Eyeball Spaghetti and Fun Food Friday #40

Good morning, can you believe it’s Friday again?! This last week or so has passed in a blur of nasty stomach bugs for everyone in our little family, one after the other, but thankfully we’re all coming out of it now and starting to feel fit and well again.  On a more positive note, Friday means Fun Food Friday, so welcome to another of my fun food linkies!  As usual, you’ll find the linky at the bottom of today’s post, so if you’ve written any foodie posts, whether it be toddler meals, creative cakes, lovely lunches or a yummy recipe you’ve blogged, do feel free to join in and add your link!  Over the course of the week, I try to comment on and tweet every post that’s linked up and I pin them all to my special Fun Food Friday Pinterest board too.

Today’s fun food is a Halloween themed dinner that I made for Small Child and Small Baby recently.  One of the pitfalls of being a blogger’s child is that you sometimes get ideas tested on you far in advance of the event they are meant for, and so it has been with Halloween this year! Thankfully Small Child was a willing tester for my eyeball spaghetti, even if it was a few weeks early for Halloween! I have promised to make him the same meal again nearer to the event so he doesn’t miss out, and he was very happy with that!

You could use any bolognese recipe for the eyeball spaghetti, but I used my own recipe, made in the slow cooker with plenty of hidden veggies (I’ll get round to sharing the recipe with you one of these days!).  To make the eyeballs, simply cut mozzarella pearls in half (you can buy mozzarella pearls ready shaped in most large supermarkets) and dot with an edible marker pen.  Serve up your spaghetti and sauce and nestle the ‘eyeballs’ into it, yum!

Eats Amazing UK - Fun food idea for the kids dinner at Halloween - Eyeballs and Spaghetti

Even Small Baby had his own chopped up version – he giggled and babbled to it before polishing it off without a second thought (he loves his spaghetti bolognese!).

Eats Amazing UK - Fun food idea for the kids dinner at Halloween - Eyeballs and Spaghetti - Small Baby had some too

A Halloween dinner needs a suitable Halloween dessert of course, so I served up ‘worms and mud’ for pudding.  This was another simple but effective recipe – to make, I crushed up a couple of bourbon biscuits, sprinkled them over the top of a bowl of natural yoghurt and added jelly worms.  Not the healthiest of foods of course, but we all need a treat every now and again and at least they got a good portion of dairy in there! Once again Small Baby had his own version, but without the worms.

Eats Amazing UK - Fun food idea for the kids dinner at Halloween - Edible Dirt and Worms topping for a bowl of natural yoghurt - yummy dessert

Small Child & Small Baby thoroughly enjoyed their early Halloween dinners and I really enjoyed making them – it was so simple to add a little extra fun and it was clearly greatly appreciated, particularly by Small Child.  I look forward to enjoying a bowl of eyeball spaghetti again with them in the not to distant future!

Now it’s your turn to share! Have you been making any fun food 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!


Alphabet Lunches – V & W

It’s been a while since I shared any of my alphabet lunches, but the photos for the remaining letters have been sitting there patiently in my archives waiting to be shared.  I actually completed the alphabet at the end of last school year, but I never did get around to blogging them all so today I’m taking a break from Halloween and continuing on with V & W (so very nearly there!).

Eats Amazing UK - Alphabet Themed Food and Bento School Lunch Ideas for Children V was a really hard letter to theme a lunch around!  Literally the only thing I could think of to start with was Vampire, and that’s not really much use (although thinking about it, I really could have got creative around that idea)  I must have been having a bad day that day (or I was in need of a food shop), because the only thing I could think of was to cut a pitta bread into triangles to represent Vampire fangs – it’s a stretch I know! Finally I woke up a little and shaped an egg in a heart egg mould then sliced it into V shaped slices which I served up in a Violet coloured silicone cup.  I also packed cucumber slices and raw carrot, cut into V‘s using an alphabet cutter, red grapes, still on the Vine, and a portion of Vanilla yoghurt.  I finished the lunch off with a few blueberries, and added V alphabet picks to the grapes.

Eats Amazing - Alphabet Themed Kids Bento Lunches -V is for Vanilla Yoghurt grapes on the Vine Vampire Teeth Pitta Pieces Violet Silicone Cup W was slightly easier, but still not the most exciting of my alphabet lunches!  I started with Wrap Whirls, made in a Wholemeal tortilla Wrap, and filled with houmous, ham, lettuce and grated carrot.  On the side he had red grapes and blueberries, topped with a Wand (made from a star shaped slice of carrot and a polka-dot pick), a White rabbit pick, a W alphabet pick and a Whale pick.  He also had White (natural) yoghurt, and a Woolly sheep cup holding a Wriggly Worm (fruit string).

Eats Amazing - Alphabet Themed Kids Bento Lunches - W is for Wholemeal Wrap Whirls Wooly Sheep Worms White Yoghurt Wand White Rabbit WhaleI’m very close to finishing my alphabet lunch series, just three more letter lunches to go! Did I miss anything obvious for V or W?

