Fun Rabbit Pancakes

Rabbit Pancakes

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

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

Rabbit Pancakes

Here is my fun food Easter breakfast plate.

Recipe

– Pancakes (I used banana pancakes)

– I used raisins and yoghurt for detail

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

Method

1. Make a pancake.

Rabbit Pancakes - 1 pancake (1 of 1)

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

Rabbit Pancakes - 2 rabbits (1 of 1)

3. I cut raisins for eyes.

Rabbit Pancakes - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

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

Rabbit Pancakes - 4 tails (1 of 1)

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

Rabbit Pancakes - 5 faces (1 of 1)

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

Pancakes no sugar rabbits

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Fun Melon Flowers

Melon Flowers

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

Simple flowers from food mothers Day

My simple but bright fun food blooms.

Recipe

– Kiwi fruit

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

– Almond flakes

– Blueberries

– Green apple

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

Method

1. Cut the kiwi fruit into petal shapes.

Melon Flowers - 1 flowers (1 of 1)

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

Melon Flowers - 2 melon centres (1 of 1)

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

Melon Flowers - 3 almonds (1 of 1)

4. Then make the centre from blueberries.

Melon Flowers - 4 blueberries (1 of 1)

5. I sliced apple really thinly to make tendrils.

Melon Flowers - 5 tendrils (1 of 1)

6. And sprinkled a little coconut …

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Having Fun with Food

Perfection is not the aim

Zac’s mother has kindly sent me through photos of his “Gingerbread Man” dinner. Kids love their own “art” and love to eat what they have created. A masterpiece and perfection is not the aim. Eating healthy food with gusto is!

Zac (3) was given a gingerbread man cookie cutter and told he could create as he wished as long as he used something from every bowl 1) mashed pumpkin 2) beef mince 3) greens 4) tomatoes. He did and he ate and he enjoyed and it was as simple as that ….

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When I do designs I try to make them look great and to create the impulse for people to eat. However, perfection is not a main priority. This is partially because food doesn’t lend itself to the same precision as found in other creative forms but mostly to make the food feel accessible to everyone. I am by no means either a great cook or a great artist but do want to make healthy food exciting and appealing. From there you and your mini-chefs can create your own food art using your own imagination, on hand ingredients and personal tastes.

Getting fussy eaters to eat
(He was smiling all through but did NOT want his photo taken – and I can identify with that!)
Thanks Zac for sharing your dinner …

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Fun Mr Tomato

Mr Tomato

I reckon he should probably be Monsieur Tomato as he looks as though he’s wearing a beret!

I had some leftover mashed potato and some lovely, ripe tomatoes so my fun food Mr Tomato was born. He’s so simple to do and it’d be a great one to get the kids involved in.

Cute food ideas for kids

Recipe

– Large tomato (I used a vine ripened one and utilised the stalk)

– Mashed potato (or any other sort of mash or thick puree)

– Use anything on hand for detail. I used peas, corn, red capsicum (bell pepper), carrots and olives.

Method

1. Slice the top off the tomato for the hat. I left the stalk on.

Mr Tomato - 1 tomato (1 of 1)

2. Then I formed a head shape from the mash and fashioned a nose.

Mr Tomato - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. And added some olives sliced into a circle for eyes.

Mr Tomato - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. Before cutting a mouth from red capsicum (bell pepper).

Mr Tomato - 4 mouth (1 of 1)

5. Then I made a moustache, cutting the olives lengthways.

Mr Tomato - 5 moustache (1 of 1)

6. I filled the olive eyes with pea pupils.

Mr Tomato - 6 eyes & buttons (1 of 1)

Then used blobs of mash with corn for buttons.

7. And there is Mr Tomato.

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8. Or does he need some carrot ears?

Tomato recipes for kids

The mini-chefs preferred him with …..

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Fun Brekkie Bonfire

Brekkie Bonfire

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

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Recipe

– Large capped mushrooms (rather than the button)

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

– Tomato

– Baby spinach

Method

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

Campfire - 1 mushrooms (1 of 1)

2. Then add scrambled egg as glowing fire.

Campfire - 2 egg (1 of 1)

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

Campfire - 4 flames (1 of 1)

4. Then using sliced tomatoes for red flames.

Campfire - 5 tomatoes (1 of 1)

5. And spinach leaves for the surrounds.

Campfire - 6 leaves (1 of 1)

6. Leaving no cooking to do.

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Fun Ladybird/ladybug

Ladybird/Ladybug

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

Healthy party food for children ladybird ladybug

Recipe

– Watermelon

– Blueberries

– Dark plum

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

Method

1. Cut a body shape from the watermelon.

Ladybird - 1 body (1 of 1)

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

Ladybird - 2 head (1 of 1)

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

Ladybird - 3 wings (1 of 1)

4. Before adding the iconic spots.

Ladybird - 4 spots (1 of 1)

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

Ladybird - 5 inside wings (1 of 1)

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

Ladybird - 6 antennae (1 of 1)

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

Ladybird - 7 eyes (1 of 1)

8. And there emerges the ladybird …

Sugar free kids desserts ladybird ladybug

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Fun 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

Recipe

– I used home-made hummus as the dip

– Dutch carrots (baby carrots)

– Parsley as the leaf for the carrots

– Celery

– Corn

Method

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.

