Fun New Year Fireworks

New Year Fireworks

Happy New Year! This year we’re celebrating with fun food fruit explosions over London …

Healthy food for NYE fireworks

Recipe

– Apple

– Mandarin

– Kiwifruit

– Strawberry

– Sunflower seeds

– Long grain coconut

Method

1. I cut apple to make the sides of the tower.

NYE Fireworks - 1 tower (1 of 1)

2. Then made the top of the tower.

NYE Fireworks - 2 top of tower (1 of 1)

3. And added an apple spire.

NYE Fireworks - 3 spire (1 of 1)

4. Before starting the Houses of Parliament.

NYE Fireworks - 4 building (1 of 1)

5. With the pointed rooftops.

NYE Fireworks - 5 spires (1 of 1)

6. Then I added the clock from a disc of apple with the red skin as the hands.

NYE Fireworks - 6 clock (1 of 1)

7. More apple gave the buildings detail.

NYE Fireworks - 7 detail (1 of 1)

8. Then it was time for the fireworks. Strawberry stars.

NYE Fireworks - 8 stars (1 of 1)

9. With long tails.

NYE Fireworks - 9 shooting bits  (1 of 1)

10. A mandarin wheel.

NYE Fireworks - 10 mandarin wheel (1 of 1)

11. Kiwi stars.

NYE Fireworks - 11 kiwi stars (1 of 1)

12. All made explosive with the coconut.

NYE Fireworks - 12 coconut (1 of 1)

13. One more firework from sunflower seeds.

Fun food art New Years Eve Fireworks

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Fun Salad Cabin

Salad Cabin

This is something I made for the boys and I to share for lunch during the Sept school holidays. I’ve since seen some amazing creations on Pinterest but this fun food cabin is simple, quick and easy to make. It’s perfect if you have a few people over, just serve with dip.

Healthy fun food Salad Cabin

Recipe

– Carrots

– Celery

– Cucumber

– Cheese

– Sprouts

Method

1. Chop some peeled carrots into roughly equal lengths and arrange in an open rectangle.

Salad Cabin - 1 carrots (1 of 1)

2. Add two more stumps for the door.

Salad Cabin - 2 door (1 of 1)

3. Then slice some celery and start adding for the roof.

Salad Cabin - 3 celery (1 of 1)

4. Finish off above the door.

Salad Cabin - 4 roof (1 of 1)

5. Before adding a cucumber chimney.

Salad Cabin - 5 chimney (1 of 1)

6. And a cheese door.

Salad Cabin - 6 door (1 of 1)

7. Which needed a carrot handle.

Salad Cabin - 7 handle (1 of 1)

8. Then I used sprouts for grass.

Salad Cabin - 8 sprouts (1 of 1)

9. And finished off with some carrot stepping stones.

Fun food art Salad Cabin

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Salad Manger

Salad Manger

Merry Christmas!!

One of my favourite memories of Christmas as a child was seeing the nativity scene all lit up outside the local church. I have done a salad version to fit in with our Southern Hemisphere weather.

Christmas food salad manger

Recipe

– Carrot

– Celery

– Yellow and red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Grated cheese

– Cucumber

Method

1. Cut the walls of the stable from carrot.

Salad Manger - 1 walls (1 of 1)

2. Then make a celery roof.

Salad Manger - 2 roof (1 of 1)

3. And top with a yellow capsicum star.

Salad Manger - 3 star (1 of 1)

4. Before making the manger from carrot and filling with grated cheese straw.

Salad Manger - 4 manger (1 of 1)

5. Then I used bits of salad to make a cartoon style shepherd and king.

Salad Manger - 5 figures (1 of 1)

6. And yellow capsicum for the baby.

Salad Manger - 6 baby (1 of 1)

7. Merry Christmas everyone!

Fun food art Salad Manger

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Fun Rudolph Pitas

Rudolph Pitas

Christmas Eve and it has to be Rudolph.

A handy, fun food share platter to go with those celebrations … Rudolph Pitas.

