tree - 2 flowers (1 of 1)

3. Then I sliced cherry tomatoes in half to make the centre of the flowers.

Mushroom Tree - 3 tomatoes (1 of 1)

4. And added a little circle of cheese for the centres.

Mushroom Tree - 4 centres (1 of 1)

5. To finish off the tree and make it lush and verdant I layered baby spinach leaves.

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Fun Tomato Man and Pram

Tomato Man – Pram

I love little tomatoes. They are sweet, easy to eat and great to design with!!

I have started a series of “Tomato Man” plates that are simple, fun food ideas for breakfast or a snack.

This one was actually going to be something else but as I cut a mushroom the shape of the pram jumped out at me ….

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Recipe

– 4 small or cherry tomatoes of different sizes

– A mushroom

– A few large baby spinach leaves

Method

1. Cut the mushroom cap into a carriage shape.

T-Man Pram - Pram (1 of 1)

2. Add a handle and struts for the wheels.

T-Man Pram - 2 handles (1 of 1)

3. Then cut a tomato in half to form the wheels.

T-Man Pram - 3 wheels (1 of 1)

4. Make the baby’s head from a small tomato and the back of it for the body.

T-Man Pram - 4 baby (1 of 1)

5. Cut legs from a spinach leaf.

T-Man Pram - 5 legs (1 of 1)

6. Then make the parent from two tomatoes for body and head.

T-Man Pram - 6 t-man (1 of 1)

7. Use spinach leaves to make arms and legs.

T-Man Pram - 7 Arms & legs (1 of 1)

8. And then some more to cut a hat.

T-Man Pram - 8 eyes (1 of 1)

Then I used some mushroom for eyes.

9. Cutting more mushroom for the ground.

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10. And tomato “man” is ready to step out with the baby.

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Fun Fireworks Pancake

Pancake Fireworks

Coming to New Zealand has meant a return to childhood memories for me. Unlike Australia Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated on the 5th Nov here as it is in England with firework displays and community celebrations. My boys are of course rapt to have an excuse for fireworks, which being in the capital are in abundance!

I wanted to pay homage to the day so have put together a pancake city with fruit fireworks exploding over it to use either on this day or any other where fireworks are the go.

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The design is fun, simple, healthy and versatile as any fruit can be used.

Recipe

– Pancake (I made a simple batter using wholemeal flour, milk and eggs). You could substitute for a tortilla.

– I used a strawberry, pear, mandarin and some coconut. Any bright fruit would be excellent.

Method

1. Cut the pancake into the rough shape of a city outline. I made the batter thicker than I normally would and it was easy to cut without tearing.

Pancake Fireworks - 1 pancake (1 of 1)

2. I cut out some windows to give the city detail. I used a small, sharp knife and it was relatively easy but a little fiddly.

Pancake Fireworks - 2 windows (1 of 1)

3. A bright red strawberry cut into strips made my first firework.

Pancake Fireworks - 3 red firework (1 of 1)

4. Then I used strips of a green pear to make another firework.

Pancake Fireworks - 4 green firework (1 of 1)

I cut a little piece of the pear flesh for the inside of the red firework.

5. I sliced a segment of mandarin to make a third firework.

Pancake Fireworks - 5 orange firework (1 of 1)

6. Then used the inside of the pear to cut some stars and the strawberry for the rocket.

Pancake Fireworks - 6 stars & rocket (1 of 1)

A little of the outside of the strawberry made the tail of the rocket.

7. I used long strands of desiccated coconut to make light bursts around the pear firework.

Pancake Fireworks - 7 explosions (1 of 1)

And smaller bits of coconut to add to the explosions.

8. A final few bits of coconut around the mandarin and the sky show was bursting with life.

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Fun Haunted House (Halloween)

Haunted House

Nothing screams horror like a haunted house. Although my house is more cartoon than fright!

This is a fun, simple to construct Halloween breakfast or light lunch and my boys were delighted with the house but not happy until I added the bats for full effect.

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Recipe

– 3 slices of bread. Ours is bakery so on the small side.

– 1 large egg

– 1 small tomato

– 1 large baby spinach leaf – for the bat

Method

1. Cut a large piece for the centre of the house. It’s a very forgiving design as you can cut pretty much however it comes and it’ll look OK.

Haunted House - 1 Bread (1 of 1)

 

2. I used another piece of bread for a tower.

Haunted House - 2b (1 of 1)

 

3. Then the 3rd piece of bread to make two side towers.

Haunted House - 3b (1 of 1)

 

I added triangles to the top of them for roofs. I also cut corners off the first slice of bread and placed them on the top edge of the large piece. It just seemed to give it better balance.

