Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

A special blog done with respect and thanks in recognition of Anzac Day (for those who served from Australia and New Zealand) and in honour of all those who sacrificed ….

Lest we Forget Fruit Poppy

Recipe

– Watermelon

– Plum

– Kiwi fruit

I actually started to do this with a red apple as the watermelon didn’t seem a vibrant enough red. However, the texture didn’t work so I reverted to the melon ….

Method

1. I cut the cheeks from an apple (then decided to cut slices from a melon).

Lest we Forget - 1 apple cheeks (1 of 1)

2. The outside needs to be wider than the centre of the petals.

Lest we Forget - 2 cut apple (1 of 1)

3. Then I sliced a circle from the outside of a dark plum.

Lest we Forget - 3 centre (1 of 1)

4. And cut the stalk from a Kiwi fruit.

Lest we Forget - 4 stalk (1 of 1)

5. Using a bit more to make the grass.

Lest we Forget - 5 ground (1 of 1)

6. And there it was finished.

Lest we Forget - Finished apple (1 of 1)

7. But it was too full and not “poppy-ish” enough so I swapped the apple petals for watermelon ones.

Anzac day fruit Poppy

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Fun Melon Fish

Melon Fish

For those who celebrate Easter fish is traditionally served on Good Friday. I thought I’d join in by putting together a fun food, fish plate (of the dessert kind!!).

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Recipe

– Melon (or apple/pear/stone fruit)

– Red apple (any largish contrasting coloured fruit is good)

– I used sunflower and pumpkin seeds for the sea floor

Method

1. I cut the melon into pieces and then started to slot them roughly together starting with the mouth. Just make an approximate fish shape and it’ll come together!

Melon Fish - 1 mouth (1 of 1)

2. I placed melon slices around the bottom.

Melon Fish - 2 underside (1 of 1)

3. Then some around the top.

Melon Fish - 3 body (1 of 1)

See how messy and “unfish” like it looks at this time!

4. Fill in the spaces with more melon.

Melon Fish - 4 filled (1 of 1)

I used the softer flesh from the middle by the seeds to cover the lines.

5. Then cut the cheeks from an apple to form the tail and the lower fin.

Melon Fish - 5 fin & tail (1 of 1)

6. And used some more of the apple to make the upper fin. I cut into rough rectangles and sliced the bottoms at an angle so the fin got gradually lower.

Melon Fish - 6 top fin (1 of 1)

7. I cut careful slices out of the apple on the fin and tail to give them detail (cut only half way through the flesh).

Melon Fish - 7 fin detail (1 of 1)

8. Then I used more of the apple skin for a smile and the gill.

Melon Fish - 8 smile (1 of 1)

9. The eyes look so cool as they’re almost 3-D. I cut them from the apple flesh using a thick piece so they really stand out. The pupils are just a little of the skin cut into a rough circle.

Melon Fish - 9 eyes (1 of 1)

10. And no fish would be complete without some bubbles (apple).

Melon Fish - 10 bubbles (1 of 1)

11. Before making a sea-bed from pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

Fun fruit ideas fish

12. A fun fish for Friday.

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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 Melon Flowers

Melon Flowers

Well for my mother and all those other mothers in the UK here are some flowers especially for Sunday.

Simple flowers from food mothers Day

My simple but bright fun food blooms.

Recipe

– Kiwi fruit

– Melon (I used honeydew as I wanted it all green)

– Almond flakes

– Blueberries

– Green apple

– I used yoghurt to glue down the almond flakes (cream cheese would work too)

Method

1. Cut the kiwi fruit into petal shapes.

Melon Flowers - 1 flowers (1 of 1)

2. I used a cookie cutter to make a flower shape from the melon.

Melon Flowers - 2 melon centres (1 of 1)

3. Blobbed a bit of yoghurt on so the almonds will stick.

Melon Flowers - 3 almonds (1 of 1)

4. Then make the centre from blueberries.

Melon Flowers - 4 blueberries (1 of 1)

5. I sliced apple really thinly to make tendrils.

Melon Flowers - 5 tendrils (1 of 1)

6. And sprinkled a little coconut …

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Fun Ladybird/ladybug

Ladybird/Ladybug

Simple, cute, delicious, this is my fun food watermelon ladybird/ladybug.

Healthy party food for children ladybird ladybug

Recipe

– Watermelon

– Blueberries

– Dark plum

– I used a little apple for the eyes (any light coloured fruit or yoghurt would be great)

Method

1. Cut a body shape from the watermelon.

Ladybird - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Then I sliced a plum cheek to make the head.

Ladybird - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. And cut a groove to show off the wings.

Ladybird - 3 wings (1 of 1)

4. Before adding the iconic spots.

Ladybird - 4 spots (1 of 1)

5. I used more of the plum to show the body beneath the wings.

Ladybird - 5 inside wings (1 of 1)

6. Then I sliced some plum very thinly for the antennae.

Ladybird - 6 antennae (1 of 1)

7. Before cutting some disks of apple with blueberry halves on top for eyes.

Ladybird - 7 eyes (1 of 1)

8. And there emerges the ladybird …

Sugar free kids desserts ladybird ladybug

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Fun Brekkie Island

Brekkie Island

Whilst we have all these gorgeous avocadoes in season I have to use them. Avocadoes are so versatile as they can be breakfast, lunch or even part of dessert!

Here’s my fun food, breakfast island. Lovely and simple and the perfect breakfast served with toast or just as is.

Healthy breakfasts for kids

Recipe

– Scrambled egg

– Mushrooms

– Avocado

Method

1. Put the scrambled egg down as “sand”.

Brekkie Island - 1 egg (1 of 1)

2. Add a trunk from mushrooms.

Brekkie Island - 2 mushroom (1 of 1)

3. Then some leaves from an avocado (cut in half then peel the skin back and slice).

Brekkie Island - 3 leaves (1 of 1)

4. But I realised my tree was out of proportion so sliced off some of the trunk and added a little more egg.

Brekkie Island - 4 more egg (1 of 1)

5. And an extra leaf with some mushroom coconuts clustered at the top of the trunk.

Brekkie Island - 5 extra leaf (1 of 1)

6. I scored the underside of the leaves with a knife to give them a “leafy” look.

Food art breakfast avocado

7. Which leaves us ready to be stranded. Dig in …..

Cute breakfast ideas

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Fun Melon Windmill

Melon Windmill

I was cutting some melon and suddenly the shape “spoke” to me.

A lovely, fun food windmill emerged remarkably easily from the melons …..

Healthy snacks windmill

Recipe

– Watermelon (or other larger fruit)

– Canteloupe/Rockmelon (or Honeydew/pear)

– Kiwi – or other green fruit

– Plum (or dark fruit)

– Blueberry (plum/raisin)

– Orange

– I used desiccated coconut for the clouds

Method

1. I cut a mill shape from the watermelon.

Melon Windmill - 1 Mill (1 of 1)

2. Then used a blueberry as the pivot that the blades emanate from.

Melon Windmill - 2 blueberry (1 of 1)

3. I used a dark plum for detail, starting with a strip across the top part of the mill.

Melon Windmill - 3 detail (1 of 1)

4. Then I cut the blades from a rockmelon (cantaloupe).

Melon Windmill - 4 blades (1 of 1)

5. Before adding some detail to the blades and attaching them to the blueberry pivot by some strips too.

Melon Windmill - 5 blade detail (1 of 1)

6. Again using plum I cut a door and window.

Melon Windmill - 6 window & door (1 of 1)

7. Then added some kiwi grass.

Melon Windmill - 7 grass (1 of 1)

8. And of course a lovely, shiny, orange sun.

Melon Windmill - 8 sun (1 of 1)

9. Finished with some coconut clouds.

Healthy party food windmill

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Fun Apricot Dragonfly

Apricot Dragonfly

A nice simple design for a Friday! Lovely, fresh fruit arranged to make a fun food dragonfly.

