Fun Wheatbrick Nest

  Wheatbrick Nest

I was absent mindedly reading the outside of the wheatbrick box as I was putting it away and there were suggestions as to how to serve. One of them was adding bananas and my mind raced from there.

This fun food, breakfast nest has got to be one of the simplest ever!

Cute, creative breakfast for kids

Recipe

– 2 Wheatbricks

– 1 banana

Method

1. I sliced the wheatbrick and then cut into smaller bits to build the outside of the nest. All the crumble went in the centre.

Wheatbrick Nest - 1 wheatbrick (1 of 1)

2. Then I added an extra layer.

Wheatbrick Nest - 2 extra layer (1 of 1)

3. Before cutting some banana pieces into rough egg shapes.

Wheatbrick Nest cute breakfast idea

And that was it. Simple but delicious ..

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Fun Soccer Berries

Soccer Berries

This is a bit of a summery design and for those of us in mid-winter it will probably mean resorting to frozen berries!

However, it’s a cute, simple, fun food soccer/football plate.

Soccer Berries fun food

Recipe

– Blueberries (could use other small berries)

– Strawberry (or other brightly coloured fruit) for the ball

– I used kiwi fruit and pepitas for the grass

– I used sunflower seeds and yoghurt for the net

Method

1. Place two berry heads on the plate.

Soccer Berries - 1 heads (1 of 1)

2. Then add the body of the goalie.

Soccer Berries - 2 goalie (1 of 1)

3. And the striker.

Soccer Berries - 3 striker (1 of 1)

4. I used a strawberry to make the ball.

Soccer Berries - 4 ball (1 of 1)

5. Then kiwi fruit and pepitas for the grass.

Soccer Berries - 5 grass (1 of 1)

6. And of course a net – from sunflower seeds and yoghurt.

Cute food ideas Soccer Berries

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Fun Soccer Pitch

Soccer Pitch

Back to World Cup fever! My boys were totally mesmerised by this dish.

A fun food soccer pitch that is healthy, delicious and simple to create.

Soccer Pitch from veggies

Recipe

– Pea & broccoli puree (steam veggies, add a splash of stock and herbs – blend!)

– Mashed potato

Method

1. I used the only rectangular platter I have which is a little too thin to give the shape of a proper soccer pitch but best I could do!
I spread the pea & broccoli puree as smoothly as possible to make the grass.

Soccer Pitch - 1 pitch (1 of 1)

2. I added quite a bit of milk to the cooked mash then piped it out of a plastic bag using a small knife to guide into position. Starting by making lines around the sides and across the centre.

Soccer Pitch - 2 outline (1 of 1)

3. I used mash again to create the goal and penalty area.

Soccer Pitch - 3 goals (1 of 1)

4. And finished by adding the circles and penalty spots.

Edible football field fun food

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Fun Tic Tac Toe Oats

Tic Tac Toe Oats

Winter is well and truly here for us so some nice warm oats in the morning is a great way to fill the belly and heat the body from the inside. Throw in some fruit and it’s delicious.

Here’s my simple, fun food Tic Tac Toe (Noughts and Crosses).

Tic Tac Toe Oats Fun breakfastHealthy, creative breakfasts for kids

Recipe

– Oats/porridge

– Blueberries (or raisins)

– Strawberries (or other fruit) or yoghurt

Method

1. Make a square from the oats.

Tic Tac Toe Oats - 1 oats (1 of 1)

2. Create vertical lines from berries.

Tic Tac Toe Oats - 2 lines (1 of 1)

3. Add the horizontal lines.

Tic Tac Toe Oats - 3 crosses (1 of 1)

4. I used strawberries to make the noughts and crosses.

Sugar free breakfasts for kids

5. And thought I was finished.

Tic Tac Toe Oats cute food ideas

6. But then wondered if yoghurt crosses gave a better contrast.

Tic Tac Toe Oats fun food breakfast

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Fun Soccer Net

Soccer Net

The World Cup continues so there are a few more fun food plates to do too.

Here’s a simple, fun, soccer snack that my boys loved.