4. I cooked the egg yolk and white separately. The yolk I cut into shapes to make the windows.

 

 Haunted House - 5 egg windows (1 of 1)

5. Then I used a slice of cheese cut to make a door.

Haunted House - 6b (1 of 1)

 

6. And sliced pieces from the tomato to make window frames and a window for the door.

Haunted House - 7b (1 of 1)

 

7. I used the white of the egg to make the moon.

Haunted House - 8 moon (1 of 1)

 

And some pieces of bread for the steps.

8. Then I sprinkled some oat bran as stars.

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And for my boys added some bats cut from baby spinach leaves!!

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Fun Oat Web – Halloween

Oat Web

Now spiders may not be everyone’s cup of tea but this is a fun, cute strawberry one that would be delicious for breakfast.

The web looks time consuming but actually it’s not hard to put together and surprisingly quick.

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Recipe

– Oats – I used wholegrain and soaked them in milk so they were softened

– Strawberry cut in half for the spider’s body (any fruit would be OK)

– Raisins for the spiders legs (or small blueberries)

– Blueberry cut in half for the eyes (or raisins/dates)

– I used yoghurt for detail

Method

1. Make a rough circle from the oats in the middle and then make 6 diagonal lines. I used a teaspoon and fingers to guide the oats.

Oat Spiderweb - 1 6 threads (1 of 1)

 

2. Then make an inner ring from more oats.

Oat Spiderweb - 2 first ring (1 of 1)

 

3. And then a second.

Oat Spiderweb - 3 second ring (1 of 1)

 

4. And a third.

Oat Spiderweb - 4 third ring (1 of 1)

 

5. Now it’s time to add the spider (or not!!)

Oat Spiderweb - 5 spider body (1 of 1)

 

I used a strawberry cut in half.

6. And then added half a blueberry for each eye and cut raisins in half for the legs.

Oat Spiderweb - 6 legs (1 of 1)

 

I also gave him some chelicera (the sticking out bits at the front!!)

7. Then used yoghurt to make detail for the eyes and on the back.

Oat Spiderweb - 7 eyes (1 of 1)

8. And there is my Halloween spider web all ready to eat.

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Fun Yoghurt Graveyard – Halloween

Yoghurt Graveyard

I’m on a Halloween roll!

Yoghurt = ghosts. It’s true!!

Here’s my simple, fun and quick fruity graveyard.

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Recipe

– Pear (or apple/melon)

– Yoghurt (I used home-made Greek style)

– I used flaked almonds, sunflower seeds and a strawberry for detail

– Raisins – for ghost eyes and mouth

Note: I made some changes as I went through. I realised the ghosties had to be bigger and that the one on the left was too close to the grave and needed to scoot away!

Method

1. Pile up the yoghurt to make the ghosts (I made them bigger as I went along).

Yoghurt Graveyard - 1 Yoghurt (1 of 1)

 

Tip: If your yoghurt is a bit soft then you can freeze for a while to thicken. Also you can put a piece of fruit underneath to build the ghost up more effectively.

2. Cut a gravestone from the inside of a pear.

Yoghurt Graveyard - 2 gravestone (1 of 1)

 

3. I used strips from the side of the pear to make a grave.

Yoghurt Graveyard - 3 grave (1 of 1)

 

I also cut R.I.P. into the gravestone and smeared with juice from a strawberry (which you can just see).

4. Then I put detail around the back of the stone using flaked almonds and a strawberry sliced.

Yoghurt Graveyard - 4 grave surrounds (1 of 1)

 

And filled the grave with sunflower seeds – like gravel!

5. I built the ghosties up a bit and gave them raisin eyes.

Yoghurt Graveyard - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

 

But realised that the ghost on the left was too close so had to move it left and squeeze up the grave a smidge.

6. Then the ghosts needed mouths.

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Woooooooooo hoooooooooooo.

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Fun Carved Tomato – Halloween

Carved Tomato

Everyone has seen or even made their own carved pumpkin for Halloween but have you ever eaten one?!?!

So I thought I’d do my own take on the carved pumpkin making a mini, edible one from a tomato. It’s a fun way to do scrambled eggs and tomato for breakfast or a snack and I have to say delicious. Had to make one for everyone … lucky I am now an “expert” carver and it’s deceptively quick and simple.

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Recipe

– A firm tomato. Look for the perfect shape!

– Scrambled egg.

– I used cheese for the stalk.

– I sprinkled thyme as it tastes so good with egg.

Method

1. Carve the traditional triangular eyes and nose from the front of the tomato. Then cut a mouth with teeth. You will need a sharp knife but it’s actually quite simple to do.

Carved Tomato - 1 face (1 of 1)

 

I propped it up so it was easier to see the face.

2. Then I cut a flap at the back and hollowed out the tomato which wasn’t hard to do.

Carved Tomato - 2 cut out (1 of 1)

 

3. I stuffed the tomato full of scrambled egg.

Carved Tomato - 3 egg (1 of 1)

And put the rest underneath and around.