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Recipe

– Apricot (other stone fruit, melon or apple would substitute)

– Pear (or apple/melon)

– Blueberries (raisins)

– I used cherries for the eyes and antennae (other contrasting fruit would do and if you have no cherry stalks herbs like rosemary or mint stalks work well or bits of blueberry or raisins arranged like antennae)

Method

1. Cut the cheek from an apricot for the body.

Apricot Dragonfly- 1 body-001

2. Then a smaller bit of the other cheek for the head.

Apricot Dragonfly- 2 head-002

3. I added a big slice of cherry for each eye.

Apricot Dragonfly- 3 eyes-003

Using the stalks for antennae.

4. I cut the wings from the inner flesh of a pear and then realised they were too far up so moved them back.

Apricot Dragonfly- 4 wings-004

5. Before cutting blueberries to make the tail.

Apricot Dragonfly- 5 tail-015

6. And it’s just that simple.

Simple desserts for kids

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Fun Banana Giraffes

Banana Giraffes

I made these as a tribute to Marius, the giraffe that became surplus to Copenhagen Zoo but they are super cute so could be used for any occasion.

Healthy food giraffe

A simple fun food plate that anyone can tackle.

Recipe

– 1 large banana

– I used apricots for the pattern but any orange/brown fruit would do (pear, stone fruit even apples)

– I used blueberries for eyes and nostrils (raisins/dates would substitute)

– I used pears for foliage but any green fruit would work

Method

1. Cut the centre part from the banana and then slice into two.

Banana Giraffes - 1 bananas-001

2. Then I cut them a little thinner (with a wiggle) and sliced the top in preparation for the heads.

Banana Giraffes - 2 cut bananas-002

3. I used another part of the banana to cut 2 head shapes then placed them on the top of the necks.

Banana Giraffes - 3 heads-003

4. Fresh apricots made great patterns for them and make them look way more “giraffe like”.

Banana Giraffes - 4 spots-005

5. Then I sliced a blueberry in half to make the eyes.

Banana Giraffes - 5 eyes-006

6. And used more banana to give them some flamboyant ears.

Banana Giraffes - 6 ears-007

7. And more blueberry for their nostrils.

Banana Giraffes - 7 nostrils-008

8. Then it was time for their ossicones (horns) made from thin slices of banana with a tiny rectangle on top.

Banana Giraffes - 8 ossicones-009

9. As they are up in the trees we needed some foliage. I cut a pear into thin slices and placed along the bottom of the plate.

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10. And a few more at the top.

Cute food ideas giraffe

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Fun Watermelon Cup Cakes

Watermelon Cup Cakes

As a great alternative to regular cup cakes for a party or social gathering or even just for a fun dessert why not try some fruit creations.

Healthy party food

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Fun Valentine’s Strawberry Heart

Valentine’s Strawberry Heart

Nothing says love and Valentine’s like a heart … and especially a red one!!

What better than some luscious strawberries to create a love fun food design. We had the plate for dessert (a little early granted) and the boys were delighted.

Healthy Valentines dessert

Recipe

– Fresh strawberries

Method

1. I used a cookie cutter mold in the shape of a heart and filled it liberally with strawberries.

Valentines Heart - 1 mold-001

2. Then removed it slowly and the strawberries stayed in place … phew!

Valentines Heart - 2 strawberries-002

3. To make it clear what it was for I cut the date from another couple of berries.

Valentines Heart - 3 numbers-003

4. Then decorated with a few bits of left over strawberry and some desiccated coconut.

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Fun Pineapple Bee

Pineapple Bee

I love summer with all the fruit so luscious and plentiful. It makes designing fun food plates a delight.

This is my simple bee.

Healthy snacks bee

 

Recipe

– Pineapple

– Dark skinned plum

– Blueberries

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Cut the plum to make the black stripes.

Pineapple Bee - 1 stripes-001

2. Then I cut a slice from the pineapple to make the head (if you don’t have a whole pineapple you can form the circle from pieces).

Pineapple Bee - 2 head-002

3. Using pineapple to fill in the yellow stripes.

Pineapple Bee - 3 yellow stripes-003

4. The wings and antennae were made with blueberries cut in half.

Pineapple Bee - 4 wings-005

5. Then I sprinkled desiccated coconut into the wings to give them the gossamer look.

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BUZZ BUZZ ….

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Fun Cartoon Insect

Cartoon Insect

I love doing simple cartoony shapes that are very forgiving to the non-artistic!

This was my fun food insect that I was able to whip up very quickly for a play date share.

Healthy snack ideas

Recipe

– Red apple (use pear or other fruit if you wish)

– Green apple

– Plum (or use any other contrasting harder fruit)

Method

1. Cut the large cheek off the side of the red apple for the abdomen.

Cartoon Insect - 1 apple-012

2. Then a smaller bit of the other cheek for the thorax.

Cartoon Insect - 2 head-011

3. I used slices of a green apple for the wings.

Cartoon Insect - 3 Wings-010

4. And cut more of the red apple for the head.

Cartoon Insect - 4 head-009

5. Then I sliced a bit of plum for the mouth.

Cartoon Insect - 5 mouth-008

6. And some circles for the eyes.

Cartoon Insect - 6 eyes-007

7. Then some apple irises and some plum pupils.

Cartoon Insect - 7 pupils-006

8. Followed by more plum slices for antennae.

Cartoon Insect - 8 antennae-005

9. And then a little stinger from green apple.

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10. Here is my fun food insect ready to eat.

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Fun Strawberry Mice

Strawberry Mice

I’m on a bit of a roll with the strawberry designing at the moment. Not sure why but keep thinking of different fun food plates I just have to make.

Here are my cute and simple strawberry mice.

Healthy party ideas

I used blueberries for the tails but you could just as easily make them from thinly sliced apple or even seeds like sunflower.

Recipe

– Strawberries. Bigger are easier to work with. I only had one with a pointy end (for a nose shape) so sliced the other two into shape. It was not uber perfect but they still looked cute!!

– Blueberries – for noses, eyes and tails

– Almond flakes – for ears

– Apple – for the cheese (could use any larger fruit)

Method

1. Cut the strawberry top off and if it doesn’t have a “pointy” end then slice into shape.

Strawberry Mice - 1 strawberries (1 of 1)

2. I made a little hole and stuck half a blueberry in for the nose.

Strawberry Mice - 2 noses (1 of 1)

3. Then did the same for the eyes.

Strawberry Mice - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. And made two incisions for the ears and inserted flaked almonds.

Strawberry Mice - 4 ears (1 of 1)

5. Then I cut more blueberries in half to make the tails (tapering at the end).

Strawberry Mice - 5 tails (1 of 1)

6. I sliced an apple quite thickly and then made into a triangle. I then cut little holes to give the impression of a holey cheese.

Strawberry Mice - 6 cheese (1 of 1)

7. And there they were my strawberry mice ….

Healthy food strawberry

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Fun Strawberry Cups

Strawberry Cups

Who doesn’t like to share a cup of tea or coffee with friends?

Here is a fun food way to have a little tea party for a snack or dessert. Great way to present a healthy share plate.

Healthy snacks for kids

Recipe

– Strawberries (larger are easier to work with!)

– Blueberries (for the handles)

– I used little chunks of apple to hold the handle in place (any harder fruit would do)

– Yoghurt for the filling (for dairy free you can always substitute coconut cream)

– I sprinkled cacao powder for the cappuccino effect

Method

1. Cut the stem from the strawberry and then slice the other end off and hollow it out.

Strawberry Cups - 2 hollow (1 of 1)

2. I sliced blueberries in half and cut off the flesh to leave primarily the black outer skin. Then I wrapped this around a small semi-circle of apple flesh to form the handle.

Strawberry Cups - 3 handles (1 of 1)

I then pushed these up against the “cup” where they sat nicely.

