Fun Fairy Toadstools

Fairy Toadstools

Every now and again we have to seek out the magical!

Here is a simple little, fun food plate with some Fairy Toadstools …

Fun, healthy Fairy salad

Recipe

– Radishes

– Mushrooms

– Spinach/lettuce

– Cucumber

– Cherry Tomatoes

Method

1. Slice a radish in half then cut a stalk shape.

Fairy Toadstools - 1 toadstool (1 of 1)

2. Then use a sharp knife to carve out the spots.

Fairy Toadstools - 2 spots (1 of 1)

3. Add another toadstool.

Fairy Toadstools - 3 toadstools (1 of 1)

4. Use spinach leaves to create climbing ivy (I cut the leaves with scissors).

 

Fairy Toadstools - 4 ivy (1 of 1)

5. Saute some mushrooms for the ground.

Fairy Toadstools - 5 mushroom (1 of 1)

6. Slice cucumber and cut into flower shapes.

Fairy Toadstools - 6 flowers (1 of 1)

7. Make a butterfly from two cherry tomatoes sliced in half. Spinach stalks make perfect antennae.

Fairy Toadstools - 7 butterfly (1 of 1)

8. All ready to serve.

Fun food art Fairy Toadstools

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Fun Apple Spider

Apple Spider

Apples are in season and grapes were on special. Perfect combo and such a great duo for creating a simple, fun food plate.
Here’s my cute Apple Spider.

Cute snacks for kids Apple Spider

Recipe

– Red apple

– Red grapes

– Blueberry (or raisin)

Method

1. Slice the apple in half (I usually core too) to make the body.

Apple Spider - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Use part of the apple cheek for the head.

Apple Spider - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Then start adding the legs made from half grapes.

Apple Spider - 3 arms (1 of 1)

4. Until there are 8.

Apple Spider - 4 more arms (1 of 1)

5. Half a grape and half a blueberry make perfect eyes.

Fun food art Apple Spider
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Fun Autumn Leaves

Autumn Tree

Autumn is definitely here for us. The weather is starting to get colder, the leaves are falling from the trees and the days are shorter.

The boys and I put together a salad using all the autumnal colours (and a random bird!). Here’s our fun food, Autumn Tree.

Fun salad for kids Autumn Leaves

Recipe

– Celery

– Capsicum (bell pepper) orange, yellow and red

– Cucumber

– Olive

Method

1. Place celery in the shape of a tree trunk and branches.

Autumn Leaves - 1 trunk (1 of 1)

2. Then add an orange capsicum leaf.

Autumn Leaves - 2 orange leaf (1 of 1)

3. And a few more.

Autumn Leaves - 3 more orange (1 of 1)

4. Do the same with the yellow.

Autumn Leaves - 4 yellow leaves (1 of 1)

5. Then finely chop cucumber to make the grass.

Autumn Leaves - 5 cucumber (1 of 1)

6. Add some red leaves.

Autumn Leaves - 6 red leaves (1 of 1)

7. Then some fallen ones.

Autumn Leaves - 7 fallen leaves (1 of 1)

8. Finally the boys insisted I add an olive and capsicum bird (with cucumber eyes).

Fun food art Autumn Leaves

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Fun Banana Racing Cars

Banana Racing Cars

Simple, cute little, bite sized snack.

Here are my fun food Banana Cars.

Fun food art Racing cars

Recipe

– Blueberries (or other small, round berries)

– Banana

– Strawberry (or fruit of contrasting colour)

– Long thread desiccated coconut

– Chopped peanuts (or sunflower seeds)

Method

1. Cut a car body shape from banana.

Banana Cars - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add the back wing.

Banana Cars - 2 wing (1 of 1)

3. Then some more cars.

Banana Cars - 3 more cars (1 of 1)

4. Give them all blueberry wheels.

Banana Cars - 4 wheels (1 of 1)

5. Use strawberry for the driver’s helmets.

Banana Cars - 5 driver (1 of 1)

6. And long thread coconut for the exhaust fumes.

Banana Cars - 6 exhaust (1 of 1)

7. Add some chopped peanuts for the race lanes.

Banana Cars - 7 peanuts (1 of 1)

8. And we’re ready to rumble …

Fun food snacks Racing cars

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Fun Princess Crown

Princess Crown

As I have two boys I am admittedly a bit shy on the pink plates. However, every now and again one has to be done and (shhhh) the boys eat it just as enthusiastically.

Here’s my Princess Crown made from mash coloured with roasted beetroot juice. Any pureed white veg would work well. Would be perfect to let the mini chefs decorate their own version too!

