Or should he be a Pepper Parrot?
I have been wanting to make a parrot for ages and had hummus and had tri colour capsicums (bell peppers) so it was time!
Aside from the beak which I just couldn’t get right this was really quite simple and quick to put together (and of course disappeared twice as fast).
– I used home-made hummus as the body but mashed potato or any other thick dip would work
– Capsicums (bell peppers)
– Celery for the branch
– Olives for feet and beak
– I used a dash of yoghurt (cream cheese/sour cream) for the eye
1. I made a rough body shape from hummus.
2. Then added the first part of the wing. I cut a piece from the capsicum (which is nicely rounded naturally) and sliced feathery bits on the tip.
3. I elongated it with some red capsicum.
4. Then added yet more.
5. Before cutting a flamboyant tail from the green capsicum.
6. To give him balance I gave him green crown feathers.
7. And a celery branch to stand on.
8. Then I cut an olive into feet to grip the branch.
9. And used more olive to curve him a big beak (which I kept fiddling with).
10. Then used some yellow capsicum and a bit of olive for his eye. But he looked a bit unbalanced so I added extra feathers to his crown.
11. As he lives in the trees we needed some more leaves (celery).
12. And I thought I was finished but then realised I needed a bit more definition to his eye so put a blob of yoghurt underneath. I also revisited the crown again and made it bigger.
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