4. I used a chunk of cheese to make the stalk and I thought a yellow picnic plate may look better ……

Carved Tomato - 4 stalk (1 of 1)

5. Then I sprinkled thyme around.

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6. And knew the yellow was just a little too bright ….

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Fun Toast Truck

Toast Truck

I am always looking for really simple designs so I can whip up a unique meal in minutes. This was one that grew out of lovely ripe cherry tomatoes that looked so lovely and wheel-like!

Fun food, simple and very quick.

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Recipe

– 2 pieces of bread

– 2 cherry or small tomatoes

– Cheese – for the window

– Egg yolk for the sun

– Baby spinach leaves (for the birds)

Method

1. Slice the bread for the back of the truck using the longest side.

 

 

2. Then use another slice for the cab (it doesn’t quite fit into one slice of our bakery bread – they need bigger loaves!).

Toast Truck - 2 Cab

 

3. Cut arches for the wheels.

Toast Truck - 3 wheel arches

 

4. Slice two tomatoes in half to form the wheels.

Toast Truck - 4 wheels

 

5. Then add a cheese window and an exhaust pipe from the bread.

Toast Truck - 5 window

 

6. I cut some more of the bread to make the road.

Toast Truck - 6 road

7. Then cooked an egg yolk to make the sun (the cheats way is prick the yolk and cook for 5-10 secs in the microwave).

Toast Truck - 7 sun

8. And as I buy big eggs there was enough yolk left over to make the sun shine.

Toast Truck - 8 sun shine

9. I always want more greenery in my meals and spinach is a great one to use. I am not sure this works though.

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10. Although I did like the spinach birds.

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11. So I decided to banish the leaves and keep the birds!

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Fun – Winter Brekkie Tree

Winter Brekkie Tree

So as there are only 4 seasons this would be the last in my series of breakfast trees and as there is a storm raging outside my window it is very appropriate today ….

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Fun food, simple and nutritious and a great one to do with the kids.

Recipe

– 1 Banana

– Yoghurt – I used home-made Greek style

– Oats – I used wholegrain

– Desiccated coconut for snow (oat bran or finely ground nuts would work)

Method

1. Cut the banana down the centre and use a large piece for the trunk.

Winter Brekkie Tree - 1 Banana

 

Make branches from smaller bits of banana.

2. Add some yoghurt as snow caught on the branches.

Winter Brekkie Tree - 2 yoghurt

And some as the snow on the ground.

3. Sprinkle oats as leaves on the tree and on the earth.

Winter Brekkie Tree - 3 Oats

4. I thought it looked a little stunted so increased the height!

Winter Brekkie Tree - 4 Bigger

5. And then added some snow.

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Fun Toast Dice

Toast Dice

OK so there is only one and it should be die but I couldn’t call it that so have made it plural so there is one for everyone!

This was inspited by the lovely, ripe cherry tomoatoes and the need for something super quick. Fun food for kids of all ages.

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Recipe

– 2 pieces of toast

– 8 small tomatoes (I used cherry toms)

– I used cheese for an outline

Method

1. Cut the toast. I left one piece whole and then cut the other so it was just under half. I used the remaining pieces to prop up the die so it’s 3-D.

Brekkie Dice - 1 toast

 

2. Then I propped up the toast and added the tomatoes cut in half for the dots.

Brekkie Dice - 2 spots

I chose the number 5 as it’s visually great and then cut one of the tomato halves in half again to make the part of the 3 dot side disappearing into the plate!

3. I cut cheese into strips and laid it around the outside. Yum, cheese and tomatoes on toast.

Brekkie Dice - 3 Cheese

4. And there is the breakfast die. Super quick and fun.

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Fun Avocado Mouse

Avocado Mouse

Avocadoes are not in season – boo hoo – but I got a few lovely looking ones and when I scooped one out of its skin I saw a mouse. Not a real one in my kitchen (which is a good thing) but the shape, hidden in the half avocado.

Here is a lovely, fun food, simple breakfast or snack idea. Avocadoes are a great source of good oil and delicious to boot.

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Recipe

– Half a ripe avocado

– 1 cherry tomato

– Cheese

– Toast – I used wholemeal

– Baby spinach leaves for decoration

– I used a blob of cottage cheese for the pupil (cream cheese/yoghurt or hard cheese would be fine).

Method

1. Cut the avocado in half and scoop it carefully out of its skin and place on a piece of toast.

Avocado Mouse - 1 avocado

2. I used a tomato cut in half for the eyes.

Avocado Mouse - 2 + eyes

3. Then cut some big ears from some cheese.

Avocado Mouse - 3 + ears

4. And a long curling tail.

Avocado Mouse - 4 + tail

5. To give her some character I added two blobs of cottage cheese for pupils.

Avocado Mouse - 5 + pupils

On top of some slices of olives.

6. I placed spinach leaves around and gifted her a “block” of cheese of her own.

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7. And there we have our breakfast mouse.