3. I filled with some Greek yoghurt.

Strawberry Cups - 4 filling (1 of 1)

4. Then sprinkled with cacao powder.

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5. And we’re ready to have a lovely cappuccino together!

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Strawberry Cups - Finished (1 of 1)

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Fun Apple Present

Apple Present

There are a lot of people with birthdays at this time of the year and it’s hard for them not to get subsumed by all the other celebrations.

This is in recognition of all the birthday boys and girls, including my not so little brother …

Healthy food party

Recipe

– An apple

– Yoghurt

Method

1. I cut the apple into a squarish shape and took out the core.

Apple Present - 1 apple (1 of 1)

2. Then covered with yoghurt.

Apple Present - 2 yoghurt (1 of 1)

3. I cut the outside of the apple into strips to make the ribbon.

Apple Present - 3 bow (1 of 1)

4. Then fashioned a bow.

Apple Present - 4 bow (1 of 1)

5. And it’s as simple as that. Lovely, tasty, fun food snack finished.

Healthy food birthday

 

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Happy New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Happy New Year and welcome 2014.

Healthy party platter

I have done a really simple fun food plate to start the year. Use any fruit you have to create a visual share platter.

Healthy New years food

 

I’m looking forward to sharing three or more new designs a week with you all in 2014. If you enjoy looking at my posts please feel free to comment or ask questions.

Recipe

Any fruit.

– I used apple, banana, apricot & kiwi fruit (and then swapped in plum)

Method

1. I used number cookie cutters.

2014 - 1 molds (1 of 1)

2. Then began to fill them with fruit. I started with apple cut into pieces.

2014 - 2 fruit (1 of 1)

3. And added banana, apricot and kiwi fruit.

2014 - 3 filled (1 of 1)

4. Removed the molds.

2014 - 4 numbers (1 of 1)

5. And added some blueberries.

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6. A simple, delicious plate finished.

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7. But does it look better with plum instead of kiwi?

Healthy food New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!!

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Fun Fruit Champagne

Fruit Champagne

Here we are at the end of another year of being “on call” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So here’s a healthy glass to be raised to all us parents who can multi-task like a ninja in fast forward and who deserve a little treat to celebrate the wins and losses.

New Years eve dessert

CHEERS !!

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I’m looking forward to sharing 150+ fun food plates with you in 2014, catch you next year ….

Recipe

– Banana

– Red apple

– Mango (can use any other pale coloured fruit – apple/pear/stone fruits/pineapple)

Method

1. I used a banana with a curve. The straight bit became the stem …

Champagne - 1 stem (1 of 1)

2. Then used the curved bit which naturally made the glass receptacle.

Champagne - 2 glass (1 of 1)

3. I cut a triangle of banana to make the base of the glass.

Champagne - 3 base (1 of 1)

4. Then more of the curve for the top of the glass.

Champagne - 4 top (1 of 1)

5. I cut a triangle of mango to make the “champagne”.

Champagne - 5 drink (1 of 1)

6. Then little circles of mango to make the bubbles.

Champagne - 6 bubbles (1 of 1)

7. And as its NYE we need streamers and confetti.

Champagne - 7 streamers (1 of 1)

I used a peeler to take strips from the outside of the apple and then cut little pieces from the three fruits for confetti.

8. Happy New Year !!!

Healthy fruit champagne

9. Or does it look better without the top on the glass?

Healthy New Years Eve food

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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 Santa Over the Moon

Over the Moon …

Well we’re over the moon that Santa will finally be on his way tonight ….

Here’s my special, Christmas Eve fun food plate designed for my boys.

 

Recipe

– Apple (pear)

– Blueberries

– Strawberry

– Coconut

Method

1. I tried to use a pineapple for the moon but it was too yellow. The large centre part from an apple looked much better!

Over the Moon - 1 moon (1 of 1)

2. I cut a sled shape from a blueberry.

Over the Moon - 2 sled (1 of 1)

3. Then added a Santa-esque shape.

Over the Moon - 3 Santa (1 of 1)

And some boxes on and off the back of the sled.

4. But without reindeer where would he be …

Over the Moon - 4 Full reindeer (1 of 1)

Cut from blueberries again.

5. Then given legs to run.

Over the Moon - 4 Full reindeer (1 of 1)

6. Reins for Santa to hold.

Over the Moon - 5 nose (1 of 1)

And a blob of strawberry for Rudolph’s nose.

7. Then I added some apple planets.

Over the Moon - 6 stars & moon (1 of 1)

8. Some coconut for the distant stars and Santa could be seen flitting over the moon …

Healthy Santa over moon snack

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Fun Christmas Stockings

Christmas Stockings

Twas the night before Christmas ….. Well not quite but never hurts to be prepared!

This is my fun food plate ready for Christmas Eve.

Healthy snacks for Christmas

Recipe

– Strawberries

– Yoghurt

– Desiccated coconut

– Plum

– Slivered almonds

– Orange

– I used strawberry, kiwi and orange for the cards

– Sunflower seeds

Method

1. I made the shape of stockings from some lovely, ripe strawberries.

Christmas Stockings - 1 stockings (1 of 1)

2. Then topped them with thick, Greek yoghurt.

Christmas Stockings - 2 tops (1 of 1)

3. And sprinkled desiccated coconut on top as fur.

Christmas Stockings - 3 fluff (1 of 1)

4. Then built a fireplace around with slices of dark plum.

Christmas Stockings - 4 Fireplace (1 of 1)

5. And no fireplace would be complete without a fire raging (from slivered almonds).

Christmas Stockings - 5 Fire (1 of 1)

6. Lit by pieces of fresh orange.

Christmas Stockings - 6 flames (1 of 1)

7. I then strung cards up across the wall above the fire.

Christmas Stockings - 7 cards (1 of 1)

These were made from rectangles of kiwi, strawberry and orange.

8. Then held in place with a chain made from sunflower seeds.

Healthy food for Christmas

Now all we need is Santa ….

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Fun Strawberry Christmas Tree

Strawberry Christmas Tree

I’ve gone a bit mad with Christmas trees this year but they really are such an easy thing to design and lovely and flexible. Admittedly I attempted a 3-D version first that looked great at the start but wasn’t half as structurally sound as I would have liked ….!

This is my bright, fun food plate that’s perfect for a shared plate or dessert.

Christmas fun food

Recipe

– Strawberries

– I used plum, papaya, blueberries, green apple, kiwi fruit, yoghurt and coconut. But any bright fruit you have on hand will make the tree light up!

Method
1. Cut the strawberries in half (you may need to slice some of the extra bulk from the larger end too). Use them to build the tree.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 1 Top (1 of 1)

2. Keep adding to make the shape of the tree. This seems to work almost organically due to their shape.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 2 layers (1 of 1)

3. Layer the strawberries until you have the triangular shape completed. You may have to push them in from the side to fill the small gaps.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 3 tree (1 of 1)

4. I used a cookie cutter to make a papaya star.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 4 star (1 of 1)

5. Then I cut a plum to make the base of the tree.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 5 base (1 of 1)

6. And added some papaya and blueberry baubles.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 6 baubles (1 of 1)

7. To make the tinsel I used a potato peeler to slice off some green apple skin.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 7 tinsel (1 of 1)

Then sliced some kiwi fruit triangles for more colour.

8. And no tree is complete without presents at the base. I used apple initially but then changed them to the inside of the strawberries later.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 8 presents (1 of 1)

9. I added blobs of yoghurt to make lights.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 9 lights (1 of 1)

10. Then sprinkled desiccated coconut for snow.

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11. And realised the presents were not dark enough so swapped them over.

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Fun Christmas Angel

Christmas Angel

Christmas seems like the right time to make angels!! This is a super simple fun food angel that can be whipped up really quickly.

