Fun Fruit Candy Cane

Fruit Candy Cane

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

Here is my super simple, fun food Candy Cane.

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Recipe

– Banana

– Strawberries

Method

1. Cut slices of banana and strawberry.

Fruit Candy Cane - 1 top (1 of 1)

2. And keep adding to make the stem.

Fruit Candy Cane - 2 middle (1 of 1)

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

Fruit Candy Cane - 3 curve (1 of 1)

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

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

Ah … that’s better.

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

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Fun Pear Turkey

Pear Turkey

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

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

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Recipe

– 1 ½ big, brown pears

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

– I used a blueberry for the eye (raisin)

– I used pepitas for the ground

Method

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

Pear Turkey - 1 pear (1 of 1)

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

Pear Turkey - 2 tail (1 of 1)

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

Pear Turkey - 3 tail finished (1 of 1)

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

Pear Turkey - 4 head (1 of 1)

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

Pear Turkey - 5 wattle (1 of 1)

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

Pear Turkey - 6 tail tips (1 of 1)

7. Then fashioned some legs.

Pear Turkey - 7 legs (1 of 1)

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

Pear Turkey - 8 wings (1 of 1)

9. Then I scattered some pepitas for the ground.

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10. Gobble gobble ….

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Fun Mash Snowman

Mash Snowman

Snowmen are such a seasonal icon, even in the Southern hemisphere where we’re sweating in our socks!!

This is a great, comfort fun food that the boys love to make themselves. It’s all a bit messy but tonnes of fun.

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Recipe

– Mash potato (do not make too soft)

– Carrot – for the nose

– I used peas for the buttons but any veggies cut into circles would work

– I used olives for eyes (peas/corn/carrots cut)

– I used roast pumpkin for the hat but roast sweet potato or carrot would be good

– I used beans for arms but then changed to carrot (or asparagus or strips of celery etc.)

– I used broccoli for some bushes

– I used cauliflower grated as snow (or cheese or oat bran)

Method

1. Make the snowman by rolling the potato into 3 balls. Using hands works best!

Mash Snowman - 1 mash (1 of 1)

2. Give him a set of buttons and some eyes.

Mash Snowman - 2 eyes & buttons (1 of 1)

3. Then put in some arms. I started with beans but then realized they didn’t show up very well with the dark plate so swapped them for carrots.

Mash Snowman - 3 arms (1 of 1)

4. The hat was fashioned from some roasted pumpkin (or sweet potato). They are good to work with as they can be squished and molded!

Mash Snowman - 4 hat (1 of 1)

5. Then he needed his iconic carrot nose.

Mash Snowman - 5 nose (1 of 1)

6. I added some broccoli bushes.

Mash Snowman - 6 bush (1 of 1)

7. Then grated some cauliflower to make snow.

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8. And he would have been finished but he needed some new arms!

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Ahh, those are more comfortable …

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Fun Healthy Eating at the School

Healthy Eating at the School

Over the last weeks I have hosted two healthy eating sessions at the boy’s school.

I am very privileged to be allowed the opportunity to pack up boxes of cut up fresh fruit and vegetables and hump them down to the school and share designing with 60 – 100 students over lunch time. I have free reign of a large room with tables and chairs, a sink to wash hands and 4 fabulous parents who volunteer to help. I get to do two sessions a term, one with the older students and one with the younger side of the school.

These sessions have become more popular as word spreads and students know they can come to eat (in their words) “yummy food”. It is fascinating to see the enthusiasm and excitement generated by the opportunity to craft with everything from red cabbage to cress and then eat communally.

One of the parent helpers remarked that they wouldn’t be surprised at the stampede if we were offering chocolate but I think everyone is taken aback (even me to some extent) by the positive reaction to serving only fresh fruit and vegetables . The platters loaded with so many different colours, shapes and textures do look appetising and when given a white plate to design on – it’s all just so tempting.

It proves conclusively to me that fruit and veg can be really exciting to children. Not only do the students love designing food plates but we have virtually no wastage. What the children use to create they also eat (sorry parents who have prepared a big dinner !!). Many students try foods they normally don’t eat or may not have tried before and they do this in a supportive, community setting. It’s amazing how much difference the group environment and general enthusiasm makes.

