Fun Watermelon Manor

Watermelon Manor

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

Sugar free party food Watermelon house


– Watermelon (or other large fruit)

– Pear (or other green fruit)

– Red Apple (plum or pear would work too)

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


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

Watermelon Manor - 1 house (1 of 1)

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

Watermelon Manor - 2 roof (1 of 1)

3. Slice pear for the windows

Watermelon Manor - 3 top windows (1 of 1)

4. Then more pear for the lower windows.

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

5. Before using apple for the chimneys.

Watermelon Manor - 5 chimneys (1 of 1)

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

Watermelon Manor - 6 detail (1 of 1)

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

Watermelon Manor - 7 roof line (1 of 1)

8. Then some pear grass, bushes and tree.

Watermelon Manor - 8 foliage (1 of 1)

9. And some steps.

Watermelon Manor - 9 steps (1 of 1)

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

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Fun Superbowl Eggs

Superbowl Eggs

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

Here’s our fun food, Superbowl Eggs.

Fun, healthy Superbowl Eggs


– Boiled eggs

– Cucumber

– Red cabbage

– Carrot

– Cheese


1. Boil, peel and cut eggs in half.

Superbowl Eggs - 1 eggs (1 of 1)

2. Add lacing detail from cucumber.

Superbowl Eggs - 2 green lacing (1 of 1)

3. Then lacing from red cabbage.

Superbowl Eggs - 3 purple lacing (1 of 1)

4. And finally from carrot.

Superbowl Eggs - 4 orange lacing (1 of 1)

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

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Fun Melon Crab

Melon Crab

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

Here’s our fun food, Melon Crab.

Sugar free party food Melon Crab


– Cantaloupe (Rockmelon)

– Honeydew melon

– Grapes or blueberries

– Strawberry


1. Carve a head from the rockmelon.

Melon Crab - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Add two, bright eyes.

Melon Crab - 2 eyes (1 of 1)

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

Melon Crab - 3 legs (1 of 1)

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

Melon Crab - 4 more legs (1 of 1)

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

Melon Crab - 5 pincers (1 of 1)

6. Finish with a strawberry smile.

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Fun Capsicum Dinosaur

Capsicum Dinosaur

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

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


– Capsicum red & yellow (bell pepper)

– Carrot

– Cucumber


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

Capsicum Dinosaur - 1 body (1 of 1)

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

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

3. Give her a tail from yellow capsicum.

Capsicum Dinosaur - 3 tail (1 of 1)

4. Use carrots for the big, strong legs.

Capsicum Dinosaur - 4 legs (1 of 1)

5. Add a face from capsicum and cucumber.

Capsicum Dinosaur - 5 face (1 of 1)

6. And toes from yellow capsicum.

Capsicum Dinosaur - 6 toes (1 of 1)

7. Make some ground from cucumber.

Capsicum Dinosaur - 7 ground (1 of 1)

8. Finish with a cucumber sun.

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Fun Celery Car

Celery Car

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

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


– Cucumber

– Celery

– Yellow & red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Carrot

– Red cabbage


1. Cut two discs of cucumber for wheels.

Celery Car - 1 wheels (1 of 1)

2. Join them with celery.

Celery Car - 2 join (1 of 1)

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

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

4. Then create the bonnet and windscreen.

Celery Car - 4 windscreen (1 of 1)

5. Finish the outline of the car from celery.

Celery Car - 5 back (1 of 1)

6. Give it a door from celery.

Celery Car - 6 door (1 of 1)

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

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

8. Add the sun’s rays.

Celery Car - 8 rays (1 of 1)

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

Cute food for kids Celery Car

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Fun Blueberry Elephant

Blueberry Elephant

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

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

Fun, healthy party food Blueberry Elephant


– Strawberries

– Blueberries

– Pepitas


1. Make an ear from half a strawberry.

Blueberry Elephant - 1 ear (1 of 1)

2. Add a head and a body.

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

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

Blueberry Elephant - 3 legs (1 of 1)

4. Give him a tail.

Blueberry Elephant - 4 tail (1 of 1)

5. And a trunk.

Blueberry Elephant - 5 trunk (1 of 1)

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

Blueberry Elephant - 6 face (1 of 1)

7. Add strawberry feet.

Blueberry Elephant - 7 feet (1 of 1)

8. Then pepitas for the ground.

Blueberry Elephant - 8 ground (1 of 1)

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

Fun food art Blueberry Elephant

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Fun Grape Bee

Grape Bee

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

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

Fun food art Grape Bee


– Pineapple

– Black grapes

– Pepitas

– Desiccated coconut


1. Cut a head from pineapple.

Grape Bee - 1 head (1 of 1)

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

Grape Bee - 2 body (1 of 1)

3. Keep adding more stripes.

Grape Bee - 3 more body (1 of 1)

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

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

5. Ring with slices of grape.

Grape Bee - 5 outline (1 of 1)

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

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

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

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

8. Buzz, buzz, buzz away ….

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Fun Salad Caterpillar

Salad Caterpillar

Lovely summer lunch.

Here’s our fun food, Salad Caterpillar.

Fun, healthy snacks Salad Caterpillar


– Cucumber

– Cherry tomatoes

– Yellow capsicum

– Spinach


1. Cut circles of cucumber.

Salad Caterpillar - 1 cucumber (1 of 1)

2. Add cherry tomatoes on top.

Salad Caterpillar - 2 tomato (1 of 1)

3. Add a tail.

Salad Caterpillar - 3 tail (1 of 1)

4. Give her a big head.

Salad Caterpillar - 4 head (1 of 1)

5. And a lovely wiggle.

Salad Caterpillar - 5 wiggle (1 of 1)

6. Use cucumber and yellow capsicum for the face.

Salad Caterpillar - 6 face (1 of 1)

7. Then add some legs.

Salad Caterpillar - 7 legs (1 of 1)

8. Some eyes.

Salad Caterpillar - 8 eyes (1 of 1)

9. And capsicum antennae.

Salad Caterpillar - 9 antennae (1 of 1)

10. Finish with some spinach leaves ….

Fun food art Salad Caterpillar

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Fun Fruit Skewers

Fruit Skewers

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

Fun food art Fruit Skewers


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

I have made two versions:

– Blueberries

– Watermelon

– Green grapes

– Mandarin

– Strawberries

– Pineapple

– Plum

– Honeydew melon

– Orange


1. Chop fruits and put onto skewer.

Fruit Skewers - 1 skewer (1 of 1)

2. Add skewers.

Fruit Skewers - 2 add skewers (1 of 1)

3. Serve with a dip.

Cute party food Fruit Skewers

4. Make into a rainbow if you’d like.

Fun food art Rainbow Fruit Skewers

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Fun Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

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

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


– Strawberries

– Yoghurt

– Blueberries

– Coconut

– Edible herbs


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

Little Red Riding Hood - 1 body-001

2. Slice a little face from the top strawberry.

Little Red Riding Hood - 2 face-002

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

Little Red Riding Hood - 3 eyes & mouth-004

4. Give her some blueberry feet.

Little Red Riding Hood - 4 feet-005

5. And some yoghurt socks.

Little Red Riding Hood - 5 socks-006

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

Little Red Riding Hood - 6 basket-007

7. Add some blueberry hands on cocktail sticks.

Little Red Riding Hood - 7 arms-008

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

Little Red Riding Hood - 8 cape-009

9. Fill the basket with coconut.

Little Red Riding Hood - 9 filled basket-010

10. And finish with some edible herb flowers.

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Fun Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year

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

Here’s our fun food, 2016 celebration plate.

Fun food art Happy New Year 2016


– Apple

– Blueberries

– Raisins

– Nectarine

– Mint

– Long thread coconut


1. Cut a circle of apple for the zero.

2016 - 1 zero-0219

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

2016 - 2 216-0220

3. Add midnight to the clock from raisins.

2016 - 3 clock-0221

4. Then party hats from nectarine.

2016 - 4 party hats-0222

5. Use mint for streamers.

2016 - 5 streamers-0223

6. Then finish with long thread coconut poppers …

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Fun Santa Pizza

Santa Pizza

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Here is our fun food, Santa Pizza.

Fun food art Santa Pizza


– Pizza base

– Feta/ricotta cheese

– Tomatoes

– Olives

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Cheese


1. Cut a base into an oval shape.

Santa Pizza 3 - 1 face-0219

2. Add feta for the hat fur and beard.

Santa Pizza 3 - 2 beard & fur-0220

3. Use tomatoes for the hat.

Santa Pizza 3 - 3 hat-0221

4. Add olive eyes and a capsicum mouth.

Santa Pizza 3 - 4 eyes-0222

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

Santa Pizza 3 - 5 bake & bobble-0224

6. Finish with some cheese stars.

Healthy Christmas Party food Santa Pizza

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Fun Rudolph Crackers

Rudolph Crackers

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

Here’s our fun food, Rudolph Crackers …

Fun food art Rudolph Crackers


– Crackers or crisp toast

– Cherry tomato

– Cheese

– Olive

– Carrot

– Spinach


1. Use or make triangular crackers.

Rudolph Crackers - 1 crackers-0221

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

Rudolph Crackers - 2 noses-0222

3. Cut big cheese eyes.

Rudolph Crackers - 3 eyes-0223

4. Add olives as pupils.

Rudolph Crackers - 4 pupils-0224

5. Use carrots as antlers.

Rudolph Crackers - 5 antlers-0227

6. Then make stars from spinach.

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Fun Tomato Cheese Candy Cane

Tomato Cheese Candy Cane

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

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

Fun food art Tomato Cheese Candy Cane


– Cherry tomatoes

– Cheese


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

Tomato Cheese Candy Cane - 1 base-0219

2. Continue until you have the iconic shape.

Tomato Cheese Candy Cane - 2 the cane-0220

3. Add some herbs for décor.

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Fun Blueberry Christmas Tree

Blueberry Christmas Tree

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

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


– Strawberry

– Blueberries

– Yoghurt

– Long thread coconut

– Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)


1. Cut a strawberry for the pot.

Blueberry Christmas Tree - 1 pot-002

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

Blueberry Christmas Tree - 2 blueberries-003

3. Continue to add yoghurt and blueberries.

Blueberry Christmas Tree - 3 more blueberries-004

4. Until the tree forms.

Blueberry Christmas Tree - 5 top-006

5. Then add a strawberry star to the top.

Blueberry Christmas Tree - 6 star-007

6. And some strawberry ground.

Blueberry Christmas Tree - 7 base-008

7. Long thread coconut is perfect tinsel.

Blueberry Christmas Tree - 8 coconut-009

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

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Fun 3-D Strawberry Christmas Tree

Strawberry 3-D Tree

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

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


– Strawberries

– Dates

– Dried apricot

– Pepitas

– Sunflower seeds

– Long thread coconut


1. Put strawberries of descending size on a skewer.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 1 skewer-001

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

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 2 base-002

3. Insert the skewer into the base.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 3 stand up-003

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

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 4 star-005

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

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 5 ornaments-006

6. Add coconut threads as tinsel.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 6 tinsel-007

7. Decorate the plate!

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Fun Melon Christmas Platter

Melon Christmas Platter

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

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

Fun food art Christmas Platter


– Honeydew melon

– Pineapple

– Blueberries

– Strawberries

– Mandarin

– Desiccated coconut snow


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

Melon Xmas Platter - 1 melon-0219

2. Add a pineapple star.

Melon Xmas Platter - 2 star-0220

3. Then some blueberry baubles.

Melon Xmas Platter - 3 blueberries-0221

4. And some strawberry tips.

Melon Xmas Platter - 4 strawberries-0222

5. Mandarin segments make little lights.

Melon Xmas Platter - 5 mandarins-0223

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

Melon Xmas Platter - 6 trunk-0224

7. Finish with some coconut snow.

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Fun Mini Tomato Santas

Mini Tomato Santa’s

There is something admittedly a little military about these!