I had some rare help in the kitchen yesterday from Grandma Jenny. She is over visiting her grandchildren Ilira and Isla and popped in to The Art of Nutrition to provide inspiration ….

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Recipe

– Red apple

– I used raisins for eyes and sunflower seeds for wing detail

– Desiccated coconut is perfect for stars

Method

1. Slice the apple in half and use one of the largest central pieces to cut the triangle body.

Christmas Angel - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Then cut a circle for the head (I cheated and used a cookie cutter as I’m not quite mad enough to cut perfect circles yet!).

Christmas Angel - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. I used the other large slice of apple to make the wings. I just cut three descending semi-circles on one side and mirrored on the other side. Then I cut the piece in half.

Christmas Angel - 3 wings (1 of 1)

4. I used the outer part of the apple to cut a little mouth and shoes.

Christmas Angel - 4 mouth & feet (1 of 1)

5. Then to give some detail to the wings I placed sunflower seeds along the edges.

Christmas Angel - 5 wing detail (1 of 1)

6. And added some raisin eyes.

Christmas Angel - 6 face (1 of 1)

7. Then she needed her halo which I cut from the outside of the apple.

Christmas Angel - 7 halo (1 of 1)

8. And here she is floating in a celestial sky.

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9. But she fades into the background on the pink plate so as per Grandma Jenny I moved her to blue …

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10. And then the mini chefs said the attachment on the bottom of the halo needed to go …..

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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 Apple Snowman

Apple Snowman

Fun, fruit Friday. I have put together a cute, cartoon, fun food snowman. You can make with or without yoghurt to dip.

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Recipe

– Red & green apples (can make with just one)

– Raisins/dark plum (for detail) – dates or any dark fruit would work

– Orange – I used a slither for the nose but any contrasting coloured fruit would do

– Desiccated coconut – for snow (oat bran is a good alternative)

– Yoghurt for snow drift (optional)

Method

1. Cut a body and head from the centre of the apple. I have indented the body slightly to fit the head into.

Apple Snowman - 1 apple (1 of 1)

2. Then I added a jaunty hat cut from the outside of a red apple.

Apple Snowman - 2 hat (1 of 1)

3. And a scarf too.

Apple Snowman - 3 scarf (1 of 1)

4. Then I used a dark plum to give him eyes and a mouth.

Apple Snowman - 4 face & buttons (1 of 1)

And some raisins for his buttons.

5. His arms were cut from a green apple.

Apple Snowman - 5 arms (1 of 1)

6. Then I cut a sliver of orange for his nose.

Apple Snowman - 6 nose (1 of 1)

Apple Snowman - 7 nose horizontal (1 of 1)

This just shows how it actually protrudes!

7. And as I was finishing it began to snow ….

Apple Snowman - 8 snow (1 of 1)

8. Which all drifted around his base …

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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 Pear Turkey

Pear Turkey

In honour of all my friends and followers in the US here is a special Thanksgiving blog.

For everyone else it’s a great, easy, fun food dessert or share snack.

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Recipe

– 1 ½ big, brown pears

– I used a strawberry for the wattle (or any other red fruit)

– I used a blueberry for the eye (raisin)

– I used pepitas for the ground

Method

1. Cut the cheek from the pear as it’s the perfect shape naturally!

Pear Turkey - 1 pear (1 of 1)

2. Then take slices from the outside of the pear for the tail.

Pear Turkey - 2 tail (1 of 1)

3. And keep adding until you have a full tail.

Pear Turkey - 3 tail finished (1 of 1)

4. Then I cut a head from the inner flesh of the pear.

Pear Turkey - 4 head (1 of 1)

5. And gave her a little wattle from a piece of strawberry.

Pear Turkey - 5 wattle (1 of 1)

6. I cut little bits of the white flesh to make tips for the tail feathers.

Pear Turkey - 6 tail tips (1 of 1)

7. Then fashioned some legs.

Pear Turkey - 7 legs (1 of 1)

8. And gave her a big, blueberry eye and some wings.

Pear Turkey - 8 wings (1 of 1)

9. Then I scattered some pepitas for the ground.

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10. Gobble gobble ….

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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 Fruit Rudolph

Fruit Rudolph

OK, it’s third week of Nov so about time to start on the Christmas season designs. I don’t want to feel like a department store and begin months too early but then again at this time of year we are all so manic we also need to plan ahead!

I was really pleased with this fun food plate as it was simple and effective. That was until I showed it to Roy who said “that’s a great Bullwinkle”. Hmmm, had meant to go deer rather than moose but I think the antlers probably are a bit less Rudolph than ideal. Fortunately the mini chefs thought he was really cute and couldn’t wait to eat him. They got me to cut him exactly down the middle to share fairly.

Rudolph fun food christmas

Recipe

– Papaya (or melon/pear/apple) for antlers

– Apple (or pear/melon) for face

– I used strawberry for nose and mouth (or other red fruit)

– I used blueberries for eyes (raisins/dates)

– I sprinkled desiccated coconut for snow

Method

1. I cut a face shape from near the centre of an apple.

Fruit Rudolph - 1 face (1 of 1)

2. Then I carved the antlers from papaya. When I needed a bit of extra length I just cut a little extra as it fits together fairly seamlessly.

Fruit Rudolph - 2 antlers (1 of 1)

3. I sliced the top from a lovely, bright red strawberry for his nose.

Fruit Rudolph - 3 Nose (1 of 1)

4. I cut circles of apple for the outside of the eyes.

Fruit Rudolph - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Then used blueberries as the pupils.

Fruit Rudolph - 5 eyeballs (1 of 1)

6. Little slices of apple gave him some ears.

Fruit Rudolph - 6 Ears (1 of 1)

7. Then all he needed was a strawberry smiling mouth.

Fruit Rudolph - 7 mouth (1 of 1)

8. A sprinkle of desiccated coconut for falling snow and he’s good to go!

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Fun Pineapple Lizard

Pineapple Lizard

I had a lovely, juicy, bright yellow pineapple and as I was cutting it I was getting all these angular shapes. They made me think of lizards so common both here and in Aus. I cut a head shape and the rest just sort of formed itself.

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The boys couldn’t wait to demolish this fun food lizard. Although there was too much fruit for one sitting so probably would make a better share plate or healthy party food recipe.

Recipe

– Fresh pineapple

– I used honeydew melon for the spines & feet but other melon, apple, pears etc. would work

– I used blue berries for eyes but raisins/dates etc. are good too

Strawberry for tongue – or red apple/watermelon

Method

1. Cut a head shape.

Pineapple Lizard - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Then some ears.

Pineapple Lizard - 2 ears (1 of 1)

3. I roughly cut some geometric type blocks from the pineapple to make the bumpy back of the lizard.

Pineapple Lizard - 3 back (1 of 1)

4. And kept adding them.

Pineapple Lizard - 4 back 2 (1 of 1)

5. And adding them …

Pineapple Lizard - 5 back 3 (1 of 1)

6. Then I cut a few longer strips for the tail.

Pineapple Lizard - 6 tail (1 of 1)

7. And some more for the legs.

Pineapple Lizard - 9 legs (1 of 1)

8. I used some honeydew melon cut into triangles for the spines along the back.

Pineapple Lizard - 10 spines (1 of 1)

9. And some more to make the feet.

Pineapple Lizard - 11 feet (1 of 1)

10. Blueberries made some lovely googly eyes.

Pineapple Lizard - 12 eyes (1 of 1)

11. And a strawberry cut in half and shaped to make a fork to create a dramatic tongue.

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12. Get ready to tuck into this lovely, refreshing plate ….

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Fun Fairy Fruit Castle

Fairy Fruit Castle

Fairy Castles are just so easy to build and so exciting to present. I have used some of my cookie cutters to cut some hearts to use as windows.

This fun food plate is perfect for a play date or for a Kinder/school event and is deceptively quick and simple and of course all healthy.