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

cute crudites for children

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Fun Leprechaun Hat

Leprechaun Hat

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

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

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

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

Leprechaun Hat St.Patricks Day

Recipe

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

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

– Avocado for the hat band

– Cooked egg yolk for the hat buckle

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

Method

1. I lightly fried the flat bread.

Leprechaun Hat - 1 bread (1 of 1)

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

Leprechaun Hat - 2 hat (1 of 1)

3. And then the brim.

Leprechaun Hat - 3 brim (1 of 1)

4. I used avocado to make the hat band.

Leprechaun Hat - 4 strap (1 of 1)

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

Leprechaun Hat - 5 flower (1 of 1)

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

Leprechaun Hat - 6 buckle (1 of 1)

7. Before decorating the plate with more clover.

Leprechaun Hat - 7 clover (1 of 1)

8. HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY !!!

Leprechaun Hat Irish food

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Fun 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

Recipe

– 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)

Method

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 St. Patrick’s Day Plate

St. Patrick’s Day Plate

With less than a week to go to St. Patrick’s Day it was time to evoke every stereotype aside from the Leprechaun and put together an “Irish” salad.

Max was rapt as he found a four leaf clover recently and felt this was in honour of him!

Fun food for St. Patrick's Day

Recipe

– Multi coloured capsicums (bell peppers)

Method

1. Cut a leaf shape from green capsicum (it’s pretty much heart shaped).

St Pat's Day Salad - 1 green capsicum (1 of 1)

2. Then add three more as it has to be a four leaf clover!

St Pat's Day Salad - 2 4 leaf clover (1 of 1)

3. Before giving it a stalk.

St Pat's Day Salad - 3 stalk (1 of 1)

4. Then I carved a pot from red capsicum ready for the “gold”.

St Pat's Day Salad - 4 pot (1 of 1)

5. Which was cut from a yellow capsicum.

St Pat's Day Salad - 5 coins (1 of 1)

6. Then I decided to move everything round a bit to make room for the “17th”.

St. Patrick's day healthy food

Cut from orange capsicum.

7. And we’re ready to celebrate …

Creative St. Patrick's Day food

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Fun Brekkie Island

Brekkie Island

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

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

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Recipe

– Scrambled egg

– Mushrooms

– Avocado

Method

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

Brekkie Island - 1 egg (1 of 1)

2. Add a trunk from mushrooms.

Brekkie Island - 2 mushroom (1 of 1)

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

Brekkie Island - 3 leaves (1 of 1)

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

Brekkie Island - 4 more egg (1 of 1)

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

Brekkie Island - 5 extra leaf (1 of 1)

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

Food art breakfast avocado

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

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Fun Melon Windmill

Melon Windmill

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

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

Healthy snacks windmill

Recipe

– Watermelon (or other larger fruit)

– Canteloupe/Rockmelon (or Honeydew/pear)

– Kiwi – or other green fruit

– Plum (or dark fruit)

– Blueberry (plum/raisin)

– Orange

– I used desiccated coconut for the clouds

Method

1. I cut a mill shape from the watermelon.

Melon Windmill - 1 Mill (1 of 1)

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

Melon Windmill - 2 blueberry (1 of 1)

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

Melon Windmill - 3 detail (1 of 1)

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

Melon Windmill - 4 blades (1 of 1)

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

Melon Windmill - 5 blade detail (1 of 1)

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

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

7. Then added some kiwi grass.

Melon Windmill - 7 grass (1 of 1)

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

Melon Windmill - 8 sun (1 of 1)

9. Finished with some coconut clouds.

Healthy party food windmill

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Fun Celery Traffic Light

Celery Traffic Light

Often simple is good.

A quick fun food snack. You can even “glue” the lights on with hummus/peanut butter/cream cheese and have it eaten like a healthy lollipop!

Healthy snacks for kids

Recipe

– Celery (or cucumber)

– Capsicum (bell pepper) in 3 colours

Method

1. Cut the celery so the top part is wider to house the lights.

Celery Traffic Light - 1 celery (1 of 1)

2. Add circles of capsicum for the 3 colours of the lights.

Celery Traffic Light - 2 capsicum (1 of 1)

3. I also tried a yellow in the middle as some lights are red, yellow, green.

Celery Traffic Light - 3 yellow (1 of 1)

4. Then added a bit of chopped celery for the ground and that was it!!

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Fun Pancake Ice Cream

Pancake Ice Cream

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

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

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

Recipe

– Pancake/crepe

– Scrambled egg

– Cherry tomato

– Slice of mushroom

– I decorated with diced, fried red onion

Method

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

Pancake Ice Cream - 1 pancake-001

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

Pancake Ice Cream - 2 egg-002

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

Pancake Ice Cream - 3 cherry-004

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

Pancake Ice Cream - 4 mushroom-005

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

Pancake Ice Cream - 5 bigger cherry-006

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

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7. Ready to serve ….

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