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

Christmas Party food Santas


– Cherry tomatoes

– Bread or mushrooms

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Cream cheese

– Olives

– Cheese


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

Mini Tomato Santas - 1 bodies-001

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

Mini Tomato Santas - 2 faces-002

3. Cut a hat from capsicum.

Mini Tomato Santas - 3 hats-003

4. Form fur and bobble from cream cheese.

Mini Tomato Santas - 4 bobbles & fur-006

5. And of course beards.

Mini Tomato Santas - 5 beards-007

6. Add some arms.

Mini Tomato Santas - 6 arms-008

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

Mini Tomato Santas - 7 pants-010

8. Give them olive boots.

Mini Tomato Santas - 8 boots-011

9. And eyes.

Mini Tomato Santas - 9 eyes-012

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

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Fun Apple Candy Cane

Apple Candy Cane

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

Here’s our fun food, Apple Candy Cane.

Fun food art Apple Candy Cane


– Apple


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

Apple Candy Cane - 1 apple-0234

2. The pointier end bits become the hook part.

Apple Candy Cane - 2 candy cane-0235

3. Few herbs to give it colour. Done.

Sugar free Candy Cane

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Fun Grape Christmas Tree

Grape Christmas Tree

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

Fun food art Grape Christmas Tree


– Green grapes

– Red grapes

– Desiccated coconut


1. Form the top of the tree from grapes.

Grape Christmas Tree - 1 green-001

2. Add more grapes to form the rest.

Grape Christmas Tree - 2 more green-002

3. Use red grapes for the base.

Grape Christmas Tree - 3 base-003

4. Then form a star for the top.

Grape Christmas Tree - 4 star-005

5. Reshape a little!

Grape Christmas Tree - 5 Reshape-006

6. Add some baubles.

Grape Christmas Tree - 6 presents-007

7. And finish with coconut snow.

Fun Grape Christmas Tree

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Fun Fruit Baubles

Fruit Baubles

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

Here is our fun food, Fruit Baubles.

Fun food art Fruit Baubles


– Strawberries

– Blueberries

– Kiwi fruit

– Pineapple

– Sunflower seeds


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

Frut Baubles - 1 strawberry-004

2. And blueberries.

Frut Baubles - 2 blueberries-005

3. Add any fruit you’d like.

Frut Baubles - 3 second bauble-006

4. Pineapple makes the top.

Frut Baubles - 4 pineapple-008

5. And sunflower seeds the thread.

Frut Baubles - 5 thread-009

6. Eat, drink and be merry!

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Fun Christmas Cheese Board

Christmas Cheese Board

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

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

Healthy Christmas party food Cheese Board


I used:

– Cheddar cheese

– Cherry tomatoes

– Dried rosemary

– Feta cheese

– Almonds

– Pineapple

– Peanuts


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

Christmas Cheese Board - 1 cheese-0219

2. Add some bright cherry tomatoes.

Christmas Cheese Board - 2 tomatoes-0220

3. Then some dried rosemary.

Christmas Cheese Board - 3 herbs-0221

4. Followed by some feta cheese cubes.

Christmas Cheese Board - 4 feta-0222

5. And some almonds.

Christmas Cheese Board - 5 almonds-0223

6. Few more cheddar chunks.

Christmas Cheese Board - 6 cheese-0224

7. Then some tomatoes and rosemary.

Christmas Cheese Board - 7 tomato-0225

8. Place a pineapple star on the top.

Christmas Cheese Board - 8 pineapple-0226

9. And form a base from peanuts.

Christmas Cheese Board - 9 trunk-0227

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

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Fun Red, White & Blue Turkey

Red, White & Blue Turkey

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


– Blueberries

– Red Apple
– Pepitas


1. Make a body from a cluster of blueberries.

RW & B Turkey - 1 Body-0227

2. Then form a head.

RW & B Turkey - 2 head-0228

3. Begin adding slices of apple for the tail.

RW & B Turkey - 3 tail-0229

4. And continue all the way round the body.

RW & B Turkey - 4 finish tail-0230

5. Give her some apple and blueberry feet.

RW & B Turkey - 5 legsl-0231

6. Then a face from apple.

RW & B Turkey - 6 face-0232

7. Add some red wattles.

RW & B Turkey - 7 wattles-0233

8. And finish with ground made from chopped pepitas.

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Fun Banana Train

Banana Train

Trains are so easy to build and great to eat!

Here’s our fun food, Banana Train.

Fun food art Banana Train Banana Train - 9 steam-0223 Banana Train - 8 cranks-0224 Banana Train - 7 filling-0225 Banana Train - 6 window-0226 Banana Train - 5 cow catcher-0227 Banana Train - 4 wheels-0228 Banana Train - 3 funnel & cab-0229


– Banana

– Red apple

– Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

– Sunflower seeds

– Raisins

– Desiccated coconut


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 Apple Teddy

Apple Teddy

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

Here’s our Apple Teddy.

Fun food art Apple Teddy


– Dip (I used a strawberry/yoghurt)

– Red Apple

– Raisins


1. Place dip in a round bowl.

Apple Teddy - 1 dip-0232

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

Apple Teddy - 2 head-0233

3. Give her some ears.

Apple Teddy - 3 ears-0234

4. Then some arms and legs.

Apple Teddy - 4 arms & legs-0235

5. Finish with a face from apple and raisin.

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Fun Octopus Platter

Octopus Platter

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

Here’s our fun food, Octopus Platter.

Healthy fun party food Octopus Platter

– Dip (I used a white bean)

– Carrots

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Olives

– Celery

– Cream cheese


1. Form the dip into a head.

Octopus Platter - 1 head-002

2. Add discs of carrot to form the arms.

Octopus Platter - 2 arms-003

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

Fun food art Octopus Platter

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Fun Pineapple Skull

Pineapple Skull

A delicious Halloween plate. Perfect for a party!

Here’s our fun food, Halloween Skull.

Fun food art Pineapple Skull


– Pineapple (I used fresh)

– Strawberry (or contrasting coloured fruit)


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

Pineapple Skull - 1 skull-0285

2. Add strawberry eyes.

Pineapple Skull - 2 eyes-0286

3. Then a nose.

Pineapple Skull - 3 nose-0287

4. Finish with a funky mouth.

Pineapple Skull - 4 mouth-0290

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

Party Halloween food Pineapple Skull

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Fun Blueberry Witch

Blueberry Witch

OK it’s officially time for Halloween.

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

Fun food art Blueberry Witch


– Green Pear

– Orange

– Raisin

– Blueberries (unfortunately still frozen for us)


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

Blueberry Witch - 1 face-0247

2. Use segments of orange for hair.

Blueberry Witch - 2 hair-0248

3. Make an ugly nose.

Blueberry Witch - 3 nose-0249

4. Bits of raisins over pear form the eyes.

Blueberry Witch - 4 eyes-0250

5. Then add a pear mouth.

Blueberry Witch - 5 mouth-0252

6. And finish with a blueberry hat.

Halloween food Blueberry Witch

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Fun Celery Salad Pig

Celery Salad Pig

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

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

Cute food for picky kids Salad Pig


– Coleslaw of your choice

– Red apple

– Celery

– Raisins


1. Make a body from the coleslaw.

Celery Salad Pig - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add ears from apple.

Celery Salad Pig - 2 ears (1 of 1)

3. And a big nose.

Celery Salad Pig - 3 nose (1 of 1)

4. Give him raisin nostrils.

Celery Salad Pig - 4 nostrils (1 of 1)

5. And eyes.

Celery Salad Pig - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

6. Then add a curly, celery tail.

Celery Salad Pig - 6 tail (1 of 1)

7. And legs.

Celery Salad Pig - 7 feet (1 of 1)

8. Yummm!

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Fun Pear Faces

Pear Faces

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

Here are my fun food, Pear Faces.

Healthy party food Fruit Faces


– Green pear

– Strawberries

– Raisins


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

Apple Faces - 1 face-1

2. Add raisin eyes.

Apple Faces - 2 eyes-1

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

Apple Faces - 3 top of the heads-1

4. Use strawberries for the hair.

Apple Faces - 4 strawberry hair-1

5. And pear for the hat.

Apple Faces - 5 hat-1

6. Add strawberry mouths and a dapper moustache.

Apple Faces - 6 mouth & moustache-1

7. Then little raisin noses.

Apple Faces - 7 nose-1

8. More pear makes a neck and upper body.

Apple Faces - 8 neck-1

9. Before adding a necktie and necklace.

Apple Faces - 9 necktie-necklace-1

10. All finished and ready to eat.

Fun food art Pear Faces

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Fun Fruit Caterpillar

Fruit Caterpillar

Big, bright beautiful fruit platters are fabulous for gatherings.

Here’s my fun food Fruit Caterpillar.

Fun food art Fruit Caterpillar


– Pear

– Strawberries

– Kiwi fruit

– Orange

– Pineapple

– Blueberries

– Apple


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

Fruit Caterpillar - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Add a layer of strawberries.

