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!

Recipe

– Red apple

– Plum

Method

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

Recipe

– 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

Method

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 Egg Submarine

Egg Submarine

Breakfast just dived into the depths with this Egg-marine.

Simple fun food, to tempt the troops in the morning!

Egg Submarine Fun breakfast

Recipe

– Boiled egg

– Mushroom (could use tomato/spinach/part of the egg)

– Tomato (or spinach/mushroom/egg yolk)

– I used baby spinach for detail

Method

1. Slice the back off an egg (so it doesn’t roll around).

Egg Submarine - 1 egg (1 of 1)

2. Then cut a periscope from mushroom.

Egg Submarine - 2 periscope (1 of 1)

3. And give the craft a propeller.

Egg Submarine - 3 propeller (1 of 1)

4. Before adding some tomato windows.

Egg Submarine - 4 windows (1 of 1)

5. And a seabed to glide over.

Egg Submarine - 5 seabed (1 of 1)

6. Super simple but very effective …

Egg Submarine cute breakfast ideas

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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!

Recipe

– 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

Method

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 Salad Shoes

Salad Shoes

High fashion hits the plate with these fun food shoes …

Salad Shoes snacks for girls

Recipe

– Orange capsicum (bell pepper) – you can of course choose your favourite colour!

– Yellow capsicum

– Carrot

– Cucumber

Method

1. Cut a basic shoe shape from the capsicum.

Salad Shoes - 1 Shoe (1 of 1)

2. Then give it a heel to your level of comfort!

Salad Shoes - 2 heel (1 of 1)

3. I added a platform to the front.

Salad Shoes - 3 platform (1 of 1)

4. Before slicing some cucumber to give the shoes detail.

Salad Shoes - 4 detail (1 of 1)

5. Then using a peeler to make some carrot straps.

Salad Shoes - 5 straps (1 of 1)

6. And it’s as simple as that!

Salad Shoes healthy snacks

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Fun Brekkie Rainbow

Brekkie Rainbow

It’s great to have a big share breakfast at the weekend. My boys see a cooked breakfast as a big treat and every now and again I deliver!!

Here’s a fun food rainbow, healthy and delicious. You can of course substitute in your favourite breakfast ingredients.

Breakfast Rainbow fun food

Recipe

– Scrambled egg (just the whites)

– Fried egg (just the yolks)

– Sauteed mushrooms

– Potatoes cubed and cooked (I lightly roasted)

– Tomatoes

– Baby Spinach

– Cheese – I used Edam

Method

1. Use the scrambled whites as clouds.

Brekkie Rainbow - 1 clouds (1 of 1)

2. Place a row of mushrooms (I drew some faint lines in to make it easier to figure out where to put things!) first.

Brekkie Rainbow - 2 mushrooms (1 of 1)

3. Then a layer of egg yolk cut into strips.

Brekkie Rainbow - 3 yolk (1 of 1)

4. And a row of cubed potatoes.

Brekkie Rainbow - 4 potatoes (1 of 1)

5. I then used baby spinach for the next arch.

Brekkie Rainbow - 5 spinach (1 of 1)

6. Before adding some cheese.

Brekkie Rainbow - 6 cheese (1 of 1)

7. And to add some bright colour some tomatoes.

Healthy rainbow for breakfast

8. Not sure whether it needs some rain. But just in case I added some dried thyme.

Fun breakfast for kids rainbow

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Fun Melon Cactus

Melon Cactus

A nice, simple, fun food dessert (desert?!?!) or snack. You can of course substitute the melon for apple, banana or pear.

Melon Cactus healthy snack

Recipe

– Melon (apple/banana/pear)

– Orange

– I used sunflower seeds for the spikes (or pepitas/almonds)

– Bananas for the ground (can substitute for other fruit or seeds)

Method

1. Cut a stem from the melon.

Melon Cactus - 1 stem (1 of 1)

2. Then add some stem segments.

Melon Cactus - 2 stem segments (1 of 1)

3. Before sticking in the spikes. I used sliced sunflower seeds.

Melon Cactus - 3 spikes (1 of 1)

4. And what desert would be complete without a burning orange sun?

Melon Cactus - 4 sun (1 of 1)

5. I used more of the orange to make the rays.

Melon Cactus - 5 sun's rays (1 of 1)

6. And banana to make the ground.

Melon Cactus - 6 ground (1 of 1)

7. Perfect to warm up the day and so quick and easy too.

Melon Cactus cute food ideas

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Fun Salad Tank

Salad Tank

OK so tanks are probably not very P.C. these days but my boys are fascinated by them.

Here’s a fun food, super simple one to whip up as part of a meal or for a snack.

