Fun Plum Pixie

Plum Pixie

Tonnes of different plums around at this time of the year so a shame not to use them!

Here’s my fun food, Plum Pixie …

Fun food art Plum fairy

Recipe

– Plums (different coloured flesh) or apple/peach

– Cherry

– Strawberry

Method

1. Use the cheeks of a plum to make two wings.

Fruit Pixie - 1 wings (1 of 1)

2. Add a face from a plum with lighter coloured flesh.

Fruit Pixie - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Add a cherry for a hat.

Fruit Pixie - 3 hat (1 of 1)

4. And a strawberry body.

Fruit Pixie - 4 body (1 of 1)

5. Some floaty, plum legs.

Fruit Pixie - 5 legs (1 of 1)

6. With a strawberry skirt.

Fruit Pixie - 6 skirt (1 of 1)

7. Then some plum arms and hands.

Fruit Pixie - 7 arms (1 of 1)

8. And a face from cherry and plum skin.

Fruit Pixie - 8 face (1 of 1)

9. With some strawberry shoes.

Fruit Pixie - 9 feet (1 of 1)

10. And some snazzy jewellery.

Fruit Pixie - 10 jewellery (1 of 1)

11. A little decoration and she’s ready to fly …

Fun food for girls Plum Fairy

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Vegecational Video Ventures 7 – Home-made Fruit Popsicles

Vegecational Video Ventures – Home-made Healthy Popsicles

High summer and it’s lovely and warm here. Still on school holidays so we thought we’d mix it up and instead of having just fruit for dessert we’d have some fresh fruit popsicles.

My neighbour very kindly gave us a sack of grapefruit from the tree. Divine!! Some were a little bruised on one side so I scooped out the pulp and the juice and decided to use this as the basis for my popsicles. Unusual yes but we all love citrus and that zingy flavour of grapefruit so we married this with some banana (for sweetness) and some plums that were a little over-ripe.

Check out the making on video:
https://youtu.be/kjqim-sn_2Q

Real fruit icey poles

Then we had a meltingly hot day (well for Wellington!!) so we did a taste test on video:
http://youtu.be/PeX5HD4ofYg

Home-made fruit popsicles

They were obviously very well received as the boys (big and small) nagged me to make more this morning!

Recipe

– Use whatever fruit you have to hand. Using banana/mango/pineapple etc. that are naturally sweet helps to give them more sweetness.

– We used 2 grapefruit (juice and pulp), 2 bananas and 2 plums. This morning I made another batch and substituted the plums for 2 handfuls of
berries.

Method

1. Wash and cut fruit.

2. Blend until as small as you like. We leave ours a little lumpy as the boys like chunks of fruit.

3. Pour into popsicle moulds or you can just use paper or plastic cups or pots and add a lolly stick if you’d like.

No sugar popsicles

4. Leave overnight or less if you want it a bit “slushy”.

5. Eat!

It’s a lovely treat without any added sugar or additives and perfect to serve at parties or picnics.

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Fun Veggie Robot

Veggie Robot

As it’s summer salads feature highly on our menu. And salad is perfect for pictures. I use lots of different veg as they will all be part of our meal – you can of course substitute in any veg you have on hand

Here’s my fun food Veggie Robot…

Fun food art Veggie Robot

Recipe

– Daikon/Chinese/Japanese radish)

– Cucumber

– Celery

– Green capsicum/bell pepper

– Radish

– Carrot

Method

1. Cut a square of daikon for the body (if you haven’t tried this before it’s sold in Asian grocers or often at the markets. It has a very mild flavour, is crunchy and perfect in stir fries).

Veggie Robot - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Use cucumber for the head.

Veggie Robot - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. And celery batons for the arms.

Veggie Robot - 3 arms (1 of 1)

4. Green capsicum makes perfectly matching legs.

Veggie Robot - 4 legs (1 of 1)

5. Then radish for feet.

Veggie Robot - 5 feet (1 of 1)

6. And more radish for hands.

Veggie Robot - 6 hands (1 of 1)

7. Carrot cut into circles makes the eyes and a rectangular piece of radish for the mouth.

Veggie Robot - 7 face (1 of 1)

8. Then I angled his arms in a bit.

Veggie Robot - 8 adjust arms (1 of 1)

9. And gave him celery and daikon antennae.

Veggie Robot - 9 antennae (1 of 1)

10. Joining everything together with radish “hinges”.

Veggie Robot - 10 joins (1 of 1)

11. Finished and ready to eat!

Healthy fun food robot

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Fun Mandarin Rooster

Mandarin Rooster

So much fruit around at this time of year we’re spoilt for choice. The mandarins are lovely and sweet and the perfect portable snack, they are also great for creating fun food!