Fruit Caterpillar - 2 strawberry (1 of 1)

3. Then a layer of kiwi fruit.

Fruit Caterpillar - 3 kiwi (1 of 1)

4. Followed by some orange.

Fruit Caterpillar - 4 orange (1 of 1)

5. And some pineapple.

Fruit Caterpillar - 5 pineapple (1 of 1)

6. With some frozen blueberries.

Fruit Caterpillar - 6 blueberries (1 of 1)

7. Then an apple tail.

Fruit Caterpillar - 7 apple (1 of 1)

8. And some blueberry eyes.

Fruit Caterpillar - 8 eyes (1 of 1)

9. Then blueberry legs.

Fruit Caterpillar - 9 legs (1 of 1)

10. Finish with apple and blueberry antennae.

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Fun Pineapple Porcupine

Pineapple Porcupine

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

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

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

Healthy Party food Pineapple Porcupine


– Pineapple (I used fresh but tinned would work)

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

– Plum (or just use more apple)


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

Pineapple Porcupine - 1 body (1 of 1)

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

Pineapple Porcupine - 1 more body (1 of 1)

3. Pile on a second layer.

Pineapple Porcupine - 2 next layer (1 of 1)

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

Pineapple Porcupine - 4 skewers (1 of 1)

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

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

6. And use more for the feet.

Pineapple Porcupine - 6 feet (1 of 1)

7. Add pupils from dark plum.

Pineapple Porcupine - 7 eyes (1 of 1)

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

Pineapple Porcupine - Finished (1 of 1)

9. And he’s ready to serve.

Fun food art Pineapple Porcupine

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Fun Scarecrow Dip

Scarecrow Dip

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

Here’s my fun food, Scarecrow Dip.

Creative food for picky eaters Scarecrow Dip


– Dip (I used hummus)

– Celery

– Cucumber

– Carrot

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Olives


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

Scarecrow Dip - 1 dip (1 of 1)

2. Use celery to form a hat.

Scarecrow Dip - 2 hat (1 of 1)

3. Cut a triangle of cucumber for the nose.

Scarecrow Dip - 3 nose (1 of 1)

4. Then use more for the eyes and pupils.

Scarecrow Dip - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Add some strips of carrot for hair.

Scarecrow Dip - 5 hair (1 of 1)

6. And slices of olive for the mouth.

Scarecrow Dip - 6 mouth (1 of 1)

7. Give him some rosy, red capsicum cheeks.

Scarecrow Dip - 7 cheeks (1 of 1)

8. And he’s ready to party!

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Fun Delicious Dips at Cubs

Delicious Dips at Cubs

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

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

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

Healthy dips at Cubs

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Healthy School Disco

No Junk Junk

There are many junk products marketed as healthy foods but for the school winter disco we decided to turn the tables. For the seniors we had home-made burgers (created from top quality meat) and served in preservative/sugar free wholemeal rolls with sauce that contained no sweeteners. For the vegetarians there was a bean burger option and all were eaten with delight. It was fabulous to see good food served and enjoyed.

Healthy food for school disco

Healthy food can be fun. Healthy food can be delicious. Healthy food can be reasonably priced and served at a fund raiser.

For the junior disco we again had fruit salad cups but next time we’re planning a home-made banana based “ice cream”.

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Fun 4th July Skewers

4th July Skewers

And here are some I prepared earlier!! Knowing I’d like to blog a plate for all my US friends on 4th July I was far more sensible this year and actually put something together when all the summer Northern Hemisphere fruits were in season down here.

Here are my fun food 4th July Skewers, perfect for a party or a dessert.

Healthy party food 4th July Skewers Fun food art 4th July Skewers


– Watermelon

– Pineapple

– Strawberries

– Blueberries


1. Cut cubes of watermelon and use them to create the “4”.

4th July Skewers - 1 watermelon (1 of 1)

2. Add the “th” with more strips.

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

3. Then overlay with pineapple.

4th July Skewers - 3 pineapple (1 of 1)

4. Followed by strawberries.

4th July Skewers - 4 strawberries (1 of 1)

5. Use skewers to pierce blueberries and then through the other fruits.

4th July Skewers - 5 blueberries (1 of 1)

6. Add more blueberries to the “th”.

4th July Skewers - 6 more blueberries (1 of 1)

7. The skewers are perfect for parties as everyone can grab one.

Cute foods for 4th July Skewers

8. Stars and blueberries for decoration complete the fun plate. Who could resist?


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Fun Cucumber Cupcakes

Cucumber Cupcakes

It’s often tricky to come up with a healthy option to take to a party or social gathering. I find that making things a little more exciting helps!

Here are my fun food Cucumber Cupcakes.

Cute healthy party food Cucumber Cupcakes


– Cucumber (larger ones are better)

– Dips. I used hummus, white bean & cream cheese coloured with beetroot juice

– Cherry tomatoes

– Herbs to decorate


1. Slice 3 large pieces of cucumber.

2. Add some detail around the sides if you wish (I scored with a sharp knife).
Cucumber Cupcakes - 2 detail (1 of 1)
3. Hollow out the centres.
Cucumber Cupcakes - 3 hollowed (1 of 1)
4. Fill with dips.
Cucumber Cupcakes - 4 filling (1 of 1)
5. Place cherry tomatoes on the top.
Cucumber Cupcakes - 5 cherries (1 of 1)
6. Sprinkle herbs.

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Fun Banana Palace

Banana Palace

We decided to build a fun food palace. Simple when you have bananas and strawberries!        Fun food art Banana Palace


– Bananas

– Strawberries

– Kiwi fruit

– Sunflower seeds


1. Start with a banana base for the palace.

Banana Palance - 1 base (1 of 1)

2. Add the start of the central towers.

Banana Palance - 2 middle (1 of 1)

3. Then a little extra (which I elongated later).

Banana Palance - 3 more (1 of 1)

4. Put on the side towers.

Banana Palance - 4 side towers (1 of 1)

5. Then the central tower.

Banana Palance - 5 Central tower (1 of 1)

6. Give the towers strawberry turrets.

Banana Palance - 6 tower tops (1 of 1)

7. Then windows and a door.

Banana Palance - 7 windows (1 of 1)

8. Some kiwi grass and sunflower gravel (or is it water?).

Banana Palance - 8 grass & pebbles (1 of 1)

9. Add a flag to finish.

Fun, healthy Banana Palace

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Fun Eye Health Kids

Eye Health Kids

The American Macular Degeneration Society is celebrating “Healthy Vision Month” in May and as part of this have an eye health blog party on the 14th #EatRightForYourSight. I was delighted to be asked to be a part of this and promote awareness of how food can be a part of preventing loss of eyesight.

I have not prepared a traditional recipe (not my area of excellence!) but have done a food art plate using all those vibrant orange veg that are great for beta-carotene, Vit A and anti-oxidants and leafy greens great for providing lutein and Vit K (and loads more!).

This plate is aimed more at kids but as we know being chock-full of veggies right from the start is definitely the way to go!

Fun food to promote good eye health


– Carrot

– Spinach

– Kale

– Celery

– Orange Capsicum (bell pepper)

– Corn

– Peas

– Cucumber

– Red Capsicum (bell pepper)


1. Slice carrot to make three heads.

Eye Health Kids - 1 heads (1 of 1)

2. Form a dress from spinach.

Eye Health Kids - 2 spinach dress (1 of 1)

3. And another from kale.

Eye Health Kids - 3 kale dress (1 of 1)

4. Use celery to give the girls some legs.

Eye Health Kids - 4 girls legs (1 of 1)

5. Add an orange capsicum outfit for the boy.

Eye Health Kids - 5 boys uniform (1 of 1)

6. Then celery legs and arms.

Eye Health Kids - 6 arms (1 of 1)

7. Give them all some orange capsicum shoes.

Eye Health Kids - 7 shoes (1 of 1)

8. Cut little carrot hands.

Eye Health Kids - 8 hands (1 of 1)

9. Add corn, kale and spinach hair (the spinach changed to peas).

Eye Health Kids - 9 hair (1 of 1)

10. Cut large, healthy eyes from cucumber (the hair changes to peas!).

Eye Health Kids - 10 eyes (1 of 1)

11. Give the boy a corn belt.

Eye Health Kids - 11 belt (1 of 1)

12. Cut a large red capsicum mouth for all the kids and some kale pupils.

Eye Health Kids - 13 new mouth (1 of 1)

13. Little bit of décor and all finished.


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Fun Carrot Train

Carrot Train

Chef Dom and his mum Claire love to cook healthy, veggie dense foods on their blog

Dom was the first to respond to my “can I make something special for you?” and has requested a food art locomotive. So, here’s my fun food Carrot Train – hope you like it!

Fun Food Carrot Train


– Carrots (large ones are easier to use!)

– Cucumber

– Celery

– Veg to fill the trucks – I used corn & radish

– Background – I used peas & broccoli


1. Cut the large part of a carrot to form the engine.

Carrot Train - 1 engine (1 of 1)

2. Add an angled piece of carrot for the cow-catcher.

Carrot Train - 2 cow catcher (1 of 1)

3. Flatten off the top of the carrot.

Carrot Train - 3 flat top (1 of 1)

4. Add a cab at the back of the engine.

Carrot Train - 4 cab (1 of 1)

5. Then a funnel (I changed to celery later).

Carrot Train - 5 funnel (1 of 1)

6. Hollow out the side of the cab to form the window.

Carrot Train - 6 window (1 of 1)

7. Add two trucks from carrot cut into roughly rectangular shapes.

Carrot Train - 7 trucks (1 of 1)

8. Make hollows in the tops so they can be filled with veg.

Carrot Train - 8 hollowed out (1 of 1)

9. Slice cucumber to form the wheels.

Carrot Train - 9 wheels (1 of 1)

10. Then change the funnel to celery.

Carrot Train - 10 funnel (1 of 1)

11. Use more celery to fill in the window.

Carrot Train - 11 window (1 of 1)

12. And slices to make the chains joining the trucks.

Carrot Train - 12 joiners (1 of 1)

13. Stuff the trucks with veg.

Carrot Train - 13 fill trucks (1 of 1)

14. Create a back ground if you wish.

Healthy Party Food Carrot Train

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Fun Pear Kea

Pear Kea

I created this fun food Pear Kea back in Nov but hadn’t posted step-by-step photos. As I have received a request for detailed instructions I thought I may as well disseminate to all!