My two favourite quotes from the sessions must be:

“ I can’t believe how much healthy food I really like”
“ Wow, there is so much yummy food”

I feel that we all need to work harder at providing an environment that is conducive to healthy eating. There are so many communal eating opportunities, especially at this time of the year and there is no reason for these to become the scene of crimes against fresh and natural. Using our imaginations and spending a little extra time can produce dishes that tantalise the senses, whet the appetite and excite the guests. Moreover my sessions at the school prove that if the expectation is that healthy food can be fun, it is!

Fun Strawberry Santa’s

Strawberry Santa’s

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

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

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Recipe

– Large strawberries (pointed ends work better)

– Yoghurt (could substitute cream cheese)

– Blueberries (or raisins)

Method

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

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

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

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

3. Give him a bobble made from yoghurt.

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

Then add a beard and a button.

4. He needs two eyes and a smiley mouth.

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

5. And some friends!

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Fun Fruit Rudolph

Fruit Rudolph

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

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

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Recipe

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

– Apple (or pear/melon) for face

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

– I used blueberries for eyes (raisins/dates)

– I sprinkled desiccated coconut for snow

Method

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

Fruit Rudolph - 1 face (1 of 1)

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

Fruit Rudolph - 2 antlers (1 of 1)

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

Fruit Rudolph - 3 Nose (1 of 1)

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

Fruit Rudolph - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Then used blueberries as the pupils.

Fruit Rudolph - 5 eyeballs (1 of 1)

6. Little slices of apple gave him some ears.

Fruit Rudolph - 6 Ears (1 of 1)

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

Fruit Rudolph - 7 mouth (1 of 1)

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

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Fun Four and 20 Blackbirds

Four and 20 Blackbirds

I’m stumbling from Fairy Tales to Nursery Rhymes at the moment!

Max had begged me to make a pie, which I will make on occasion as a treat. The filling is mostly veggies and lentils slow cooked in home-made stock with a pastry shell which is made from wholemeal flour, wholegrain oats and water. The end result is surprisingly good, passably healthy and a total crowd-pleaser.

This time I decided to make it more exciting by adding some olive birds to transform it into Four and 20 Blackbirds. It makes it into a great centrepiece, fun food creation. And yes, the blackbirds are a bit Ninja-ish !!

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The boys were totally delighted by the addition of the birds and couldn’t wait to pick them off the top. The leftover pie slotted nicely into their thermoses for lunch the next day too!

Recipe

– Pie, I used a veggie/lentil one

– Egg. I egg washed the pie lid to make it glossy

– Olives for birds

– Carrots for birds detail

Method

1. Bake a pie.

Four & 20 Blackbirds - 2 Pie (1 of 1)

2. Make the blackbirds. I sliced two olives down the centre lengthways and used the first as the body. The second one I broke in half and slotted the two pieces into the split at the back in the first olive curling out to make wings.

Four & 20 Blackbirds - 1 blackbird (1 of 1)

Then I cut an olive in half widthways to make the head and balanced it on the body.
A carrot was cut to make eyes, beak and feet. I carefully poked holes in the olive head and pushed the carrot bits in for the eyes and beak. The feet just sat at the front of the bird.

3. Place the birds on the pie (make sure it’s not too hot or the feet curl …..)

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4. I cut and peeled back part of the lid of the pie for the “birds emerging” from the centre of the pie effect!

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Fun Mushroom Tree

Mushroom Tree

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

This is my simple, fun food mushroom tree.

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Recipe

– Mushrooms

– Cherry tomatoes

– Cheese (I used Edam)

– Baby spinach leaves

Method

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

Mushroom Tree - 1 mushrooms (1 of 1)

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

Mushroom Tree - 2 flowers (1 of 1)

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

Mushroom Tree - 3 tomatoes (1 of 1)

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

Mushroom Tree - 4 centres (1 of 1)

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

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Fun Pineapple Lizard

Pineapple Lizard

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

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

Recipe

– Fresh pineapple

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

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

Strawberry for tongue – or red apple/watermelon

Method

1. Cut a head shape.

Pineapple Lizard - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Then some ears.

Pineapple Lizard - 2 ears (1 of 1)

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

Pineapple Lizard - 3 back (1 of 1)

4. And kept adding them.

Pineapple Lizard - 4 back 2 (1 of 1)

5. And adding them …

Pineapple Lizard - 5 back 3 (1 of 1)

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

Pineapple Lizard - 6 tail (1 of 1)

7. And some more for the legs.

Pineapple Lizard - 9 legs (1 of 1)

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

Pineapple Lizard - 10 spines (1 of 1)

9. And some more to make the feet.

Pineapple Lizard - 11 feet (1 of 1)

10. Blueberries made some lovely googly eyes.

Pineapple Lizard - 12 eyes (1 of 1)

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

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

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Fun Jack & the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk

Everyone loves Fairy Tales despite how bizarre and scary many of them seem if you analyse them too carefully!!