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But I wasn’t sure whether the olives made her a little scary …

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Fun Pancake House

Pancake House

I made some crepes (a thinner version of pancakes) and steamed some apples at the same time to make a sweet but not sugary accompaniment.

Max was fascinated by the tree and it was the first thing he dived for. A fun food breakfast or snack idea.

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Recipe

– Apple

– Crepes (I make them with wholemeal flour, eggs and milk)

– I used yoghurt for the moon and chimney smoke

Method

1. I cooked the crepes then used a giant house cookie cutter.

Pancake House - 1 House

 

2. But as usual I was under whelmed by the outcome so started adding and chopping bits. I started with windows and door.

Pancake House - 2 Windows & Doors

 

I also cut the right hand side of the top of the house off at an angle.

3. Then added another peak to the roof.

Pancake House - 3 Additional roof

 

4. As we were getting bigger and fancier chimneys seemed in order.

Pancake House - 4 Chimneys & window detail

And I put some cross pieces into the window.

5. I used the steamed apple to make the ground and a tree.

Pancake House - 5 Tree and wall

6. And some bushes and a path.

Pancake House - 6 Path & bushes

7. I used some home-made Greek style yoghurt to make a moon as it seemed like a night scene.

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And added some smoke from the chimneys.

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Fun Brekkie Space Shuttle

Brekkie Space Shuttle

I was planning on creating a rocket but then as I began it morphed into a space shuttle.

I have lovely memories of a really fun trip to Cape Canaveral I made with two friends of mine Jamey and Shawn many, many moons ago when we were lucky enough to see a shuttle housed in its giant hangar.

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This is really no more complicated than many of my other fun food breakfast designs although it may seem at first glance to be a little intimidating.
For me it was all worth it as the boys were wide-eyed with pleasure when I showed them.

Recipe

– 4 Wheat bricks (one is only partially used)

– Yoghurt – I used home-made Greek style

– Raisins/Dates – for detail

– Coconut for sky

Method

1. Place one wheat-brick for the base of the shuttle and then carefully cut another for the cone at the top (they cut surprisingly well with a sharp knife).

Brekkie Space Shuttle - 1 bricks

2. Then cut a wheat-brick in half to make the wings.

Brekkie Space Shuttle - 2 wings

3. Cover with yoghurt.

Brekkie Space Shuttle - 3 yoghurt

4. Add a front window. I used chopped raisins.

Brekkie Space Shuttle - 4 Window

5. Then I used a knife to score some detail into the yoghurt.

Brekkie Space Shuttle - 5 Lines

And cut some dates for the base of the shuttle.

6. Added some detail on the wings with raisins and a date nose cone.

Brekkie Space Shuttle - 6 Detail

7. Coconut makes a great starry sky.

Brekkie Space Shuttle - 7 Sky

8. Then I made a couple of yoghurt stars.

Brekkie Space Shuttle - 8 Stars

9. And for the final flourish a tail.

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 Blast Off!!!

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Fun Breakfast Volcano

Breakfast Volcano

This is a concept I came up with a few years ago and the boys were mesmerised. They also rated the taste as fantastic. Since then life has jogged along and I haven’t got around to reproducing it for a blog. Until yesterday … it was the perfect time to make the volcano and video it. Yes a true story I did video the whole thing – very scary for me and probably you too!!

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I got Roy to video the creating of the world’s first breakfast volcano including lava pour. The boys were happy to star as the end result was food and they love eating.

The still photos do not do it justice so please check out the video:

It also proves that when I say fun food, quick and simple I mean QUICK.

I will blog my muesli recipe for those interested when I get chance!!

Recipe

– Muesli – needs to be soaked in milk/yoghurt so it will keep its shape

– I used pepitas, sunflower seeds, grated coconut and chopped hazelnuts for “rocks” and ash around the base

– Raspberry lava – this was just frozen raspberries defrosted and then buzzed with a stick blender. The taste is incredibly intense so I added a little water which also helps it pour. Any soft red fruit that can be pulped would work.

Method

1. Form the muesli/milk mixture into a conical mountain shape.

Breakfast Volcano - 1 Mountain

2. Make a crater at the top.

Breakfast Volcano - 2 Crater

3. Then I added seeds and nuts as rocks and coconut which Max dubbed ash around the bottom.

Breakfast Volcano - 3 w-Rocks

4. And now the fun really starts.

Breakfast Volcano - 4 1st Pour

Pour the raspberry lava into the crater.

5. Keep pouring getting lava rivulets running down the outside of the volcano.

Breakfast Volcano - 5 Pouring

6. And keep going until the lava is finished.

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Add milk and breakfast is served.

 

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Fun Breakfast Names

Breakfast Names

OK so who doesn’t want their name in … food!! The mini chefs were delighted to have their names carved out for breakfast and devoured them with pride.

This is such a simple, fun way to present some healthy food for breks. I used some letter molds and filled them with wheatbricks I had soaked in milk and that was about it. It’s something that you can do with the kids or they can probably do themselves.

