Fun Watermelon Manor

Watermelon Manor

Watermelon is just so great for designing as you have a giant piece of fruit to work with. This fun food plate was a lot more time consuming than usual (if you want to go the whole hog and put in the window panes) but the end result was worth it and the mini-chefs were delighted by the detail.

Sugar free party food Watermelon house

Recipe

– Watermelon (or other large fruit)

– Pear (or other green fruit)

– Red Apple (plum or pear would work too)

– Desiccated coconut (for the clouds – yoghurt is also good)

Method

1. Cut a big rectangle of watermelon for the house.

Watermelon Manor - 1 house (1 of 1)

2. Then another rectangle with sloping edges for the roof.

Watermelon Manor - 2 roof (1 of 1)

3. Slice pear for the windows

Watermelon Manor - 3 top windows (1 of 1)

4. Then more pear for the lower windows.

Watermelon Manor - 4 windows-door (1 of 1)

5. Before using apple for the chimneys.

Watermelon Manor - 5 chimneys (1 of 1)

6. All that was quick and easy. The window detail from red apple was fiddly and time consuming (and not essential!)

Watermelon Manor - 6 detail (1 of 1)

7. The roof looked a little detached so I added an apple roof-line.

Watermelon Manor - 7 roof line (1 of 1)

8. Then some pear grass, bushes and tree.

Watermelon Manor - 8 foliage (1 of 1)

9. And some steps.

Watermelon Manor - 9 steps (1 of 1)

10. Before finishing it off with some desiccated coconut clouds.

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Fun Capsicum Spider

Capsicum Spider

Loving the variety of veg at this time of year especially the “med veg” that are seasonal.

Here’s our fun food, Capsicum Spider.

Fun food art Capsicum Spider

Recipe

– Grilled zucchini

– Grilled red capsicum (bell pepper)

Method

1. Use a circle of zucchini for the body.

Capsicum Spider - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add capsicum legs.

Capsicum Spider - 2 legs (1 of 1)

3. Then a zucchini head.

Capsicum Spider - 3 head (1 of 1)

4. Form eyes cut from the inside of the capsicum.

Capsicum Spider - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Bit of décor and ready to serve!

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Fun Grape Bee

Grape Bee

Summer here so there are soooo many bumble bees around. Love the buzzing and their big fuzzy bodies.

Our rendition looks a little sad – oops – but here’s our fun food, Grape Bee.

Fun food art Grape Bee

Recipe

– Pineapple

– Black grapes

– Pepitas

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Cut a head from pineapple.

Grape Bee - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Add black grapes then more pineapple for the stripes.

Grape Bee - 2 body (1 of 1)

3. Keep adding more stripes.

Grape Bee - 3 more body (1 of 1)

4. Use half grapes for the eyes and a slice for the stinger.

Grape Bee - 4 eyes & sting (1 of 1)

5. Ring with slices of grape.

Grape Bee - 5 outline (1 of 1)

6. Then do the same for some wings. Use more grape pieces for antennae.

Grape Bee - 6 wings & antennae (1 of 1)

7. Add legs. Fill the wings with coconut and use pepitas for the ground.

Grape Bee - 7 legs, wings, floor (1 of 1)

8. Buzz, buzz, buzz away ….

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Fun Salad Caterpillar

Salad Caterpillar

Lovely summer lunch.

Here’s our fun food, Salad Caterpillar.

Fun, healthy snacks Salad Caterpillar

Recipe

– Cucumber

– Cherry tomatoes

– Yellow capsicum

– Spinach

Method

1. Cut circles of cucumber.

Salad Caterpillar - 1 cucumber (1 of 1)

2. Add cherry tomatoes on top.

Salad Caterpillar - 2 tomato (1 of 1)

3. Add a tail.

Salad Caterpillar - 3 tail (1 of 1)

4. Give her a big head.

Salad Caterpillar - 4 head (1 of 1)

5. And a lovely wiggle.

Salad Caterpillar - 5 wiggle (1 of 1)

6. Use cucumber and yellow capsicum for the face.

Salad Caterpillar - 6 face (1 of 1)

7. Then add some legs.

Salad Caterpillar - 7 legs (1 of 1)

8. Some eyes.

Salad Caterpillar - 8 eyes (1 of 1)

9. And capsicum antennae.

Salad Caterpillar - 9 antennae (1 of 1)

10. Finish with some spinach leaves ….

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Fun Fruit Skewers

Fruit Skewers

Fruit Skewers are one of my favourite things to take to parties in high summer. All those luscious, brightly coloured fruits make for an irresistible plate. Make into rainbows (with associated colours) and serve with some yoghurt or coconut cream and they’re sure to be a winner.
Here is our fun food, Fruit Skewers.

Fun food art Fruit Skewers

Recipe

Any seasonal fruits that will not spoil too quickly (or dip in lemon juice to preserve)

I have made two versions:

– Blueberries

– Watermelon

– Green grapes

– Mandarin

– Strawberries

– Pineapple

– Plum

– Honeydew melon

– Orange

Method

1. Chop fruits and put onto skewer.

Fruit Skewers - 1 skewer (1 of 1)

2. Add skewers.

Fruit Skewers - 2 add skewers (1 of 1)

3. Serve with a dip.

Cute party food Fruit Skewers

4. Make into a rainbow if you’d like.

Fun food art Rainbow Fruit Skewers

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Fun Pea Palm Tree

Pea Palm Tree

In keeping with the tropical weather we would like to be having!

Here’s our fun food, Pea Palm Tree.

Fun food art Pea Palm Tree

Recipe

– Fresh peas

– Carrot

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Hazelnuts

– Grated cheese

Method

1. Arrange the peas as leaves.

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2. Add carrots for a trunk.

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3. And a bright yellow capsicum sun.

Pea Palm Tree - 3 moon-005

4. Hazelnuts make perfect coconuts.

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5. Then finish with some grated cheese sand.

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Fun Blueberry Christmas Tree

Blueberry Christmas Tree

Whipped up a lovely, simple Christmas themed dessert for the boys.