Here’s my Mandarin Rooster.

Fun food art Mandarin Rooster

Recipe

– Mandarin

– Strawberry

– Blueberry (or raisins)

– Pepitas

Method

1. Form a body shape from mandarin segments.

Mandarin Rooster - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add a strawberry wattle.

Mandarin Rooster - 2 wattle (1 of 1)

3. Then a comb.

Mandarin Rooster - 3 comb (1 of 1)

4. With an open beak.

Mandarin Rooster - 4 beak (1 of 1)

5. And a blueberry eye.

Mandarin Rooster - 5 eye (1 of 1)

6. I made the legs from strawberry and then cut a mandarin segment to make the claws.

Mandarin Rooster - 6 feet (1 of 1)

7. Slicing strawberry for a large tail.

Mandarin Rooster - 6 legs (1 of 1)

8. Then half a strawberry for the wing.

Mandarin Rooster - 7 tail (1 of 1)

9. I sprinkled pepitas for the ground.

Mandarin Rooster - 9 pepitas (1 of 1)

10. But no rooster is complete without his crow … sliced from blueberries …

Cute food ideas Mandarin Rooster

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Vegecational Video Ventures 6 – Simple Cheesemaking

Simple Cheese Making

Joe and I decided to make simple cheese yesterday. It is so quick, economical and easy that it’s something you can whip up for a meal or make weekly and store in the fridge. You also know that there are no additives!
We decided to make Paneer as we’re using lemon juice but change that to vinegar and it’s a “Farmhouse Cheese”. The acidic buttermilk that is the by-product can be used as the base for the most amazing pancakes.

The photo below shows the finished product (we just made a small amount for the video) which can be flavoured with salt and pepper, herbs, pineapple or whatever takes your fancy.

Simple cheese making

Check out the video to see just how simple it is:
https://youtu.be/zngxv8ywwC0

Recipe

– Milk

– Lemon juice or vinegar

Method

1. Boil milk in a heavy pan. Stir to stop it sticking to the bottom.

2. Once the milk has boiled turn the heat right down.

3. Add lemon juice until curds start to separate from the whey.

4. Pour the milk mixture into cheesecloth with a bowl underneath to catch the buttermilk. I don’t have cheesecloth so used a new cleaning cloth with a sieve underneath.

Cheesemaking - 1 making (1 of 1)

5. Squeeze out the whey and let the cheese cool. Chop and add seasoning to taste.

Cheesemaking with kids

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Fun Mushroom Jellyfish

Mushroom Jellyfish

I was preparing an Asian dish and the bean sprouts/mung beans just looked just like tentacles. I had the mushrooms, brown rice and veg ready so this fun food Mushroom Jellyfish was born!

Cute food for kids Mushroom Jellyfish

Recipe

– Mushrooms (I used the dark caps)

– Bean sprouts/mung beans

– Brown rice (or cous cous or chopped veggies)

– Carrot

– Red Capsicum/Bell Pepper

– I used spinach & celery for the sea bed

Method

1. Cut the sautéed mushrooms in half (or you can eat raw if you prefer).

Mushroom Jellyfish - 1 mushrooms (1 of 1)

2. Add the bean sprouts/mung beans as tentacles.

Mushroom Jellyfish - 2 beansprouts (1 of 1)

3. Add the rice for the sea-bed.

Mushroom Jellyfish - 3 rice (1 of 1)

4. Then add other veg to give the seabed colour.

Mushroom Jellyfish - 4 veggies (1 of 1)

5. Cut a few fish from carrot and capsicum …

Fun food art Mushroom Jellyfish

Simple, quick, crunchy and delicious.

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Vegecational Video Ventures 5 – Jelly Orange Cups

Jelly Orange Cups

My boys haven’t eaten jelly/jello before so are excited to try. I don’t buy the store bought as it’s either full of sugar or sweeteners so decided to experiment making my own. My husband reckons it contained too much fruit to be a true “jelly” but it tasted fabulous and you can of course alter the ratio of fruit to liquid.

Check out the video of us making it:
http://youtu.be/EwnUWxblxec

Then the boys road testing it:

http://youtu.be/pG-KTaNs54c

Recipe

– Orange

– Other fruit

– I added nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla

– Water

– Gelatin

– Blueberries to decorate

Method

1. I cut the orange in half and scooped out all the flesh.

Jelly Oranges - 1 oranges (1 of 1)

2. I combined the orange flesh with a sweet nectarine (any sweet fruit will work) and a little water. I added some spices and simmered on the stove-top until pulpy.

