Fun – Winter Brekkie Tree

Winter Brekkie Tree

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

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

Recipe

– 1 Banana

– Yoghurt – I used home-made Greek style

– Oats – I used wholegrain

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

Method

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

Winter Brekkie Tree - 1 Banana

 

Make branches from smaller bits of banana.

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

Winter Brekkie Tree - 2 yoghurt

And some as the snow on the ground.

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

Winter Brekkie Tree - 3 Oats

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

Winter Brekkie Tree - 4 Bigger

5. And then added some snow.

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Fun Fruit Train

Fruit Train

I built my first fruit train for Joe’s “graduation” party from Kinder. Each child gets to have a special day once it’s their turn to go to school (in NZ children go on their birthday so entry to school is staggered). The Kinder rules were that you were able to bring potato chips (crisps) and fruit. Now I was obviously not going to bring chips so wanted to make the fruit into something a little more special for Joe. I hit upon a train with trucks filled with a variety of fruit and it worked magically!

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It is such a fun way to present fruit or veg at a party and have everyone excited. The pastry is edible although I find everyone is generally more excited about diving in for their favourite fruit.

When it was International Day at the school last Friday Joe and I decided to make a fruit train and display fruits from around the world using little flags to denote country.

Recipe

– Healthy pastry (recipe on the website). I added cinnamon and nutmeg to give it a dessert smell and taste.

– Bananas for wheels and engine funnel

– Raisins for dividers between the trucks

– Chopped fruit – whatever is in season

Method

1. Roll out the pastry. It can be a little stiff so a good workout too!

Fruit Train - 1 Pastry

 

2. I used a “large” mini tin for the front of the engine with a little ceramic bowl at the very front and then a medium mini tin behind to create an engine shape (see methodology below).

Fruit Train - 2 Engine tins

 

Covered with pastry and then baked in the oven for approx. 20 minutes at 180 degrees.

3. I used “medium” mini tins for the trucks and covered with pastry (with the tin upside down).

Fruit Train - 3 Pastry over tin

 

4. Then cut the pastry to size and squeezed it into shape around the tin.

Fruit Train - 4 pastry cut to tin

Then baked in the oven for 20 mins.

5. Once the engine and all the trucks were cooked I washed and chopped the fruit and took it all into the school to set up the train.

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I used some old pillowcases so the train was on something clean.

6. And cut the banana once I arrived so it didn’t go brown. I used it for the funnel and wheels.

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7. Then I filled the trucks with fruit and put little flags in to show where the fruit is grown.

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I added raisins between the trucks as chain links.

8. Joe was of course ridiculously excited and rapt that he could share his train with all his classmates.

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Fun Bread Fish

Bread Fish

I put this together for a quick but fun dinner.

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I did something similar making the fish from pumpkin and made a video which you can check out:

Or you can go to the “Video” page on the website.

This proves what I keep saying which is that most of my designs are very, very simple and quick to put together. The pumpkin fish took less than 3 minutes once everything was cooked!!

Recipe

– Bread – I used wholemeal

– Mashed pumpkin for the seabed (any mashed veg would do)

– Corn – I used to create a sandy look on the seabed

– Green beans, broccoli, carrots – for the plants on the seabed (and fish’s features)

– Prawns, calamari and fish for the seabed

– Peas for the bubbles

– Olive for fishes eyeball

Swap in other veggies or seafood you have handy!!

Method

1. Put the mashed pumpkin down for the seabed and stud with corn.

Bread Fish - 1 seabed

2. Place the veggies and seafood on the pumpkin to make the seabed. Arrange as it comes!

Bread Fish - 2 Veg + seafood

3. I used a cookie cutter to cut the fish shape.

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Then I used carrot and beans to make the eye, mouth and gills. I gave her an eyeball with a slice of olive. I also used peas for bubbles.

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International Day at School

International Day at School

Fun party food train

 

The boy’s school was celebrating “International Day” on Friday. They were to learn about customs, language, flags etc. from other countries. Joe’s class were asked to each bring in food from a different country to share with each other for lunch. Joe and I discussed this and decided there would be lots of savoury food and probably lots of “party” food so we chose fruit as our share food. Fruit comes from all over the globe so we picked a selection and made flags from one of the countries that produce lots of the particular fruit.

Joe was delighted by the idea of presenting it in a train and Joe’s teacher very kindly indulged me setting it all up in the classroom before lunch. We then got to discuss where the fruit came from and where on the map the different countries were before the class got to choose their favourite fruits to eat.

I love the opportunity to share healthy food and get everyone excited about it.

