Car Lunch & Fun Food Friday #20

Welcome to Fun Food Friday!  I’ve really enjoyed all the brilliant posts that have been linked up recently, thank you for linking if it was your first time last week, and do join in the fun if you are new here – everyone is welcome.  If you’ve been making any fun food, whether it be lovely lunches, creative cakes, or a recipe you’ve blogged, please link up below and share the inspiration around.  Anything goes, as long as it’s edible!

My fun food for today is a car themed bento lunch, made in the Yumbox, which is proving to be one of my favourite lunch boxes ever! I have had so many comments and questions since I started using it, mainly asking where to buy it from, so I thought I’d just mention again that it will be available to buy here in the UK in a couple of months time, (by the end of June I believe), and is already on sale in the US and Australia.

Back to the lunch - I started with a hard boiled egg, which I moulded into a car shape using an egg mould, before popping into a silicone cup once cool.  I then toasted and sliced up a whole wheat pitta bread, topping it with a car cut from a slice of carrot using a mini bento cutter.  On the side he had mini traffic light vegetable kebabs (red pepper, carrot and green pepper cut into circles using a circle bento cutter, then skewered on polka dot picks in traffic light colours), a kiwi fruit, peeled, sliced and decorated with car picks, and a portion of organic natural yoghurt, topped with a few traffic light coloured sprinkles.  I had intended to add some houmous to spread on the pitta bread, but somebody (I’m looking at you Mr Amazing!) had eaten it all, so I filled the smallest compartment with dried cranberries instead.

Eats Amazing - Car themed lunch in the Yumbox

I popped a spoon and a fork from our mini bento cutlery set into his lunch bag too.  Small Child thoroughly enjoyed this lunch – anything featuring cars or other machines always goes down well with him!

Now it’s your turn, what fun food have you been making recently? Please link up your foodie posts below and share the inspiration around.  You can also link up Instagram, Facebook or Twitter pictures if you don’t have a blog of your own.

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Thank you in advance for linking up, I hope you find some fun inspiration!


Super Simple Bento Lunch

I’m sharing a lunch from my archives today, because although I love creating fun themed lunches, using bento as a creative outlet, I also have to remind myself every now and again of the reason I got into making bento lunches in the first place – to provide my son with healthy, balanced meals, while generating minimal waste and packaging along the way.  Bento lunches don’t have to be fancy or themed to be pretty either, and while I still believe that anyone could make the lunches I make, sometimes it’s good to show how simple it can be to create a beautiful, healthy lunch.

In this lunch Small Child had sandwiches on wholegrain bread, filled with ham, lettuce and tomato, with a little mayo.  On the side he had an apple, raw organic carrot sticks and red grapes, all packed in silicone cups to keep them separate from the sandwiches.  The grapes were skewered on polka dot food picks to make mini ‘kebabs’.  I also added a Babybel cheese to the lunch box, decorated with a little heart, which I cut from the wax using a mini bento cutter.

Eats Amazing - Simple sandwiches and fruit in IKEA dog lunch box

As well as the lunch box, I packed a reusable food pouch filled with organic raspberry yoghurt (not shown) in his lunch bag, along with a couple of mini ice packs to keep the lunch cool.  Despite its simplicity, Small Child enjoyed this lunch just as much as any other I have packed for him - I must say I thought it looked very tasty and I would happily have eaten it myself! The lunch box I used helped too – this was packed in our super cute IKEA dog lunch box.

Grace

Items used to make this lunch:

IKEA Dog Lunch Box       Triangle Silicone Cups Thumbnail    Polka Dot Picks  Thumbnail   

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Simple Easter Lunch

This lunch was made for the last day of term before the Easter holidays, so I had to give it an Easter theme of course.  I kept it very simple, as we had overslept that day and so I was in a bit of a rush!

In this lunch Small Child had a tortilla wrap, filled with a little mayo, shredded roast chicken, lettuce and cucumber before rolling up and cutting into two.  I popped a bright silicone band around each piece of wrap to decorate and hold it together while eating.  On the side he had some melon chicks, cut out using my Easter themed plunger cutter set, a tub of organic natural yoghurt, topped with a few heart sprinkles, and a lamb shaped silicone cup filled with a small handful of chocolate mini eggs.