Here’s our fun food, Blueberry Christmas Tree.       Fun food art Blueberry Christmas Tree

Recipe

– Strawberry

– Blueberries

– Yoghurt

– Long thread coconut

– Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Method

1. Cut a strawberry for the pot.

Blueberry Christmas Tree - 1 pot-002

2. Add some blueberries ringing yoghurt to build the tree.

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3. Continue to add yoghurt and blueberries.

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4. Until the tree forms.

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5. Then add a strawberry star to the top.

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6. And some strawberry ground.

Blueberry Christmas Tree - 7 base-008

7. Long thread coconut is perfect tinsel.

Blueberry Christmas Tree - 8 coconut-009

8. A few pepitas for baubles and décor and we’re done.

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Fun Mini Tomato Santas

Mini Tomato Santa’s

There is something admittedly a little military about these!

Here is our fun food, Mini Tomato Santa’s.

Christmas Party food Santas

Recipe

– Cherry tomatoes

– Bread or mushrooms

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Cream cheese

– Olives

– Cheese

Method

1. Slice the tomatoes in half to form the bodies.

Mini Tomato Santas - 1 bodies-001

2. Add a disc of bread/mushroom for the face.

Mini Tomato Santas - 2 faces-002

3. Cut a hat from capsicum.

Mini Tomato Santas - 3 hats-003

4. Form fur and bobble from cream cheese.

Mini Tomato Santas - 4 bobbles & fur-006

5. And of course beards.

Mini Tomato Santas - 5 beards-007

6. Add some arms.

Mini Tomato Santas - 6 arms-008

7. Then a smaller piece of tomato for the pants.

Mini Tomato Santas - 7 pants-010

8. Give them olive boots.

Mini Tomato Santas - 8 boots-011

9. And eyes.

Mini Tomato Santas - 9 eyes-012

10. Some cheese stars for décor and they are rocking!

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Fun Apple Candy Cane

Apple Candy Cane

A Christmas plate that takes literally 2 minutes to make but looks fab!

Here’s our fun food, Apple Candy Cane.

Fun food art Apple Candy Cane

Recipe

– Apple

Method

1. Chop the apple into slices and then from there to rough rectangles.

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2. The pointier end bits become the hook part.

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3. Few herbs to give it colour. Done.

Sugar free Candy Cane

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Fun Grape Christmas Tree

Grape Christmas Tree

Sticking with the simple is good! Here is our fun food, Grape Christmas Tree.

Fun food art Grape Christmas Tree

Recipe

– Green grapes

– Red grapes

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Form the top of the tree from grapes.

Grape Christmas Tree - 1 green-001

2. Add more grapes to form the rest.

Grape Christmas Tree - 2 more green-002

3. Use red grapes for the base.

Grape Christmas Tree - 3 base-003

4. Then form a star for the top.

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5. Reshape a little!

Grape Christmas Tree - 5 Reshape-006

6. Add some baubles.

Grape Christmas Tree - 6 presents-007

7. And finish with coconut snow.

Fun Grape Christmas Tree

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Fun Christmas Cheese Board

Christmas Cheese Board

Who doesn’t love a cheese board on a special occasion. It’s the perfect way to present a healthy share platter for a party for any age group. Even better you can use whatever suits – cheese, nuts, fruit, crackers, condiments ….

Here’s our very simple, fun food, Christmas Cheese Board.

Healthy Christmas party food Cheese Board

Recipe

I used:

– Cheddar cheese

– Cherry tomatoes

– Dried rosemary

– Feta cheese

– Almonds

– Pineapple

– Peanuts

Method

1. Cut the cheese into cubes and place on a wooden board.

Christmas Cheese Board - 1 cheese-0219

2. Add some bright cherry tomatoes.

Christmas Cheese Board - 2 tomatoes-0220

3. Then some dried rosemary.

Christmas Cheese Board - 3 herbs-0221

4. Followed by some feta cheese cubes.

Christmas Cheese Board - 4 feta-0222

5. And some almonds.

Christmas Cheese Board - 5 almonds-0223

6. Few more cheddar chunks.

Christmas Cheese Board - 6 cheese-0224

7. Then some tomatoes and rosemary.

Christmas Cheese Board - 7 tomato-0225

8. Place a pineapple star on the top.

Christmas Cheese Board - 8 pineapple-0226

9. And form a base from peanuts.

Christmas Cheese Board - 9 trunk-0227

10. A few fresh herbs for décor and it’s ready to serve.

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Fun Fruit Tree

Fruit Tree

At this time of the year we need simple. Simple is good!

Here’s our fun food, Fruit Tree ..

Fun food art Fruit Tree

Recipe

– Mandarin

– Green grapes

Method

1. Form a trunk from mandarins.

Fruit Tree - 1 trunk-001

2. Then branches.

Fruit Tree - 2 branches-002

3. Give the tree grape leaves.

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4. Filling the branches.

Fruit Tree - 4 more leaves-008

5. And finishing with some grape ground.

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Fun Banana Train

Banana Train

Trains are so easy to build and great to eat!

Here’s our fun food, Banana Train.

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Recipe

– Banana

– Red apple

– Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

– Sunflower seeds

– Raisins

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Build an engine and trucks.

Banana Train - 1 engine & trucks-02312. Connect with some apple.

Banana Train - 2 links-02303. Then add a funnel and cab.

4. Use discs of apple for wheels.

5. Then add a banana cow catcher at the front.

6. A red apple window completes the cab.

7. And the trucks get filled with sunflower seeds and pepitas.

8. Use more apple for the wheel cranks (oh I’m so happy with that technical term I looked up on Google …)

9. Desiccated coconut makes perfect steam.

10. And finish with raisin tracks.

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Fun Grape Cat

Grape Cat

Someone gave me some lovely black grapes. Would be a shame not to use them!

Here is our fun food, Grape Cat.