I used my healthy pastry recipe (adding some cinnamon and nutmeg to give it a “sweet” smell and taste) and made the train trucks very simply. I will blog the recipe Friday as that is my normal fruit/dessert day!!

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Fun Toast Dice

Toast Dice

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

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

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Recipe

– 2 pieces of toast

– 8 small tomatoes (I used cherry toms)

– I used cheese for an outline

Method

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

Brekkie Dice - 1 toast

 

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

Brekkie Dice - 2 spots

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

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

Brekkie Dice - 3 Cheese

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

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Fun Fruit Scooter

Fruit Scooter

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

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

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Recipe

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

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

– I used dark grapes for the road

Method

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

Fruit Scooter - 1 wheels

2. I used green apple for the bottom bar.

Fruit Scooter - 2 bottom plate

And fattened it out with another piece.

3. Then I added the front bar.

Fruit Scooter - 3 front bar

4. And the handlebar.

Fruit Scooter - 4 Handlebar

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

Fruit Scooter - 5 handles

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

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Fun Salad Glam

Salad Glam

I have Karen to thank for the inspiration for this design. I had been lamenting my need for more “girly” stuff and she said to me that curly lettuce looks like a frilly skirt -and it so does!

This very simple, fun food way to present salad will bring out the fashionista in all of us (even the boys were impressed).

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I want to dedicate the plate to Iley and Sanna and lots of salads this coming summer.

Recipe

– Lettuce (with frilly leaves!!)

– Cucumber

– Small tomato

Method

1. Pull off a piece of lettuce for the skirt.

Salad Glam - 1 Lettuce

2. Cut a bodice from the cucumber.

Salad Glam - 2 Bodice

3. Make some arm bracelets.

Salad Glam - 3 Bracelets

And a bow for the waist from cucumber.

4. Then some cucumber shoes.

Salad Glam - 4 + Shoes

And a necklace.

5. Add tomato bows and jewels and salad glam is ready to strut …

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Fun Avocado Mouse

Avocado Mouse

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

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

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Recipe

– Half a ripe avocado

– 1 cherry tomato

– Cheese

– Toast – I used wholemeal

– Baby spinach leaves for decoration

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

Method

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

Avocado Mouse - 1 avocado

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

Avocado Mouse - 2 + eyes

3. Then cut some big ears from some cheese.

Avocado Mouse - 3 + ears

4. And a long curling tail.

Avocado Mouse - 4 + tail

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

Avocado Mouse - 5 + pupils

On top of some slices of olives.

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

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7. And there we have our breakfast mouse.

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

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Fun Double Decker Raspberry Bus

Double Decker Raspberry Bus

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

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

Recipe

– Red Apple for wheels and outline

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

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

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

Method

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

Double Decker Fruit Bus - 1 apples

 

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

Double Decker Fruit Bus - 2 outline

 

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

Double Decker Fruit Bus - 3 Topdeck

 

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

Double Decker Fruit Bus - 4 Bottom windows

 

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

Double Decker Fruit Bus - 5 Top Windows

 

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

Double Decker Fruit Bus - 6 bottom rasp

 

7. And do the same on the top deck.

Double Decker Fruit Bus - 7 Top Rasp

 

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

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

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And we’re ready to go see the sights …

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Fun Bread Snails

Bread Snails

So we’re entering rainy season here and it is something that Wellington does really, really well! It also means that the paths on the way to school are busy with snails. Luckily Max has grown out of the need to move each one to safety ….

I was making bread and decided to roll up some snails. The boys love home-made bread and when I have a bit of extra time I prefer it too as it contains nothing but whole-wheat flour, yeast and water. It is an intimidating prospect if you haven’t made before but is actually really simple. Bread snails are a great one for kids to make themselves as they’re such a simple shape.

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Recipe

– Bread dough made into snail shapes

– Lettuce

– Cheese – for sun

– I used celery and carrots for detail

Method

1. Make the bread dough. Roll dough into a long cylinder and then roll up to make the shell and body.

Bread Snails - 1 dough

 

2. Once cooked place on the plate.

Bread Snails - 2 Snails

 

3. Then I added lettuce for grass.

Bread Snails - 3 Lettuce

 

4. And a big cheese sun.

Bread Snails - 4 sun

 

5. Then I cut celery stems and carrot flowers.

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6. A great lunch or snack.

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Fun Pancake House

Pancake House

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

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

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Recipe

– Apple

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

– I used yoghurt for the moon and chimney smoke

Method

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

Pancake House - 1 House

 

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

Pancake House - 2 Windows & Doors

 

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

3. Then added another peak to the roof.

Pancake House - 3 Additional roof

 

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

Pancake House - 4 Chimneys & window detail

And I put some cross pieces into the window.