Eats Amazing - Simple Easter Lunch in Laptop Lunches Bento Box This lunch had quite a high sugar content and so was a less healthy lunch than I usually try to provide, but as it was the last day of school and Small Child has worked very hard this term, I thought it would be nice for him to have a special treat.  He certainly enjoyed it, leaving  nothing but a bite or two of the wrap.

Grace

Items used to make this lunch:

   Spoon and Fork Set Thumbnail    Bright Silicone Elastic Bands Thumbnail

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Chick Themed Muffin Tin Meals

As Small Child has been on school holidays since last week, I’ve been having bento withdrawal symptoms! When I started making a lunch for the boys a couple of days ago, I couldn’t help but add some fun touches to it, and before I knew it a chick themed lunch was well underway.  I made one for Small Child, and a simpler version for Small Baby too - he may not be old enough to really appreciate it at this stage but I was making one anyway so it was no real extra effort, plus I enjoyed making it!

Eats Amazing - Chick themed Muffin Tin Meals for Easter

I started by making chick shaped tortilla crisps, using the chick shape from my cute Easter themed plunger cutter set to cut them out before baking for 5 minutes in the oven (my tutorial for tortilla crisps can be found here).  As the chicks were baking, I dug out my cute chick silicone muffin cups from my Easter stash, to use for serving up Small Child’s lunch.

In his lunch Small Child had a pile of chick shaped tortilla crisps, organic houmous to dip them in, a nest, made from raw carrot, which I cut into ‘twigs’ with a julienne peeler, with cheddar cheese ‘eggs’, sliced plum and some melon chicks, which I cut into shape using the same plunger cutter as before.

Eats Amazing - Chick thtmed Muffin Tin Meal for Easter

Small Baby had similar foods in his lunch, which I served up in an egg shaped silicone mould.  It was the perfect size to hold the small amounts of food he needed.  He had a few chick tortilla crisps, some tiny carrot sticks, cut with the julienne peeler as before, a mini Babybel cheese, sliced into smaller pieces, a couple of cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters, two slices of plum, and a couple of melon chicks.

Eats Amazing - Chick Themed Muffin Tin Meal for Baby

He made a really good dent into his meal, although the carrot didn’t go down too well – it was the first time I’d tried giving him raw rather than cooked carrot, and he wasn’t impressed at all!

Once Small Child had finished his lunch, he fluttered his eyelashes a bit and wondered out loud whether there might be any pudding.  Fortunately, I had previously frozen some yoghurt into egg shapes with a silicone mould and hadn’t yet used them, so I quickly popped them into a bowl and added a plastic chick cupcake ring and a few chocolate mini eggs to make it extra special.  I served it up with a set of plastic learner chopsticks, having made the fun discovery that my new cupcake rings slotted neatly into top of the chopsticks to decorate them.  Small Child was totally amazed that I’d ‘magicked’ up an Easter pudding for him so quickly!

Eats Amazing - Frozen Yoghurt Eggs for and Easter Dessert

He really enjoyed the challenge of eating his pudding with the chopsticks, and said that they made it really fun.  Needless to say the mini eggs vanished first!

Grace

Items used to make these lunches:

        Lamb and Chick Cupcake Rings Thumbnail

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Sheep Themed Lunch

I think that today’s lunch is quite appropriate for this time of year – I had a mini holiday in Cornwall last week and saw so many new lambs in the fields while I was there, pure cuteness! I also wanted to try out the sheep design of my CuteZcute Animal Palz set, which incidentally is now available in the Eats Amazing Shop if you want to give it a try too!

In this lunch Small Child had a hard boiled egg, shaped into a sheep using the CuteZcute Animal Palz set, some cucumber slices and a couple of raw sugar snap peas (under the cucumber), leftover new potatoes, served cold and decorated with a few leaf picks and a cute little lamb pick, some red grapes, decorated with clover picks and a lamb cupcake ring, and a portion of natural yoghurt, with a little honey swirled in the top.  I finished the lunch off with a few dark chocolate chips, which I topped with a little edible sheep decoration, by request of Small Child.

Eats Amazing - Sheep themed lunch with cuteZcute animal palz

Here’s a close up of the boiled egg sheep.  It was so easy to do and turned out really well!