Fun food art Grape Cat

 

Recipe

– Black grapes

– Yoghurt

– Mint leaves

– Pepitas (sunflower seeds)

Method

1. Use half a grape for a head.

Grape Cat - 1 head-0223

2. Add some ears.

Grape Cat - 2 ears-0224

3. Then a body (I had to make it bigger later as he looked so scrawny and sad).

Grape Cat - 3 body-0225

4. Give him a tail.

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5. And big eyes made from yoghurt and slices of mint.

Grape Cat - 5 eyes-0227

6. Then a grape nose.

Grape Cat - 6 nose-0228

7. With a bigger body.

Grape Cat - 7 body-0229

8. Then some whiskers.

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9. Finish with mint & pepitas for the ground.

Sugar free snacks Cat

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Fun Monsters in Cave

Monsters in Cave

OK so this is a bit left of centre but Joe loved it doused in home-made mayo!

Here’s our fun food, Monsters in Cave.         Fun food for picky kids Monsters

Recipe

– Cucumber

– Cabbage

– Carrot

– Cream cheese

– Olives

Method

1. Build the outline of a cave from cucumber.

Monsters in a Cave - 1 cucumber-001

2. Then drape some cabbage “vines”.

Monsters in a Cave - 2 vines-002

3. Give the cave some depth and ground beside.

Monsters in a Cave - 4 ground-004

4. Then add more vines.

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5. And some monster faces from carrot.

Monsters in a Cave - 6 faces-007

6. Give them some googly, cream cheese eyes.

Monsters in a Cave - 7 eyes-008

7. Then some olive mouths and pupils.

Monsters in a Cave - 8 pupils-mouths-009

8. Before adding some fangs.

Monsters in a Cave - 9 teeth-010

9. And finish with some cute, grabby arms.

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Fun Grape Birds

Grape Birds

So many birds waking me up at 5.30am, and now they have brought in mini-reinforcements!

Here is our fun food, Grape Birds.

Fun food for picky kids Grape Birds

Recipe

– Grapes

– Pear

– Strawberry

– Raisins

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Build a bird from a grape.

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2. Add a raisin eye.

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3. Then a pear tree (without partridge).

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4. And a nest made from pear flesh.

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5. Then the grape babies.

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6. Give mummy a larger tail, a larger beak and a strawberry worm.

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7. And some cubes of pear for the ground.

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8. Finished with some desiccated coconut clouds.

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Fun Apple-Strawberry Fish

Apple Strawberry Fish

Strawberries have just come in to season – yummm. Add some crunchy apple and you have an Apple-Strawberry Fish.

Fun food art Apple Strawberry Fish

Recipe

– Red apple

– Strawberries

– Almonds (flaked)

– Hazelnuts

Method

1. Slice some apple for the head.

Apple Strawberry Fish - 1 head-001

2. Add a mouth shape.

Apple Strawberry Fish - 2 mouth-002

3. Then use the strawberries for scales.

Apple Strawberry Fish - 3 body-003

4. Until you have a whole body.

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5. Add an apple tail.

Apple Strawberry Fish - 5 tail-006

6. And a big eye.

Apple Strawberry Fish - 6 eye-007

7. Then some spiky fins.

Apple Strawberry Fish - 7 fins-008

8. Flaked almonds make great rocks.

Apple Strawberry Fish - 8 rocks-009

9. Finish with some hazelnut bubbles.

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Fun Celery Salad Pig

Celery Salad Pig

Celery is one of those foods that people either like or don’t. When I went to visit my parents one time my mother made an apple and celery salad. It instantly reverted me to childhood! Yummy mix of sweet and savoury with nuts and raisins to pique the taste buds. When I was young it was the way to eat celery.

Here’s my giant, fun food Celery Salad Pig. OK he’s a bit squashed but …

Cute food for picky kids Salad Pig

Recipe

– Coleslaw of your choice

– Red apple

– Celery

– Raisins

Method

1. Make a body from the coleslaw.

Celery Salad Pig - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add ears from apple.

Celery Salad Pig - 2 ears (1 of 1)

3. And a big nose.

Celery Salad Pig - 3 nose (1 of 1)

4. Give him raisin nostrils.

Celery Salad Pig - 4 nostrils (1 of 1)

5. And eyes.

Celery Salad Pig - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

6. Then add a curly, celery tail.

Celery Salad Pig - 6 tail (1 of 1)

7. And legs.

Celery Salad Pig - 7 feet (1 of 1)

8. Yummm!

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Fun Cheesy Sheep

Cheesy Sheep

My computer died on Friday so I have been in tech hell since then …

Fortunately starting to get back to normal so here’s my happy, fun food Cheesy Sheep.

Fun food art Cheese Sheep

Recipe

– Cottage or ricotta cheese

– Mushrooms

– Cucumber

– Carrot

– Celery

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Cherry tomato

Method

1. Form a body from cheese.

Cottage Cheese Sheep - 1 body-1

2. Add a mushroom head.

Cottage Cheese Sheep - 2 head-1

3. And legs.

Cottage Cheese Sheep - 3 legs-1

4. Cheese eyes.

Cottage Cheese Sheep - 4 eyes-1

5. With a shiny tomato and capsicum sun.

Cottage Cheese Sheep - 5 sun-1

6. Slice some cucumber and celery grass.

Cottage Cheese Sheep - 6 grass-1

7. Add a big of carrot then you can even dip!

Healthy Party Food Cheese Sheep

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Fun Pear Faces

Pear Faces

This is a fun activity to do with the mini chefs. Cut up a few pieces of fruit and let them go crazy!

Here are my fun food, Pear Faces.

Healthy party food Fruit Faces

Recipe

– Green pear

– Strawberries

– Raisins

Method

1. Slice the cheeks from the pear and use for the face. Take off the additional from the back too so they lie flat.

Apple Faces - 1 face-1

2. Add raisin eyes.

Apple Faces - 2 eyes-1

3. Then slice the tops of the faces ready for the headgear.

Apple Faces - 3 top of the heads-1

4. Use strawberries for the hair.

Apple Faces - 4 strawberry hair-1

5. And pear for the hat.

Apple Faces - 5 hat-1

6. Add strawberry mouths and a dapper moustache.

Apple Faces - 6 mouth & moustache-1

7. Then little raisin noses.

Apple Faces - 7 nose-1

8. More pear makes a neck and upper body.

Apple Faces - 8 neck-1

9. Before adding a necktie and necklace.

Apple Faces - 9 necktie-necklace-1

10. All finished and ready to eat.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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4. Put on a balcony.

