Chick Pea Owl
Yesterday I was looking down at some sliced potatoes and they just looked like eyes. I started on this owl with the view to using cauliflower as the feathers. Then when I went to make some hummus to go with the Middle Eastern flavours of the meal I saw the chick peas and suddenly my fun little owl was born.
This is really quite simple and easy to do and last night the boys dipped their veggies in with glee and Mr Owl vanished in a flash.
– Chick peas – for feathers
– Hummus – for body (mashed veggies – potato/sweet potato/pumpkin/carrot would be good substitutes)
– Carrots – for beak, wings, feet (or other veggie that can be cut easily)
– Potato – for eyes (or other veggie cut into ovals)
– Pumpkin – for irises (or other bright veggie)
– Olives – for pupils (or raisins/dates/eggplant-aubergine)
– Parsnips/Spinach for branch/leaves
1. Cut two slices of potato for the eyes.
2. Add bright irises and dark pupils.
3. Form the body shape from the hummus (or mash). I used a combination of my favourite kitchen utensils (fingers), knives and a spoon.
Make his top feathers
4. Add carrot beak, wings and feet.
(Cook the carrots in large chunks as it makes it easier to fashion wings and feet).
5. Cut cooked chick peas (tinned ones would be ready to use) in half and place across the chest and body as feathers.
Use a sharp knife to cut the chick peas to prevent them from breaking.
6. Add a branch and leaves. I used parsnips and baby spinach.
Then the mini-chefs said his top feathers looked like bull horns and his eyes were too cross eyed ….
And they were right …..
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