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Admittedly Max and Joe are short names (my friend quipped that I had 3 males in my life all with 3 letter names so I could remember them – hmpfff!!) and probably more manageable than Angelina or Benjamin but initials, sports team’s acronyms or nicknames can work.

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Recipe

– I used 1 ½ wheatbricks per boy and soaked in milk until soft but not mushy

– I used raisins, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds and pepitas for decoration

Method

1. Choose your molds and fill with as much mix as you’d like.

Brekkie Names - 2 Filled

2. Then press out the wheatbrick mix.

Brekkie Names - 3 Joe

I realised whilst doing that that the gap in the “O” (and the “A” too) shouldn’t be filled!

3. And the other/s if you have need.

Brekkie Names - 4 Max

4. Then I decorated.

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Using raisins and sliced almonds.

5. And for Joe.

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I used raisins and pepitas.

6. Then finished off with some sunflower seeds as well.

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7. Once we were ready to eat we poured the milk or you could use yoghurt.

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8. Beautifully simple, fun and delicious.

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Fun Summer Brekkie Tree

Summer Brekkie Tree

Continuing on with my seasonal breakfast trees this is my summer version.

Fun food, very simple and something the children can do by themselves or with a little help.

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Recipe

– 1 Banana

– Oats (I used wholegrain)

– Pepitas (Pumpkin seeds) – for leaves

– 1 Kiwi fruit – for leaves

– Raspberries – alas mine are frozen as we’re in mid-winter!

Substitute other green fruit such as apple for leaves and strawberries/red apples for fruit if you prefer.

Method

1. Cut the banana into trunk and branch shapes.

Summer Brekkie Tree - 1 Banana

2. Add pieces of kiwi fruit as leaves.

Summer Brekkie Tree - 2 Kiwi leaves

3. And then pepitas which add crunch and extra nutrients too!

Summer Brekkie Tree - 3 + Pepitas

4. I added oats so the boys could eat as a cereal substitute (very happily).

Summer Brekkie Tree - 4 + oats

5. I sprinkled more of the oats and pepitas around the base of the tree.

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6. And then raspberries to give the tree a full bloom of flowers.

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Very, very simple, fun and healthy – what could be better!!

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Fun Dolphin Pancakes

Dolphin Pancakes

My boys LOVE pancakes (actually ours are crepes but that’s just personal taste). We don’t make them very often but when we do the boys are the happiest little men on the planet. Roy is actually the pancake master seeming able to produce a perfectly formed, perfectly cooked disc every time. Mine are a tad more eccentric ….

As we’re using free range eggs, milk and wholemeal flour with no sugary toppings they tick all my health boxes.

This is a simple, fun food way to present pancakes that no one could resist.

Healthy dolphin pancakes

Recipe

– Pancakes

– Flaked almonds for the sand (substitute any nuts/seeds/fruit)

– Raisin – for the eyes

– Stewed apple (I just cut up apple and steamed for 10 mins. With some cinnamon or nutmeg – YUM) – for sea bed detail

Method

1. Put down sea bed.

Dolphin Pancakes - 1 Almond sand

2. Cut out the dolphins from the pancake. I used a mold.

Dolphin Pancakes - 2 Dolphin Mould

3. Place on the plate.

Dolphin Pancakes - 3 Dolphin

4. And another so she’s not lonely!

Dolphin Pancakes - 4 + 2 Dolphins

5. Then some eyes so they can see.

Dolphin Pancakes - 5 + eyes

6. I used steamed apple which gives a lovely sweetness to the dish as sea bed detail.

Dolphin Pancakes - 6 + Apple Shells

7. I ripped some of the pancake edges (as mine are not perfect discs …) to use as coral.

Healthy pancakes dolphins

8. A lovely, simple breakfast or dessert.

Dolphin Pancakes - Finished

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Fun Brekkie Bread Tree

Brekkie Bread Tree

OK so I am a bit fixated on tree designs I admit. But they are so simple and so effective and a great one to do with the kids.

This is a fun food bread and egg one that takes no time at all to whip up but looks funky and appetising.

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Recipe

– Slice of thick cut bread (or could use toast)

– 2 eggs scrambled

– 1 tomato (for the inside of the flowers)

– I used mushrooms, tomatoes and parsley for detail

Method

1. Cut the bread into the shape of a trunk and branches. I deliberately left it “rustic” style as it adds to the character and makes it twice as simple!

Brekkie Bread Tree - 1 Bread

2. Cut the scrambled egg into flower shapes. I used a mini cookie cutter.

Brekkie Bread Tree - 2 Egg Flowers

3. Add some mushrooms for rocks on the ground.

Brekkie Bread Tree - 3 Mushroom ground

4. Slice the tomato and cut into small squares. These make the centre of the flowers.

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5. I added some tomato slices and parsley.

