Fun Brekkie Island

Brekkie Island

Whilst we have all these gorgeous avocadoes in season I have to use them. Avocadoes are so versatile as they can be breakfast, lunch or even part of dessert!

Here’s my fun food, breakfast island. Lovely and simple and the perfect breakfast served with toast or just as is.

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Recipe

– Scrambled egg

– Mushrooms

– Avocado

Method

1. Put the scrambled egg down as “sand”.

Brekkie Island - 1 egg (1 of 1)

2. Add a trunk from mushrooms.

Brekkie Island - 2 mushroom (1 of 1)

3. Then some leaves from an avocado (cut in half then peel the skin back and slice).

Brekkie Island - 3 leaves (1 of 1)

4. But I realised my tree was out of proportion so sliced off some of the trunk and added a little more egg.

Brekkie Island - 4 more egg (1 of 1)

5. And an extra leaf with some mushroom coconuts clustered at the top of the trunk.

Brekkie Island - 5 extra leaf (1 of 1)

6. I scored the underside of the leaves with a knife to give them a “leafy” look.

Food art breakfast avocado

7. Which leaves us ready to be stranded. Dig in …..

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Fun Giant Toadstool

Giant Toadstool

I found these giant mushrooms and just had to use them for a fun food breakfast.

I wanted something quick and simple so that’s what it is!!

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Recipe

– Mushroom (big ones are easier to use)

– Boiled egg

– I used baby spinach and cherry tomatoes for the flowers

Method

1. I boiled an egg and sliced one end off then placed the flat bit downwards.

Giant Toadstool - 1 Egg-002

2. Then balanced the mushroom cap on top (after removing the stalk).

Giant Toadstool - 2 mushroom-003

3. I used the remainder of the egg for the “spots” cutting rough circles.

Giant Toadstool - 3 spots-005

4. But it looked a bit plain on the plate and I always add extra veggies whenever I can so …. I made some flowers.

Giant Toadstool - 4 flowers-006

I used baby spinach leaves with half cherry tomatoes in the middle.

5. Then made centres from some more of the egg.

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6. A lovely, simple light breakfast.

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Fun Spring Brekkie Tree

Spring Brekkie Tree

We all loved the Autumn/Fall brekkie tree so I decided it would be really good fun to create a series, one for every season.

Outside our house in Aus was a beautiful cherry blossom tree and as soon as the flowers came out it signalled the end of winter for me. This fun food design is modelled on the fabulous white and pinkish/red of the tree before the green leaves grow through. It is so simple to make and a great one to get the mini-chefs involved in.

Rather than eat this as a cereal we added yoghurt and the boys had it as a smoothie.

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Recipe

– Banana

– Oats (I used wholegrain)

– Raspberries (as it’s winter here they were frozen ones)

– Almonds, sunflower seeds, pepitas for the ground (anything breakfasty is good!)

Method

1. Cut the banana down the centre and then slice off the rounded edge to make the trunk.

Spring Brekkie Tree - 1 Banana

I cut a divide into the end of the trunk and then fashioned branches from the rest of the banana.

2. Add oats as “blossoms”.

Spring Brekkie Tree - 2 + oats

3. Put pieces of raspberry around to finish the bright flowers.

Spring Brekkie Tree - 3 + Rasp

4. I added oats, nuts and seeds around the base to create the soil.

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5. And then finished with some coconut for the falling blossoms.

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Fun Designer Oats

I LOVE oats.

Not only are they tasty, filling, economical and easy to find but they have excellent health benefits. I could wax lyrical about how good they are for you but suffice it to say they are; high in fibre & proteins, essential fats and rich in minerals. They are a great low GI, slow release energy source and superb for bowel health and reducing cholesterol (I could go on ….).

Oats are also made for art. They are a great creative medium so a fitting place to start for my first blog showcasing healthy food presented in a way that is fun and creative.

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I have used cookie cutters as molds as it’s just so simple. Most people have a few kicking in the drawer so use what you have or pick them up cheaply from most of the discount stores or any cookware outlet. Check out my fun food breakfasts …

Recipe
– Oats (I use wholegrain – if not wholegrain then rolled are better than “Quick Cook”)

– Milk – your favourite type

– Additions – I use a lot of nuts/seeds and dried fruit as these all go in my muesli but anything you have in the cupboard is fine (preferably not sugary things though )

– Cookie cutter (mold)
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I am very bad with measurements as I cook using the slurp of this, dash of that, ooops too much of that last one method of cooking. However, I will reform for the blog (hopefully).
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Method

1. I used a cup of oats and added some oat bran (any chance for extra fibre) then added milk to cover the oats (measurements will be determined by type of oats – I used about ½ cup). I then let them sit for 2 hours or so until they were nice and soft. You want them soft but not wet. I would suggest making them the night before you are ready to design so they are nicely soaked and sticky.
If you, like me are a NOW sort of a person then you can microwave for instant soft results (approx.. 1 min on high).
Note – This quantity will fill 3 standard cookie cutters. Each one contains approx. 1/3 cup of packed oat/milk mixture which is a standard serving size for children aged 5. You can add/remove to suit age and appetite.

2. Choose a plate/bowl that can have liquid added and place a cookie cutter on and stuff full of the oat mixture. Make sure you pack all the corners (molds with lots of thin bits do not work well as they are hard to fill). I use my favourite kitchen utensil to do this – my fingers …..You may also have to wipe around the bottom with a cloth once filled as a little liquid can leak out.

Croc - in mold

3. Remove the mold and decorate the design.

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4. Pour milk around in front of your audience for a great spectacle. For this reason I favour fish, turtles, crocs etc. as they are water dwelling animals so can be returned to their “environment” with the addition of milk.

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5. For pre-prep or different effect freeze the oats once you have removed from the mold and then add hot milk at the table for serving.

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6. For the croc I used pepitas (pumpkin seeds) along his back and sultanas for eyes. I then sprinkled almonds, dried apricot pieces, coconut, sunflower seeds, pepitas and sultanas around to make the “swamp”. They also give the oat breakfast texture, flavour and add additional nutrients. Any nuts, seeds or dried fruit would work.

7. This would also make an excellent supper!!

 

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