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5. Then a light from orange.

Apple Lighthouse - 6 light-1

6. And a housing from apple.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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7. Finish with a carrot butterfly.

Fun food for picky kids Cheese Flowers

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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.

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8. And a ruff made from spinach.

Salad Princess - 8 ruff-1

9. Finish with some stars.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Fun Mandarin Ostrich

Mandarin Ostrich

On a roll with the mandarin designs – they’re just so easy!

Here’s my fun food, Mandarin Ostrich.

Fun food art Mandarin Ostrich

Recipe

– Mandarin

– Brown pear or apple

– Raisin or blueberry

– Sunflower seeds or nuts

Method

1. Use half a mandarin as the body.

Mandarin Ostrich - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add a pear neck with a little piece that the beak will fit onto.

Mandarin Ostrich - 2 neck & head (1 of 1)

3. Then some pear legs and feet.

Mandarin Ostrich - 3 legs (1 of 1)

4. Use some of the flesh for the beak.

Mandarin Ostrich - 4 beak (1 of 1)

5. And a raisin for the pupil.

Mandarin Ostrich - 5 pupils (1 of 1)

6. Then it’s time for some ostentatious tail feathers.

Mandarin Ostrich - 6 tail (1 of 1)

7. And a little neck ruff.

Mandarin Ostrich - 7 neck rough (1 of 1)

8. Give him some ground to run on.

Mandarin Ostrich - 8 ground (1 of 1)

9. Finished!

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Fun Pineapple Porcupine

Pineapple Porcupine

Ahhhhh, had a terrible mother moment and realised I’d forgotten to make a share plate for Joe to take to a social occasion and had literally 10 mins to rectify my “unmotherliness”.

Apologise for the quality of the photos as it was a mad dash from start to finish.

Here’s my fun food, share plate, a Pineapple Porcupine (and yes he was appreciated, devoured and finished!) phew, I am redeemed.

Healthy Party food Pineapple Porcupine

Recipe

– Pineapple (I used fresh but tinned would work)

– Red Apple (or pear/melon/stone fruit)

– Plum (or just use more apple)

Method

1. Chop the pineapple and start to build the body.

Pineapple Porcupine - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add more pineapple and form an oval-ish shape.

Pineapple Porcupine - 1 more body (1 of 1)

3. Pile on a second layer.

Pineapple Porcupine - 2 next layer (1 of 1)

4. Use cocktail sticks as the spines and for ease of eating.

Pineapple Porcupine - 4 skewers (1 of 1)

5. Cut the red apple to form the head and ears.

Pineapple Porcupine - 5 head & ears (1 of 1)

6. And use more for the feet.

Pineapple Porcupine - 6 feet (1 of 1)

7. Add pupils from dark plum.

Pineapple Porcupine - 7 eyes (1 of 1)

8. Then slice a circle of plum for the nose.

Pineapple Porcupine - Finished (1 of 1)

9. And he’s ready to serve.

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Fun Scarecrow Dip

Scarecrow Dip

Hope he’s not too “scary clown” looking!

Here’s my fun food, Scarecrow Dip.

Creative food for picky eaters Scarecrow Dip

Recipe

– Dip (I used hummus)

– Celery

– Cucumber

– Carrot

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Olives

Method

1. Put the dip in a bowl. Having a lip makes it easier to balance the hat and hair!

Scarecrow Dip - 1 dip (1 of 1)

2. Use celery to form a hat.

Scarecrow Dip - 2 hat (1 of 1)

3. Cut a triangle of cucumber for the nose.

Scarecrow Dip - 3 nose (1 of 1)

4. Then use more for the eyes and pupils.

Scarecrow Dip - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Add some strips of carrot for hair.

Scarecrow Dip - 5 hair (1 of 1)

6. And slices of olive for the mouth.

Scarecrow Dip - 6 mouth (1 of 1)

7. Give him some rosy, red capsicum cheeks.

Scarecrow Dip - 7 cheeks (1 of 1)

8. And he’s ready to party!

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Fun Pear Elephant

Pear Elephant

Elephants are so hard to do! Not sure I nailed this and the boys agreed but didn’t stop them eating it anyway!

Here’s my fun food Pear Elephant.

Cute food for kids Pear Elephant

Recipe

– Brown pear

– Raisin (or blueberry)

– Pepitas/pumpkin seeds

– Persimmon/orange

Method

1. Cut a body from the flesh of the pear.

Pear Elephant - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add a tail.

Pear Elephant - 2 tail (1 of 1)

3. And 3 legs (oops?).

Pear Elephant - 3 feet (1 of 1)

4. Then the head.

Pear Elephant - 4 head (1 of 1)

5. Using the outside of the pear for the trademark ears.

Pear Elephant - 5 ears (1 of 1)

6. Adding a big trunk.

Pear Elephant - 6 trunk (1 of 1)

7. And a raisin eye.

Pear Elephant - 7 eye (1 of 1)

8. Then a bright orange persimmon sun.

Pear Elephant - 8 sun (1 of 1)

9. Pepitas and chopped pear form the ground.

Pear Elephant - 9 ground (1 of 1)

10. Finished!

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Fun Hummus Fish

Hummus Fish

My boys love home-made hummus with their veggie sticks. Thought we’d go one step further and create a dip/veggie plate.

Here’s my fun food, Hummus Fish. Quick, simple, delicious.

Fun food for picky kids Hummus Fish

Recipe

– Hummus (or bean dip)

– Cucumber

– Carrot

– Corn

– Dill (or other edible plants!)

