Fun Chilli Owl

Chilli Owl

I was making some chilli for dinner and decided to whip up a quick owl.

Here’s my fun food, Chilli Owl.

Creative kids food Chilli Owl

Recipe

– Chilli (or any bolognaise style sauce)

– Cheese

– Tomato

– Avocado

– Black beans (or olives)

Method

1. Fill a bowl with chilli.

Chilli Owl - 1 chilli-1

2. Add two, large circles of cheese for eyes.

Chilli Owl - 2 eyes-1

3. Then a beak from tomato.

Chilli Owl - 3 beak-1

4. And large irises from avocado.

Chilli Owl - 4 irises-1

5. Use black beans for pupils.

Chilli Owl - 5 pupils-1

6. Then finish with a triangle of cheese for the top of the head.

Fun food art Chilli Owl

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Fun Apple Lady

Apple Lady

Every now and again I have to do a design that’s more “pink” than usual!

Here’s my fun food, Apple Lady.

Fun food art Apple Dancer

Recipe

– Red Apple

– Strawberries

– Raisin

Method

1. Use the flesh from the apple to create a face.

Apple Lady - 1 head-1

2. Add strawberry hair.

Apple Lady - 2 hair-1

3. Then raisin eyes.

Apple Lady - 3 eyes-1

4. And an apple ruff.

Apple Lady - 4 ruff-1

5. Slice the apple thinly to form the dress.

Apple Lady - 5 skirt-1

6. Then give her a beautiful strawberry mouth.

Apple Lady - 6 mouth-1

7. And some graceful apple arms.

Apple Lady - 7 arms-1

8. With lovely legs.

Apple Lady - 8 legs-1

9. All finished!

Fun food for picky kids Apple Lady

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Fun Hummus Fishbowl

Hummus Fishbowl

We love veggies and dip so I often find myself getting creative to amuse the boys (or have them roll their eyes!).

Here’s my fun food, Hummus Fishbowl.

Creative food for kids Hummus Fishbowl

Recipe

– Hummus (or other dip)

– Corn

– Carrot

– Dill or other edible herbs

– Cucumber

– Radish

Method

1. Make the outline of a fish bowl from hummus.

Hummus Fishbowl - 1 outline-1

2. Add corn for the “sand”.

Hummus Fishbowl - 2 corn-1

3. Give the bowl a lip.

Hummus Fishbowl - 3 opening-1

4. Then populate with carrot fish.

Hummus Fishbowl - 4 fish-1

5. Use edible herbs for the plants.

Hummus Fishbowl - 5 plants-1

6. And cucumber for the fishes eyes.

Hummus Fishbowl - 6 eyes-1

7. A few chunks of radish as shells and all finished!

Fun food art Hummus Fishbowl

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Fun Apple Lighthouse

Apple Lighthouse

I was clearing out old photos and found this that I did 2 years ago and never posted. Perfect for the season!

My fun food, Apple Lighthouse.

Fun food for picky kids Apple Lighthouse

Recipe

– Red apple

– Orange

– Pear

– Pepitas

Method

1. Start the tower with a small piece of apple.

Apple Lighthouse - 1 tower-1

2. Add a contrasting stripe.

Apple Lighthouse - 2 more tower-1

3. Then continue building.

Apple Lighthouse - 4 bottom layer-1

4. Put on a balcony.

Apple Lighthouse - 5 balcony-1

5. Then a light from orange.

Apple Lighthouse - 6 light-1

6. And a housing from apple.

Apple Lighthouse - 7 housing-1

7. Then some orange rays.

Apple Lighthouse - 8 beams-1

8. Using pear for the rocks.

Apple Lighthouse - 9 rocks-1

9. Finish with some pepitas.

Fun food art Apple Lighthouse

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Fun Cheese Flowers

Cheese Flowers

Spring is definitely here. Well, not today but it has been!

Flowers are everywhere and it just makes life that little bit more colourful. Here are my fun food, Cheese Flowers. Perfect for a snack ..

Fun food art Cheese Flowers

Recipe

– Cheese

– Celery

– Cucumber

– Spinach

– Cherry tomatoes

– Carrot

Method

1. Place cherry tomatoes on the plate for the centres of the flowers (slice a little bit off the bottom if you do not want them to be marbles!).