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Recipe

– I used 1 ½ red apples

– 3 large strawberries

– Yoghurt (I used home made plain)

Method

1. I chopped the apple down the centre and then cut slices from the middle outwards to give me the biggest pieces. I then cut them into rectangles and roughly pieced together to make the main part of the castle.

Apple Fruit Castle - 1 base (1 of 1)

2. I just mixed and matched the apple pieces and didn’t need to recut much. Then I added a middle tower.

Apple Fruit Castle - 2 level 2 (1 of 1)

3. And two side towers.

Apple Fruit Castle - 3 towers (1 of 1)

4. I used big strawberries cut in half then sliced to make them more triangular for the tops of the towers.

Apple Fruit Castle - 4 tower tops (1 of 1)

5. Then I cut some of the other sides of the strawberries into squares to make the parapets.

Apple Fruit Castle - 5 parapets (1 of 1)

6. And used some of the skin side of the apple to make windows.

Apple Fruit Castle - 6 windows (1 of 1)

7. I used a heart shaped cookie cutter to make windows too so it was more princess like (I have a set of metal cutters that work really well on fruit and veg).

Apple Fruit Castle - 7 more windows (1 of 1)

8. I chose different parts of the skin of the apple to give contrasting reds for more windows.

Apple Fruit Castle - 8 hearts (1 of 1)

9. Then the castle needed a big front door.

Apple Fruit Castle - 9 door (1 of 1)

10. And to be up in the yoghurt clouds …

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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 Banana Broomstick (Halloween)

Banana Broomstick

Ahhh, my witch is late for Halloween!!

This fun food dessert is easy to put together and great to eat. Cute cat meets cartoon witch on a dubious banana broomstick …. or get creative and use some different fruits.

Fun, healthy food for kids Halloween

Recipe

– Banana for broomstick but could cut from apple/pear/melon

– Apple cat and witch. Could use pear or melon too.

– Strawberry eye (any contrasting colour fruit would do)

– Moon (yoghurt). I actually used banana to start with but it looked better being very white.

Method

1. Cut two slices of banana to make the broom handle.

Fruit Broomstick - starter (1 of 1)

2. Then make a brush end by scoring some lines into a piece of banana.

Fruit Broomstick - 2 Broomstick (1 of 1)

3. Cut an oval for the cat’s body from the flesh of an apple.

Fruit Broomstick - 3 cat body (1 of 1)

And a circle for the head.

4. Give her apple ears and an ostentatious tail.

Fruit Broomstick - 4 Ears & tail (1 of 1)

5. Then some arms.

Fruit Broomstick - 5 arms (1 of 1)

6. I made a moon from a circle cut from the banana but changed it later as it needed to be more “white” for contrast.

Fruit Broomstick - 6 moon (1 of 1)

7. I used the outer part of a green apple to cut eyes, nose/mouth and whiskers.

Fruit Broomstick - 7 face (1 of 1)

8. Then it was time for the witch, also cut from green apple.

Fruit Broomstick - 8 Body (1 of 1)

9. The witch was very roughly cut as she is supposed to cartoony! So I cut a crones face.

Fruit Broomstick - 9 head (1 of 1)

10. Then gave her a strawberry eye.

Fruit Broomstick - 10 eye (1 of 1)

11. And a triangular hat.

Fruit Broomstick - 11 hat (1 of 1)

12. Then some legs and feet.

Fruit Broomstick - 12 legs (1 of 1)

13. And an arm to hold onto the broomstick.

Fruit Broomstick - 13 arm (1 of 1)

14. With a cape flying behind her.

Fruit Broomstick - 14 cape (1 of 1)

15. Then I added a yoghurt moon and some coconut stars and she was good enough to eat ….

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Fun Apple Bat – Halloween

Apple Bat

Black food is very limited so I have decided to work the contrast the other way round for Halloween this year and do light objects on a dark background …

This is my cute, fun and simple apple bat.

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Recipe

– Red Apple

– Coconut / oat bran (for stars)

Method

1. Cut two wings from the largest part of the apple at the centre. I used one wing to make a template for the other.

Apple Bat - 1 wings (1 of 1)

 

2. Then I cut a circle for the head.

Apple Bat - 2 head (1 of 1)

 

3. And some pointy ears.

Apple Bat - 3  (1 of 1)

 

4. I gave him some little feet but removed them later!

Apple Bat - 4 Feet  (1 of 1)

 

5. Then used the outer part of the apple to make a smiley face.

Apple Bat - 5 face (1 of 1)

 

6. And more of the red part of the apple for detail for the wings.

Apple Bat - 6 detail (1 of 1)

 

7. I cut another circle for the moon.

Apple Bat - 7 moon (1 of 1)

 

8. Then sprinkled coconut for stars.

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9. I decided I didn’t like the feet so ate them!!

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(Assault and battery ?!?!?)

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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 Fruit Skeleton – Halloween

Fruit Skeleton

Skeletons fit well into Halloween but this is a fun food, cartoony one that you can whip up quickly for dessert or a snack. My boys were rapt to be able to share with one of their friends and delightedly picked off the body parts to eat (as you do!).

Fun food for kids Halloween

Recipe

This is a very versatile recipe as you can use any fruit you have on hand. This is what I used and suggestions for substitutions:

– Apple for the skull (pear/melon/stone fruit)

– Dark grapes for the face and elbow/knee (blueberries/raisins)

– Pineapple for the bones (apple/pear/melon/stone fruit/banana)

– Green grapes for the vertebrae (any fruit cut into circles)

– Mandarin segments for ribs (you could cut apple/pear/melon/stone fruit)

– Strawberries for hands and feet (apple/pear/melon/stone fruit)

Method

1. Cut the shape of the skull. I used the inner flesh from an apple in one design and pear in the other.

Fruit Skeleton - 1 skull (1 of 1)

 

2. I cut the bottoms from grapes to make the eyes and then sliced some teeth from the side of the grape.

Fruit Skeleton - 2 face (1 of 1)

 

3. And sliced some extra bits for nostrils.

Fruit Skeleton - 3 nostrils (1 of 1)

 

4. Then I placed a line of vertebrae cut from the bottom of green grapes.

Fruit Skeleton - 4 vertebrae (1 of 1)

 

5. I used the handily shaped mandarin segments to make ribs.

Fruit Skeleton - 5 ribs (1 of 1)

 

6. Then cut pineapple to make collarbones.

Fruit Skeleton - 6 Collarbones (1 of 1)

 

7. And arms.

Fruit Skeleton - 7 arms (1 of 1)

 

8. Adding cut grapes as elbows.

Fruit Skeleton - 8 elbows (1 of 1)

 

And adding lower arms.

9. Then some strawberry hands.

Fruit Skeleton - 9 hands (1 of 1)

 

10. Followed by a pineapple pelvis.

Fruit Skeleton - 10 pelvis (1 of 1)

 

And upper legs.

11. He then needed grape knees.

Fruit Skeleton - 11 knees (1 of 1)

 

And lower legs.

12. Before adding the strawberry feet.

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13. And the skeleton is finished.

Fun Halloween snack

14. And here is one I prepared earlier using pear for the skull.

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Fun Grape Eiffel Tower

Grape Eiffel Tower

I love grapes for designing. You can cut them in half and model them into pretty much any shape very quickly and very simply.

This is my fun food, grape Eiffel Tower.

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Recipe

– Grapes – I used two different colours for contrast

– I sprinkled desiccated coconut for the clouds

Method

1. Cut the grapes in half and build an arch for the base of the tower.

Grape Eiffel Tower - 1 base

 

2. Then add another level.

Grape Eiffel Tower - 2 lower level

 

3. And a third.

Grape Eiffel Tower - 3 third level

 

4. Then keep building the tower up.

Grape Eiffel Tower - 4 fourth level

 

5. And then the tall part of tower.

Grape Eiffel Tower - 5 tower

6. Add a grape at the top.

Grape Eiffel Tower - 6 top

7. Then a slice of grape to make the pinnacle.

Grape Eiffel Tower - 7 Spire

8. I added some desiccated coconut clouds.

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Fun Fruit Scooter

Fruit Scooter

My boys are scooter-mad. They love riding to and from school even though it is all uphill one way.