Method

1. Form a body from the dip.

Hummus Fish - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add some big, cucumber eyes.

Hummus Fish - 2 eyes (1 of 1)

3. And carrot tail fins.

Hummus Fish - 3 tail (1 of 1)

4. Then some side fins.

Hummus Fish - 4 fins (1 of 1)

5. Add some spikes.

Hummus Fish - 5 spines (1 of 1)

6. A few more spikes and a cucumber smile.

Hummus Fish - 6 spines-smile (1 of 1)

7. Then use the inside of the cucumber for the pupil.

Hummus Fish - 7 pupil (1 of 1)

8. Corn makes perfect sand.

Hummus Fish - 8 sand (1 of 1)

9. Then some dill and its flowers for seabed plants.

Hummus Fish - 9 plants (1 of 1)

10. A few cucumber bubbles and we’re all finished.

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Fun Rainbow Skewers

Rainbow Skewers

Skewers are a fun food, simple way to increase the veggie count!

These are versatile as you can use any brightly coloured veggies. I have grilled mine then added to the skewer.

Fun lunches Rainbow Skewers

Recipe

Any veg you like. I used:

– Red & yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Zucchini

– Pumpkin

– Swiss mushrooms

– Red cabbage

– Kohl rabi

Method

1. Cook the veg.

Rainbow Skewers - 1 tray (1 of 1)

2. Place all the veg on a skewer.

Rainbow Skewers - 2 skewer (1 of 1)

3. Pack the lunchbox.

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Fun Egg-Face Lunchbox

Egg Face Lunchbox

Continuing with simple, fun ideas for lunchboxes we’ve made a face. Use whatever you have to hand to create a fun food face …

Fun food art Egg Face LunchBox

Recipe

– Boiled egg

– Olives (or peas/corn/carrot)

– Radish (or tomato/red capsicum)

Method

1. Slice a boiled egg in half.

Egg Face LunchB - 1 egg (1 of 1)

2. Add some olive eyes.

Egg Face LunchB - 2 eyes (1 of 1)

3. And a smiley, radish mouth.

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Fun Salad Skier

Salad Skier

We’re up in the mountains in the snow. Not skiing but no reason not to create one anyway!

Here’s my fun food, Salad Skier.

Creative winter food Salad Skier

Recipe

– Radish

– Carrot

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Celery

– Cucumber

– Cottage cheese

– Dill

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

Method

1. Cut the radish into a circle to form the head.

Salad Skier - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Create a body from carrot.

Salad Skier - 2 body  (1 of 1)

3. Then add an arm.

Salad Skier - 3 arm (1 of 1)

4. Give him a backside.

Salad Skier - 4 backside (1 of 1)

5. And some strong legs.

Salad Skier - 5 legs (1 of 1)

6. Use the outside of the radish for goggles and a smile.

Salad Skier - 6 goggles (1 of 1)

7. Then red capsicum for the hat and gloves.

Salad Skier - 7 hat & mittens (1 of 1)

8. Slice celery to make a ski.

Salad Skier - 8 ski (1 of 1)

9. And another one.

Salad Skier - 9 other ski (1 of 1)

10. Make him a ski pole.

Salad Skier - 10 ski pole (1 of 1)

11. Then add the cottage cheese snow.

Salad Skier - 11 snow (1 of 1)

12. Cucumber trees give him some obstacles!

Salad Skier - 12 trees  (1 of 1)

13. But they’re not complete without a bit of snow.

Salad Skier - 13 snow on trees (1 of 1)

14. Fresh dill makes the perfect bobble and scarf.

Salad Skier - 14 scarf & bobble (1 of 1)

15. All finished with a yellow capsicum sun.
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Fun Radish Unicorn

Radish Unicorn

Now admittedly there is not a lot of pink or fairy themes in our household. However, unicorns are different. Who doesn’t love a magical beast with a giant skewer attached to its head!
Here’s my fun food Radish Unicorn.

Creative kids food unicorn

Recipe

– Radish

– Red cabbage

– Raisin (I used for the eye/nostril and then realised I should have used olive!!)

– Celery (for décor)

Method

1. Cut a face and mouth from the inside of a radish.

Radish Unicorn - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Slice the outside of a radish to form the horn.

Radish Unicorn - 2 horn (1 of 1)

3. Then cut some ears.

Radish Unicorn - 3 ears (1 of 1)

4. It’s hard to see but I made an eye from radish then added part of a raisin for the pupil and nostril.

Radish Unicorn - 4 eye-nostril (1 of 1)

5. Use red cabbage with thin cuts at one side to make the mane.

Radish Unicorn - 5 mane (1 of 1)
6. Then add a little hair brushed forwards.

Radish Unicorn - 6 hair (1 of 1)

7. As she’s a magical beast we needed stars cut from radish, cabbage and celery.

Radish Unicorn - 7 stars (1 of 1)

8. A little more magic – poof – finished.

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Fun Apple Pigs

Apple Pigs

When Joe realised I was taking special requests he was right in there with pigs (which he is fixated with at the moment).

Here are Joe and my fun food, Apple Pigs.
Fun food art apple pigs

Recipe

– Red apple

– Raisins

– Almonds (or other nuts/seeds or chopped fruit to make the ground)

Method

1. Cut an oval for the body.

Apple Pigs - 1 body-1

2. Add a circular head.

Apple Pigs - 2 head-1

3. And four legs with a triangle cut out of the end for the trotters.

Apple Pigs - 3 legs-1

4. Slice a semi-circle to make the head fit better then some ears.

Apple Pigs - 4 ears-1

5. Thinly cut a strip of apple skin to make the curly tail.

Apple Pigs - 5 tail-1

6. Then give him a partner with a funky red nose.

Apple Pigs - 6 second pig-1

7. Add some little raisin eyes.

Apple Pigs - 7 eyes & tail-1

8. And the curly tail.

Apple Pigs - 8 nostrils-1

9. A few flaked almonds for the ground.

Apple Pigs - 9 nuts-1

10. Done! Oink Oink …

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Fun Watermelon Boat

Watermelon Boat

We’re having the most amazing Indian Summer so are still dreaming of beaches, boats and of course stuffing ourselves full of watermelon!