Jelly Oranges - 2 filling (1 of 1)

3. Allow the mixture to cool then add some gelatin to enable it to set.

4. Spoon into the orange cups and place in the fridge until ready.

The boys thought it tasted delicious. It would make a fun food, healthy party or picnic dessert. You can of course customise with any fruit that’s in season (and set in a cored out apple or melon) and then decorate with berries or nuts.

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Fun Cherry Mice

Cherry Mice

Cherries are in season – yeah!! They have got to be one of the most decadent treats available. So delicious and yet can transform easily into fun food Cherry Mice.

Fun food art Cherry Mice

Recipe

– Cherries (with stalks)

– Almond flakes

– Sunflower seeds

– Pineapple (or cheese)

– Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Method

1. Slice the bottom off the cherry and place on a plate.

Cherry Mice - 1 cherry (1 of 1)

2. Make two slits in the cherry and add almond flakes for ears.

Cherry Mice - 2 ears (1 of 1)

3. Then cut three more slits to insert half sunflower seeds for eyes and nose.

Cherry Mice - 3 eyes & nose (1 of 1)

4. Bring to life as many mice as you’d like.

Cherry Mice - 4 three mice (1 of 1)

5. Then add a wedge of pineapple with holes cut into it for cheese.

Cherry Mice - 5 cheese (1 of 1)

6. Roughly chop some pepitas and sprinkle on the plate.

Cherry Mice - Finished (1 of 1)

7. Finished. Eeek!

Sugar free party food Cherry Mice

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Fun Coleslaw Fox

Coleslaw Fox

This fun food Coleslaw Fox is lots simpler than it looks. I made a light mayonnaise and mixed it with some grated carrot then added the cabbage. It’s a perfect centrepiece for a party or a picnic and who could resist having a little …

Fun food art Coleslaw Fox

Recipe

– Grated carrot

– Cabbage

– Red cabbage

– Cucumber

– Olives

– Mayo (or other dressing)

Method

1. Mix the carrot with the dressing and form a basic head shape.

Coleslaw Fox - 1 face (1 of 1)

2. Make holes for the eyes.

Coleslaw Fox - 2 eyes (1 of 1)

3. Add more carrot to build up the nose section to give it a 3-D effect.

Coleslaw Fox - 3 nose (1 of 1)

4. Use cabbage to make the fur around the side of the face and ears.

Coleslaw Fox - 4 cabbage (1 of 1)

5. Slice cucumber to make the eyes.

Coleslaw Fox - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

6. Then more cucumber for the nose.

Coleslaw Fox - 6 nose (1 of 1)

7. Use olives for the pupils and black nose.

Coleslaw Fox - 7 pupils-nostrils (1 of 1)

8. And more for the mouth.

Coleslaw Fox - 8 mouth (1 of 1)

9. Then use red cabbage for the whiskers and detail.

Healthy fun food for kids Coleslaw Fox

It’s as simple as that!

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Vegecational Video Ventures 4 – Home-made sauerkraut

Sauerkraut

Being from an English background, Sauerkraut is not something I have grown up with. Chutneys and pickles yes (and I love making them) but this is my first go at fermented cabbage!

I am informed that it’s really simple to make and I know that the beneficial bacteria contained in fermented foods are great for our bodies (we already have yoghurt for those great probiotics) so today was the day to see if I could make it.
Check out the video to see the Sauerkraut being put into the jar.

Sauerkraut (1 of 1)

http://youtu.be/Z07hJ5lTCXY

Recipe

– Finely shredded green cabbage (1/2 head of a large one)

– Tbsp salt (not iodised)

Mix together in a large bowl with the hands until the cabbage gets soft and “soupy”. Place into a sterilised jar and push down the cabbage until it’s totally immersed in the liquid. Cover and leave at room temperature for 3 days (or longer dependent on taste).

The Testing (7 days later)

We left ours for 5 days to ferment and then refrigerated it. Tonight we cooked it up with some roast pork, grated carrot and cannellini beans that I had pre-soaked plus some other veggies. Before putting the sauerkraut into the pan I rinsed to remove the majority of the salt.

Check out the video to see what the crash test food dummies thought of the sauerkraut. As it’s high summer here we are making the most of the weather and eating on the balcony so excuse the hats!

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Fun Pancake “Cakes”

Pancake “Cake”

We were having a bit of a celebration so I decided to make a fun food little “cake” and served it to four boys. It lasted about the same time as it took me to get my camera ready ….

I made some buckwheat pancake batter then cooked them individually in egg rings to make small circles. These were then stacked and layered with fruit and yoghurt. A big hit and a great alternative to a traditional cake – especially as there is no sugar but loads of colour, flavour and of course you can make to personal specifications!