Cheese Flowers - 1 tomatoes-1

2. Cut cheese petals to arrange around the one of the tomatoes.

Cheese Flowers - 2 petals-1

3. Then make the others flowers bent over.

Cheese Flowers - 3 more flowers-1

4. Add celery stalks.

Cheese Flowers - 4 stems-1

5. And some cucumber ground.

Cheese Flowers - 5 ground-1

6. Then some spinach leaves (cut the shape using scissors).

Cheese Flowers - 6 leaves-1

7. Finish with a carrot butterfly.

Fun food for picky kids Cheese Flowers

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Fun Pear Triceratops

Pear Triceratops

Who doesn’t like dinosaurs? Especially ones you can eat.

Here’s my fun food, Pear Triceratops …

Dinosaur party food Pear Triceratops

Recipe

– Pear

– Raisin

Method

1. Slice the cheek from the pear to use as the head.

Pear Triceratops - 1 head-1

2. Cut the classic horny shape of the triceratops’ head.

Pear Triceratops - 2 head shape-1

3. Use the other pear cheek for the body.

Pear Triceratops - 3 body-1

4. Then place the head on top (you may need to slice away some of the inner flesh for balance).

Pear Triceratops - 4 join-1

5. Give her some large feet.

Pear Triceratops - 5 feet-1

6. And a tail.

Pear Triceratops - 6 tail-1

7. Some big toenails.

Pear Triceratops - 7 toes-1

8. Then eyes with a raisin pupil.

Pear Triceratops - 8 eyes-1

9. Use more pear for the 3 horns and more raisin for the nostrils.

Pear Triceratops - 9 horns-1

10. Bit of décor and she’s ready to rumble …

Fun food art Pear Triceratops

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Fun Salad Princess

Salad Princess

Every now and again it’s important to have the royal treatment.

Here’s my fun food, Salad Princess.

Fun food art Salad Princess

Recipe

– Cheese

– Cucumber

– Carrot

– Tomato

– Spinach

Method

1. Cut a circle for her face.

Salad Princess - 1 face-1

2. Then add a cucumber crown.

Salad Princess - 2 crown-1

3. Slotted onto the head snugly.

 

4. Add some carrot hair. But it looked a little “witchy” so I changed it!

Salad Princess - 4 hair-1

5. Give her a face from cucumber, and tomato.

Salad Princess - 5 face-1

6. Then change that hair …

Salad Princess - 6 hair-1

7. Add some cucumber jewels to the crown.

Salad Princess - 7 jewels-1

8. And a ruff made from spinach.

Salad Princess - 8 ruff-1

9. Finish with some stars.

Fun food for picky kids Salad Princess

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No soap, No shampoo, No smelly stuff .. at all ….

No soap, No shampoo, No smelly stuff .. at all ….