Here’s my simple, fun food, Watermelon Boat.

Cute food for kids Watermelon Boat

Recipe

– Watermelon

– Banana

– Blueberries

– Orange

Method

1. Cut a triangle sail.

Watermelon Boat - 1 Sail (1 of 1)

2. Add a slice of banana for the hull.

Watermelon Boat - 2 banana (1 of 1)

3. And a banana mast.

Watermelon Boat - 3 mast (1 of 1)

4. Pile on some blueberries for the sea.

Watermelon Boat - 4 sea (1 of 1)

5. With a shining orange sun.

Watermelon Boat - 5 sun (1 of 1)

6. And some blueberry birds ….

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Fun Watermelon Toadstools

Watermelon Toadstools

Watermelon is in season – YEAH! We love the taste and it’s so good to use for designing – although in NZ it seems very light in colour comparative to that found elsewhere.

Here are my fun food, Watermelon Toadstools.

Fun food art Watermelon Toadstools

Recipe

– Watermelon

– Green pear

Method

1. Cut toadstool caps from the watermelon.

Watermelon Toadstools - 1 caps (1 of 1)

2. And add some spots from pear.

Watermelon Toadstools - 2 spots (1 of 1)

3. Then some stems.

Watermelon Toadstools - 3 stems (1 of 1)

4. And finish with a little pear foliage.

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Fun Propeller Plane

Propeller Plane

More lovely, seasonal fruit. Pears and canteloupe/rock melon. Ahhh, melons are a designers dream!!
This fun food, Propeller Plane is the perfect after school snack or share for a play date.

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Recipe

– Green pear or apple

– Canteloupe/rockmelon or honeydew

– Plum or apple

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Cut a body shape for the plane from the pear.

Propellor Plane - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Then add the pear fuselage.

Propellor Plane - 2 fuselage (1 of 1)

3. Use melon for the wings.

Propellor Plane - 3 wings (1 of 1)

4. I had a small melon so needed to extend the wings a bit.

Propellor Plane - 4 wing tips (1 of 1)

5. Then the tail.

Propellor Plane - 5 tail (1 of 1)

6. And a pear propeller.

Propellor Plane - 6 propellor (1 of 1)

7. Slice the outside of the plum for the wing detail.

Propellor Plane - 7 wing detail (1 of 1)

8. Then use more for the cockpit.

Propellor Plane - 8 cockpit (1 of 1)

9. A few desiccated coconut clouds and you’re ready to fly …

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Fun Superbowl Platter

Superbowl Platter

To celebrate the Superbowl final I have put together a fun food, share platter. Would be perfect for a rugby final too!

Fun food art rugby ball

Recipe

– Carrot

– White bean dip (or any light coloured dip or cheese)

– Celery

– Cucumber

Method

1. Slice the carrot into thick discs and build the shape of a football.

Superbowl Platter - 1 carrots (1 of 1)

2. Add more carrot sliced thinly to cover the gaps.

Superbowl Platter - 2 filler (1 of 1)

3. Use half carrot slices around the edge.

Superbowl Platter - 3 outline (1 of 1)

4. Shape the dip into the stitches that run down the centre.

Superbowl Platter - 4 stitches (1 of 1)

5. And use more dip for the end stripes.

Superbowl Platter - 5 markings (1 of 1)

6. Add small bowls of dip.

Superbowl Platter - 6 dips (1 of 1)

7. Cut celery and cucumber batons for grass (and as extra crudites).

Superbowl Platter - 7 grass (1 of 1)

8. Then my OCD kicked in and I had to centre the ball better!

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Fun Brekkie Christmas Tree

Brekkie Christmas Tree

Bubble and squeak is a firm favourite in our house and it’s so versatile as you can chuck whatever left-over veggies you have into the mix.

This is our fun food breakfast version in the shape of a tree (Christmas of course).

Healthy Christmas breakfast tree

Recipe

– Bubble & squeak

– Egg (separated and cooked)

– Mushroom

– Baby spinach

Method

1. I cooked the bubble and squeak then cut it into the shape of a tree.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 1 tree (1 of 1)

2. Then added a mushroom pot.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 2 pot (1 of 1)

3. And an egg yolk star.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 3 star (1 of 1)

4. Then used the egg white to make baubles.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 4 ornaments (1 of 1)

5. With more egg yolk as heart shaped ornaments.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 5 hearts (1 of 1)

6. Baby spinach cut with scissors made perfect tinsel.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 6 tinsel (1 of 1)

7. Then I added presents using some of the left-overs.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 7 presents (1 of 1)

8. Ready to eat.

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Fun July 4th Veg

July 4th Veggies

Independence Day coming up in the US so thought I’d experiment with natural colours and see if I could create a blue. It was more green than I’d have liked 🙁 but was super simple to do. I just chopped a handful of red cabbage, placed in boiling water and added a sprinkle of bicarbonate of soda. I left the lid on the pot for a few minutes and then drained the cabbage. I mixed this with mash for a natural blue.

Here’s a fun food, veggie celebration plate using “blue” food.

blue food 4th July healthy

Recipe

– Mashed potato mixed with naturally dyed cabbage

– Red Capsicum (bell pepper)

– Mushrooms (peeled)

Method

1. Mould a “4” from the mash mixture.

4th July Veg - 1 4 (1 of 1)

2. Then add the “th”.

4th July Veg - 2 th (1 of 1)

3. I used a cookie cutter to make some capsicum stars.

4th July Veg - 3 stars (1 of 1)

4. And another one to cut out some smaller, mushroom ones.

4th July Veg - 4 white stars (1 of 1)

5. One smaller red star and some capsicum streamers and that’s it!

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Love U Mum

Love U Mum

Happy Mother’s Day to all …

Healthy food for Mother's Day

Recipe

I used:

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Cucumber

– Carrot

Method

1. I cut a heart from the cheek of a red capsicum.

Love u Mum - 1 heart (1 of 1)

2. Then a “U” from a yellow capsicum.

Love u Mum - 2 u (1 of 1)

3. Before making two “M”s from a piece of cucumber and a “U” from carrot.

Love u Mum - 3 mum (1 of 1)

4. A bit of decorating with the leftovers and it’s done.

Love You Mum food

5. Or is it too jazzy?

Love u Mum Mother's Day food

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Fun Santa Over the Moon

Over the Moon …

Well we’re over the moon that Santa will finally be on his way tonight ….