It looks really complicated but actually it’s quite simple (if a little time consuming).

healthy party food Pear Kea


– Green pear

– Brown pear

– Mandarin

– Raisin

– Desiccated coconut


1. I drew a rough outline of the bird then began to fill in the body with chopped, green pear.

Pear Kea - 1 outline (1 of 1)

2. Then added more.

Pear Kea - 2 start body (1 of 1)

3. And began the tail.

Pear Kea - 3 start tail (1 of 1)

4. Filling in the gaps.

Pear Kea - 4 fill in gaps (1 of 1)

5. Then started the larger tail feathers with brown pear.

Pear Kea - 5 tail (1 of 1)

6. Beginning the top wing with mandarin segments.

Pear Kea - 6 top wing (1 of 1)

7. Then the bottom wing.

Pear Kea - 7 bottom wing (1 of 1)

8. Slice the brown pear very thinly into curved strips to create the long, feathery wing tips.

Pear Kea - 8 bottom wing tips (1 of 1)

9. And do the same on all the wings.

Pear Kea - 9 top wing tips (1 of 1)

10. Add larger slices of pear to elongate the tail.

Pear Kea - 10 large tail feathers (1 of 1)

11. Use small pieces of pear flesh to create the white highlights.

Pear Kea - 11 detail (1 of 1)

12. And a beak.

Pear Kea - 12 beak (1 of 1)

13. Add a raisin eye and some pear feet.

Pear Kea - 13 eye (1 of 1)

14. Finishing with some desiccated coconut clouds.

Fun food art Pear Kea

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Fun Veggie Easter Egg

Veggie Easter Egg

Joe’s class were being rewarded with a shared lunch today. Given the time of year a fun food Giant Veggie Easter Egg was in order!

I made some hummus to use as a dip and also to anchor the veggies. The kids seemed very excited about eating it.

Fun food art Veggie Easter Egg

Then I added some extra hummus, some cottage cheese for dips and a pot of cocktail sticks.

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Vegecational Video Ventures 12 – Muesli Easter Eggs

Vegecational Video Ventures 12 – Muesli Easter Eggs

When Max was 4 he asked “how come everyone else gets to keep the eggs the Easter Bunny brings and I have to give mine back?” Valid point! Fortunately we were able to communicate with the Easter Bunny and ensure that instead of bringing chocolate eggs the following year he brought something that Max would like to eat.

Each year I make something special to be wrapped up and hidden on Easter Sunday morning. Max is well past the believing stage but who doesn’t like the thrill of the hunt? This year Joe is very sceptical but I know that come Sunday he will be delighted to rush around and try and beat Max to the most eggs.

Sugar free Easter Eggs

Last year I made “muesli eggs” from a muesli bar recipe and wrapped them in silver paper. They were a huge hit with my husband even trying to sneak them away from the boys. So this year I went with the “if it aint broke don’t fix it” theory and made a similar batch of wrapped eggs. I will then freeze so they stay fresh and are easy to take away on holiday with us.

Check out the video below. So simple and so effective and a great alternative to chocolate:


– Favourite muesli bar

– Favourite wrapping


1. Bake the muesli bar mix.

Muesli Bar Eggs - Mix (1 of 1)

2. Roll rough egg shapes.

Muesli Bar Eggs - Eggs (1 of 1)

3. Wrap.

Muesli Bar Eggs - Wrapped (1 of 1)

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Fun Carrot Bunnies

Carrot Bunnies

I discovered some Easter Bunnies hiding in the flower pots. Luckily the soil is edible as are the bunnies!

Fun food Carrot Bunnies in dip ..

Fun food for kids Easter Bunny


– Flower pots (I used mini ones from the garden centre!)

– Dip

– Carrot

– Olives

– Herbs for decoration


1. Cover the hole at the bottom of the pot and fill with dip (I used hummus).

Carrot Bunnies - Flower Pots (1 of 1)

2. Cut a head and ears from carrot.

Carrot Bunnies - 2 bunny heads (1 of 1)

3. Add some little carrot paws.

Carrot Bunnies - 3 bunny paws (1 of 1)

4. Then give her some friends.

Carrot Bunnies - 3 bunnies (1 of 1)

5. Use little bits of olive for eyes.

Carrot Bunnies - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

6. A bit of greenery and we’re ready!

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Fun Giant Salad Flower

Giant Salad Flower

I’ve had this design in my head for a while just bursting to come out, then finally an opportunity. A friend had invited us to a bring a plate BBQ so crudites and dip seemed perfect.

Here’s my fun food, Giant Salad Flower.

Fun food Art Flower platter


– Cucumber

– Cherry tomatoes

– Celery

– Carrot

– Radish

– Dip (I used hummus)


1. Slice the cucumber into discs then arrange in a circle with a hollow centre.

Giant Flower - 1 cucumber (1 of 1)

2. Then add another layer on top.

Giant Flower - 2 second row (1 of 1)

3. Use pieces cut in half to fill in the gaps.

Giant Flower - 3 half cucumber row (1 of 1)

4. And fill the centre with cherry tomatoes (slice the ends off so they don’t roll).

Giant Flower - 4 tomatoes (1 of 1)

5. I realized that I needed more room so shifted it up.

Giant Flower - 5 moved (1 of 1)

6. Create grass from batons of carrot.

Giant Flower - 6 carrot grass (1 of 1)

7. Then stems from sticks of celery.

Giant Flower - 7 stems (1 of 1)

8. Sliced radishes made thorns/buds/leaves??

Giant Flower - 8 tomato (1 of 1)

9. I happened to have a cake mould in the shape of a butterfly so used it for a dip holder.

Giant Flower - 9 butterfly (1 of 1)

10. A bit of detail on the butterfly and it’s ready to eat.

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Falafel at the School Fete

Falafel at the School Fete

The PTA asked me to coordinate a falafel stand at the annual fete and I was delighted to be charged with the task. 200 chick pea burgers later I was not quite so bubbly but very excited to see how popular they were and how people enjoyed them.

Healthy Food at School

We served the falafels on a wholemeal bun with sides of shredded lettuce, carrot and diced tomatoes. For a gluten free option we had bowls so the falafels could be piled with salad.

To jazz it all up I made a big batch of home-made hummus, some raita, a garlic sauce and a refined sugar-free sweet chilli sauce. The chilli sauce was very popular and despite being really spicy was applied liberally to many burgers. In fact all the sauces disappeared and I had very little to cart home.

Healthy Food School Fair

What a satisfying day serving some good wholesome food that was delicious, healthy and well received. Next year we’d like to team this with some fresh fruit smoothies made to order!

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Vegecational Video Ventures 11 – Watermelon Cakes

Vegecational Video Ventures 11 – Watermelon Cakes
A Watermelon Cake was my first foray into fun food and so has a place very close to my heart. Using watermelon as the layers for a “cake” just works perfectly and as it’s sweet, juicy and keeps well it’s perfect for parties. In fact one of my favourite party activities is getting people to create their own “cake”.

Here Joe shows us on video how to put together a fancy petit four style number. Who could resist?

Fun food art petit four cakes

You could of course make large slices with fruit fillings. Follow the link for step-by-step photo instructions:

Fun food art watermelon cake
Or go to the Healthy Food Guide for the mini cakes:

Sugar free Watermelon Cup Cakes

And of course there is always a whole cake!:

Fun food art whole watermelon Cake

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Fun Food Fruit Rainbow

Fruit Rainbow

All the glorious, vibrant, summer fruit available at this time of the year makes me want to create multi-coloured plates – and what better than a rainbow for showcasing this!

Here’s my fun food, Fruit Rainbow perfect for a party or a morning tea.

Healthy party food Fruit Rainbow


Use any fruit you have to hand. The more diverse the colours the better!

– Blueberries

– Plums

– Mandarin

– Green Pear

– Pineapple

– Watermelon

– Yoghurt (or coconut cream or desiccated coconut)


1. Usually I would lightly draw an outline to follow to create something like this. Feeling confident I made this one free-hand but did make some adjustments to the curve of the rainbow and the length of the arches as I went along .
Firstly make an arch from blueberries.

Fruit Rainbow - 1 blueberrries (1 of 1)

2. Add some chopped plum.

Fruit Rainbow - 2 plum (1 of 1)

3. Then some mandarin segments.

Fruit Rainbow - 3 mandarin (1 of 1)

4. And pear chopped into pieces.

Fruit Rainbow - 4 pear (1 of 1)

5. With fresh pineapple cut into triangles.

Fruit Rainbow - 5 pineapple (1 of 1)

6. Then topped with chunks of watermelon.

Fruit Rainbow - 6 watermelon (1 of 1)

7. Finish with fluffy yoghurt clouds perfect as a dip.

Fruit Rainbow - 7 clouds (1 of 1)

8. Vibrant and packed with all the goodies …

Fun food art Fruit Rainbow

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Simple Platters

Simple Platters

Last night we had the annual meet the teacher shared dinner at the school. Finger foods aimed at adults and children so I did my traditional “veggie sandwiches” and a simple fruit platter. So easy to put together and visually appealing – although I reckon I did a better job last year ….

Veggie Sandwiches healthy party food


Veggie Sandwiches

Great plate for any occasion as you can use whatever you have to hand. I did a combo of just veggies and those with a cheese filling. I also used some home-made apple chutney to stuff the celery batons. Using cookie cutters gives the veggies shape but circles, triangles and squares cut by hand work just as well.

Veggie Platter healthy party food

The plate was cleared pretty quickly so that was a good sign!

Fruit Platter

I had very limited time so just quickly cut some shapes and arranged the fruit on the plate. Bite sized pieces always appeal!

Simple Fruit Platter party food

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Fun Valentines Veggie Bouquet

Valentines Veggie Bouquet

Happy Valentines Day. We are saying it with heart shaped flowers, well veggies … Boys have dip at the ready ….

Fun food art Valentines bouquet


– Glass

– Base (I used kumara/sweet potato but cabbage/potato/cucumber)

– Veggie skewer – capsicum, cucumber, radish, daikon, carrot

– Kale for the base

– Beans for leaves


1. Put a block of kumara/sweet potato in the glass and add a skewer.

Valentines Veggie Bouquet - 1 base (1 of 1)

2. Cut the veggies into heart shapes and add to the skewer.

Valentines Veggie Bouquet - 2 skewer (1 of 1)

3. Add more.

Valentines Veggie Bouquet - 3 more skewers (1 of 1)

4. Put in green beans for foliage.

Valentines Veggie Bouquet - 4 beans (1 of 1)

5. Use green leafy veg to cover the base.

Valentines Veggie Bouquet

6. A lovely Valentine gift …

Fun food for picky kids edible flowers

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Fun Strawberry Pops

Strawberry Pops

I was lucky to find a huge pot of delicious looking strawberries. Although the boys would normally slam dunk them as is with delight I thought I would jazz them up for a change. I went for an ice cream type topping deal. I reckon this would rock at a party!

Strawberry Pops fun, healthy party food

Check out the boys testing for the first time:

There’s always a bit of reservation on video. There was no such restraint at dinner ..