No shampoo

So if you’d told my younger self that I’d turn into a middle-aged hippy I would have scoffed. However, I seem to be heading unassisted into that definition!
I am obsessive about what we put into our bodies in the way of food and also in the other ways we must nourish our bodies, minds and soul. Sleep, exercise, mental stimulation, love, forays into nature etc. But I seemed to have skipped a step without realising it. Although I’ve always been fonder of baking soda and vinegar for cleaning than smelly chemicals this has not applied to the stuff we use to clean ourselves. Yes we use the eco versions of soaps and shampoos and moisturisers but do we actually even need these?
My light-bulb moment was after purchasing Norwex branded cloths for cleaning the house. The anti-microbial/anti-bacterial microfiber cloths eliminated the need for additional cleaning fluids. Even better they clean things with way less effort and who doesn’t want that!
I started to think about my personal care routine and question habits I’ve had forever. I began with my hair. Now I would never be invited to participate in a hair commercial. My hair is madly curly, thick, kind of wiry feeling and very long. It does two styles – very long or very short. I have spent years drowning it in conditioner to try and keep it from getting dry and the ends splitting. Whilst doing this the roots get greasy and by the 4th morning it just could not be left without a wash. And tangles, boy did I fight every time with knots, you would not believe what a task it would be.
Then I began to read about going “no poo”. Scary thought. I am a mad exerciser and so the thought of having hair not “properly” washed was very scary. And what about my dry hair? How would it cope without the half a bottle of conditioner twice a week?
But thinking about how much less of a chemical load I’d be placing on my body, the environment and also what I’d save in terms of dollars made me take the plunge. I was very thankful to the lovely ladies at the Real Food in NZ Facebook group who gave me advice and support and I just went for it.
To start with it was a disaster. I used baking soda and vinegar and my hair looked like it hadn’t been washed at all and was lank and lifeless. Fortunately vanity is not one of my many vices and my husband – bless him – probably wouldn’t even notice if I shaved it all off, so I decided to continue. Reading more I realised that baking soda was too harsh and that it may take weeks for my hair to adjust and let the natural oils balance. I ditched the soda and just washed my hair in apple cider vinegar. Much better result but still not the bouncy, vibrant look I was used to after a shampoo wash. Then as I persevered I realised that my hair no longer had knots. None! And it was soft. Not of course commercial ready soft (not going to happen with my hair) but way, way softer than previously. And the ends although split from previously were not dry. As I continued I also noticed that my hair didn’t actually need washing very often (although I do!). The natural oils have balanced and my hair does feel better. There is also not the super dry after a wash followed by the icky greasy a few days later. It is content, happy and balanced.
Never being one to do things by halves I decided to try the Norwex body wash cloths and go soap and cleanser free. Now despite the cleaning cloths and the no poo success I was still really, really, nervous about this. As I said before, I’m a mad exerciser and as I dumped deodorant 10 years ago after a workout I am in urgent need of a major shower. The first morning I was gobsmacked. Yep, totally amazed at how clean the cloths get the body without any cleaning products at all. In fact way better at removing sweat than soap. And the positive side-effect of this is that moisturiser is no longer necessary as the body balances those good old oils itself.
Now admittedly I still do soap my hands and moisturise those and my face but I am working on that. And of course I always need to share my crazy schemes with the boys. They have always been primarily no poo but they are now no soap too. Joe reckons its way easier to wash and loves his new body cloth. Max is not as enthusiastic but then again how many 10 year old boys are excited about washing?
And that leaves me searching for my next mad project. Any suggestions?

Fun Apple Whale

Apple Whale

Apples are in season and there are so many varieties to try. The boys love the crisp, sweet red ones!

Here’s my fun food, Apple Whale.

Sugar free snacks Apple Whale

Recipe

– Red apple

– Blueberries

Method

1. Slice the cheek of the apple to form the body of the whale.

Apple Whale - 1 body-1

2. Add a little tail.

Apple Whale - 2 tail-1

3. Then some water jets coming out of the blow hole.

Apple Whale - 3 water-1

4. Cut a big eye from apple.

Apple Whale - 4 eye-1

5. And a happy smile.

Apple Whale - 5 smile-1

6. Form the sea from some blueberries.

Apple Whale - 6 sea-1

7. Have a whale of a time!

Fun food art Apple Whale

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Fun Avocado Turtle

Avocado Turtle

Often fruit and veg ‘speak’ to me. This time it was an avocado … !

Here’s my fun food Avocado Turtle.

Fun, healthy snacks for kdis Avocado Turtle

Recipe

– Avocado

– Cucumber

– Dill

Method

1. Cut an avocado in half and peel.

Avocado Turtle - 1 avocado-1

2. Thinly slice cucumber and arrange on top of the avocado.

Avocado Turtle - 2 cucumber-1

3. Add 4 feet. I changed to the dark side of the cucumber later!

Avocado Turtle - 3 feet-1

4. Then a cucumber head.

Avocado Turtle - 4 head-1

5. And some big eyes.

Avocado Turtle - 5 eyes-1

6. With darker pupils.

Avocado Turtle - 6 pupils-1

7. Then the foot swap to the darker colour.

Avocado Turtle - 7 feet-1

8. Sprinkle some herbs for background (and flavour!).

Avocado Turtle - 8 background-1

9. And finish with a tail.

Fun food art Avocado Turtle

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Fun Fruit Caterpillar

Fruit Caterpillar

Big, bright beautiful fruit platters are fabulous for gatherings.

Here’s my fun food Fruit Caterpillar.

Fun food art Fruit Caterpillar

Recipe

– Pear

– Strawberries

– Kiwi fruit

– Orange

– Pineapple

– Blueberries

– Apple

Method

1. Slice a pear in half and form the head of the caterpillar.

Fruit Caterpillar - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Add a layer of strawberries.