Fun food art Princess Crown

Recipe

– Mash (or any pureed white veg coloured with beetroot juice)

– Mash (or white veg)

– Beetroot

– Corn (or other contrasting coloured veg)

Method

1. Form the shape of a crown.

Princess Crown - 1 crown (1 of 1)

2. Add some beetroot hearts and a border.

Princess Crown - 2 hearts (1 of 1)

3. Then some mash “diamonds”.

Princess Crown - 3 diamonds (1 of 1)

4. And some corn detail.

Princess Crown - 4 corn (1 of 1)

5. Put some beetroot stars on the spikes.

Princess Crown - 5 stars (1 of 1)

6. Then some hearts.

Princess Crown - 6 hearts (1 of 1)

7. Final details.

Princess Crown - 7 circles (1 of 1)

8. And a few flowers (rosemary) to finish.

Cute food for kids Princess Crown
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Fun Pancake Giraffe

Pancake Giraffe

School holidays so it’s good to spend time making some breakfasts!

Here is a simple, fun food, buckwheat Pancake Giraffe (made for Max with his predilection for peanut butter).

Fun food art Pancake Giraffe

 

Recipe

– Pancake (I used buckwheat)

– Banana

– Peanut butter (no sugar or additives)

– Raisins

Method

1. Make the pancake – I cooked in an egg ring to make the circular shape.

Pancake Giraffe - 1 pancake (1 of 1)

2. Add a banana neck.

Pancake Giraffe - 2 neck (1 of 1)

3. And some spindly legs.

Pancake Giraffe - 3 legs (1 of 1)

4. Then a tail.

Pancake Giraffe - 4 tail (1 of 1)

5. Before adding hooves and tail detail.

Pancake Giraffe - 5 feet & tail (1 of 1)

6. Banana makes a great head and ears.

Pancake Giraffe - 6 head & ears (1 of 1)

7. And ossicones.

Pancake Giraffe - 7 ossicones (1 of 1)

8. Then slim down her face a little.

Pancake Giraffe - 8 face shaping (1 of 1)

9. And add some raisin eyes and nostrils.

Pancake Giraffe - 9 eyes (1 of 1)

10. Using peanut butter for the unique patterns.

Pancake Giraffe - 10 PB (1 of 1)

11. And there she is ready to eat.

Fun food for breakfast pancake giraffe

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Fun Watermelon Lighthouse

Watermelon Lighthouse

Still loving the watermelon! Here’s a funky, fun food Lighthouse.

Fun food for picky kids Watermelon Lighthouse

Recipe

– Watermelon

– Pear

– Blueberries

Method

1. Cut the watermelon to form the tower.

Watermelon Lighthouse - 1 Tower (1 of 1)

2. Add a slice of pear to the top.

Watermelon Lighthouse - 2 top (1 of 1)

3. Then a point in watermelon on top of that.

Watermelon Lighthouse - 3 point (1 of 1)

4. Make a balcony from more pear.

Watermelon Lighthouse - 4 balcony (1 of 1)

5. Then use the whiter inside flesh to create windows.

Watermelon Lighthouse - 5 windows (1 of 1)

6. And beams of light.

Watermelon Lighthouse - 6 light beams (1 of 1)

7. Blueberries make the perfect sea.

Watermelon Lighthouse - 7 sea (1 of 1)

8. And circling birds.

Watermelon Lighthouse - 8 birds (1 of 1)

9. Finished!

Fun food art Watermelon Lighthouse

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Vegecational Video Ventures 13 – Peeling the Perfect Boiled Egg

Vegecational Video Ventures 13 – Peeling the Perfect Boiled Egg

I don’t know about you but I’ve spent ages being frustrated peeling boiled eggs only to lose half the white as it’s stuck to the shell. I did some research and discovered that “old” eggs boil and peel better than very fresh eggs. Now that’s all very well and good but as we have chickens they are always uber fresh.

Peel a boiled egg easily

This led me to some further research and some experimenting and I have the perfect method. It works every time and can be done with eggs retrieved from the chicken that morning …

If you’d like to see the video please click on the link (Max was filming so it’s a bit shaky!): http://youtu.be/Ob0hvyRXC-8

Method

1. Put the eggs in a medium sized pan of cold water.

2. Boil the water.

3. Cook eggs for 7-8 mins.

4. Turn the stove off and add a sprinkle of baking soda to the pan.

5. Transfer the pan to the sink.

6. Give the egg a knock all the way around to break the shell.

7. Run the egg under the cold tap (big side up).

8. Gently peel away the shell under the running water.

How to perfectly peel a boiled egg

9. Voila …. a perfectly peeled egg …

How to peel a Boiled Egg Perfectly

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Fun Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet

With the change in season we seem to have spiders everywhere – not a problem for us but Little Miss Muffet would not be so calm!

Here’s my fun food Little Miss Muffet.