Soccer Net World cup fun food

Recipe

– Banana

– Black grapes

– Yoghurt (or coconut cream)

Method

1. Make some goalposts from banana.

Soccer Net - 1 Posts (1 of 1)

2. Then add the sides.

Soccer Net - 2 back posts (1 of 1)

3. And make the net from yoghurt (I used a small knife to create the lines).

Soccer Net - 3 net (1 of 1)

4. Use the knife again to do the sides.

Soccer Net - 4 side net (1 of 1)

5. Drag the knife downwards through the yoghurt to finish the netting.

Soccer Net - 5 Netting (1 of 1)

6. Cut a slice of banana to make the ball and add detail using black grapes.

Soccer Net - 6 ball  (1 of 1)

7. Slice the banana into strips and carve out the letters for World Cup.

World cup snack plate

8. And we’re ready to play …

Fun food soccer net

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Fun World Cup Logo

World Cup Logo

This was pure indulgence. I saw the logo, loved the vibrant colours but knew it would be impossible to reproduce in food. Still there is nothing like a challenge to spur one on …

Here’s my fun food version of the World Cup Logo.

World Cup Logo in food

Recipe

– Grated carrot and sweetcorn (I mixed with a little home-made mayo to help it stay together and taste amazing).

– Baby Spinach

– Red Capsicum (bell pepper)

Method

1. I made the hand shape from the carrot/corn mix.

World Cup - 1 carrot hand (1 of 1)

2. Then used scissors to cut the baby spinach and make the detail down the bottom.

World Cup - 2 bottom leaves (1 of 1)

3. More baby spinach made the fingers arching over the top left.

World Cup - 3 Left leaves (1 of 1)

4. I added the numbers from red capsicum.

World Cup - 4 numbers (1 of 1)

5. Then the curving spinach fingers on the right.

World Cup - 5 right leaves (1 of 1)

6. And the printed words as that was just a step too far in food …

World Cup logo cute food ideas

OK so it’s not perfect but it was delicious!!

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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

Recipe

– 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.

Method

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 Fishing

Gone Fishing

Happy Father’s Day to all those celebrating today!!

Fishing seems like an appropriate homage to the occasion …

Fishing Rod fun food

Recipe

– Pear

– Red Apple

– Mandarin

– Raisin

– Pepitas

Method

1.Cut a handle from pear.

Fishing Rod - 1 handle (1 of 1)

2.Then slice some flesh of the pear thinly for the rod.

Fishing Rod - 2 Rod (1 of 1)

3.And extend it back into the handle.

Fishing Rod -  Extension (1 of 1)

4.I made a reel from apple.

Fishing Rod -  4 Reel (1 of 1)

5.Then added fishing wire from very thinly cut apple.

Fishing Rod - 5 Wire (1 of 1)

6.And used the outside of the apple to make the detail on the rod.

Fishing Rod - 6 detail (1 of 1)

7.Fortunately today it did not get away so the mandarin fish is caught!

Fishing Rod - 7 fish (1 of 1)

8.With its fins and tail.

Fishing Rod - 8 fins (1 of 1)

9.Adding gills and eye from raisin.

Fishing Rod - 9 gills (1 of 1)

10.And some water and water drips from pepitas.

Fishing Rod cute food ideas

11.Gone fishin’ ….

Healthy food for father's Day

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Fun Tool Set

Tool Set

So Father’s Day is looming on some parts of the planet so I thought I’d do a blokey design. It felt a little stereotypical to do tools and then I thought about how excited my husband gets about a trip to the hardware store and how many new toys he must have once there ….

Here are my fun food, fruit tools to surprise Dad with on Sunday.

Tools fruit for father's day

Recipe

– Pear

– Apple

– Banana

Method

1. Cut the handle of the screwdriver from the cheek of the apple.

Tools - 1 handle (1 of 1)

2. Add the blade of the screwdriver from the flesh of the apple.

Tools - 2 screwdriver (1 of 1)

3. Carve the head of the hammer from a pear.

Tools - 3 hammer head (1 of 1)

4. Then the handle from a banana.

Tools - 4 hammer handle (1 of 1)

5. I added some pear to cover the join in the banana.

Tools - 5 Hammer detail (1 of 1)

6. Before using more apple to make the head of the wrench.

Tools - 6 wrench handle (1 of 1)

7. The handle was from the flesh of the apple.

Cute food ideas tools

8. Can we fix it? Yes we can ….

Creative food ideas tools

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Fun Salad Bulldozer

Salad Bulldozer

A bright yellow capsicum (bell pepper) just screamed construction vehicle to me.

So here is my fun food bulldozer.

Salad Bulldozer fun food for kids

Recipe

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Cherry tomato

– Celery

– Cucumber

Method

1. Cut a cab shape from the cheek of the capsicum.

Salad Bulldozer - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Then carve out a window.

