Fun Mr Tomato

Mr Tomato

I reckon he should probably be Monsieur Tomato as he looks as though he’s wearing a beret!

I had some leftover mashed potato and some lovely, ripe tomatoes so my fun food Mr Tomato was born. He’s so simple to do and it’d be a great one to get the kids involved in.

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Recipe

– Large tomato (I used a vine ripened one and utilised the stalk)

– Mashed potato (or any other sort of mash or thick puree)

– Use anything on hand for detail. I used peas, corn, red capsicum (bell pepper), carrots and olives.

Method

1. Slice the top off the tomato for the hat. I left the stalk on.

Mr Tomato - 1 tomato (1 of 1)

2. Then I formed a head shape from the mash and fashioned a nose.

Mr Tomato - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. And added some olives sliced into a circle for eyes.

Mr Tomato - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. Before cutting a mouth from red capsicum (bell pepper).

Mr Tomato - 4 mouth (1 of 1)

5. Then I made a moustache, cutting the olives lengthways.

Mr Tomato - 5 moustache (1 of 1)

6. I filled the olive eyes with pea pupils.

Mr Tomato - 6 eyes & buttons (1 of 1)

Then used blobs of mash with corn for buttons.

7. And there is Mr Tomato.

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8. Or does he need some carrot ears?

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The mini-chefs preferred him with …..

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Fun Meat Pie Cup-Cakes

Meat Pie Cup-Cakes

This was one of my first designs and way before I discovered a healthy pastry recipe. Prior to this I used to cheat and use wholemeal bread. The advantage of this is its simplicity and the speed with which you can put together a recipe. I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of supermarket bread but I arrived late at the bakery and all the wholegrain was sold out. 
So I decided to pop across the road and buy some regular, sliced wholemeal and use for this fun food recipe as it is one shown on my front page.

(The bread “pastry” works really well for mini quiches.)

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Recipe

– Pie filling. I have used some left-over chilli.

– Mashed potato

– Wholemeal bread

– Cherry tomatoes

– Veggies/herbs for decoration

 

Method

1. Flatten the bread as best you can with a rolling pin (or clean bottle).

Mince Cup Cakes - flattened bread

It will stretch out and give you a larger surface area. This is also one of the few circumstances where I would trim off the crusts too.

2. Grease a bowl/patty tin (muffin tins work well for cup-cake sized pies) and cover with the bread. Cover well but try not to overlap too much. Use your fingers to squish it all down!

Mince Cup Cakes - Bread in bowl

Brush a little olive oil over the bread to stop it drying too much.

Mince Cup Cakes - Bread in bowls

3. Blind bake at 180 degrees for approx. 15 mins (will be crispy to the touch).

4. Make mashed potato.

5. Fill bread shell with filling.

Mince Cup Cakes - Mince in bowl

6. Bake pie with filling until warm (may pay to cover loosely to stop filling drying).

7. I have used a bar mix (stick blender) to whip the potato so it looks more “icing-like”.
Use a spoon to dollop mash on top and a knife to swirl it around to look like icing.

Mince Cup Cakes - Mince+ mash

8. Cut the end off a cherry tomato to make the “cherry”.

Mince Cup Cakes - 2nd Cake

9. Decorate with other veggies and herbs. I have used peas, corn, rosemary, thyme and paprika.

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These got scoffed very quickly last night …….

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Fun Dinner Butterflies

Dinner Butterflies

 I had some left-over Bolognese sauce and it was quite thick so I decided to put it to good use, easy fun food!!

Healthy food for kids butterfly

 

Recipe

– Thick sauce or mince/chilli/meatloaf

– Veggies to decorate

 

Method

1. Place sauce mixture in a mold.

Dinner Butterflies

2. Decorate butterflies inside the mold. I have used a combination of veggies to give it colour and flair.

Dinner Butterflies - Decoration

3. Take away the mold carefully. I have added cut green beans for antennae and body.

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4. Serve with spaghetti/pasta/potato/bread and of course all the delicious veggies used for decoration.

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Fun Veggies at a Snail’s Pace

Veggies at a Snail’s Pace

When I first started playing with my food, um creating designs about 3 years ago my good friend Vicki suggested using roasted veggies to make a snail. It seemed like a fun food idea and I have had it in my head ever since. Last night was the time. This is so simple I have not included pictorial steps, just the final photo. And it was delicious …..

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Recipe

– Roasted veg. I used potatoes, parsnip and pumpkin (sweet potato, carrots etc. would work too !)

– Peas for the “grass” – any green veg as a contrast is good

– Green beans for antenna. Use what you have available (ends of carrots/parsnips/ broccoli stalks).

– I used a slice of olive for the eye

Method

1. Roast veggies and then arrange in a loose circular pattern to make the shell

2. Place longer veg along the bottom to make the body and head. Can always slice the veggies in half to give them shape.

3. Put eye, mouth and antenna on.

4. Pour peas across the bottom.

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