When I got some plump, long, green beans it was obvious what they were to become …

Here is my fun food Jack and the Beanstalk. It is very simple to make and the boys thought it was fantastic.

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Recipe

– Steamed green beans

– Baby spinach leaves for the vine leaves

– I used hummus for the soil but other options like cous cous, sweet potato, pasta or lentils would be great too

– Mashed potato – for the clouds (or cauliflower puree/cottage cheese/ricotta cheese)

– Steamed carrot for the house

– Broccoli & cauliflower for the trees and bushes

– I used pumpkin for the castle

Method

1. Lay the beans down and intertwine them to make the beanstalk.

Jack & The Beanstalk - 1 beans (1 of 1)

2. Then I put hummus along the bottom for the ground.

Jack & The Beanstalk - 2 ground (1 of 1)

3. And fluffed mashed potato clouds.

Jack & The Beanstalk - 3 sky (1 of 1)

4. I used broccoli as ready-made trees.

Jack & The Beanstalk - 4 trees (1 of 1)

5. Then built Jack’s house from mash potato with carrot edges, windows and doors.

Jack & The Beanstalk - 5 house (1 of 1)

6. And planted cauliflower bushes.

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7. Then I used baby spinach leaves to give the beanstalk a verdant look.

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8. I wasn’t sure whether or not to add the giant’s castle.

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In the end I cut one from a slice of roasted pumpkin and used steamed carrot for the detail.

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Pumpkin – from hate to love in only 5 years

Pumpkin – from hate to love in only 5 years …

I love pumpkin, especially roasted and so it features at our family dinner table at least weekly. From the moment my boys went onto solids pumpkin (clothes stainer extraordinaire) was added to their menu and they slurped it up happily along with all the other mush. Max began a dislike of pumpkin as soon as he was able to register such thoughts and as he was generally so unfussy I allowed him the luxury of not eating pumpkin.

Well …. that is not entirely true ….

I am a firm believer that tastes change over time, that the way a food is prepared and cooked can make a difference to how palatable you find it and that sometimes it takes time to adjust to a taste or flavour. I am also stubborn, hard-headed and unwilling to give up a cause …

So I served Max a small piece of pumpkin every time we had it as part of the meal. He usually rolled his eyes and said “mum, you know I don’t like pumpkin” to which I always replied “just try it, you may like it this time”. He obligingly tasted it and then declared that he still didn’t like it. This continued for 5 years. It was never a battle and never a negative. In fact it became more of a family joke that he would always have a small piece of orange popped onto the side of the plate and would always look at me in resignation.

Last year we had my parents over and were on holidays near the beach. I put a tray of roast veggies in the oven (including pumpkin) whilst we went for a short walk that turned into a longer meander. When we returned the veggies had shrunk and were very caramelised.
They got dished up anyway and I gave a piece of pumpkin to Max and said “try this it’s so different to usual, you will love it”. He took it suspiciously and tried it and said “actually it’s really nice, I like it”. My father then added “I don’t normally like pumpkin either but I love this”. Between the two of them they devoured 90% of the pumpkin on offer!!

Max and Joe now fight over the pumpkin I cook (in any way) and I have to adjudicate to ensure they have equal portions and no one is getting more than the other.

This has proven to me beyond doubt that food tastes do change and that it is worth persevering positively with foods. And, to make sure there is less of the “do what I say” message in this I too retry foods constantly and also vary cooking methods to see if it changes my opinion. In this way I have become an eggplant/aubergine lover not a hater over the last 3 years …

And, on a final note, whilst running a healthy eating session at the school last Friday one of the mothers tried celery for the first time since childhood. She had disliked it as a child and so avoided it throughout the intervening years. After discussing the pumpkin story she decided she should have another try of celery and is now going to buy a bunch …..

Fun Tomato Man and Pram

Tomato Man – Pram

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

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

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

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Recipe

– 4 small or cherry tomatoes of different sizes

– A mushroom

– A few large baby spinach leaves

Method

1. Cut the mushroom cap into a carriage shape.

T-Man Pram - Pram (1 of 1)

2. Add a handle and struts for the wheels.

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

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

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

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

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

5. Cut legs from a spinach leaf.

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

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

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

7. Use spinach leaves to make arms and legs.

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

8. And then some more to cut a hat.

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

Then I used some mushroom for eyes.