Fruit Caterpillar - 2 strawberry (1 of 1)

3. Then a layer of kiwi fruit.

Fruit Caterpillar - 3 kiwi (1 of 1)

4. Followed by some orange.

Fruit Caterpillar - 4 orange (1 of 1)

5. And some pineapple.

Fruit Caterpillar - 5 pineapple (1 of 1)

6. With some frozen blueberries.

Fruit Caterpillar - 6 blueberries (1 of 1)

7. Then an apple tail.

Fruit Caterpillar - 7 apple (1 of 1)

8. And some blueberry eyes.

Fruit Caterpillar - 8 eyes (1 of 1)

9. Then blueberry legs.

Fruit Caterpillar - 9 legs (1 of 1)

10. Finish with apple and blueberry antennae.

Fun, healthy party food Fruit Caterpillar

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Fun Coleslaw Seahorse

Coleslaw Seahorse

Wow I made this two years ago and never got around to blogging it … until today! I rarely use molds but this is one of those times that I did.

Here’s my fun food, Coleslaw Seahorse.

Fun food art Coleslaw Seahorse

Recipe

– Coleslaw (I used cabbage/carrot & home-made mayo)

– Celery

– Rice

– Carrot

– Corn

– Spinach

– Parsley

– Beetroot

– Daikon/chinese radish

Method

1. Squash some coleslaw into a mold.

Coleslaw Seahorse - 1 mould (1 of 1)

2. Carefully remove the mold.

Coleslaw Seahorse - 2 out of mould (1 of 1)

3. Add some rice for the seabed.

Coleslaw Seahorse - 3 sea floor (1 of 1)

4. Then a celery stalk for seaweed.

Coleslaw Seahorse - 4 plant (1 of 1)

5. Use baby spinach for the seaweed leaves.

Coleslaw Seahorse - 5 leaves (1 of 1)

6. Add some parsley and corn for shells and seaweed.

Coleslaw Seahorse - 6 rocks (1 of 1)

7. Chopped carrot makes more shells.

Coleslaw Seahorse - 7 shells (1 of 1)

8. And daikon perfect bubbles – do seahorses do bubbles?!!?

Coleslaw Seahorse - 8 bubbles (1 of 1)

9. Beetroot gives detail to the seahorse.

Coleslaw Seahorse - 9 features (1 of 1)

10. Finished!

Creative kids food Coleslaw Seahorse

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Fun Apple Volcanoes

Apple Volcanoes

Was chopping some apples and suddenly saw a volcano appear. The dinosaurs are not the best but they improve the scene!!

Here are my fun food Apple Volcanoes.

Fun, healthy kids snacks Apple Volcano

Recipe

– Red apple

– Pear

Method

1. Slice triangles from apple for the mountains.

Apple Volcano - 1 volcano (1 of 1)

2. Cut indents at the top for the craters.

Apple Volcano - 2 crater (1 of 1)

3. Add some of the red for the lava and spitting fire.

Apple Volcano - 3 lava (1 of 1)

4. Use pear for the rocks spewing from the top and around the base.

Apple Volcano - 4 rocks (1 of 1)

5. Make a red sun for the sky.

Apple Volcano - 5 sun (1 of 1)

6. Finish with some dinosaurs cut from pear.

Fun food art Apple Volcano

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Fun Clown Fish

Clown Fish

Nemo may be a little old these days but there’s still something very appealing about a stripy orange fish!

Here are my fun food, Clown Fish.

Healthy kids snacks Clown Fish

Recipe

– Carrot

– Olive

– Cheese

– Corn

– Cucumber

– Dill

Method

1. Cut a fish shape from a large carrot.

Clown Fish - 1 fish (1 of 1)

2. Give him some friends.

Clown Fish - 2 more fish (1 of 1)

3. Add some olive eyes.

Clown Fish - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. And some cheesy stripes.

Clown Fish - 4 stripes (1 of 1)

5. Form the seabed from corn and edible herbs (dill in this case).

Clown Fish - 5 seabed (1 of 1)

6. Add some cucumber bubbles.

Clown Fish - 6 bubbles (1 of 1)

7. Then finish with some cucumber rocks.

Fun food for kids Clown Fish

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