Grace

Items used to make these lunches:

Yumbox Classic in Pomme Green from Eats Amazing UK - Thumbnail Round Silicone Cups Thumbnail Sheep and Squirrel Silicone Cups Thumbnail Heart Star Egg Moulds Thumbnail Polka Dot Picks  Thumbnail Ocean Friends Food Picks Thumbnail Bunny Picks Thumbnail

Mummy Themed Lunch

Following on from yesterday’s Halloween sandwich post, I have of course used some of those sandwiches in Small Child’s lunches recently. If you missed the post, do hop on over and have a look here, I was particularly pleased with it!  Today’s lunch used the Mummy sandwich, and apart from the sandwich, which took about 5 minutes to get right (although my faffing around trying to get a decent photo of it took up some of that time!), the rest of the lunch was very quick and easy to throw together.

This lunch was packed in the Yumbox Panino.  I started with a few lettuce leaves, on which I rested the Mummy sandwich.  The sandwich was ham and houmous on brown bread (see below for details of how I made it).  On the side I packed raw carrot disks cut from orange and purple carrots and topped with a mummy robot cupcake ring, organic peach and apricot yoghurt, topped with a couple of edible icing eyes, and a pile of dried apricots, skewered on a ghost pick.

Eats Amazing UK - Mummy Themed Kids Bento Lunch for Halloween with fun Mummy Sandwich

I did cover how to make the Mummy sandwich in yesterday’s Halloween sandwich post, but here’s a recap in case you missed it:

First cut your sandwich into a circle and fill.  Brown bread works particularly well for this one so that you get a good contrast with the tortilla strips. Next,  cut some strips from a tortilla wrap.  Arrange the strips on a chopping board as you want them to be on the sandwich, leaving a gap for the eyes (see below).  With the same sized cutter that you used for the sandwich, cut a circle from the tortilla strips.  Carefully transfer the strips over to the top of your sandwich, sticking them into place with houmous or another edible ‘glue’ (foods such as cream cheese, houmous, peanut butter, chocolate spread, honey or jam make excellent edible ‘glues’, be sure to use something to compliment your sandwich filling!).  Finish off with two edible eyes (I used icing eyes, but you could also cut circles from cheese and dot them using an edible marker pen instead), popping them into the gap between strips.

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Simple Mummy Sandwich using strips of tortilla wrap and a circle cutter

Small Child said he enjoyed this lunch, but unfortunately he was struck down with a stomach bug that has been doing the rounds shortly after eating it!  I do hope it wasn’t the ancient Egyptian mummy that disagreed with his stomach!

Grace

Items used to make this lunch:

Yumbox Panino in Pomodoro Red from Eats Amazing UK -Thumbnail Rainbow Nesting Circle Cutters Set of 6 Thumbnail Robot cupcake rings - Halloween version Thumbnail

10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for Halloween!

I was doodling recently whilst thinking about Halloween, and decided to see how many simple sandwich designs I could come up with based around a circle, as I think that a circle cutter is the most likely shape that your average person would already have available in their kitchen (if not, I do have some nesting circle cutter sets currently available in the Eats Amazing Shop!).  I then had a go at putting some of the sandwiches together – most of them were really simple and quick to make, always a bonus when you’re rushing around trying to get lunch packed in the morning! I think some of them are simple enough ideas to put together in bulk for a Halloween party too. I had loads of ideas but stopped at 10 – hopefully that is plenty to be getting on with!

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Great for themed school lunches and for party food too A few tips before I begin:

1. I used various sizes of cutter from a nesting circle cutter set to make all of these sandwiches.  Most of them could easily be resized to make mini versions for party food – just use a smaller circle cutter. For some of the sandwiches I also used tiny circle cutters from my mini bento cutter sets.  If you don’t have circle cutters, you could try using different sized glasses, mugs, bowls or plates by cutting around them with a small sharp knife.

2. A good tip when making shaped sandwiches is to cut each piece of bread out separately and fill them after – this way you will get much neater edges.

3. If using ham or other sandwich meats, cut the meat into shape (in this case a circle), before adding to the shaped bread.  The same applies to slices of cheese – if using a hard cheese such as cheddar then cut into slices, lay them out together to make one large slice and cut into shape before transferring to the bread.

4. If your sandwich is going in a lunch box rather than being served up immediately, you can ‘glue’ any features or decorations in place using foods such as cream cheese, houmous, peanut butter, chocolate spread, honey or jam, depending on your sandwich filling.

5. For some sandwiches I used edible icing eyes, for others I made eyes from cheese using a mini circle cutter (you could also use the end of a plastic drinks straw) and an edible marker pen to dot them.  Both kinds of eyes are interchangeable, so you can swap in cheese if you don’t have icing eyes or icing eyes if you don’t want to use cheese.