– Strawberries

– Popsicle (lolly) sticks

– Yoghurt (or coconut cream)

– Toppings: chopped peanuts, flaked almonds, currants, desiccated coconut


1. Wash and hull the strawberries then insert a popsicle stick into the base.

2. Dip in yoghurt.

Strawberry Pops - 1 dipping (1 of 1)

3. Roll in the toppings (or sprinkle them over the top).

Make strawberry ice creams

4. Pull out the stick and use it for another strawberry!

Strawberry Pops - dipper strawberries

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Fun Heart Balloon

Heart Balloon

My lovely neighbour gifted me a sack of tiny, freshly picked plums. I kept staring at them shining like multi-coloured marbles as they were at different stages of ripening. Once I picked out the ripest and cut them in half I realised they would make the perfect heart.

This fun food Heart Balloon could just as easily be made with grapes!

Fun Valentines food Balloon


– Mini plums (or grapes)

– Mandarin (or pear/apple cut into shape)

– Sunflower seeds (or chopped pieces of raisin or almond)

– Blueberries (or raisins)

– Desiccated coconut (or yoghurt)


1. Slice the plums in half and form a heart shape.

Heart Balloon - 1 plums (1 of 1)

2. Use mandarin segments to make the basket.

Heart Balloon - 2 basket (1 of 1)

3. Form the ropes from sunflower seeds.

Heart Balloon - 3 ropes (1 of 1)

4. Chop blueberries to form two cuddling people. I added a piece of sunflower for an eye for each.

Heart Balloon - 4 people (1 of 1)

5. Add desiccated coconut clouds.

Heart Balloon - 5 clouds (1 of 1)

6. Then some love hearts from plum skin.

Fun food art Heart Balloon

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Fun Superbowl Platter

Superbowl Platter

To celebrate the Superbowl final I have put together a fun food, share platter. Would be perfect for a rugby final too!

Fun food art rugby ball


– Carrot

– White bean dip (or any light coloured dip or cheese)

– Celery

– Cucumber


1. Slice the carrot into thick discs and build the shape of a football.

Superbowl Platter - 1 carrots (1 of 1)

2. Add more carrot sliced thinly to cover the gaps.

Superbowl Platter - 2 filler (1 of 1)

3. Use half carrot slices around the edge.

Superbowl Platter - 3 outline (1 of 1)

4. Shape the dip into the stitches that run down the centre.

Superbowl Platter - 4 stitches (1 of 1)

5. And use more dip for the end stripes.

Superbowl Platter - 5 markings (1 of 1)

6. Add small bowls of dip.

Superbowl Platter - 6 dips (1 of 1)

7. Cut celery and cucumber batons for grass (and as extra crudites).

Superbowl Platter - 7 grass (1 of 1)

8. Then my OCD kicked in and I had to centre the ball better!

Fun food art Superbowl Platter

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Vegecational Video Ventures 5 – Jelly Orange Cups

Jelly Orange Cups

My boys haven’t eaten jelly/jello before so are excited to try. I don’t buy the store bought as it’s either full of sugar or sweeteners so decided to experiment making my own. My husband reckons it contained too much fruit to be a true “jelly” but it tasted fabulous and you can of course alter the ratio of fruit to liquid.

Check out the video of us making it:

Then the boys road testing it:


– Orange

– Other fruit

– I added nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla

– Water

– Gelatin

– Blueberries to decorate


1. I cut the orange in half and scooped out all the flesh.

Jelly Oranges - 1 oranges (1 of 1)

2. I combined the orange flesh with a sweet nectarine (any sweet fruit will work) and a little water. I added some spices and simmered on the stove-top until pulpy.

Jelly Oranges - 2 filling (1 of 1)

3. Allow the mixture to cool then add some gelatin to enable it to set.

4. Spoon into the orange cups and place in the fridge until ready.

The boys thought it tasted delicious. It would make a fun food, healthy party or picnic dessert. You can of course customise with any fruit that’s in season (and set in a cored out apple or melon) and then decorate with berries or nuts.

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Fun Cherry Mice

Cherry Mice

Cherries are in season – yeah!! They have got to be one of the most decadent treats available. So delicious and yet can transform easily into fun food Cherry Mice.

Fun food art Cherry Mice


– Cherries (with stalks)

– Almond flakes

– Sunflower seeds

– Pineapple (or cheese)

– Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)


1. Slice the bottom off the cherry and place on a plate.

Cherry Mice - 1 cherry (1 of 1)

2. Make two slits in the cherry and add almond flakes for ears.

Cherry Mice - 2 ears (1 of 1)

3. Then cut three more slits to insert half sunflower seeds for eyes and nose.

Cherry Mice - 3 eyes & nose (1 of 1)

4. Bring to life as many mice as you’d like.

Cherry Mice - 4 three mice (1 of 1)

5. Then add a wedge of pineapple with holes cut into it for cheese.

Cherry Mice - 5 cheese (1 of 1)

6. Roughly chop some pepitas and sprinkle on the plate.

Cherry Mice - Finished (1 of 1)

7. Finished. Eeek!

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Fun Coleslaw Fox

Coleslaw Fox

This fun food Coleslaw Fox is lots simpler than it looks. I made a light mayonnaise and mixed it with some grated carrot then added the cabbage. It’s a perfect centrepiece for a party or a picnic and who could resist having a little …

Fun food art Coleslaw Fox


– Grated carrot

– Cabbage

– Red cabbage

– Cucumber

– Olives

– Mayo (or other dressing)


1. Mix the carrot with the dressing and form a basic head shape.

Coleslaw Fox - 1 face (1 of 1)

2. Make holes for the eyes.

Coleslaw Fox - 2 eyes (1 of 1)

3. Add more carrot to build up the nose section to give it a 3-D effect.

Coleslaw Fox - 3 nose (1 of 1)

4. Use cabbage to make the fur around the side of the face and ears.

Coleslaw Fox - 4 cabbage (1 of 1)

5. Slice cucumber to make the eyes.

Coleslaw Fox - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

6. Then more cucumber for the nose.

Coleslaw Fox - 6 nose (1 of 1)

7. Use olives for the pupils and black nose.

Coleslaw Fox - 7 pupils-nostrils (1 of 1)

8. And more for the mouth.

Coleslaw Fox - 8 mouth (1 of 1)

9. Then use red cabbage for the whiskers and detail.

Healthy fun food for kids Coleslaw Fox

It’s as simple as that!

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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


– Pancakes (I used buckwheat)

– Yoghurt (or coconut cream)

– Fruit – I used strawberries and blueberries

– Mint leaves to decorate


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 Tomato Ladybirds

Tomato Ladybirds

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

Fun food art Tomato Ladybirds

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– Lettuce leaves (or other green leaves)

– Tomatoes

– Olives

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


1. Wash some green leaves.

Tomato Ladybirds - 1 leaves (1 of 1)

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

Tomato Ladybirds - 2 body (1 of 1)

3. Use an olive to make the head.

Tomato Ladybirds - 3 heads (1 of 1)

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

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

5. Do that for all the tomatoes.

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

6. And add rosemary leaves for antennae.

Tomato Ladybirds - 6 antennae (1 of 1)

7. So easy and ready to eat.

Cute food ideas Tomato Ladybirds

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Fun Rudolph Pitas

Rudolph Pitas

Christmas Eve and it has to be Rudolph.

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

Healthy Christmas Snacks Rudolph Pitas


– Pita/flat bread/tortilla

– Hummus

– Cherry tomatoes

– Celery

– Carrots

– Olives


1. Cut a circle from the bread.

Rudolph Pitas - 2 cut out (1 of 1)

2. Spread with hummus.

Rudolph Pitas - 3 hummus (1 of 1)

3. Add a cherry tomato.

Rudolph Pitas - 4 nose (1 of 1)

4. And then cut some celery ears.

Rudolph Pitas - 5 ears (1 of 1)

5. Cut antlers from carrot.

Rudolph Pitas - 6 antlers (1 of 1)

6. Use olives to make eyes and mouth.

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

7. Add some friends.

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Fun Fruit Bouquet

Fruit Bouquet

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

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

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


– Flower pot

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

– Orange (I used this to cover the cabbage)

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



=Grapes – green and red

=Melon – Rockmelon/cantaloupe

=Melon – Honeydew




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

Fruit Bouquet - 1 pot  (1 of 1)

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

Fruit Bouquet - 2 orange (1 of 1)

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

Fruit Bouquet - 3 strawberry rose (1 of 1)

Giving them a stem covered with green grapes.

4. I made a few of them.

Fruit Bouquet - 4 strawberry roses (1 of 1)

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

Fruit Bouquet - 5 melon flowers (1 of 1)

6. And some melon and grape star flowers.

Fruit Bouquet - 6 melon stars (1 of 1)

7. And melon and kiwifruit too.

Fruit Bouquet - 7 kiwi flowers (1 of 1)

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

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

And some mini melon and half grape flower stacks.

9. Then I added some strawberry and pineapple flowers.

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

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

Fruit Bouquet - 10 grape stacks (1 of 1)

11. Then used blueberries as soil.

Fruit Bouquet - 11 blueberry soil (1 of 1)

12. All finished and ready to pick …

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Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties

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

Joe’s Party

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

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

Cowboy fun food art gun

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

Fun food art for parties

Max’s Party

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

Make your own pizza party

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

No junk food party food

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

Fun food fruit pizza

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

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Fun Pizza Snowman

Pizza Snowman

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

Here’s my fun food, Pizza Snowman.

Cute Christmas food Pizza Snowman


– Pizza Base (I used wholemeal flat bread)

– Tomato paste

– Oregano

– Mozzarella cheese

– Carrot

– Olives

– Red capsicum/bell pepper

– Spinach


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

Pizza Snowman - 1 outline (1 of 1)

2. Spread tomato paste and sprinkle oregano.

Pizza Snowman - 2 tomato  (1 of 1)

3. Cover body and face with cheese.

Pizza Snowman - 3 cheese (1 of 1)

4. Add olive eyes and mouth.

Pizza Snowman - 4 face (1 of 1)

5. And a carrot nose.

Pizza Snowman - 5 nose (1 of 1)

6. Give him some olive buttons.

Pizza Snowman - 6 buttons (1 of 1)

7. And a jaunty capsicum hat.

Pizza Snowman - 7 hat (1 of 1)

8. Cut a scarf from spinach.

Pizza Snowman - 8 scarf (1 of 1)

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

Pizza Snowman - 9 cooked (1 of 1)

10. Serve nice and hot!

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Fun Popcorn Snowman

Popcorn Snowman

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

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

Popcorn Snowman great goody bags













You can even personalise.