This is my fun food version of a scooter. Probably not a cool, trick one but ….

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Recipe

– Plums for wheels (apple/pear or any other stone fruit a good alternative)

– Apple for body of scooter – (pear or melon would work too)

– I used dark grapes for the road

Method

1. Cut the cheeks from the plum to make the wheels.

Fruit Scooter - 1 wheels

2. I used green apple for the bottom bar.

Fruit Scooter - 2 bottom plate

And fattened it out with another piece.

3. Then I added the front bar.

Fruit Scooter - 3 front bar

4. And the handlebar.

Fruit Scooter - 4 Handlebar

5. I used some of the plum for the handles.

Fruit Scooter - 5 handles

6. And cut dark grapes in half to make the road.

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Fun Double Decker Raspberry Bus

Double Decker Raspberry Bus

We all love raspberries in our house and being so lovely and deep red they just lend themselves to the iconic Double Decker buses found in London.

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I put this together as a fun food party plate and spoons got dipped in furiously and then mixed with a bowl of home-made Greek style yoghurt each. Have to say I was tempted to eat it all myself first but refrained!

Recipe

– Red Apple for wheels and outline

– Raspberries for the paintwork (strawberries would be great too)

– Pineapple for the windows (I used fresh but tinned would work or apple/pear/melon)

– Plum – for the road. Any dark fruit would work (or raisins).

Method

1. I cut the cheeks of the apple for wheels.

Double Decker Fruit Bus - 1 apples

 

2. Then cut an outline of the bus from the flesh of the apple.

Double Decker Fruit Bus - 2 outline

 

3. I used more apple to make the top deck.

Double Decker Fruit Bus - 3 Topdeck

 

4. Then put in some pineapple cut into rectangles for windows.

Double Decker Fruit Bus - 4 Bottom windows

 

5. And some for the top deck. They don’t show up well at the moment as there is no contrast.

Double Decker Fruit Bus - 5 Top Windows

 

6. But then when you add the soft raspberries ….

Double Decker Fruit Bus - 6 bottom rasp

 

7. And do the same on the top deck.

Double Decker Fruit Bus - 7 Top Rasp

 

Unfortunately the raspberries “bleed” a little into the apple (which offends my sense of perfection) but the overall affect is striking enough to balance this out … I hope ..

8. Then I cut some strips from a plum to make a road.

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And we’re ready to go see the sights …

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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.

Healthy breakfast

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 Fruit Tractor

Fruit Tractor

I was looking at a cut orange and the disparity between the size of the middle bit and the end bits got me thinking about wheels.

I created this fun food, fruit tractor which was a great share plate and looks more complicated than it is!!

Healthy snack

Recipe

– Brown pear

– Red apple

– Orange

– I used yoghurt for the exhaust fumes

– I used pepitas and sunflower seeds for the ground

Method

1. Cut a slice from the centre of the orange for the back wheel and one from near the end for the front tyre. I cut the skin off to make it easier to eat.

Fruit Tractor - 1 Wheels

2. Then I made an engine from the cheek of a pear and cut an indent so it fitted over the front wheel.

 Fruit Tractor - 2 Engine

 

3. Knowing little about tractors I added some red apple pieces for colour in the centre, hoping they would look like they were supposed to be there!

Fruit Tractor - 3 Red bits

4. I used the other cheek of the pear for a cab to go over the back wheel.

Fruit Tractor - 4 Cab

5. Then made a mud guard for the back tyre from apple.

Fruit Tractor - 5 Mudguard

6. I cut windows from the outside of the pear.

Fruit Tractor - 6 Windows

7. And then an exhaust.

Fruit Tractor - 7 Exhaust

8. From the red skin of the apple I cut a ladder (I bought a small, very sharp knife for a few dollars from a catering store that makes this easy).

Fruit Tractor - 8 Ladder

9. And as I was on a roll made a plough for the back too!

Fruit Tractor - 9 Plough

Guess which bits the mini-chefs wanted to eat first ….

10. Then I added some exhaust fumes from yoghurt.

Fruit Tractor - 10 Fumes

11. No tractor scene would be complete without some mud so I made some from pepitas and sunflower seeds.

Healthy food tractor

 

11. Ready to farm.

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Fun Pineapple Boat

Pineapple Boat

We live so close to one of the most amazing harbours in the world (not biased at all). The water is beautifully clean and we even get orcas swimming right next to the CBD. Even in winter people escape from their offices during lunchtime for a dip in the harbour – BRRRRRRRRRRR. So we also get to see lots of boats.

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This is my simple, fun food pineapple boat inspired by our shining blue water.

Recipe

– Fresh pineapple (tinned would work with more cutting).

– Grapes – I used dark and green for contrast

– Blueberries. Wrong season for us so I used fresh ones I froze in the summer.

Method

1. Cut a hull for the boat. I realised that it looked too shallow so added some extra bits.

Pineapple Boat - 1 bottom

Pineapple is very forgiving and extra bits merge almost seamlessly!

2. This gives the completed hull.

Pineapple Boat - 2 Hull

3. Add a mast

Pineapple Boat - 3 + mast

4. Then I cut the grapes in half and pushed them into a triangular shape to make a sail.

Pineapple Boat - 4 + Sail

5. Then did the same for the green grapes and made a slightly smaller sail for the other side.

Pineapple Boat - 5 + 2nd Sail

6. And no boat would be complete without a flag.

Pineapple Boat - 6 + Flag

7. Then some blueberries for the sea.

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8. Sail into dessert …

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Or what a fabulous share plate.

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Fun Mandarin Snail

Mandarin Snail

Mandarins just lend themselves to a snail shell so it had to be done.

Here is my super simple, fun food, mandarin snail.

Healthy snack for kids

Recipe

– Mandarin/Clementine or other such citrus fruit

– Pear or apple for the body

– I used Kiwi for the grass but green apple or pear would be excellent too

– I used chopped raisins for the details

Method

1. Cut a kiwi fruit to make the grass.

Mandarin Snail - 1 Kiwi

2. I used the cheek of the pear and cut a curved body.

Mandarin Snail - 2 + Pear

Then another piece for the tail.

3. And placed the peeled Mandarin on top (I sliced a piece from the bottom so it sat nicely in the curve of the pear).

Mandarin Snail - 3 + Mandarin

4. Then gave the snail pear antenna and eyes and mouth.

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5. A buzzing raisin insect and we have a snail.

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Fun Watermelon Sunrise

Watermelon Sunrise

I had a whole watermelon and couldn’t decide what to do with it. I asked Max for suggestions and he said “sunrise”. Of course, why didn’t I think of that?

So here is Max’s fun food idea for a bright red piece of watermelon and some fresh pineapple. It’s a great share plate or party centrepiece.

Fun party food for kids

Recipe

– Piece of watermelon. I made a large sun from half a small watermelon but you could do a mini version from a cut piece.

– Some fresh pineapple (or apple/pear/melon)

– Mandarins – for the eyes (or orange/pineapple etc.)

– Oranges – for clouds (substitute as necessary)

– Raisins – for eyeballs

Method

1. Cut the watermelon. I cheated and used a bowl as a mold as I am not quite mad enough to be able to cut perfect circles!

Watermelon Sun - 1 Watermelon

2. Place on a plate.

Watermelon Sun - 1 Disc cut

3. Add the rays of light. I used watermelon.

Watermelon Sun - 2 first rays

4. And pineapple.

 Watermelon Sun - 3 More rays

5. Then made some eyes and mouth.

Watermelon Sun - 4 Eyes & mouth

Using mandarin segments and a cut piece of pineapple.