Fun food art - Pancake Cake

Recipe

– Pancakes (I used buckwheat)

– Yoghurt (or coconut cream)

– Fruit – I used strawberries and blueberries

– Mint leaves to decorate

Method

1. Make the pancakes into any shape you wish. I used an egg ring to create small circles.

Pancake Cake - 2 stack (1 of 1)

2. Add a layer of yoghurt.

Pancake Cake - 3 yoghurt (1 of 1)

3. Then some strawberries.

Pancake Cake - 4 strawberries (1 of 1)

4. And another pancake.

Pancake Cake - 5 next layer (1 of 1)

5. Then more yoghurt and strawberries.

Pancake Cake - 6 layertwo (1 of 1)

6. Until the stack is completed.

Pancake Cake - 7 stack up (1 of 1)

7. Add fruit to the top for decoration.

Pancake Cake - 8 toppings (1 of 1)

8. A few mint leaves to pretty it up and it’s ready to eat.

Healthy party food Pancake Cake

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Fun Tomato Ladybirds

Tomato Ladybirds

High summer so we’re feeling like lots of salads, the tomatoes are plentiful and the flowers and insects are blooming. We combined them all with these bright, fun food Tomato Ladybirds.

Fun food art Tomato Ladybirds

If you’d like to watch the video check out the link:
http://t.co/97wpCAu2K2

Recipe

– Lettuce leaves (or other green leaves)

– Tomatoes

– Olives

– Green stems (I used rosemary leaves but parsley stems/chives would be good)

Method

1. Wash some green leaves.

Tomato Ladybirds - 1 leaves (1 of 1)

2. Slice tomatoes to make the ladybird’s bodies.

Tomato Ladybirds - 2 body (1 of 1)

3. Use an olive to make the head.

Tomato Ladybirds - 3 heads (1 of 1)

4. Cut olives to make the divider between the wings and add olive spots.

Tomato Ladybirds - 4 wings & spots (1 of 1)

5. Do that for all the tomatoes.

Tomato Ladybirds - 5 all the spots (1 of 1)

6. And add rosemary leaves for antennae.

Tomato Ladybirds - 6 antennae (1 of 1)

7. So easy and ready to eat.

Cute food ideas Tomato Ladybirds

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Vegecational Video Ventures 2 – Home-made tomato ketchup

Vegecational Video Ventures 2 – Home-made tomato sauce

We don’t buy tomato ketchup from the store as it contains too much sugar and other additives. However, when we were catering the school sports day BBQ and needed something to accompany our vegan sausages we knew that having some ketchup would be excellent. We tested a few recipes and finally settled on our own version of a sugar (and sugar substitute) free ketchup that is super easy to make, cost effective, keeps well and yet tastes delicious. 70 kids at the BBQ agreed with us!

Check out the video link for the recipe and instructions on how to make:

http://t.co/CuRLed4XDk

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Vegecational Video Ventures 1 – Introduction

Vegecational Video Ventures 1 – Introduction

This year we’ll be trying something new via Vegecational Video Ventures. There will be an eclectic mix of topics, everything from experimental recipes to home-made sauces and simple food art. Check back regularly to find out what we’re doing in the kitchen and how my favourite crash test food dummies (Max and Joe) are liking what we’re whipping up!

Click on the link for a short introduction and what to expect:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSooiIklmQo

 

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Strawberry Hummingbird

Strawberry Hummingbird

Here we go, using the delicious berries that are in abundance right now to make a summery, fun food Strawberry Hummingbird.

Fun food art Strawberry Hummingbird

Recipe

– Strawberries

– Melon – honeydew

– Melon – canteloupe/rockmelon

– Banana

– Blueberries

Method

1. Cut a body from strawberries.

Strawberry Hummingbird - 1 strawberry (1 of 1)

2. Add a strawberry tail.

Strawberry Hummingbird - 2 tail (1 of 1)

3. And a head.

Strawberry Hummingbird - 3 head (1 of 1)

4. Then some wings.

Strawberry Hummingbird - 4 wings (1 of 1)

5. Before adding a long, curved beak.

Strawberry Hummingbird - 5 beak (1 of 1)

6. I used a cookie cutter to make melon flowers (which I later cut back).

Strawberry Hummingbird - 6 flowers (1 of 1)

7. Then added some banana flowers too.

Strawberry Hummingbird - 7 more flowers (1 of 1)

8. And gave the bird a little eye.

Strawberry Hummingbird - 8 eye (1 of 1)

9. Using blueberries for the centres of the flowers.

Strawberry Hummingbird - 9 blueberries (1 of 1)

10. Before cutting back the overgrown flowers a little.

Healthy food ideas Strawberry Hummingbird

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