Christmas snacks for picky eaters popcorn snowman














– Popcorn (I popped some kernels in the pan)

– Clear plastic food bag

– Paper/scissors/tape/scarf


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

Popcorn Snowman - 1 bag (1 of 1)









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

Popcorn Snowman - 2 bag cut (1 of 1)









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

Popcorn Snowman - 3 head (1 of 1)









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

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









5. And some large buttons.

Popcorn Snowman - 5 buttons (1 of 1)









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

Healthy Christmas snacks popcorn snowman













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

Fun food art popcorn snowman













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Fun Veggie Turkey

Veggie Turkey

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

Fun food for thanksgiving turkey


– Roast pumpkin

– Roast parsnips

– Roast zucchini (courgette)

– Roast carrots

– Roast cauliflower

– Roast red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Steamed broccoli

– Steamed green beans


1. Make a neck from pumpkin.

Veggie Turkey - 1 neck-001

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

Veggie Turkey - 2 head-002

3. Give her some zucchini wings.

Veggie Turkey - 3 wing-003

4. Then a luxurious tail of carrot and parsnip.

Veggie Turkey - 4 tail feathers-004

5. Add a green bean beak.

Veggie Turkey - 5 beak-006

6. Then some cauliflower “ruffles”.

Veggie Turkey - 6 ruffles-008

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

Veggie Turkey - 7 extra wings-009

8. And then give her a larger head.

Veggie Turkey - 8 head-010

9. With some pumpkin legs.

Veggie Turkey - 9 legs-011

10. Add a bright red capsicum wattle.

Veggie Turkey - 10 wattle-012

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

Veggie Turkey - 11 eyes-013

12. Use the broccoli and green beans as grass.

Veggie Turkey - 12 grass-014

And make her strut.

13. Ready to serve …

Thanksgiving Veggie Turkey


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Fun Pear Kea

Pear Kea

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

Creative kids food Parrot

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

If you’d like step-by-step photo instructions as to how to make please e-mail me:

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Fun Tulip Field

Tulip Field

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

Wonky Donkey Fun food art

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

Sugar free party food tulips


– Pear

– Strawberries

– Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

– Kiwi Fruit

– Orange

– Desiccated coconut


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

Tulip Field - Test-001

2. Add some pear sails.

Tulip Field - 2 sails-002

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

Tulip Field - 3 tulip-003

4. Add as many as you’d like.

Tulip Field - 4 tulips-004

5. Then I used pepitas to form the ground.

Tulip Field - 5 ground-005

6. And sliced kiwi fruit to make the stems.

Tulip Field - 6 stems-006

7. With more cut to make rough leaves.

Tulip Field - 7 leaves-007

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

Tulip Field - 8 sun-008

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

Fun Food art tulips fruit

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

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Fun Eyeballs


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

Healthy party food for Halloween eyeballs


– Carrots

– Cream cheese (or regular cheese)

– Olive (actually only used one!!)


1. Cut carrot into eyeball shapes.

Eyeballs - 1 carrot (1 of 1)

2. Make as many as you need.

Eyeballs - 2 more carrots (1 of 1)

3. Add a cream cheese iris.

Eyeballs - 3 irises (1 of 1)

4. Then slices of olive for the eyeballs.

Eyeballs - 4 pupils (1 of 1)

5. And that is it. Too easy!

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Fun Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey

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

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

Fun food for thanksgiving


– Half avocado

– Cucumber (could use more avocado)

– Carrot (or sweet potato/kumara or cucumber)

– Celery (or other veg)

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

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


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

Thanksgiving Turkey - 1 body (1 of 1)

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

Thanksgiving Turkey - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Add a carrot beak.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 3 beak (1 of 1)

4. And some red capsicum wattles.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 4 wattles (1 of 1)

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

Thanksgiving Turkey - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

6. Then I cut her some carrot legs.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 6 legs (1 of 1)

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

Thanksgiving Turkey - 7 feathers (1 of 1)

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

Thanksgiving Turkey - 8 celery (1 of 1)

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

Thanksgiving Turkey - bottom feathers (1 of 1)

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

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

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

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Fun Salad Skull Share Platter

Salad Skull Share Platter

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

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

Fun food art for halloween skulls


– Carrot (and or kumara/sweet potato)

– Celery

– Cucumber

– Daikon (Chinese radish) or regular radish

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


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

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

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

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

3. Add a cocktail stick to make dipping easy.

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

4. And cut as many as you’d like.

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

5. Then make some celery ones.

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

6. And some cucumber too.

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

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

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

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

Healthy Party food for Halloween skulls

And it was popular and delicious!

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Fun Grape Bear

Grape Bear

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

Here’s my easy, fun food, grape bear.

Grape Bear sugar free desserts for kids


– Dark grapes

– Banana


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

Grape Bear - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Do the same for the “body” shape.

Grape Bear - 2 body (1 of 1)

3. Add some banana ears and a nose area.

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

4. Then slice more banana for some feet.

Grape Bear - 4 feet (1 of 1)

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

Grape Bear - 5 pupils (1 of 1)

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

Grape Bear - 6 toes (1 of 1)

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

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

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

Grape Bear - 8 claws (1 of 1)

9. I gave him a grape nose.

Grape Bear - 9 nose (1 of 1)

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

Grape Bear cute food ideas

11. All finished and ready to share.

Grape Bear Fun food for kids

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Fun July 4th “Cake”

July 4th “Cake”

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

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

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

4th July sugar free desserts


– Yoghurt (or coconut cream)

– Blueberries

– Rapsberries

– Strawberries

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


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

4th July Cake - yoghurt (1 of 1)

2.I used blueberries to make the bottom layer.

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

3.Then raspberries for the second layer.

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

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

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

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

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

6.And some strawberry stars too.

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

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

4th July Cake healthy fun food

Happy Independence Day!!

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Fun 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


– 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.


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 Queen’s Guard

Queen’s Guard

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

Queen's Guard from fruit

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


– Red apple

– Plum


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

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

2. Then add some apple arms.

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

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

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

4. With some buttons.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. And of course a plum rifle.

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

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

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

11. And to finish the Queen’s initials.

Queen's Guard fun food for kids

Happy Official Birthday …

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Fun Goodbye Platter

Goodbye Platter

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

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

Goodbye Platter Healthy party plate


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

– Tomatoes

– Cucumber

– Carrot

– Red Cabbage

– Red Capsicum (bell pepper)

– Celery

– Daikon (Chinese radish)

– Hummus for dipping


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

Goodbye Platter - 1 letters (1 of 1)

2. I used half tomatoes as heads.

Goodbye Platter - 2 heads (1 of 1)

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

Goodbye Platter - 3 teacher (1 of 1)

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

Goodbye Platter - 4 girl (1 of 1)

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

Goodbye Platter - 5 girl 2 (1 of 1)

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

Goodbye Platter - 6 boy (1 of 1)

Then went back and added details using cucumber and daikon.

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

Fun, goodbye vegetable platter

And simple faces from daikon.

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

Fun vegetable platter for party

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

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Fun Kiwi Ninja Turtle

Kiwi Ninja Turtle

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

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

Ninja Turtle party food

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


– Two kiwi fruit (could use green melon)

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

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

– Pepitas for the ground


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

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 1 Kiwi (1 of 1)

2. I cut a head from the other half.

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 2 headi (1 of 1)

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

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 3 face (1 of 1)

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

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 4 arms (1 of 1)

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

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 5 legs (1 of 1)

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

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 6 bands (1 of 1)

7. I made a belt from more persimmon.

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 7 belt (1 of 1)

8. Then cut a mask for the face.

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 8 mask (1 of 1)

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

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

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

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 10 hands (1 of 1)

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

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 11 nunchucks (1 of 1)

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

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

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

Sugar Free Party food Ninja Turtle

14. And there he is in all his glory.

Fun party food Ninja Turtle

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Fun Mother’s Day bouquet

Mother’s Day Bouquet

As Mother’s Day is fast approaching I still have flowers on my mind.

This is such a versatile, fun food, fruit bouquet. You can use any fruit you have to hand and even the shapes can be individualised. I used some cookie cutters and others I cut freehand.

Mother's Day Bouquet from fruit


– Watermelon

– Pineapple

– Kiwi fruit

– Apple (green & red)

– Plum

– Blueberries


1. I cut watermelon using a cookie cutter (I placed them and then moved them around once I had the other flowers cut).

Mother's Day Bouquet - 1 watermelon (1 of 1)

2. Then cut some petals from pineapple to make the next lot of flowers.

Mother's Day Bouquet - 2 pineapple (1 of 1)

3. Before giving the watermelon flowers centres cut from plum.

Mother's Day Bouquet - 3 plum (1 of 1)

4. And made the last bulbs from red apple.

Mother's Day Bouquet - 4 apple (1 of 1)

5. Then I began to add stems and leaves using kiwi fruit for the pineapple flowers.

Mother's Day Bouquet - 5 kiwi (1 of 1)

6. And some green apple stems for the watermelon blooms.

Mother's Day Bouquet - 6 apple stems (1 of 1)

7. I had to squeeze the stems for the red apple bulbs behind the kiwi stems (which I moved to the right a bit) so used little squares of cut green apple.

Mother's Day Bouquet - 7 square stems (1 of 1)

8. Then all that needed to be added were the blueberries for the centres of the pineapple flowers.

Mother's Day Bouquet - 8 blueberries (1 of 1)

9. And that is the bouquet, all ready to serve and then eat.

Healthy fruit plate for mother's day

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Fun Birthday

Birthday Platter

Well today is Roy’s birthday so I have made him a special platter in celebration. We won’t discuss how old he is but suffice it to say much older than me!!

Birthday Platter Fruit


Use whatever fruits you have on hand. I used:

– Watermelon (coloured with frozen raspberries)

– Kiwi fruit

– Pineapple

– Grapes

– Orange

– Mint leaves for decoration


1. Cut the numbers from the fruit. I used cookie cutters and watermelon.

Birthday Platter - 1 numbers (1 of 1)

2. Then surround with a contrasting colour. I used Kiwi fruit.

Birthday Platter - 2 kiwi (1 of 1)

3. Before adding some pineapple cut into pieces.

Birthday Platter - 3 pineapple (1 of 1)

4. And some grapes with the tips removed so they don’t roll!

Birthday Platter - 4 grapes (1 of 1)

I realised the late season watermelon was very pale so used frozen raspberries to darken the colour.

5. Add a few mint leaves for décor and we’re ready to stick the candles in.

Birthday platter healthy

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Fun Watermelon Car

Watermelon Car

There are some amazing carvings to be made from watermelons. Alas I am neither that talented nor patient so do my simple versions of “carvings” which are met with gratifying enthusiasm from the mini chefs never-the-less.