Eats Amazing - cuteZcute Animal Palz shaped egg - lamb shape

Small Child really loved his sheep lunch, he had been requesting one for a while, and I thought he was just feeling seasonal but it turned out he had his eye on the little sugar sheep in my cake decorating supplies box!  He was very pleased indeed that I included it as a special treat!

Grace

Items used to make this lunch:

CuteZcute Animal Palz Set ThumbnailLeaf Picks Thumbnail Bright Animal Friends Fork Picks Thumbnail Ladybird and Bee Picks Thumbnail Lamb and Chick Cupcake Rings Thumbnail Spoon and Fork Set Thumbnail

 

Despicable Me Minion Cupcakes & Fun Food Friday #19

Welcome to Fun Food Friday! Have you been making any fun food recently?  Whether it be lovely lunches, creative cakes, or a recipe you’ve blogged, please link up below and share the inspiration around.  Anything goes, as long as it’s edible!

Today I’m sharing something a little different for my fun food – it’s certainly not healthy but it’s definitely fun and delicious – my first attempt at minion cupcakes! Eats Amazing - Easy Minion Cupcakes - Despicable Me ThemeAs I mentioned in a blog post earlier this week, Small Child turned 6 recently.  One of the things I will never forget from my own childhood was the awesome birthday cakes that my Mum made us every year for our birthdays.  I used to love poring over her cake decorating cook books, choosing which cake I wanted for my next birthday, however far away it might be!  We were given free reign to choose whatever cake we liked, and she always rose to the challenge with an absolutely brilliant cake, every year without fail.  Whilst I don’t have her amazing cake decorating skills, I am determined to do my best to carry on the tradition with my own children, and I hope that what I lack in skills I make up for in enthusiasm!

Having said that, I’m very proud of this year’s efforts – definitely my best cakes yet! Since I made minion sandwiches for Small Child and a friend of his, Small Child was desperate to see what all the fuss was about, so we finally watched Despicable Me (and a week or so later Despicable Me 2), and Small Child’s obsession with minions began.  He originally asked for a cat cake, “one that looks like a real cat please Mummy”, so you can imagine how relieved I was when he changed his mind and asked for an army of minions instead! Minions I can do, realistic looking cats, not so much!

Eats Amazing - Easy Minion Cupcakes

I made the cupcakes from scratch using a basic sponge recipe, but replacing the standard sugar with soft brown sugar, if only because that’s all I had in the cupboard!  I cheated with the fondant icing and brought it ready made – 1 small block of yellow icing and one of white was more than enough to decorate around two dozen minion cupcakes.  These were so easy to make – the most time consuming bit was the eyes, which I made first, before icing and putting the minion cakes together.

To make them, I rolled out some of the white icing and used two sizes of circle shaped mini bento cutters to make rings.  I laid them all out on greaseproof paper, then sprayed them with edible silver icing spray.  Unfortunately the colour didn’t come out at all as I was expecting – they were sparkly but still pretty much white, even after several coats of spray, so I decided to colour some of the icing grey (I used black gel colouring for this) then start the process all over again, cutting rings from the icing as I had before.  I sprayed the grey version just once, and they came out perfectly this time, sparkly and definitely silver! While the silver rings were drying, I used the larger of the two circle cutters to cut the same number of circles from some more of the white icing, and laid them out on greaseproof paper to dry out a little.  Once the silver rings had dried, I brushed each white circle with a little water, then carefully lifted the silver rings and placed them over the white circles to make the eyes.  Some of them looked more than a bit wonky, but I could live with that at 11pm!

Eats Amazing - Minion Cupcakes - How to make eyes from fondant icing

Whilst the ‘eyes’ were drying, I got on with covering the cupcakes with the yellow fondant.  I had to turn to Twitter at this point, because I wasn’t sure of the best way to ‘glue’ the fondant icing to the cakes.  Most people recommended butter cream, so I made up a small batch and spread it over the top of each cupcake, before topping with a circle of yellow fondant, which I had cut out with a circle cutter that matched the size of the cakes.  This worked brilliantly – the buttercream helped smooth out all the lumps and bumps in the cakes leaving a fairly smooth surface on top.