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6. And then thought it was a bit busy so took them off again!

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Fun Brekkie Handbag

Brekkie Handbag

There had to be something a little more feminine hiding in a wheat brick and thankfully I found it. This simple, fun food handbag is dedicated to Genie who is surrounded by brothers and is looking for more traditionally girlie designs!!

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Recipe

– 1 wheat brick

– Yoghurt – I coloured it pink with some raspberries

– Raspberries (can use strawberries or other fruit) for trim and handle

– I used sunflower seeds and pepitas for detail

Method

1. Cut the wheat brick into a “handbag” shape. They cut quite well if you are careful.

Brekkie Handbag - 1 wheat brick

2. Mix yoghurt with a red fruit to colour pink. Cover wheat brick with yoghurt mixture.

Brekkie Handbag - 2 Yoghurt covered

3. Add handle and trim. I used chopped frozen raspberries (winter so no fresh boo hoo!).

Brekkie Handbag - 3 + trim

4. Then I added a clasp (pepitas).

Brekkie Handbag - 4 + clasp

5. And some detail (sunflower seeds).

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6. A quick and easy breakfast design. Get creative!!

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7. Or even pinker.

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Fun Spring Brekkie Tree

Spring Brekkie Tree

We all loved the Autumn/Fall brekkie tree so I decided it would be really good fun to create a series, one for every season.

Outside our house in Aus was a beautiful cherry blossom tree and as soon as the flowers came out it signalled the end of winter for me. This fun food design is modelled on the fabulous white and pinkish/red of the tree before the green leaves grow through. It is so simple to make and a great one to get the mini-chefs involved in.

Rather than eat this as a cereal we added yoghurt and the boys had it as a smoothie.

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Recipe

– Banana

– Oats (I used wholegrain)

– Raspberries (as it’s winter here they were frozen ones)

– Almonds, sunflower seeds, pepitas for the ground (anything breakfasty is good!)

Method

1. Cut the banana down the centre and then slice off the rounded edge to make the trunk.

Spring Brekkie Tree - 1 Banana

I cut a divide into the end of the trunk and then fashioned branches from the rest of the banana.

2. Add oats as “blossoms”.

Spring Brekkie Tree - 2 + oats

3. Put pieces of raspberry around to finish the bright flowers.

Spring Brekkie Tree - 3 + Rasp

4. I added oats, nuts and seeds around the base to create the soil.

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5. And then finished with some coconut for the falling blossoms.

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Breakfast Boat

Breakfast Boat

I was actually cutting wheat bricks to try and make a handbag (as you do!) when the ship’s shape just popped out.

I love these fun designs that just come out of nowhere and can be whipped up in a few minutes. The boys were of course very pleased at breakfast (aside from the birds which they thought should have looked “better”).

Wheat brick Boat - Finished

Recipe

– 3 wheat bricks

– Seeds/nuts for the sea (I used pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and sunflower seeds)

– 4 raisins

– 2 dried dates (used to make the funnel and the birds)

– 1 dried apricot (for the cabin window)

Method

1. Cut a sloping edge on two wheat bricks for the bow and the stern on the main part of the boat.

Wheat brick Boat - 1 bricks

Cut a square piece from a wheat brick to make the cabin and place on top.

2. Put seeds, fruit or chopped nuts along the bottom for the ocean.

Wheat brick Boat - 2 boat + sea

I also put some wheat brick crumbs over the join on the main part of the boat.

3. Add four raisins for portholes and I cut a dried date to make the funnel.

Wheat brick Boat - 3 portholes

4. Add a cut piece of dried apricot for the cabin window.

Wheat brick Boat - Boat + birds

I also squeezed a date into two roughly bird shapes and I liked them (even though the mini-chefs were critical).

5. I used a little yoghurt for some steam for the funnel and added long strands of dried coconut as wispy clouds.

Wheat brick Boat - Finished

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Brekkie Tree – Autumn/Fall

Brekkie Tree (Autumn/Fall)

 

Breakfast lends itself so well to easy designs. It’s so much fun to surprise the boys in the morning with a different take on the same foods.

I was looking at all the crumbs at the bottom of the wheat-brick box and suddenly I knew how to utilise them in a fun way and yet so simple.

Brekkie Tree Autumn-Fall - Finished

Recipe

– Banana

– Wheat brick (crumbs are just fine!!)

– Seeds/nuts/raisins for embellishment. I used pepitas, sunflower seeds and raisins

Method

1. Slice the banana down the centre and then slice off the curved edge so the main trunk sits flat on the plate.

Brekkie Tree Autumn-Fall - 1 trunk

Add slices from the rest of the banana as branches.

2. Sprinkle wheat-brick crumbs around the “branches” and at the bottom of the trunk.

Brekkie Tree Autumn-Fall - 2 leaves

3. I then added a few pepitas, sunflower seeds and raisins. These add interest but also additional nutrients and texture.