6. Then I gave the sun eyeballs with raisins.

Watermelon Sun - 5 Eyeballs

7. And used cut orange pieces for the clouds.

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8. I thought maybe the sun needed a nose. Or maybe not?

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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 Papaya Giraffe

Papaya Giraffe

 When I lived in Asia papaya/paw paw was very popular. I generally love any fruit but just didn’t fall for papaya straight away. Once I’d tried it with a squeeze of lime juice though I was hooked and ate it every day after lunch. I was devastated to return to Aus and find out how expensive it was and it became a rare treat.

I picked some up at the markets here in Wellington and was delighted as were the boys and so I needed to find a fun food, simple and creative outlet for the fruit. Giraffes are the right colour and who doesn’t love these amazing animals?

Healthy snacks for kids giraffe

Papaya is a great dessert/snack food, packed with soluble fibre, more Vit C than lemons and loads of Vit A and B-Vits too. OK enough of that, but they are excellent from a nutritional standpoint!

Recipe

– Small papaya/paw paw (melon would be a great substitute)

– Grapes – I used dark ones for the tree trunks and red ones for the detail on the giraffe (or plum/pear)

– Kiwi fruit – for the tree leaves (or green apple slices)

Method

1. I cut the papaya into lots of little chunks and then built those into a “head” shape.

Papaya Giraffe - 1 Head

2. Then added cut papaya for ears and ossicones (yep, I am assured they are neither horns nor antlers but ossicones).

Papaya Giraffe - 2 Ears & horns

3. And then I cut larger slices and built a neck.

Papaya Giraffe - 3 + Neck

4. I cut red grapes into small pieces to make up the detail for the neck.

Papaya Giraffe - 4 + Neck Detail

5. And used the grapes for the eyes and nostrils. Roy reckons the nostrils are too high on the face and I think he’s probably right so maybe move down a bit. I would love to reach into the photo and do myself but ….

Papaya Giraffe - 4 1-2 - + Eyes & Nostrils

6. I used dark grapes to form the trunks of the trees.

Papaya Giraffe - 5 + Trunks

7. And then slices of kiwi fruit for the leaves.

Healthy snack giraffe

8. I thought it needed something buzzing around so added some slices of black grape.

Healthy food for children giraffe

Delicious and gobbled in seconds by the mini chefs ….

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Fun Fruit Clown

Fruit Clown

Gail asked for a fruit clown in the style of the salad one so here it is especially for Gail. I actually created him that day but there have been so many other designs vying for space on the blog that he kept getting delayed!!

This is such an easy, fun food way to present fruit for a party, playgroup, kinder, playdate or other social gathering.

      Healthy party plate clown

As with the veggie clown it is very simple to create and as you can see from the Kids Specials page on the website children of all ages can do their own version. In fact it’s a great group or party activity and an easy way to get everyone eating fresh food.

Recipe

– 2 Bananas

– 2 large kiwi fruit

– 1 red apple

– 1 plum

– 1 mandarin

– 1 slice melon

As usual you could substitute all of these. If you prefer use apple slices instead of banana or melon instead of kiwi or pear instead of plum. I always just create from what’s in the fridge. Although, admittedly I go to the markets once every week and come back laden with sacks of veggies and fruit for the week so my fridge is always overstocked!!

Method

1. Make a circle from bananas for the face.

Fruit Clown - 1 Banana

2. Add kiwi slices in the shape of the hat.

Fruit Clown - 2 + hat

3. Cut a mouth and nose from the outside of the apple.

Fruit Clown - 3 + Nose & mouth

4. Cut slices from a plum to make the crosses.

Fruit Clown - 4 + eyes

5. And slice the plum cheeks to make the eyes.

Fruit Clown - 5 + eye crosses

6. Use mandarin segments to give him hair.

Fruit Clown - 6 Hair + Bobble

And a circle of flesh cut from the apple to make a bobble for the hat.

7. Add some melon slices for a tie with a circle of plum for the centre of the bow.

Healthy food for children clown

8. A great fun way to eat a shared dessert.

Healthy party plate clown

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Fun Baa Baa Blackberry Sheep

Baa Baa Blackberry Sheep

OK so we are officially mid-winter here so there is not a berry to be found anywhere. However, in high summer we spent a pleasant day by the river filling pots to overflowing with juicy blackberries which we lovingly froze in our chest freezer. I had promised the boys that mid-winter we would treat ourselves. And so we have.

Blackberries always look plump and almost fluffy to me so I knew just how to present them in a fun food way. Of course if you have fresh berries …..

       Healthy fun food for kids

Recipe

– Blackberries

– 1 Apple (pears or other fruit would work as well)

– I used almonds, pepitas and mint leaves for detail

Method

1. Make the body of the sheep from the berries.

Baa Baa Blackberry Sheep - 1 Body

2. I peeled an apple and cut the white flesh to make the sheep’s legs.

Baa Baa Blackberry Sheep - 2 Body + legs

3. Give her a head and tail!

Baa Baa Blackberry Sheep - 3 + head

4. Cut 3 sacks from apple flesh.

Baa Baa Blackberry Sheep - 4 + bags

5. Give the sheep a face (a few bits from a berry)

Baa Baa Blackberry Sheep - 5 + face + tail

6. And fill the sacks with “wool”.

Baa Baa Blackberry Sheep - 6 Full Bags

7. Then I used some slivers of almonds and some mint leaves for ground.

Baa Baa Blackberry Sheep - 7 Ground

8. And a few pepitas to give the sheep something to stand on.

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9. Baa baa blackberry sheep. Delicious on its own or with a dollop of yoghurt.

Baa Baa Blackberry Sheep - Finished

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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.

Healthy breakfast food for kids

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.

Healthy Breakfast food for children

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

Fun food for breakfast

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Fun Decadent Apple Cake

Decadent Apple Cake

This is a cake dedicated to my dear friend Neil who is always trying to convince me to be more gratuitous in my recipes. Probably not quite the sugar fix he had in mind but it oozes decadence never the less.

This would be a fun food addition to any party and is simple but healthy. Other fruit could be substituted in the centre and you can get really creative with the toppings.

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Recipe

– 1 Apple

– Yoghurt – I used thick, Greek (no sugar, no additives)

– Slivered almonds

– Hazelnuts – for decoration (and a raspberry on the alternative)

– Mint leaves – for decoration

Method

1. Peel and core the apple. I don’t have a special corer so I butchered it with a knife instead!

Decadent Apple Cake - 1 apple

2. Cover with yoghurt (if the yoghurt is too thin then you can thicken by freezing for a while or even mixing in some milk powder).

Decadent Apple Cake - 2 plus yoghurt

3. Add toppings. I covered the sides with slivered almonds.

Decadent Apple Cake - 3 plus nuts

4. I topped with hazelnuts.

Decadent Apple Cake - 4 plus hazels

5. Then jazzed it up with a mint leaf or two.

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6. I also experimented with other toppings … get creative!!

Decadent Apple Cake - Finished 3

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Magic Wand

Magic Wand

I had some watermelon left over from another design so used a cookie cutter to make a star and from there …..

Fun, quick and simple and you could swap in whatever fruit you have available.

Recipe

– Watermelon (star and sparks)

– Pineapple (handle and sparks)

– Mandarin segments (sparks)

– Coconut shreds

Method

1. Cut the watermelon with a cookie cutter.

Magic Wand - 1 Star

2. Add a handle.

Magic Wand - 2 Star + handle

3. I added some magic sparks … get creative!!

Magic Wand - 3 Wand plus

4. I cut some little bits of watermelon for the bottom of the plate.

Magic Wand - Finished

 

And some long shreds of magic coconut to finish it off.