Salad Tank fun ideas for kids

Recipe

– Radish for the wheels (or carrot, cucumber, tomatoes)

– Carrot for the tracks (or cucumber skin, celery cut super thinly)

– Red capsicum (bell pepper) for the body

– Celery for the gun (or carrot, cucumber)

Method

1. Cut radish into circles for the wheels. I used the smaller part of the radish to slice circles for the back ones.

Salad Tank - 1 wheels (1 of 1)

2. I used a potato peeler to take off thick strips of carrot to use as the tracks. I bent them into shape carefully.

Salad Tank - 2 carrot (1 of 1)

3. Then cut a body from red capsicum. This helps to hold the carrot tracks in place.

Salad Tank - 3 body (1 of 1)

4. Celery seemed like the perfect gun. I sliced the back off so it sat nicely on the plate and used extra bits to make detail.

Salad Tank - 4 gun (1 of 1)

5. Before cutting a little star for detail.

Fun food ideas tank

6. Simple, quick and a great way to serve salad veg.!!

Creative food ideas Tank

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Banana Pancakes – Boy Style

Banana Pancakes Boy Style

Steve is into his health and fitness so was excited to find the recipe for the banana pancakes. A high protein breakfast so naturally sweet it doesn’t need any sugar or toppings. Even better it’s so simple his boys can make on their own – now that is a great breakfast recipe!!

Check out these gorgeous boys making their own breakfast from 2 bananas and 4 eggs.

Simple pancakes kids can cook

And using cookie cutters to do their own designs.

Cute breakfast ideas

Simple, delicious and getting the boys into the kitchen – now that is perfect!
Thanks for sending through the pics Steve.

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Fun Egg Galleon

Egg Galleon

After a week of flowers for us fab mums it’s time to float back to normal.

Here’s my simple and nutritious, fun food, egg ship – perfect for breakfast or light lunch. The mini-chefs were impressed!

Ship breakfast healthy & fun

Recipe

– Toast (I used wholemeal grain)

– Mushrooms

– Boiled Egg

– Tomato

– Baby Spinach (could use onion)

– I used some onion for the birds but mushroom/tomato or spinach would also work

Method

1. Cut the toast into the shape of a boat hull.

Egg Galleon - 1 hull (1 of 1)

2. Add masts made from mushrooms.

Egg Galleon - 2 masts (1 of 1)

3. Then the sails from 3 slices of boiled egg.

Egg Galleon - 3 sails (1 of 1)

4. Before cutting some tomato flags.

Egg Galleon - 4 flags (1 of 1)

5. Then I used baby spinach to make some waves.

Egg Galleon - 5 sea (1 of 1)

6. And added some detail using the tomato.

Egg Galleon - 6 detail (1 of 1)

7. A few onion birds drifting in the sky and we’re ready to sail to the table.

Cute breakfast ideas for kids ship

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Love U Mum

Love U Mum

Happy Mother’s Day to all …

Healthy food for Mother's Day

Recipe

I used:

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Cucumber

– Carrot

Method

1. I cut a heart from the cheek of a red capsicum.

Love u Mum - 1 heart (1 of 1)

2. Then a “U” from a yellow capsicum.

Love u Mum - 2 u (1 of 1)

3. Before making two “M”s from a piece of cucumber and a “U” from carrot.

Love u Mum - 3 mum (1 of 1)

4. A bit of decorating with the leftovers and it’s done.

Love You Mum food

5. Or is it too jazzy?

Love u Mum Mother's Day food

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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

Recipe

– Watermelon

– Pineapple

– Kiwi fruit

– Apple (green & red)

– Plum

– Blueberries

Method

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 Mother’s Day Brekkie

Flowers for Breakfast

As Mother’s Day is coming up for many countries this Sunday I thought I’d do a few special designs. This fun food, flower plate makes a great breakfast or light lunch for anyone.

Creative breakfast for mother's Day

I did change my mind a few times during the making so bear with me!! I also did two options so you can choose toast or mushrooms.

Simple mother's day breakfast

Recipe

– 2 boiled eggs (mine kindly donated by my chickens)

– Tomato

– Toast or mushrooms for stem

– Baby spinach for leaves

– I used sautéed onions for the ground

Method

1. Peel and cut the eggs. I initially left them in halves but then sliced into quarters.

Mother's Day Brekkie - 1 eggs (1 of 1)

2. Then I added a slice of tomato as the centre of the flower.

Mother's Day Brekkie - 2 tomato (1 of 1)

3. I used mushrooms for the stem (and later cut them thinner).

Mother's Day Brekkie - 3 mushrooms (1 of 1)

4. Before adding some onion “soil”.

Mother's Day Brekkie - 4 onions (1 of 1)

5. And some baby spinach leaves for …. leaves!

Mother's Day Brekkie - 5 leaves (1 of 1)

6. I realised the stem was too wide and the flower needed extra petals.

Mother's Day breakfast Paleo

So cut the mushrooms thinner and sliced the eggs into quarters.

7. Or you can go the toast stem instead.

Mother's Day Breakfast Healthy

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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

Recipe

Use whatever fruits you have on hand. I used:

– Watermelon (coloured with frozen raspberries)

– Kiwi fruit

– Pineapple

– Grapes

– Orange

– Mint leaves for decoration

Method

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

Recipe

– 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)

Method

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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