Brekkie Tree Autumn-Fall - Finished

4. Then I poured the milk not knowing exactly what to expect ….

Brekkie Tree Autumn-Fall - Finished w-milk

5. And it looked cool!

Brekkie Tree Autumn-Fall - Finished full milk

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Sheepy Egg

Sheepy Egg

This idea came to me when Joe was little and he really didn’t like the “orange” of eggs but loved the white. When the whites are cooked on their own they get beautifully light and fluffy and lend themselves to sheep’s wool. Eggs are such an economic, nutrient dense food and can be used for breakfast, snacks or main meals. This is my breakfast version.

Sheepy Egg - Finished

Recipe

– Scrambled whites (I needed two to fill the mold)

– Egg yolk (cooked very carefully until a harder “skin” forms). Microwaves will explode egg yolks with delight so if cooking use very low heat for approx. 10 secs).

– Cheese – for sun’s rays

– Wholemeal bread sliced for fence

– Olive/raisin for eye

– Mushroom. I used one for the ground.

– I also used a tomato for flowers (see photo at end)

Method

1. Put cooked egg whites into a mold. If you push in they hold marvellously well.

Sheepy Egg - 1 Mold

2. Take sheep from mold.

Sheepy Egg - 2 Sheep

3. Put lightly cooked yolk and cheese rays onto top corner.

Sheepy Egg - 3 Sheep & Sun

4. Add eye to sheep.

Sheepy Egg - 4 Sheep & eye

5. Add toast fence.

Sheepy Egg - 5 Sheep & fence

6. I added a cut up mushroom for the ground.

Sheepy Egg - Finished

7. And I tried a tomato for flowers but not sure!!!

Sheepy Egg - Finished 2

 

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Yoghurt Polar Bear

Yoghurt Polar Bear

 

Yoghurt has always been a firm favourite in our house and gets used in smoothies, in dips and a variety of savoury recipes. It is also our substitution for ice cream and the thick, creamy texture makes it decadently delicious.

When the boys were small I realised how expensive it was to buy the good stuff produced without all the sugars and additives so we took a brave step and decided to make our own. It turned out to be ridiculously simple and cost effective to make and so now Roy is chief yoghurt manufacturer. Friday morning he impressed even me by making it before heading off to work (apparently he can streamline the process by using the bar mix – I reckon he just likes creating washing up …..).

I used a mold for this design but then made some adjustments after previous criticism from the mini chefs. The result is cute and fun.

Recipe

– Yoghurt (I used Greek style)
– Apple (or pear)
– Raisins (for details). Could be substituted for any dark fruit
– Polar Bear mold. (Any white animal could be used but I loved the whole Arctic feel)

Method

1. Place yoghurt in mold. If you are using runny yoghurt you could freeze for a little while to thicken up.

 Polar Bear 2 - Mold

You may have to wipe around the mold if there is a little leakage.

2. Make the sun using the flesh from an apple. Cut a slice from the cheek and cut into a rough circle. Take strips from the side where the apple is longest and cut to a point for the rays.

Polar Bear 2 - Mold + sun

3. Put eyes, nose and claws onto the bear. I used very thinly sliced pieces from a raisin.

Polar Bear 2 - Bear + sun

Take him out of the mold.
I put a blob of yoghurt onto his bottom to round it out as I’ve had criticism that it’s not the “right” shape before! I also made a knife stroke down the centre of each of the two big “legs” to make into four.

4. Use small pieces of the apple to make the ice he is standing on.

Polar Bear 2 - Finished

This is a very versatile design as it could do for breakfast, snack, dessert or even as a party piece.

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Brekkie Racing Car

Brekkie Racing Car

 

We had our first frost of the year today and so it’s cold but with glorious blue skies and sunshine. Made me think of breakfast and getting out and about so I put together something super simple and fun that I knew would be a crowd pleaser.

 Racing Car 2 - Finished 

Recipe

– Breakfast brick. I used a Wheat Brick (I am experimenting with making my own oat ones and will let you know how it goes!)

– Banana (apple would be a good substitute if you prefer)

– Round fruit such a grape (I used half a cherry)

– Seeds for decoration

 

Method

1. Place the brick on the plate. Cut the smaller ends of the banana for the front wheels and from the fatter part for the back wheels.

Racing Car 2 - Brick & wheels

2. Cut a slice for the front of the car and two blocks for the back (the rear wing will balance on these).

Racing Car 2 - Front & back

3. Cut a slice for the rear wing (I am assured this is what it’s called !?!!?) and place on the blocks.

Racing Car 2 - Seat

Cut a semi-circle to become the seat behind the “driver”.

4. Cut the piece of fruit in half to become the driver. I also made him a little steering wheel.

Racing Car 2 - Finished 2

Decorate if you wish. I added pepitas and sunflower seeds for crunch, extra nutrients and colour!

This really is so quick and easy. Add milk and zoom into the day …..