Here is my fun food car. Easy enough to do and perfect for a party.

Watermelon Car healthy party food


– Watermelon

– I used apple, peach, plums and blueberries (any round fruit works for wheels or cut from apple/pear etc. the windows can be cut from any larger fruit)


1. Cut a chunk from the watermelon (roughly rectangular).

Watermelon Car - 1 watermelon (1 of 1)

2. And then carve a front and back indent from the rectangle.

Watermelon Car - 2 front and back (1 of 1)

I made them slightly sloping (but then what do I know about cars ?!?!)

3. Before making the wheels from the cheeks of two plums.

Watermelon Car - 3 wheels (1 of 1)

4. I made the windscreen from peach flesh but later changed to apple.

Watermelon Car - 4 windscreen (1 of 1)

5. Then cut headlights from apple flesh.

Watermelon Car - 5 lights (1 of 1)

6. And brake lights from the outside of the apple.

Watermelon Car - 6 brake lights (1 of 1)

7. Before adding peach indicators.

Watermelon Car - 7 indicator (1 of 1)

8. I used the peach again for the side windows (which I later swapped for apple) and plum for the door outline and front grille.

Watermelon Car - 8 door & grille (1 of 1)

9. Then I cut more plum for the wipers and aerial.

Watermelon Car - 9 wipers & aerial (1 of 1)

10. And used little squares of apple to create a road.

Unique party food car

11. Check it out from the side.

Watermelon Car for boys party

12. But I realised that lighter windows would look better so swapped the peach for apple.

Cute party ideas car

13. Brrrrrum brrrrum off we go.

Healthy desserts for kids car

14. Or should we go that way ….

Fun watermelon car

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Fun Giant Easter Egg

Giant Easter Egg

Happy Easter!!

Here is my healthy, fun food giant Easter egg to share.

Healthy fruit easter egg


– Yoghurt (or cream cheese/coconut cream)

– Blueberries

– Melon

– Plum

– Mandarin

– Kiwi fruit

– Green apple

– Red Apple

You can of course substitute any fruit you have to hand!


1. Make a rough egg shape from yoghurt.

Giant Fruit Easter Egg - 1 yoghurt

2. Start filling with the fruit. I used blueberries.

Giant Fruit Easter Egg - 2 blueberries

3. Then a layer of melon.

Giant Fruit Easter Egg - 3 melon

4. Followed by some plum.

Giant Fruit Easter Egg - 4 plum (1 of 1)

5. Then some Kiwi fruit.

Giant Fruit Easter Egg - 5 kiwi (1 of 1)

6. And more blueberries.

Giant Fruit Easter Egg - 6 blueberries (1 of 1)

7. Before adding some colour with Mandarin segments.

Giant Fruit Easter Egg - 7 mandarins (1 of 1)

8. Then a strip of green apple.

Giant Fruit Easter Egg - 8 pear (1 of 1)

9. More plum.

Giant Fruit Easter Egg - 9 plum (1 of 1)

10. And more melon.

Giant Fruit Easter Egg - 10 melon (1 of 1)

11. Once the egg was complete I cut some red apple into a “bow” shape.

Party food no sugar for easter

12. And that is my finished Giant Easter Egg.

Cute ideas giant Easter egg

Have a very Happy Easter !!

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Fun Easter Bunny Eggs

Easter Bunny Eggs

The Easter Egg hunt on Easter Sunday morning is a big tradition in our house. Although Max is getting too old there is still something magical about a hunt for hidden treasure!! This year will be no different and the bunny will smuggle a sack of eggs to the holiday home we’re renting and hopefully remember to get up early enough to hide them around the place.

Max has always been rapt that the bunny realises he doesn’t like chocolate or sugary substitutes and always brings special eggs. Joe just wants to eat something extra and relishes the opportunity ….

Sugar free easter egg hunt eggs

So as usual I have made a batch of healthy muesli bar mix and formed it into egg shapes then wrapped in foil (which I will freeze until Sat.). Roy suggested using different coloured foils – now why didn’t I think of that?



– Muesli bar mix (recipe printed at the end of the blog)

– Foil or pretty paper to wrap eggs


1. Cook the muesli mix.

Muesli Eggs - 1 muesli mix (1 of 1)

2. Press and roll into egg shapes.

Muesli Eggs - 2 egg shape (1 of 1)

3. Wrap in foil, whistle for the bunny …

No Sugar Easter Eggs

Muesli Bar Mix – (no sugar or sugar substitutes)

1. Prepare 1/4 cup of chopped dates, 1/4 cup of chopped dried apricots and 1/2 cup of sultanas
2. Squeeze all the juice from 1 ½ oranges and soak the dried fruit in it (if you are eliminating a dried fruit substitute for another to give the bars the sweetness).
3. Heat oven to 180 degrees.
4. Grease a baking pan to cook in (mine is old and scratched so I line with greased baking paper to stop it sticking!)
5. Mix together in a bowl:
– 1/6 cup wholemeal flour
– 1 cup wholegrain oats
– ½ cup desiccated coconut
– Pinch of baking soda
– ¼ tsp baking powder
– 1/5 cup of pepitas *
– 1/5 cup of sunflower seeds *
– 1/8 cup of ground linseeds *
– ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
– I add lemon zest
6. Use a bar mix to blitz the orange juice/dried fruit to form a paste.
7. Add a large egg and 1/4 cup of melted butter (can substitute olive oil) and mix together.
8. Add the liquid to the dried mix and combine thoroughly.
9. Press gently into a pan.
10. Cook for approx. 15 mins.

(* optional ingredients)

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Fun Whole Watermelon Cake

Whole Watermelon Cake

With Easter approaching and school holidays there are always so many opportunities for socialising. I love having a few healthy show stoppers up my sleeve so I can join the party without being a “pooper”!!

This whole watermelon cake always goes down so well and is a lovely counterbalance to all the sugar that is traditional. Decoration can be simple or fancy and done to your own taste.

Whole Watermelon Cake

If watermelons are not available or not your thing try the fruit mini cakes that can be made with apples or other fruit:

Healthy party desserts


– Watermelon (the one I made was smaller than a dinner plate so used well less than half a large watermelon – adjust the size to fit number of guests)

– Thick yoghurt for icing (for tips see below *). For non-dairy use chilled then whipped coconut cream (to make thicker only use the solid part from the tin). I actually prefer the coconut cream but my bar mix died today and I could not face hand-whipping!!

– I used Blueberries, Kiwi and Mint for decoration on top

– I used Sliced Almonds for decorating the sides

Get creative!!

(* Thickening yoghurt is really simple. Use cheesecloth or a Chux/J-Cloth to filter out some of the liquid. Simply place the cloth over a small bowl and elastic band it into place then place yoghurt on top and allow the liquid to drip into the bowl in the fridge for a few hours).


1. Cut a cake shape from the watermelon (you can go rectangular if you wish!)

Whole Watermelon Cake - 1 watermelon (1 of 1)

I got rid of most of the seeds too.

2. Then covered it in thick yoghurt.

Whole Watermelon Cake - 2 yoghurt (1 of 1)

3. I decorated with blueberries around the edge.

Whole Watermelon Cake - 3 blueberries (1 of 1)

4. And added sliced kiwi fruit in the middle.

Whole Watermelon Cake - 4 kiwi (1 of 1)

5. Before adding some mint.

Whole Watermelon Cake - 5 mint (1 of 1)

6. I used sliced almonds to create a pattern around the side of the cake.

Healthy cakes for kids parties

7. And then wanted to pick up the green so switched plates.

Whole Watermelon Cake with icing

8. I wondered whether a splash of colour would enhance but the mini-chefs said “nah”.

Party cakes no sugar

Simple, refreshing, fabulous looking and healthy!

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Fun Apple Baskets

Apple Basket

Easter baskets seem to be a very traditional part of the season. My boys love using them to collect the muesli eggs the bunny kindly leaves as he knows they don’t eat chocolate!!

I’ve made a super simple, fun food apple basket that can be filled with fruit of your choice. Joe was so taken with it and couldn’t wait to eat it. It’s a great party piece as everything is edible.

Healthy Easter snacks for kids


– Apple

– Fruit to stuff. I used grapes, blueberries and bits of the rest of the apple


1. Cut the apple in half.

Apple Basket - 1 apple (1 of 1)

2. Hollow out one side.

Apple Basket - 2 hollowing (1 of 1)

3. Slice the handle from the other side. Cut across the top/middle to make as high as possible and then remove most of the flesh.

Apple Basket - 3 handle (1 of 1)

4. Stuff with fruit.

Apple Basket - 4 filled basket (1 of 1)

5. And it’s as quick and easy as that.

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Fun Flower Pot Dips

Flower Pot Dips

I have done other designs using “real” flower pots as the serving vessel. There is always a great reaction from the mini-chefs to this fun food especially as they are just the right size for a teaspoon.

This is more a party piece where you can present a variety of dips in different pots and then have vegetable crudités to dunk in.

Healthy dips for kids flower pots


– I used home-made hummus as the dip

– Dutch carrots (baby carrots)

– Parsley as the leaf for the carrots

– Celery

– Corn


1. Put something in the bottom of the flower pots to prevent leakage as being proper plant pots they have a drainage hole. I used aluminium foil.

Flower Pot Dips - 1 pots (1 of 1)

2. Then added the dip.

Flower Pot Dips - 2 dip (1 of 1)

3. Before sticking the carrots in.

Flower Pot Dips - 3 carrots (1 of 1)

4. And giving them parsley leaves (I dug a little hole in the top of the carrot then secured the leaf with a blob of dip).

Flower Pot Dips - 4 leaves (1 of 1)

5. Then for variety I cut some celery stalks and gave them some corn flowers.

Flower Pot Dips - 5 celery (1 of 1)

6. And scattered some additional carrots around.

Cute party ideas for vegetables

7. Which is about all you need to do before serving.

cute crudites for children

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Fun Watermelon Train

Watermelon Train

This has got to be one of my favourite fun food, party centrepieces. I have made many watermelon trains and am still rapt by the enthusiasm by which they are received. This is one I made for Joe’s break-up party at his first Kinder.

Cute party ideas train

These trains are really quite simple to put together and are a great way to get everyone tucking into fruit instead of cake. They are also flexible as aside from the watermelon you can use whichever other fruits are seasonal.

Joe had a family picnic day at his school so I wanted to take a communal dessert and the train seemed the obvious choice, although even I was surprised at how quickly it got demolished. I blinked and there was not a “crumb” left!