Fun food art Little Miss Muffet

Recipe

– Pear (or apple)

– Kiwi fruit (or green apple)

– Mandarin

– Plum

– Sunflower seeds (or chopped nuts)

Method

1. Use mandarin segments to make LMM’s hair.

Little Miss Muffet - 1 hair (1 of 1)

2. Chop some pear for the trunk of the tree.

Little Miss Muffet - 2 tree (1 of 1)

3. Slice more pear for the branches.

Little Miss Muffet - 3 branches (1 of 1)

4. Then use Kiwi fruit for the leaves.

Little Miss Muffet - 4 leaves (1 of 1)

5. Make a rock from more pear.

Little Miss Muffet - 5 rock (1 of 1)

6. And a spider’s body from plum.

Little Miss Muffet - 6 spider (1 of 1)

7. Using more plum for the legs.

Little Miss Muffet - 7 legs (1 of 1)

8. Attaching him to the tree with a sunflower seed thread.

Little Miss Muffet - 8 thread (1 of 1)

9. Give LMM a face and body from pear.

Little Miss Muffet - 9 body (1 of 1)

10. And a face from plum.

Little Miss Muffet - 10 face (1 of 1)

11. Carve the rock a little.

Little Miss Muffet - 11 chop rock (1 of 1)

12. Then give her some pear arms.

Little Miss Muffet - 12 arms (1 of 1)

13. And some Kiwi grass.

Little Miss Muffet - 13 grass (1 of 1)

14. Mandarin legs for LMM and it’s ready to eat!

Fun food for picky kids Little Miss Muffet

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Fun Salad Island

Salad Island

Whilst we’re still desperately holding onto our lovely Indian Summer we will celebrate with suitable food!

Here’s my fun food Salad Island, a lovely snack or addition to lunch.

Cute food for kids Salad Island

Recipe

– Corn

– Celery

– Avocado

– Cherry tomatoes

– Carrot

Method

1. Cut the corn off the cob to create the sand.

Salad Island - 1 sand (1 of 1)

2. Slice celery along the stem to make a trunk.

Salad Island - 2 trunk (1 of 1)

3. Carefully peel an avocado then cut for leaves.

Salad Island - 3 leaves (1 of 1)

4. Slice the leaves to form “fronds”.

Salad Island - 4 fronds (1 of 1)

5. Add cherry tomatoes for fruit.

Salad Island - 5 tomatoes (1 of 1)

6. Use carrot for a burning midday sun.

Salad Island - 6 sun (1 of 1)

7. But make the rays all the same length!

Fun food art Salad Island

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Fun Decorated Eggs

Decorated Eggs

Instead of chocolate eggs why not decorate real eggs – and ones you can eat afterwards!

Here are some fun food Decorated Eggs. Go crazy and create your own …

No sugar Easter Eggs

Recipe

– Hard boiled egg

– Veggies to decorate – cucumber, orange & red capsicum (bell pepper), corn

Method

1. Slice the egg in half.

Decorated Eggs - 1 eggs (1 of 1)

2. Add some orange capsicum for detail.

Decorated Eggs - 2 orange capsicum (1 of 1)

3. Then some corn kernels.

Decorated Eggs - 3 corn (1 of 1)

4. Some little slices of cucumber.

Decorated Eggs - 4 cucumber (1 of 1)

5. And some discs of red capsicum.

Decorated Eggs - 5 capsicum (1 of 1)

6. Decorate the other side.

Decorated Eggs - 6 other decorated (1 of 1)

7. Add a few cucumber “eggs” around the edge and it’s done.

Fun food art Healthy Easter Eggs

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Fun Watermelon Fish

Watermelon Fish

As its Good Friday I need to stick with tradition and plate a fish!

Here’s my fun food, Watermelon Fish.

Sugar free desserts Watermelon Fish

Recipe

– Watermelon (or other large fruit)

– Apple (or pear)

– Blueberry (or grape or raisin)

Method

1. Cut a “face-shaped” piece of watermelon (get creative!).

Watermelon Fish - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Add a body.

Watermelon Fish - 2 body (1 of 1)

3. Then a tail.

Watermelon Fish - 3 tail (1 of 1)

4. A large top fin.

Watermelon Fish - 4 Fin (1 of 1)

5. And some smaller bottom fins.

Watermelon Fish - 5 bottom fins (1 of 1)

6. Slice a piece of apple for the eye and add a blueberry pupil.

Watermelon Fish - 6 eye (1 of 1)

7. Then use a collection of smaller blueberries for the gill.

Watermelon Fish - 7 gill (1 of 1)

8. Add a few apple bubbles.

Watermelon Fish - 8 bubbles (1 of 1)

9. And she’s ready to serve.

Fun food art Watermelon Fish

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