I then coloured the rest of the white fondant black, again using gel food colouring, rolled it out and cut strips from it which I attached to each cupcake with a brush of water.  I topped each cupcake with either one or two eyes, then finished the eyes off with tiny black circles cut from the spare black icing with another mini bento cutter.

I finished off the minion faces with an edible marker pen.   I had great fun drawing on all the features and trying to make each minion unique!

Eats Amazing - Minion Cupcakes

Small Child was absolutely over the moon with his minion cupcakes – it would seem that they were the icing on the cake of “the best birthday EVER!”

Now it’s your turn, what fun food have you been making recently? Please link up your foodie posts below and share the inspiration around. Do feel free to link up Instagram, Facebook or Twitter pictures if you don’t have a blog of your own. Anything goes, as long as it’s edible!

A few quick reminders before you link up; please visit some of the other blogs that have linked up and leave them a comment – we all love comments! If you are linking up from your blog, please grab the button below too, and put it either in your blog post or somewhere on your blog. Both old and new posts are very welcome, and do feel free to link up several posts if you’d like.

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Thank you in advance for linking up, I hope you find some fun inspiration!


Easter Lunch

The holidays have fallen at a slightly strange time this year, or at least it feels strange to me, as Small Child has already broken up but Easter is still nearly two weeks away.  Despite Easter feeling quite distant still, I made a few Easter themed lunches for Small Child in the last week of term.  For this lunch, I used some Easter themed plunger cutters, that leave an imprint as well as cutting the shape out.  I’ve seen them used on melon, so decided to try it out myself, and I thought they turned out really well.

In this lunch Small Child had a pile of oatcakes, snapped in half and decorated with a leaf shaped silicone divider, some wafer thin roast chicken slices, piled up and cut into shape using an egg shaped cutter, then decorated with an edible marker pen, cucumber slices and peeled baby carrots, decorated with a grass shaped silicone divider and rabbit picks, fresh melon, cut into shapes using Easter themed plunger cutters, and organic natural yoghurt, topped with a few sprinkles.  As it is nearly Easter, I finished the lunch off with a few chocolate mini eggs in the smallest compartment.

Eats Amazing - Easter Themed Yumbox Lunch

Small Child ate nearly all of this lunch, leaving only a couple of the oatcake halves, which he finished off after school.  Needless to say, there were no chocolate eggs left!

Grace

Items used to make this lunch:

 Spoon and Fork Set Thumbnail Silicone Baran Dividers Fun Shapes Thumbnail Silicone Baran Dividers Grass Thumbnail Bunny Picks Thumbnail

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Small Child turns 6!

This past weekend saw a special birthday in the family – my lovely Small Child turned 6! Pretty soon I won’t be able to call him Small Child any longer – he’s getting so big and grown up! He had a wonderful day, getting spoilt to bits with more presents from friends and family than I could have possibly imagined – I’m hoping I might find a home for it all by the time his next birthday rolls around! Of course  I had to make some birthday food for the birthday boy, and as it was a weekend, so he was at home, I made him a special birthday tea.

He started with a roast chicken & lettuce sandwich, which I cut into a birthday cake shape using one of our new Lunchpunch cutters.  The bread was a bit crumbly, so the candles on the sandwich didn’t come out too well, so I cut them away and replaced them with plastic candle picks instead.  I added raw carrot sticks under the ‘cake’, then crafted a cupcake shape from a chunk of cucumber and a slice of carrot, and split a mini Babybel cheese in half, topping them all with more candle picks to make 6 candles in total.

Eats Amazing - Special birthday sandwich for Small Child using a lunchpunch cutterThis went down very well with Small Child, who hadn’t seen either the cake cutter or the candles picks, so it made a nice surprise.  I had a further surprise up my sleeve too, in the form of some fun cupcake tins, which I filled with nice things to eat and closed up ready for a second course.  I had a bit of a joke with Small Child about those - telling him that two had tasty things inside and two had yucky things (“Mushrooms and celery Mummy?” – “Maybe!”).  I said he should pick two to open, and that he could eat what was inside them, leaving the other two.