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

Pancake House - 5 Tree and wall

6. And some bushes and a path.

Pancake House - 6 Path & bushes

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

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And added some smoke from the chimneys.

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Fun Fruit Tractor

Fruit Tractor

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

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

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Recipe

– Brown pear

– Red apple

– Orange

– I used yoghurt for the exhaust fumes

– I used pepitas and sunflower seeds for the ground

Method

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

Fruit Tractor - 1 Wheels

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

 Fruit Tractor - 2 Engine

 

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

Fruit Tractor - 3 Red bits

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

Fruit Tractor - 4 Cab

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

Fruit Tractor - 5 Mudguard

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

Fruit Tractor - 6 Windows

7. And then an exhaust.

Fruit Tractor - 7 Exhaust

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

Fruit Tractor - 8 Ladder

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

Fruit Tractor - 9 Plough

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

10. Then I added some exhaust fumes from yoghurt.

Fruit Tractor - 10 Fumes

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

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11. Ready to farm.

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Fun Pineapple Boat

Pineapple Boat

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

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

Recipe

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

– Grapes – I used dark and green for contrast

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

Method

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

Pineapple Boat - 1 bottom

Pineapple is very forgiving and extra bits merge almost seamlessly!

2. This gives the completed hull.

Pineapple Boat - 2 Hull

3. Add a mast

Pineapple Boat - 3 + mast

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

Pineapple Boat - 4 + Sail

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

Pineapple Boat - 5 + 2nd Sail

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

Pineapple Boat - 6 + Flag

7. Then some blueberries for the sea.

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8. Sail into dessert …

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Or what a fabulous share plate.

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Fun 3 Little Salad Pigs

3 Little Salad Pigs

I decided to put together a salad/coleslaw plate to be shared over dinner. Of course it is far more fun to have it in the shape of the 3 little pigs and this turned out to be beautifully simple. The boys argued over chimney, windows and doors but it was a small price to pay for their pleasure at the fun food plate.

I used Chinese radish/daikon for the straw house. The boys like it as it is very mild flavoured, crunchy and juicy. If it’s not readily available you could substitute for cucumber or cabbage.

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Recipe

– Carrot – for the brick house

– Red cabbage – for the stick house (or cucumber/sliced lettuce)

– Chinese radish/daikon – for the straw house (or cucumber/cabbage)

– Hummus, cheese, tuna – for the 3 pigs (substitute your own dips/accompaniments/ dressing)

– Baby spinach leaves – for grass (or lettuce)

Method

1. Make the brick house. Cut the carrot into rectangular “bricks”.

3 Little Salad Pigs - 1 carrot

2. Slice the carrot into batons for the roof.

3 Little Salad Pigs - 2 daikon

And add daikon windows, door and chimney (it cuts beautifully).

3. Build the straw house from strips of daikon.

3 Little Salad Pigs - 3 Straw House

4. Then use strips of red cabbage for the stick house.

3 Little Salad Pigs - 4 Sticks House

5. Add windows and doors to the straw house. I used carrot.

3 Little Salad Pigs - 5 3 Houses

6. And to the stick house. I used Chinese radish.

3 Little Salad Pigs - 6 complete houses

7. Then we need a few pigs. I used a cookie cutter mold I had.

3 Little Salad Pigs - 7 hummus pig

And made the first pig from home-made hummus.

8. Then the straw house pig from cheese.

3 Little Salad Pigs - 8 cheese pig

9. And the final pig from tuna.

3 Little Salad Pigs - 9 tuna pig

10. I added some baby spinach for grass and the whole scene was complete.

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Fun Brekkie Space Shuttle

Brekkie Space Shuttle

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

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

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

Recipe

– 4 Wheat bricks (one is only partially used)

– Yoghurt – I used home-made Greek style

– Raisins/Dates – for detail

– Coconut for sky

Method

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

Brekkie Space Shuttle - 1 bricks

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

Brekkie Space Shuttle - 2 wings

3. Cover with yoghurt.

Brekkie Space Shuttle - 3 yoghurt

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

Brekkie Space Shuttle - 4 Window

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

Brekkie Space Shuttle - 5 Lines

And cut some dates for the base of the shuttle.

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

Brekkie Space Shuttle - 6 Detail

7. Coconut makes a great starry sky.

Brekkie Space Shuttle - 7 Sky

8. Then I made a couple of yoghurt stars.

Brekkie Space Shuttle - 8 Stars

9. And for the final flourish a tail.

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 Blast Off!!!

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