9. Cutting more mushroom for the ground.

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

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Fun Fairy Fruit Castle

Fairy Fruit Castle

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

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

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Recipe

– I used 1 ½ red apples

– 3 large strawberries

– Yoghurt (I used home made plain)

Method

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

Apple Fruit Castle - 1 base (1 of 1)

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

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

3. And two side towers.

Apple Fruit Castle - 3 towers (1 of 1)

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

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

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

Apple Fruit Castle - 5 parapets (1 of 1)

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

Apple Fruit Castle - 6 windows (1 of 1)

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

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

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

Apple Fruit Castle - 8 hearts (1 of 1)

9. Then the castle needed a big front door.

Apple Fruit Castle - 9 door (1 of 1)

10. And to be up in the yoghurt clouds …

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Fun Porcupine Party Piece

Porcupine Party Piece

This is a great way to present crudités for a party, children’s or adults. I would normally have used home-made hummus for something like this but each week I try something new and this week it was the dip’s turn!

I cooked cauliflower by cutting it into very small pieces and then roasting it in a tray until it went a bit brown (hence the colour of the dip). I added a bit of milk to make it into a puree, added a few herbs and it was delicious. All the boys gave it a thumbs up for taste and texture and voted it a repeat dish.

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So here is my fun food, party piece porcupine that I may just present at the next school function requiring a share plate ……

Recipe

– Dip (I used roasted cauliflower puree) but hummus or alternative would work too

– Crudites – I used carrot and celery but any veg that can be cut into strips is good

– I used a small tomato, slice of cucumber and an olive for the face

– I cut a piece of carrot for the feet

Method

1. Mould the dip into a body shape (I use spoon, knife and fingers).

Porcupine - 1 Body (1 of 1)

2. Add a nose and then frame with a small tomato cut into half for eyes.

Porcupine - 2 eyes (1 of 1)

3. Slice carrot and celery thinly and “spike” at the ends. Insert into the body of the porcupine.

Porcupine - 3 spines (1 of 1)

4. Keep adding spines all across the back until it’s covered in carrot and celery.

Porcupine - 4 spines + (1 of 1)

5. I used cucumber slices to make the inside of the eyes then cut an olive to make the pupils and nose.

Porcupine - 5 face (1 of 1)

6. Next I gave her some legs.

Porcupine - 6 legs (1 of 1)

7. Added some carrot feet.

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8. And she is ready to grace the centre of the table. Dig in …..

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Fun Fireworks Pancake

Pancake Fireworks

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

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

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

Recipe

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

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

Method

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

Pancake Fireworks - 1 pancake (1 of 1)

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

Pancake Fireworks - 2 windows (1 of 1)

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

Pancake Fireworks - 3 red firework (1 of 1)

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

Pancake Fireworks - 4 green firework (1 of 1)

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

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

Pancake Fireworks - 5 orange firework (1 of 1)

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

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

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

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

Pancake Fireworks - 7 explosions (1 of 1)

And smaller bits of coconut to add to the explosions.

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

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Fun Banana Broomstick (Halloween)

Banana Broomstick

Ahhh, my witch is late for Halloween!!

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

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Recipe

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

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

– Strawberry eye (any contrasting colour fruit would do)

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

Method

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

Fruit Broomstick - starter (1 of 1)

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

Fruit Broomstick - 2 Broomstick (1 of 1)

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

Fruit Broomstick - 3 cat body (1 of 1)

And a circle for the head.

4. Give her apple ears and an ostentatious tail.

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

5. Then some arms.

Fruit Broomstick - 5 arms (1 of 1)

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

Fruit Broomstick - 6 moon (1 of 1)

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

Fruit Broomstick - 7 face (1 of 1)

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

Fruit Broomstick - 8 Body (1 of 1)

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

Fruit Broomstick - 9 head (1 of 1)

10. Then gave her a strawberry eye.

Fruit Broomstick - 10 eye (1 of 1)

11. And a triangular hat.

Fruit Broomstick - 11 hat (1 of 1)

12. Then some legs and feet.

Fruit Broomstick - 12 legs (1 of 1)

13. And an arm to hold onto the broomstick.

Fruit Broomstick - 13 arm (1 of 1)

14. With a cape flying behind her.

Fruit Broomstick - 14 cape (1 of 1)

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

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