Eats Amazing - Cute cupcake tins flled with tasty treats

Inside the first one he opened were some grapes (“yay, a yummy one!”), topped with a candle pick, and inside the second were some ready salted potato chips, topped with another candle pick.  Small Child was very relieved that he had ended up with the two ‘yummy’ things, but couldn’t resist peeping inside the other two to see what he had missed.  He was very surprised (and happy!) to find them both full of treats too – the first had some fruit yoyos and yoghurt covered raisins, and the last had one of his birthday minion cupcakes (more about those to come in another post)!

Eats Amazing -inside the cupcake tins, some yummy surprises

Needless to say, his second course didn’t last long either – he thoroughly enjoyed finishing off his birthday tea!  Happy Birthday Small Child, my big, big 6 year old!

Grace

Fun Food Friday #18

Welcome to Fun Food Friday! Have you been making any fun food recently?  Whether it be lovely lunches, creative cakes, or a recipe you’ve blogged, please link up below and share the inspiration around.  Anything goes, as long as it’s edible!

Today’s fun food from me is a very simple lunch from my archives, and a great example of how you can use supplies you probably already have lying around the house to get creative with your food.  The eyes I used on the roll came from a play dough set (obviously I gave it a thorough wash before putting it anywhere near food).  If you fancy getting creative with food and don’t know where to start, have a look through your children’s toy box, craft supplies and of course your own kitchen – you most likely have all sorts of things you could use, from cookie cutters, playdough cutters and accessories, fun shaped containers, toys and cake decorating supplies – a bit of imagination and repurposing goes a long way!

In this lunch Small Child had a tiger bread roll, split and filled with roast chicken and cucumber, then decorated with plastic eyes from a play dough set, and a cucumber slice tongue.  On the side he had a cheese string, a mini yellow pepper cut into rings, blueberries, and a heart shaped container full of organic natural yoghurt with some pink heart sprinkles on top.  I also added some mini animal picks to the blueberries to decorate.

Eats Amazing - Funny Face Bread Roll LunchThis lunch was all eaten up – Small Child especially loved the roll, he thought it was really funny!

Now it’s your turn, what fun food have you been making recently? Please link up your foodie posts below and share the inspiration around. Do feel free to link up Instagram, Facebook or Twitter pictures if you don’t have a blog of your own. Anything goes, as long as it’s edible!

A few quick reminders before you link up; please visit some of the other blogs that have linked up and leave them a comment – we all love comments! If you are linking up from your blog, please grab the button below too, and put it either in your blog post or somewhere on your blog. Both old and new posts are very welcome, and do feel free to link up several posts if you’d like.

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Thank you in advance for linking up, I hope you find some fun inspiration!


Woodland Creatures Lunch

I’ve recently been trying to use less processed meats in Small Child’s lunches – I think I’ve come to rely too much on ham as a source of protein, so I’ve been exploring other options where possible.  Ham isn’t banned completely, as it’s a big favourite of Small Child’s, but I’m trying to use better quality meat when I do buy it, and less of it.  For this lunch I used roasted chickpeas for his protein portion, which I made using this simple recipe.  Chickpeas are a really great food to include in a lunchbox, as they provide calcium and iron as well as protein, have a low GI index (meaning that they help you stay full for longer) and are classed as one of your 5 a day too, bonus!

In this lunch Small Child had pitta crisps – which I made by cutting a wholemeal pitta bread into pieces, brushing with olive oil and sprinkling with a little cinnamon before baking in the oven until crisp.  He also had roasted chickpeas, in a squirrel shaped silicone cup, raw yellow pepper and carrot sticks, cucumber slices, which I shaped using mini bento cutters and turned into trees with cute tree trunk picks, grape and clementine segments, which I threaded onto mini plastic skewers to make fruit ‘kebabs’, organic natural yoghurt, topped with a few flower sprinkles, and some dried blueberries.  I decorated the lunch with rabbit picks, a bunny pick and a little duck pick to give it a woodland animal theme.

Eats Amazing - Woodland Creatures Lunch

Small Child really enjoyed this lunch, especially the pitta crisps which he really raved about afterwards.  They were quick and easy to make, so I’ll definitely use them again in future lunches!

Grace

Items used to make this lunch:

Duck Picks Thumbnail Clinging Animal Picks Thumbnail Bright Animal Picks Elephant Thumbnail Spoon and Fork Set Thumbnail Bunny Picks Thumbnail