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Fun Egg-celerating Eggs

Egg-celerating Eggs

This is not my usual style and I don’t generally include things that can’t be eaten but the egg box just cried out to be used and I’ve had this running around in my head for weeks. I actually got the inspiration from an insurance ad – which is conclusive proof I need to get out more!

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Max asked what I was making and I said eggs. His response was “egg-citing” and now I can’t get all the fun food egg plays on words out of my head ….

Recipe

– Egg box
– Aluminium foil (aluminum)
– Boiled eggs (to your favourite consistency)
– 4 Large mushrooms (can substitute for any other round veg)
– Bread
– Tomato (again other round veg is fine)
– Yellow capsicum/bell pepper (lights are optional and could be orange ala indicators or white, headlights)
– Spinach (just because I have to stuff extra veggies into everything)

Method

1. Egg Box. I have used a 6 slot one.

Egg.Eggs - Box

2. I have covered in silver paper for hygiene and let’s face it, who doesn’t want a shiny silver car ….

Egg.Eggs - Box & silver

3. Cut mushrooms for the wheels. If you use the middle bit (slice off the top and the bottom) you get a great tyre pattern as shown as the third bit in the photo. These can then be attached with a toothpick (make a hole in the box first).

Egg.Eggs - Hats-Tyres

4. I have used a slice of tomato on a mushroom stalk for the steering wheel.

5. I have put on two circles of yellow capsicum/bell pepper for lights.

Egg.Eggs - Car Shell

6. Make hats for the eggs to give them character. I used carrots. See picture of tyres for how to. I also did other versions using the top of the tomato as a beret style cap or a cut out from the mushroom. Style is in your hands ….

7. Draw faces on the boiled eggs. I have used marker as it will not come into contact with the edible portion of the design. I have used two eggs as I have two boys but there is no reason you can’t have a bus ….

Egg.Eggs - Eggs

8. Make toast as luggage.

9. Put the eggs and toast into the car. Egg-cellent (couldn’t resist …)

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Fun Designer Oats

I LOVE oats.

Not only are they tasty, filling, economical and easy to find but they have excellent health benefits. I could wax lyrical about how good they are for you but suffice it to say they are; high in fibre & proteins, essential fats and rich in minerals. They are a great low GI, slow release energy source and superb for bowel health and reducing cholesterol (I could go on ….).

Oats are also made for art. They are a great creative medium so a fitting place to start for my first blog showcasing healthy food presented in a way that is fun and creative.

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I have used cookie cutters as molds as it’s just so simple. Most people have a few kicking in the drawer so use what you have or pick them up cheaply from most of the discount stores or any cookware outlet. Check out my fun food breakfasts …

Recipe
– Oats (I use wholegrain – if not wholegrain then rolled are better than “Quick Cook”)

– Milk – your favourite type

– Additions – I use a lot of nuts/seeds and dried fruit as these all go in my muesli but anything you have in the cupboard is fine (preferably not sugary things though )

– Cookie cutter (mold)
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I am very bad with measurements as I cook using the slurp of this, dash of that, ooops too much of that last one method of cooking. However, I will reform for the blog (hopefully).
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Method

1. I used a cup of oats and added some oat bran (any chance for extra fibre) then added milk to cover the oats (measurements will be determined by type of oats – I used about ½ cup). I then let them sit for 2 hours or so until they were nice and soft. You want them soft but not wet. I would suggest making them the night before you are ready to design so they are nicely soaked and sticky.
If you, like me are a NOW sort of a person then you can microwave for instant soft results (approx.. 1 min on high).
Note – This quantity will fill 3 standard cookie cutters. Each one contains approx. 1/3 cup of packed oat/milk mixture which is a standard serving size for children aged 5. You can add/remove to suit age and appetite.

2. Choose a plate/bowl that can have liquid added and place a cookie cutter on and stuff full of the oat mixture. Make sure you pack all the corners (molds with lots of thin bits do not work well as they are hard to fill). I use my favourite kitchen utensil to do this – my fingers …..You may also have to wipe around the bottom with a cloth once filled as a little liquid can leak out.

Croc - in mold

3. Remove the mold and decorate the design.

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4. Pour milk around in front of your audience for a great spectacle. For this reason I favour fish, turtles, crocs etc. as they are water dwelling animals so can be returned to their “environment” with the addition of milk.

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5. For pre-prep or different effect freeze the oats once you have removed from the mold and then add hot milk at the table for serving.

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6. For the croc I used pepitas (pumpkin seeds) along his back and sultanas for eyes. I then sprinkled almonds, dried apricot pieces, coconut, sunflower seeds, pepitas and sultanas around to make the “swamp”. They also give the oat breakfast texture, flavour and add additional nutrients. Any nuts, seeds or dried fruit would work.

7. This would also make an excellent supper!!

 

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Fish

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Snowman

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Turtle

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Stars

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