Healthy Christmas Snacks Rudolph Pitas

Recipe

– Pita/flat bread/tortilla

– Hummus

– Cherry tomatoes

– Celery

– Carrots

– Olives

Method

1. Cut a circle from the bread.

Rudolph Pitas - 2 cut out (1 of 1)

2. Spread with hummus.

Rudolph Pitas - 3 hummus (1 of 1)

3. Add a cherry tomato.

Rudolph Pitas - 4 nose (1 of 1)

4. And then cut some celery ears.

Rudolph Pitas - 5 ears (1 of 1)

5. Cut antlers from carrot.

Rudolph Pitas - 6 antlers (1 of 1)

6. Use olives to make eyes and mouth.

Rudolph Pitas - 7 eyes and mouth (1 of 1)

7. Add some friends.

Fun food art Rudolph pitas

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Fun Fruit Bouquet

Fruit Bouquet

It’s tradition in my boy’s school for the parent’s from the penultimate year to make desserts for the Year 6 Graduation ceremony. I volunteered to make fruit skewers but wanted to do something a lot more special for the night. From this the fun food Fruit Flower Bouquet was born.

It looks really complex but is actually simple. It took me about 1 ½ hours to put it together although I’m sure I could do it more quickly next time!

Healthy Fruit Flower Bouquet   Fruit Bouquet - 2 orange (1 of 1)

Recipe

– Flower pot

– Cabbage (I used this for ballast and to stick the skewers into. Potato/florists foam/apple would work too)

– Orange (I used this to cover the cabbage)

– Fruit – whatever you have on hand. Those that don’t oxidise work best. I used:

=Strawberries

=Blueberries

=Grapes – green and red

=Melon – Rockmelon/cantaloupe

=Melon – Honeydew

=Kiwifruit

=Pineapple

Method

1. I bought a plastic pot from the garden centre and stuffed a quarter of a cabbage into it.

Fruit Bouquet - 1 pot  (1 of 1)

2. Then covered with a layer of sliced oranges to pretty it up!

Fruit Bouquet - 2 orange (1 of 1)

3. Before teaching myself to make strawberry roses via U-Tube …

Fruit Bouquet - 3 strawberry rose (1 of 1)

Giving them a stem covered with green grapes.

4. I made a few of them.

Fruit Bouquet - 4 strawberry roses (1 of 1)

5. Then added some melon and blueberry flowers, made using cookie cutters.

Fruit Bouquet - 5 melon flowers (1 of 1)

6. And some melon and grape star flowers.

Fruit Bouquet - 6 melon stars (1 of 1)

7. And melon and kiwifruit too.

Fruit Bouquet - 7 kiwi flowers (1 of 1)

8. I added some melon “leaves” on short skewers.

Fruit Bouquet - 8 mini flower towers (1 of 1)

And some mini melon and half grape flower stacks.

9. Then I added some strawberry and pineapple flowers.

Fruit Bouquet - 9 melon leaves-pineapple hearts (1 of 1)

10. I bulked and coloured it up with some additional strawberries (just hulled).

Fruit Bouquet - 10 grape stacks (1 of 1)

11. Then used blueberries as soil.

Fruit Bouquet - 11 blueberry soil (1 of 1)

12. All finished and ready to pick …

Fun food art Fruit Bouquet

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Fun Mini Christmas Pudding

Mini Christmas Pudding

I wanted to make a Christmassy breakfast and thought a mini pudding was just the ticket. This is a wheatbrick mixed with a little milk and some raisins. The boys thought it was delicious.

Creative Christmas food breakfast pudding

Recipe

– Wheatbrick/milk/raisins

– Yoghurt

– Berries (I used raspberries)

– Mint

Method

1. I mixed a wheatbrick with raisins and a little milk to make a “pudding”.

Mini Chrissy Pudding - 1 pudding (1 of 1)

2. Then added yoghurt for the white sauce.

Mini Chrissy Pudding - 2 yoghurt (1 of 1)

3. And some raspberries.

Mini Chrissy Pudding - 3 berries (1 of 1)

4. Before using scissors to cut the mint leaves into holly shapes.

Mini Chrissy Pudding - 4 leaves (1 of 1)

5. Doesn’t that look ready to eat?

Fun food art healthy breakfast pudding

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Fun Brekkie Christmas Tree

Brekkie Christmas Tree

Bubble and squeak is a firm favourite in our house and it’s so versatile as you can chuck whatever left-over veggies you have into the mix.

This is our fun food breakfast version in the shape of a tree (Christmas of course).