Salad Bulldozer - 2 window (1 of 1)

3. I sliced the body at an angle to make the caterpillar tracks look lopsided!

Salad Bulldozer - 3 cut (1 of 1)

4. Before adding another slice of capsicum (inner side out) for the tracks. Tomatoes cut in half made the wheels.

Salad Bulldozer - 4 wheels (1 of 1)

5. Then I added celery cut into “curls” for the tracks and added a scoop to the front from more capsicum.

Salad Bulldozer - 5 scoop-tracks (1 of 1)

6. I used chunks of cucumber for the load and the road.

Salad Bulldozer - 6 road & load (1 of 1)

7. A few celery details and we’re ready to work!

Salad Bulldozer cute food ideas

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Fun Toast Ute

Toast Ute

I admit that I find it very difficult to look at round veggies and not think of wheels! This time I gave in to the obsession and created a simple toast truck. It’d be just as good untoasted too!!

Toast truck breakfast food

Recipe

– Mushrooms (lightly cooked whole – or can leave raw!!)

– Wholegrain bread

– Cheese for the windows (I used Edam)

– Tomato for brakelight (optional)

– I separated an egg and used for headlight and load

– Spinach for the road

Method

1. I lined up the mushrooms for wheels.

Toast Ute - 1 mushrooms (1 of 1)

2. Then put the toast over the top so I could figure out where to cut the wheel arches.

Toast Ute - 2 toast (1 of 1)

3. And then cut the semi-circles out.

Toast Ute - 3 wheel arches (1 of 1)

4. Before cutting a rough body shape for the truck.

Toast Ute - 4 body shape (1 of 1)

5. Then used cheese to make some windows.

Toast Ute - 5 windows (1 of 1)

6. I sliced a little from a tomato to make the brake light.

Toast Ute - 6 brake light (1 of 1)

7. And utilised the cooked egg yolk for the headlight and added a cheese door handle.

Toast Ute - 7 headlight (1 of 1)

8. The white of the egg was used for the load.

Toast Ute - 8 load (1 of 1)

9. Before adding a bumpy, spinach road.

Fun food ideas truck for breakfast

10. And then I thought the windows would look better less solid so cut out the centres.

Cute food ideas bread truck

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Fun Pear Raccoon

Pear Raccoon

I had some lovely black grapes I wanted to use in a design and raccoons with their iconic bandit faces and stripey tails just jumped out at me (and way easier than zebra!!).

Here’s my fun food raccoon using just pear and grapes.

Pear Raccoon snack for kids

Recipe

– Brown pear

– Black grapes

Method

1. Cut a head shape from the pear.

Pear Raccoon - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Before adding ears and snout.

Pear Raccoon - 2 ears (1 of 1)

3. Then I used the cheek from the pear to make the body as it was the perfect shape. Just sliced out some legs and cut an indent for the head!

Pear Raccoon - 3 body (1 of 1)

4. And of course he needed a big, fluffy, pear tail too.

Pear Raccoon - 4 tail (1 of 1)

5. Next I gave him the bandit mask, cut from a grape.

Pear Raccoon - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

6. More grapes for paws and nose.

Pear Raccoon - 6 paws (1 of 1)

7. Then the stripes for the tail and detail on the ears.

Pear Raccoon - 7 tail (1 of 1)

8. Adding pupils to the eyes with both pear and grape.

Pear Raccoon - 8 pupilsl (1 of 1)

9. Instead of a garbage can I was kind and gave him a pear rock … and crescent moon.

Pear Raccoon - 9 moon & rocks (1 of 1)

10. And I thought I was finished but he needed some back legs too.

Healthy food Pear Raccoon

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Fun Corn Bee

Corn Bee

With the last of this season’s corn I decided to make a special plate for Joe who loves corn and loves olives. He was so pleased with his fun food plate!

Corn Bee healthy snacks for kids

Recipe

– Fresh cooked corn

– Olives

– Celery

Method

1. Cut the corn into slices for the body.

Corn Bee - 1 corn (1 of 1)

2. Then cut a slice into a head shape.

Corn Bee - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Before adding the black olive stripes and stinger.

Corn Bee - 3 stripes (1 of 1)

4. I cut discs from celery for the eyes.

Corn Bee - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. And used more celery for the antennae (which I balanced against the body so they stand upright).

Corn Bee - 5 antennae (1 of 1)

6. Then I used olives to make pupils for the eyes and a nice smile.

Corn Bee - 6 pupils (1 of 1)

7. I pulled corn off the cob to use as the outline for the wings.

Corn Bee - 7 wings (1 of 1)

8. Before filling them with very thin slices of celery.

Corn Bee cute food ideas

9. And he was finished but I thought he’d look better on white.

Fun snacks for kids corn bee

Or not?

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