Here’s my special, Christmas Eve fun food plate designed for my boys.

 

Recipe

– Apple (pear)

– Blueberries

– Strawberry

– Coconut

Method

1. I tried to use a pineapple for the moon but it was too yellow. The large centre part from an apple looked much better!

Over the Moon - 1 moon (1 of 1)

2. I cut a sled shape from a blueberry.

Over the Moon - 2 sled (1 of 1)

3. Then added a Santa-esque shape.

Over the Moon - 3 Santa (1 of 1)

And some boxes on and off the back of the sled.

4. But without reindeer where would he be …

Over the Moon - 4 Full reindeer (1 of 1)

Cut from blueberries again.

5. Then given legs to run.

Over the Moon - 4 Full reindeer (1 of 1)

6. Reins for Santa to hold.

Over the Moon - 5 nose (1 of 1)

And a blob of strawberry for Rudolph’s nose.

7. Then I added some apple planets.

Over the Moon - 6 stars & moon (1 of 1)

8. Some coconut for the distant stars and Santa could be seen flitting over the moon …

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Fun Four and 20 Blackbirds

Four and 20 Blackbirds

I’m stumbling from Fairy Tales to Nursery Rhymes at the moment!

Max had begged me to make a pie, which I will make on occasion as a treat. The filling is mostly veggies and lentils slow cooked in home-made stock with a pastry shell which is made from wholemeal flour, wholegrain oats and water. The end result is surprisingly good, passably healthy and a total crowd-pleaser.

This time I decided to make it more exciting by adding some olive birds to transform it into Four and 20 Blackbirds. It makes it into a great centrepiece, fun food creation. And yes, the blackbirds are a bit Ninja-ish !!

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The boys were totally delighted by the addition of the birds and couldn’t wait to pick them off the top. The leftover pie slotted nicely into their thermoses for lunch the next day too!

Recipe

– Pie, I used a veggie/lentil one

– Egg. I egg washed the pie lid to make it glossy

– Olives for birds

– Carrots for birds detail

Method

1. Bake a pie.

Four & 20 Blackbirds - 2 Pie (1 of 1)

2. Make the blackbirds. I sliced two olives down the centre lengthways and used the first as the body. The second one I broke in half and slotted the two pieces into the split at the back in the first olive curling out to make wings.

Four & 20 Blackbirds - 1 blackbird (1 of 1)

Then I cut an olive in half widthways to make the head and balanced it on the body.
A carrot was cut to make eyes, beak and feet. I carefully poked holes in the olive head and pushed the carrot bits in for the eyes and beak. The feet just sat at the front of the bird.

3. Place the birds on the pie (make sure it’s not too hot or the feet curl …..)

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4. I cut and peeled back part of the lid of the pie for the “birds emerging” from the centre of the pie effect!

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Fun Porcupine Party Piece

Porcupine Party Piece

This is a great way to present crudités for a party, children’s or adults. I would normally have used home-made hummus for something like this but each week I try something new and this week it was the dip’s turn!

I cooked cauliflower by cutting it into very small pieces and then roasting it in a tray until it went a bit brown (hence the colour of the dip). I added a bit of milk to make it into a puree, added a few herbs and it was delicious. All the boys gave it a thumbs up for taste and texture and voted it a repeat dish.

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So here is my fun food, party piece porcupine that I may just present at the next school function requiring a share plate ……

Recipe

– Dip (I used roasted cauliflower puree) but hummus or alternative would work too

– Crudites – I used carrot and celery but any veg that can be cut into strips is good

– I used a small tomato, slice of cucumber and an olive for the face

– I cut a piece of carrot for the feet

Method

1. Mould the dip into a body shape (I use spoon, knife and fingers).

Porcupine - 1 Body (1 of 1)

2. Add a nose and then frame with a small tomato cut into half for eyes.

Porcupine - 2 eyes (1 of 1)

3. Slice carrot and celery thinly and “spike” at the ends. Insert into the body of the porcupine.

Porcupine - 3 spines (1 of 1)

4. Keep adding spines all across the back until it’s covered in carrot and celery.

Porcupine - 4 spines + (1 of 1)

5. I used cucumber slices to make the inside of the eyes then cut an olive to make the pupils and nose.

Porcupine - 5 face (1 of 1)

6. Next I gave her some legs.

Porcupine - 6 legs (1 of 1)

7. Added some carrot feet.

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8. And she is ready to grace the centre of the table. Dig in …..

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Fun Banana Broomstick (Halloween)

Banana Broomstick

Ahhh, my witch is late for Halloween!!

This fun food dessert is easy to put together and great to eat. Cute cat meets cartoon witch on a dubious banana broomstick …. or get creative and use some different fruits.

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Recipe

– Banana for broomstick but could cut from apple/pear/melon

– Apple cat and witch. Could use pear or melon too.

– Strawberry eye (any contrasting colour fruit would do)

– Moon (yoghurt). I actually used banana to start with but it looked better being very white.

Method

1. Cut two slices of banana to make the broom handle.

Fruit Broomstick - starter (1 of 1)

2. Then make a brush end by scoring some lines into a piece of banana.

Fruit Broomstick - 2 Broomstick (1 of 1)

3. Cut an oval for the cat’s body from the flesh of an apple.

Fruit Broomstick - 3 cat body (1 of 1)

And a circle for the head.