Healthy Christmas breakfast tree

Recipe

– Bubble & squeak

– Egg (separated and cooked)

– Mushroom

– Baby spinach

Method

1. I cooked the bubble and squeak then cut it into the shape of a tree.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 1 tree (1 of 1)

2. Then added a mushroom pot.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 2 pot (1 of 1)

3. And an egg yolk star.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 3 star (1 of 1)

4. Then used the egg white to make baubles.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 4 ornaments (1 of 1)

5. With more egg yolk as heart shaped ornaments.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 5 hearts (1 of 1)

6. Baby spinach cut with scissors made perfect tinsel.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 6 tinsel (1 of 1)

7. Then I added presents using some of the left-overs.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 7 presents (1 of 1)

8. Ready to eat.

Fun food art Christmas Tree

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Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties

Both my boys have December birthdays (yes very bad timing on our behalf …) so this time of year is especially mad at our house. Fortunately we’re not much into presents so that takes away one stress however, Max and Joe do like to have a party each. This is fair enough but squeezing them into an ever shrinking window of time between all the other festivities is always a challenge. This year the only workable weekend was 6th/7th Dec so that was the one. I’d also booked to see a pantomime on the Saturday afternoon (months ago) so we needed to work around that too – ahhhh! Fortunately my boys are very comfortable with few whistles and bells so we were able to schedule Joe’s for 4.30 on the Saturday and Max’s for 2.30 on the Sunday.
We gave the boys options for food and Joe chose home-made burgers and Max home-made pizzas. Although I have been hosting no junk parties for years I am still surprised each time by children’s reactions and what I learn. This year was no exception.

Joe’s Party

Healthy food for parties

For Joe’s party we made home-made wholegrain rolls and minced beef burgers. We served this with sliced veggies, hummus dip, home-made tomato sauce and roasted sweet potato wedges. We always do platter style meals for the family and so did the same for the five six year old boys. They looked at the food with open mouthed amazement and one said “wow, this is such a feast”. Perhaps for children used to having food served on individual plates it made it look more plentiful. It may also have been a little overwhelming at first but I think having the option to eat whatever they wanted from the offered plates made them comfortable and they were soon all tucking in with relish. Roy and I were shocked (but happy) at how much food disappeared.

Fun, healthy food for parties

Joe had chosen a cowboy theme for the party so alongside firing bows and arrows and attempting lassoing (impossible for anyone aside from professional musterers!) I tried to get the fruit platter to tie in. No self-respecting cowboy would be complete without his gun so that became the centrepiece and I piled seasonal fruit around the outside.

Cowboy fun food art gun

It took a lot less time to eat than to create but it’s always fabulous to see food enjoyed and eaten with relish – well done boys!

Fun food art for parties

Max’s Party

Having older boys always brings larger appetites so I made the veggie and hummus platter earlier so the boys could dig in for a mid-afternoon snack, which they did …

Make your own pizza party

Max chose pizza as his party food so Roy whipped up some wholemeal bases and I prepped mountains of accompaniments. All the bright colours and textures made for some very appealing looking platters for the boys to choose their toppings from. And, there was of course the home-made chilli chicken option to test the mettle. Creating their own pizza was very popular and there was enough to have a second go around choosing a whole new set of flavours too. The veggie-nut in me was of course delighted to see baby spinach, mushrooms, corn and capsicum being piled on alongside the more “meaty” options.

No junk food party food

As it was a pizza fest I also made a fruit pizza as a dessert. Pizza topped with cream cheese and then fruit, although the slam dunk winner was the “raspberry sauce” (frozen raspberries blitzed in the bar mix).

Fun food fruit pizza

Max wanted to bake a small cake so I let him whip up a fabulous recipe I found and then modified to fit within my “criteria”! It’s a carrot cake that is perfect for share occasions as its gluten, dairy and sugar (and sugar substitute) free. This sounds less than ideal but it actually tastes amazing, is lovely and moist and contains nothing undesirable.
All in all two great parties and that concludes my birthday hosting duties for another year. Maybe it isn’t so bad having them both at the same time …..