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Tick-tock Pineapple Clock

Tick-tock Pineapple Clock

As I had some older children coming over I wanted something still fun but a little “older” in terms of visuals. I was looking at a lovely, fresh pineapple and the segments just fall into triangles and from there the clock was born.

My esteemed guests used the apple and pineapple as a basis for creating an afternoon snack for themselves and had a fantastic time. Max also loved showing Joe how the Roman Numerals work so win win!

Recipe

– Pineapple (tinned if no fresh would do)

– Apple

Method

1. Start by cutting segments from the pineapple for the numbers 3, 6, 9 and 12.

 Tick Tock Pineapple Clock - 1 Pineapple

2. Add the hands (from apple or pear). It was all simple until I tried to cut the circle for the middle!!

Tick Tock Pineapple Clock - 2 w-hands

3. Make the numbers from slices of the inside of the apple. I used Roman Numerals as it simplifies things enormously!

Tick Tock Pineapple Clock - 3 w-numbers

4. I added little apple rectangles for the other numbers. And, that is it – super simple!

Tick Tock Pineapple Clock - Finished

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Apple Helicopter

Apple Helicopter

The bright red of this apple just screamed shiny paint. Combine this with the shape and there’s a helicopter just waiting to fly out!

This is fun, quick and simple and my boys were delighted.

Recipe

– 1 apple (green or red)

– 2 bananas (can just squeeze out the shapes needed using 1 banana if you cut carefully and use apple for the cab door)

– I used yoghurt for the clouds

Method

1. Cut the apple cheek to form the cab of the heli.

Apple Heli - 1 Apple

2. Cut two thin strips of banana to form the outside of the tail and another bit for the ski. I cut and took the photo and then realised the ski needed to be bigger once I put the propellers on (and looking at this photo now it should have been obvious!!).

Apple Heli - 1 b with tail & ski

3. Cut pieces from the inside of the apple to make the cross pattern in the tail.

Apple Heli - 2 tail + ski

4. Cut two more small strips of apple for the propeller struts top and rear. Slice long pieces of banana for the propellers on top and smaller ones from apple for the back.

Apple Heli - 3 Propellers

5. Slice a piece of banana or apple for the door on the cab. Apple Heli - Finished

I also added yoghurt clouds for extra interest, calcium, probiotics and to dip into.

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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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Pear Hedgehog

Pear Hedgehog

I can’t look at a pear without seeing some sort of an animal. Their shape just lends itself to creating! This is one I did for the boys last year and they were delighted by how fun and cute it was. I love using seeds as they are chock full of nutrients and are a great healthy snack.

 

    Pear Hedgehog - Front

Recipe

– Pear

– Dried fruit (I used apricots and sultanas)

– Pepitas (dried pumpkin/squash seeds). Sunflower seeds or almond flakes would also work well.

Method

1. Cut the pear in half and carefully remove the core.

Pear Hedgehog - Cut Pear

2. Make holes for the eyes, ears and nose (do not worry if they are not perfect as the fruit will squash over and cover any cutting ugliness).

Pear Hedgehog - Cut Pear + eyeholes

3. Add features to the hedgehog.

Pear Hedgehog - Cut Pear + eyes, nose, ears

4. Start adding the pepitas.

Pear Hedgehog - Caesar Do

He looks very Roman like this!

Initially you may find that the seeds seem to fall out quicker than you can put them in but persevere and work from the front backwards.

5. Cover completely.

Pear Hedgehog - Finished

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Fun Quilt Cover

Quilt Cover

I had just finished making some Petit Fours from fruit and looked at the squares and they seemed to form a pattern and I couldn’t resist. A patchwork quilt for a cuddly toy jumped out at me and just begged to be made.

This is a really fun food, simple idea that anyone can create for a dessert, a shared snack or even for a special occasion.

Healthy food for kids

Recipe

– Squares of contrasting coloured fruit – I used watermelon and apple.

– Pear – for the head, hands and tail (apple would work for a rounder head).

– Blueberries – for eyes, nose and mouth (cut out pieces of other fruit would be OK)

– Mint leaves – for bow tie (any accessories you fancy)

– I decorated one of my blankets with blueberries cut in half and mint leaves

Method

1. Cut squares of fruit to make quilt and pillow.

Tucked into quilt - set-up

2. Cut the side from a pear to make head shape.

Tucked into quilt - pear

Cut pieces from the side and trim to make rounder for ears.
Cut slices from the ends for feet and cut another slice for tail.

3. Cut two holes for eyes, a triangle for a nose and a mouth shape from the head piece of pear. Do not be too worried about it being imprecise as the blueberries will cover a multitude of cutting errors!

Tucked into quilt - pear face

Place two blueberries into the eye holes, the top of another in the nose triangle and slice around the bottom to form a mouth.

4. Put head onto pillow and loosely “tuck” under quilt. Arrange feet and tail and add bow-tie or other accessory.

Tucked into quilt - 1

5. Quilt can also be decorated if you wish.

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Fun Petit Fours – 2

Petit Fours – 2

I made Petit Fours yesterday from Watermelon and it got me thinking. What a perfect fun food, party plate, a selection of bite-sized Petit Fours filled with colour and natural vitamins. They look so enticing and would be as at home in an adult soiree as a kid’s party!

I decided to design some more today and used apple as the base. Apples – of the apple a day keeps the doctor away fame – are such an all-round fruit. Tasty, economical, available all year and packed with soluble fibre, Vit C, B-complex vitamins and anti-oxidants.

Recipe

– Apples – larger ones yield better squares

– Other fruit for filling and garnish

– I used Greek Yoghurt for “cream dollops”

Method

1. Cut squares from the apple (and should you wish other fruits for layers).

Petit Fours - Set up

2. Build layers using contrasting fruit for fillings.

3. Top with garnish for a fancy cake effect.

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Use any fruit that is available to create designs of your choice. Round, triangular or other shaped Petit Fours would look fabulous.

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Fun Petit Fours

Petit Fours

A fun food alternative to the Watermelon Cake are the smaller Petit Fours. If you are looking for more of a “bite-sized” dessert/party food then these are for you. They also lend themselves to other types of melon such as Honeydew or Canteloupe (Rockmelon) that have seeds on the insides and therefore cannot be cut into larger triangles.

Follow the basic steps for a Watermelon Cake but use little squares or triangles rather than the larger sections.

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Fun Watermelon Cake

Watermelon Cake

The ultimate substitution, swapping fresh fruit filled with vitamins and minerals for the standard party cake. Watermelon cake is delicious, light and refreshing. It is a great summer party food, especially when it’s hot and is very versatile. You can use any fruit for filling and its good fun to have people create their own individual slice. In fact, building your own cake is a fabulous fun food activity for all age groups.

When I serve at a party I will pre-cut the melon and then have bowls of other fruit to choose from to build a personalised slice, which doubles the fun & the delight.

Recipe

– Watermelon

– Other fruit

Method

1. Cut a whole watermelon into wedges (pre-cut quarter or eigth pieces from the market/store work perfectly).

2. Cut slices to use for the cake. These must be approx. the same size so take from the same section of the melon. Slices work best if approx. 2cms thick.

Waterm Cake - Waterm Cutting

3. The skin can be cut off or left on.

Waterm Cake - 3 slices

4. Place other fruit on the slice. A light fruit like banana/pear/apple works well as “icing”. For best effect have a slight overhang so the cake looks as though it is “oozing” its filling once put together.

Waterm Cake - 3 slices + banana

5. Layer as many other fruits inside as you wish. Contrasting colours give visual appeal and of course different fruits yield different vitamins and minerals.

Waterm Cake - Banana + kiwi

6. Add another slice of watermelon and repeat.

Waterm Cake - Banana + kiwi + top

7. Finish with toppings and it’s ready to eat.

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8. And there are so many variations …..

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(If you are not partial to watermelon or would like smaller portions see “Petit Fours”.)

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