Fun Jack & the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk

Everyone loves Fairy Tales despite how bizarre and scary many of them seem if you analyse them too carefully!!

When I got some plump, long, green beans it was obvious what they were to become …

Here is my fun food Jack and the Beanstalk. It is very simple to make and the boys thought it was fantastic.

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Recipe

– Steamed green beans

– Baby spinach leaves for the vine leaves

– I used hummus for the soil but other options like cous cous, sweet potato, pasta or lentils would be great too

– Mashed potato – for the clouds (or cauliflower puree/cottage cheese/ricotta cheese)

– Steamed carrot for the house

– Broccoli & cauliflower for the trees and bushes

– I used pumpkin for the castle

Method

1. Lay the beans down and intertwine them to make the beanstalk.

Jack & The Beanstalk - 1 beans (1 of 1)

2. Then I put hummus along the bottom for the ground.

Jack & The Beanstalk - 2 ground (1 of 1)

3. And fluffed mashed potato clouds.

Jack & The Beanstalk - 3 sky (1 of 1)

4. I used broccoli as ready-made trees.

Jack & The Beanstalk - 4 trees (1 of 1)

5. Then built Jack’s house from mash potato with carrot edges, windows and doors.

Jack & The Beanstalk - 5 house (1 of 1)

6. And planted cauliflower bushes.

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7. Then I used baby spinach leaves to give the beanstalk a verdant look.

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8. I wasn’t sure whether or not to add the giant’s castle.

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In the end I cut one from a slice of roasted pumpkin and used steamed carrot for the detail.

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Fun Princess Dress

Princess Dress

As I was walking back from dropping the boys at school I saw beautiful flowers on the rosemary bushes that grow along our street. They sparked an idea and a few minutes later I was back with a pot to collect a few of the 100’s that were blooming.

I created a fun princess dress that my boys were fascinated by so hopefully it would be a hit at any dinner table.

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Recipe

– Mashed potato (or any white veg puree)

– Beetroot to stain the mash pink

– Rosemary flowers (or other edible flowers – rose petals could be cut for example)

Method

1. Mold the mash into the shape of a bodice and flowing gown. I used a knife and my favourite kitchen utensils (fingers!).

Princess Dress - 1 mash

 

2. I drew some lines into the bottom part of the dress to give it folds.

Princess Dress - 2 lines

 

3. And then some horizontal ones to create ruffles.

Princess Dress - 3 Ruffles

 

4. I used some beetroot juice from my roasted beetroot to stain the bodice.

Princess Dress - 4 Bodice

5. And then added some rosemary flowers along the ruffle line.

Princess Dress - 5 Flowers

6. I also put a row of flowers along the bottom of the bodice.

Princess Dress - 6 Waist Flowers

7. Then made some little sleeves.

Princess Dress - 7 Sleeves

And added more flowers.

8. I fashioned some little buttons from mash for the bodice.

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9. And realised they were a little skew-whiff so moved them into line!

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All we need is some slippers and we’re ready to go to the ball ….

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