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Fun Pizza Snowman

Pizza Snowman

Making the Tomato Santa gave me an idea so I tried a Pizza Snowman. Big hit with the mini-chefs! I used a wholemeal flatbread as the base – my quick cheat when I want to make pizza in minutes. You could of course use a regular base (and cut the shape with a knife).

Here’s my fun food, Pizza Snowman.

Cute Christmas food Pizza Snowman

Recipe

– Pizza Base (I used wholemeal flat bread)

– Tomato paste

– Oregano

– Mozzarella cheese

– Carrot

– Olives

– Red capsicum/bell pepper

– Spinach

Method

1. Cut the shape of the snowman out of the base (I used scissors).

Pizza Snowman - 1 outline (1 of 1)

2. Spread tomato paste and sprinkle oregano.

Pizza Snowman - 2 tomato  (1 of 1)

3. Cover body and face with cheese.

Pizza Snowman - 3 cheese (1 of 1)

4. Add olive eyes and mouth.

Pizza Snowman - 4 face (1 of 1)

5. And a carrot nose.

Pizza Snowman - 5 nose (1 of 1)

6. Give him some olive buttons.

Pizza Snowman - 6 buttons (1 of 1)

7. And a jaunty capsicum hat.

Pizza Snowman - 7 hat (1 of 1)

8. Cut a scarf from spinach.

Pizza Snowman - 8 scarf (1 of 1)

9. Then bake him in the oven until the cheese melts and the base goes crispy.

Pizza Snowman - 9 cooked (1 of 1)

10. Serve nice and hot!

Fun Food Art - Pizza Snowman

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Fun Cherry Tomato Santa

Cherry Tomato Santa

Nothing says Christmas like a big, red Santa. I was going to make a basic pizza but he just developed into a snack that the boys devoured with glee.

Here’s a fun food Tomato Santa, sweet, delicious and simple.             Fun Christmas food art Santa

Recipe

– Flat bread base (optional)

– Cherry tomatoes

– Cream cheese

– Olives

– Yellow capsicum/bell pepper

– Oat bran or grated cauliflower/cheese

Method

1. Use scissors to cut a “Santa” shape.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 1 base (1 of 1)

2. Cover with tomatoes sliced in half.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 2 tomatoes (1 of 1)

3. Add a cream cheese bobble.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 2 bobble (1 of 1)

4. Then some trim for his top.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 5 trim (1 of 1)

5. And a beard and moustache.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 4 trim (1 of 1)

6. With some trim for his hat.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 6 hat trim (1 of 1)

7. Use slices of olive for his belt.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 7 belt (1 of 1)

8. And his eyes.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 8 eyes (1 of 1)

9. Then give him a flashy, capsicum buckle.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 9 buckle (1 of 1)

10. Before adding his arms.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 10 arms (1 of 1)

11. And some little hands.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 11 hands (1 of 1)

12. I used oat bran for snow.

Healthy Christmas food Santa

13. Santa is ready. Ho Ho Ho!

Fun food art Santa

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Fun Popcorn Snowman

Popcorn Snowman

It’s often difficult to find fun, small gifts to give people. Here’s an idea that doesn’t take long, is easy, economical and fun.

This fun food Popcorn Snowman is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. My boys fought over him and begged me to make another!

Popcorn Snowman great goody bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can even personalise.

Christmas snacks for picky eaters popcorn snowman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recipe

– Popcorn (I popped some kernels in the pan)

– Clear plastic food bag

– Paper/scissors/tape/scarf

Method

1. I put some popcorn in a plastic bag and tied off the top (leaving space to add the head later). Then I tied the bottom corners off to make it look round.

Popcorn Snowman - 1 bag (1 of 1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. I cut the tied off bottom ends to leave a round body.

Popcorn Snowman - 2 bag cut (1 of 1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Then added some popcorn for the head and tied off the top of the bag (do not snip this).

Popcorn Snowman - 3 head (1 of 1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Cut a hat and attach to the head (the tied off bag helps to anchor this). Then give him eyes, nose and mouth.

Popcorn Snowman - 4 hat & face (1 of 1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. And some large buttons.

Popcorn Snowman - 5 buttons (1 of 1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. I used some scrap material for the scarf or use ribbon or tinsel.

Healthy Christmas snacks popcorn snowman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. What a great giveaway or treat for the mini-chefs.

Fun food art popcorn snowman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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