4. Give her apple ears and an ostentatious tail.

Fruit Broomstick - 4 Ears & tail (1 of 1)

5. Then some arms.

Fruit Broomstick - 5 arms (1 of 1)

6. I made a moon from a circle cut from the banana but changed it later as it needed to be more “white” for contrast.

Fruit Broomstick - 6 moon (1 of 1)

7. I used the outer part of a green apple to cut eyes, nose/mouth and whiskers.

Fruit Broomstick - 7 face (1 of 1)

8. Then it was time for the witch, also cut from green apple.

Fruit Broomstick - 8 Body (1 of 1)

9. The witch was very roughly cut as she is supposed to cartoony! So I cut a crones face.

Fruit Broomstick - 9 head (1 of 1)

10. Then gave her a strawberry eye.

Fruit Broomstick - 10 eye (1 of 1)

11. And a triangular hat.

Fruit Broomstick - 11 hat (1 of 1)

12. Then some legs and feet.

Fruit Broomstick - 12 legs (1 of 1)

13. And an arm to hold onto the broomstick.

Fruit Broomstick - 13 arm (1 of 1)

14. With a cape flying behind her.

Fruit Broomstick - 14 cape (1 of 1)

15. Then I added a yoghurt moon and some coconut stars and she was good enough to eat ….

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Fun Food – Mash Ghost (Halloween)

Fun Food – Mash Ghost

Get the children to make their own super simple mash potato ghost for Halloween. This fun food creation takes minutes to make and about the same to eat!!

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Recipe

– Mash potato (any mashed veg would substitute – parsnip/cauliflower/white bean).

– I used olives for the eyes and mouth

– I used corn for the writing but peas or any other small veggie would do

Method

1. Make the ghost from the mash (make sure the mash is not too wet when you cook it).

Mash Ghost - 1 Mash (1 of 1)

 

I made a triangular head and then stuck arms on later and moulded them into shape.

2. Add a face. I sliced olives which gave the ghost a startled expression.

Mash Ghost - 2 face (1 of 1)

 

3. Then I made “Boo !!” from corn kernels.

Mash Ghost - 3 boo (1 of 1)

 

4. And that is it. My simple, fun, mashy ghost.

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Fun Carrot Fingers – Halloween

Carrot Fingers

I wanted to create a party piece for Halloween and some crudites and dip are a perfect starter. I have used a home-made beetroot dip so I can make sure it’s healthy!

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This is a fun plate that would be great at any time of the year ….. and then the gross addition (subtraction!!) of half a finger fits right into Halloween.

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Recipe

– 5 small carrots

– I used yellow capsicum (bell pepper) for the fingernails – you could substitute with sliced cucumber/celery/daikon/radish

– Dip – I used beetroot for the “blood” effect

Method

1. Peel and slice the carrot in half and then cut into a “finger” shape.

Carrot Fingers - 1 carrot (1 of 1)

 

2. Then cut an indent at the end for the fingernail to sit in.

Carrot Fingers - 2 fingernail (1 of 1)

 

3. And make enough for a handful! I used a smaller carrot for the little finger.

Carrot Fingers - 3 four fingers (1 of 1)

 

4. Then for the thumb slice the fingernail indent to the side and trim down so it’s a little shorter too.

Carrot Fingers - 4 Thumb (1 of 1)

 

5. I cut pieces of a yellow capsicum/bell pepper to make the nails.

Carrot Fingers - 5 fingernails (1 of 1)

 

6. And then used the left over pieces to make knuckles.

Carrot Fingers - 6 knuckles (1 of 1)

 

7. I made a dip.

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8. And there is a great party plate to share.

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9. Or if you prefer the Halloween (gross) version ….

Carrot Fingers - Gross (1 of 1)

Then cut off the tip of one of the fingers and dunk in the dip. I also added some beetroot juice to the end of the severed finger….

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Fun Fruit Skeleton – Halloween

Fruit Skeleton

Skeletons fit well into Halloween but this is a fun food, cartoony one that you can whip up quickly for dessert or a snack. My boys were rapt to be able to share with one of their friends and delightedly picked off the body parts to eat (as you do!).

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Recipe

This is a very versatile recipe as you can use any fruit you have on hand. This is what I used and suggestions for substitutions:

– Apple for the skull (pear/melon/stone fruit)

– Dark grapes for the face and elbow/knee (blueberries/raisins)

– Pineapple for the bones (apple/pear/melon/stone fruit/banana)

– Green grapes for the vertebrae (any fruit cut into circles)

– Mandarin segments for ribs (you could cut apple/pear/melon/stone fruit)

– Strawberries for hands and feet (apple/pear/melon/stone fruit)

Method

1. Cut the shape of the skull. I used the inner flesh from an apple in one design and pear in the other.

Fruit Skeleton - 1 skull (1 of 1)

 

2. I cut the bottoms from grapes to make the eyes and then sliced some teeth from the side of the grape.

Fruit Skeleton - 2 face (1 of 1)

 

3. And sliced some extra bits for nostrils.

Fruit Skeleton - 3 nostrils (1 of 1)

 

4. Then I placed a line of vertebrae cut from the bottom of green grapes.

Fruit Skeleton - 4 vertebrae (1 of 1)

 

5. I used the handily shaped mandarin segments to make ribs.

Fruit Skeleton - 5 ribs (1 of 1)

 

6. Then cut pineapple to make collarbones.

Fruit Skeleton - 6 Collarbones (1 of 1)

 

7. And arms.

Fruit Skeleton - 7 arms (1 of 1)

 

8. Adding cut grapes as elbows.

Fruit Skeleton - 8 elbows (1 of 1)

 

And adding lower arms.

9. Then some strawberry hands.

Fruit Skeleton - 9 hands (1 of 1)

 

10. Followed by a pineapple pelvis.

Fruit Skeleton - 10 pelvis (1 of 1)

 

And upper legs.

11. He then needed grape knees.

Fruit Skeleton - 11 knees (1 of 1)

 

And lower legs.

12. Before adding the strawberry feet.

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13. And the skeleton is finished.

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14. And here is one I prepared earlier using pear for the skull.

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