Fun party ideas for kids train


– Watermelon (it doesn’t actually take that much. ¼ of a medium sized one is plenty but you can’t use the pre-cut elongated triangular shaped pieces, it must be cut flat)

– I used kiwi fruit for the wheels (any medium sized, circular fruit would work stone fruit, oranges)

– I used pear for the steam dome and cow catcher

– Banana for the funnel (apple, pear, melon also are good)

– I stuffed the carriages with cut plum, pear, blueberries and apricots

– I used blueberries for the carriage dividers (raisins are good too)


1. Cut the front of the train.

Watermelon Train - 1 front (1 of 1)

2. Then make the back of the engine.

Watermelon Train - 2 back of engine (1 of 1)

3. Before cutting the carriages (you can of course have as many as you’d like).


4. Then hollow out the carriages ready to carry their load.

Watermelon Train - 4 hollowing out (1 of 1)

5. And add the wheels.

Watermelon Train - 5 wheels (1 of 1)

6. I used a pear for the steam duct and the cow catcher at the front.

Watermelon Train - 6 cow catcher (1 of 1)

7. Then filled the carriages with chopped fruit.

Watermelon Train - 7 filled carriages (1 of 1)

8. And made connectors for the engine and carriages from blueberries.

Watermelon Train - 8 connectors (1 of 1)

9. Before adding a banana funnel.

Sugar free party food train

10. Chuff chuff time to leave the station ….

Healthy fruit train

It really is as simple as that …

Fun fruit train

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Fun Healthy Party Snacks

Healthy Party Snacks

Max had a communal dinner organised for his new class at school last night to meet the teacher and other parents. He kindly volunteered me to bring a savoury and a sweet dish so I needed to whip something up between school finishing and the party starting. Nothing like a bit of time pressure to get one motivated …

High summer made the dessert an easy choice as there are so many delicious fruits available. I made bite sized, layered fruit cakes and served them on a tiered cake stand that has been buried at the back of successive cupboards for years. Unfortunately I was rushing to have everything done and I’m not the greatest photographer at the best of times, never mind when the sun is streaming in and I have a reflective cake stand. The photos do not do the fruit justice and I apologise for the quality of the pic.

Healthy party snacks

For the savoury option I made “veggie sandwiches”. I used a combination of veggies and interspersed some edam cheese and some cottage cheese to give a different flavour, texture and colour. These were actually eaten more quickly than the fruit. The colours were very vibrant and I think they were interesting as they were unique. Whatever the reason they were all munched with gusto and it heartens me that creative “healthy” options can still be a winner at a party and stack up next to more processed plates.

Veggie Sandwiches - Finished-004

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Fun Salad Hot Air Balloon

Fun Salad Hot Air Balloon

This was so much fun to make. It was really easy, just a question of chopping the ingredients (which you have to do anyway) and then placing them inside the balloon shape.

Lots of fresh salad veggies married with a little cheese, what could be better in a fun food share plate?
Creative Salad for kids


– I used cottage cheese (cream cheese/ricotta or a mash would also work)

– Carrots, red & yellow capsicum (bell pepper), celery, radish, cucumber, red cabbage for the balloon. Use anything you have available!

– Mushroom for the basket

– Cottage cheese for the clouds


1. I smeared cottage cheese in the shape of the balloon. This makes the veggies stay in place and gives you a shape to work to.

Salad Hot Air Balloon - 1 cheese-carrot-001

I made an outline from carrot cut into circles.

2. Then added layers of red capsicum, celery and began one of yellow capsicum.

Salad Hot Air Balloon - 2 capsicum cucumber-002

3. I finished the yellow …

Salad Hot Air Balloon - 3 yellow capsicum-003

4. Before adding some radish.

Salad Hot Air Balloon - 4 radish-004

5. Then some cucumber sliced into semi-circles.

Salad Hot Air Balloon - 5 cucumber-005

6. And filled the centre with red cabbage.

Salad Hot Air Balloon - 6 red cabbage-007

7. I used strips of the red cabbage to make the wires attaching the balloon to the mushroom basket.

Salad Hot Air Balloon - 7 basket-008

8. Before adding some cottage cheese fluffy clouds for it to float through.

Creative salad ideas for kids

Perfect rainbow food for any occasion …..

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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 Capsicum Parrot

Capsicum Parrot

Or should he be a Pepper Parrot?

I have been wanting to make a parrot for ages and had hummus and had tri colour capsicums (bell peppers) so it was time!

Aside from the beak which I just couldn’t get right this was really quite simple and quick to put together (and of course disappeared twice as fast).

Healthy snacks for kids


– I used home-made hummus as the body but mashed potato or any other thick dip would work

– Capsicums (bell peppers)

– Celery for the branch

– Olives for feet and beak

– I used a dash of yoghurt (cream cheese/sour cream) for the eye


1. I made a rough body shape from hummus.

Capsicum Parrot - 1 body-001

2. Then added the first part of the wing. I cut a piece from the capsicum (which is nicely rounded naturally) and sliced feathery bits on the tip.

Capsicum Parrot - 2 wing-002

3. I elongated it with some red capsicum.

Capsicum Parrot - 3 red wing-004

4. Then added yet more.

Capsicum Parrot - 4 extended wings-005

5. Before cutting a flamboyant tail from the green capsicum.

Capsicum Parrot - 5 tail-006

6. To give him balance I gave him green crown feathers.

Capsicum Parrot - 6 crown-007

7. And a celery branch to stand on.

Capsicum Parrot - 7 branch-010

8. Then I cut an olive into feet to grip the branch.

Capsicum Parrot - 8 feet-011

9. And used more olive to curve him a big beak (which I kept fiddling with).

Capsicum Parrot - 9 beak-013

10. Then used some yellow capsicum and a bit of olive for his eye. But he looked a bit unbalanced so I added extra feathers to his crown.

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11. As he lives in the trees we needed some more leaves (celery).

Healthy food for kids parrot

12. And I thought I was finished but then realised I needed a bit more definition to his eye so put a blob of yoghurt underneath. I also revisited the crown again and made it bigger.

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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.

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– Pineapple

– Dark skinned plum

– Blueberries

– Desiccated coconut


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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Fun Pasta Lion

Pasta Lion

We were having a few people over so I couldn’t resist making a creative side plate.

This is visually effective but really quite a simple fun food plate. I have found that most children love hummus and when teamed with some freshly cut veggies it makes a great, healthy share plate for special occasions. This was served warm as a side plate and vanished in minutes.

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I made the hummus as it’s easy and means I can cook without all the additives the store bought tubs come with.


– Hummus

– Pasta (I used wholemeal spirals)

– Spaghetti for the whiskers (I used wholemeal)

– Cheese (Edam)

– Olives – for detail

– Grated carrot for highlight


1. Shape some hummus into a “face” shape.

Pasta Lion - 1 head-003

2. I slapped hummus around to stick the pasta to.

Pasta Lion - 2 outline-004

3. Then added the pasta spirals as a mane.

Pasta Lion - 3 mane-005

4. I shaped some ears and a nose from more hummus.

Pasta Lion - 4 ears & nose-006

5. Then some whisker pads.

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6. Before adding the eyes cut from cheese.

Pasta Lion - 6 eyes-008

7. I used the cheese to give the ears detail.

Pasta Lion - 7 ear detail-010

8. Then made irises for the eyes from carrot.

Pasta Lion - 8 pupils-011

9. And added detail to the face with slices of olive. Pupils, eyebrows and nose.

Pasta Lion - 9 olive detail-012

10. Before adding some whiskers.

Pasta Lion - 10 whiskers-013

11. Then I used grated carrot to liven him up and give him colour.

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12. And here he is in all his majesty … ROAR …

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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.

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


– 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)


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 ….

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Fun Salad Butterfly

Salad Butterfly

As my parents are here visiting from the UK it’s a great opportunity to put together platters. Here’s a fun food salad plate that I made for dinner. I served it with some lettuce and home-made dressing and it was a big hit.

Simple but effective it would be perfect to serve at a gathering or for a group of children to choose veggie bits to dip at a party.

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This is so versatile as you could use any veggies you have to hand. I used:

– Celery

– Carrot

– Cherry Tomatoes

– Cucumber

– Capsicum (bell pepper)

– Olives


1. Cut the celery horizontally and use to make the outline of the butterfly wings.

Salad Butterfly - 1 outline (1 of 1)

I cheated and drew a faint outline to work to.

2. Then I added some carrot cut into circles.

Salad Butterfly - 2 carrot (1 of 1)

3. And some more at the top.

Salad Butterfly - 3 more carrot (1 of 1)

4. Then I sliced cucumber into circular shapes and then into quarters.

Salad Butterfly - 4 cucumber (1 of 1)

5. I chopped cherry tomatoes in half and used them for more detail.

Salad Butterfly - 5 tomato (1 of 1)

6. To make the body I used olives which I also cut in half.

Salad Butterfly - 6 olives (1 of 1)

And then sliced some celery thinly for the antennae.

7. To fill in the spaces I used more celery.

Salad Butterfly - 7 filling (1 of 1)

8. Then thought she needed some additional colour so added some capsicum triangles.

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9. And a beautiful butterfly is born …

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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.


Any fruit.

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


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?

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Merry Christmas / Joyeux Noel

Merry Christmas/Joyeux Noel

Merry Christmas and I hope everyone is having a great day surrounded by family, friends and lots of hearty food.

We’re having a lovely time celebrating with our nearest and dearest and I’ve prepared two fun food plates to share. One for the cool, Northern hemisphere where root veggies are king and one for our Southern hemisphere where temps could be upwards of 40 degrees and salads are infinitely preferable!

Healthy Christmas Party Food

Healthy Christmas platters


– Your veggies of choice!


1. I used cookie cutters in the shape of letters.

Noel - 1 letters (1 of 1)

Xmas - 1 letters (1 of 1)

2. Then filled them with either veggies or salad.

Xmas - 2 filled (1 of 1)

Carrot, avocado, corn and tomatoes.

Noel - 2 filling (1 of 1)

Pumpkin, mashed potato, peas and steamed carrot.

3. Removed the cookie cutters.

Xmas - 3 veggies (1 of 1)

Noel - 3 veggies (1 of 1)

4. And then sprinkled them with herbs ready to eat.

Healthy Christmas meals

Healthy Christmas Food

Appetising, colourful, healthy and seasonal!

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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.

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– Strawberries

– Yoghurt

– Desiccated coconut

– Plum

– Slivered almonds

– Orange

– I used strawberry, kiwi and orange for the cards

– Sunflower seeds


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


– 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!

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.

Healthy food for Christmas

Happy Holidays

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