6. I also used edible marker pens to add details to some of the sandwiches – if you don’t have any then food colouring and a fine paint brush will do the same job.

7. You’ll most likely generate lots of spare crusts of bread after making circle-shaped sandwiches, but don’t waste them! See this post for some great ideas for using them up.

Spooky Spider – This is very simple to make.  Cut out two circles with the largest size cutter that will fit your bread, fill and put together in a sandwich, add twiglet legs by poking them into the sandwich filling, and add eyes cut from cheese with a mini circle cutter to the top.  I dotted the eyes with an edible marker pen, and added a little ham mouth, which I cut out using the same small circle cutter that I’d used for the eyes.  Other foods you could use for the legs include vegetable sticks such as carrot, pepper or cucumber, mini bread sticks or ‘stick shaped’ crisps (I’d use Organix carrot stix).

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Simple Spider Sandwich

Pumpkin – Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without a pumpkin or two! To make, cut out two circles with the largest sized cutter that will fit your bread and use mini cutters or the tip of a sharp knife to cut your face design into one of the pieces of bread.  Top the plain circle with your sandwich filling, then pop the face on top.  Press lightly with your circle cutter over the top of the sandwich to make the ‘lines’ on the pumpkin, and finish with a leaf pick and a twiglet stalk. You could also make the stalk from a stick of cucumber or green pepper.

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Pumpkin Jack O Lantern Sandwich Mummy – this one went down particularly well with Small Child! To make, first cut your bread into a circle and fill to make a sandwich.  Brown bread works particularly well for this one so that you get a good contrast with the tortilla strips.

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Spooky Mummy Sandwich To turn the plain circle sandwich into a mummy, cut some strips from a tortilla wrap.  Arrange the strips on a chopping board as you want them to be on the sandwich, leaving a gap for the eyes.  With the same sized cutter that you used for the sandwich, cut a circle from the tortilla strips.  Carefully transfer over to the top of your sandwich, sticking the strips into place with cream cheese or another edible ‘glue’ (see tips above).  Finish off with two edible eyes (I used icing eyes), popping them into the gap between strips.

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Simple Mummy Sandwich using strips of tortilla wrap and a circle cutter Spider Web – I was really pleased with how this one turned out! At first I was planning on drawing with edible marker pen straight onto the sandwich, but they don’t work very well ordinary bread.  I then remembered that they work much better on tortilla wraps, so I cut a circle from the tortilla wrap using the same cutter that I had used for the sandwich and drew the web design on that.  I then ‘glued’ the piece of tortilla wrap to the top of the sandwich using houmous (you could use any edible ‘glue’ of your choice, see the tips above) and added a plastic spider to decorate.  The spider was taken from one of my spider cupcake rings, and was the perfect size for this project!

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Edible Spider Web Sandwich You could use this tortilla technique year-round to add fun designs to the top of your sandwiches, and maybe even let your child doodle on their own designs with edible marker pens!

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Create a draw-on sandwich by cutting a piece of tortilla wrap to the same size and sticking it on top Funny Monster – This was a very easy sandwich to make. First I cut two circles from bread, and one from ham using my largest circle cutter.  I added the ham to one circle to make the base of the sandwich.

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Simple Monster Sandwich I then took the second circle of bread and cut a section off for the mouth using the same circle cutter (see below).  I took a slice of cheddar cheese, and using the same cutter, cut a rounded slice off so that it would sit flush to the bread. I cut some little triangles from the other side of the cheese slice to make teeth, and carefully put it, along with the slice of bread, on top of the ham.  I finished the monster off with an eye made from half a Babybel cheese, a single blueberry for the pupil and some polka-dot picks.

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Simple Monster Sandwich using circle cutters Wizards Hat – This was Small Child’s favourite of all the Halloween sandwiches I made! First make the base of the hat by cutting two circles of bread and filling to make a sandwich. Don’t use the largest circle cutter for the base, use the next size down, or the base of the hat will be out of proportion to the point.

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Edible Wizards Hat Sandwich To make the point of the hat, take a piece of tortilla wrap, and using your largest cutter, cut out a circle from it.  Slice it into two, making one piece slightly bigger than the other (see below).  Take the bigger piece, and with the flat edge at the top, bend the two corners towards each other. Pull together tightly to make a cone, stick the overlapping pieces together with peanut butter or another edible ‘glue’ (see tips above) and pop on top of your round sandwich to turn it into a hat.  I decorated my hat with a piece of a Bear yoyo (dried fruit strip) which I also glued on with peanut butter, and scattered over star shaped sprinkles.

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - How to create the point for an edible wizards hat sandwich Owl – This Sandwich looks more complicated to make than it actually is!  I think brown bread works particularly well for this, but you could use any bread.  To make, first cut two circles from your bread using your largest circle cutter.

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Owl SandwichUsing a smaller circle cutter, cut a piece from the top of one of the bread circles.  Repeat with the second circle of bread, placing the first piece on top as a guide. Put the two pieces together and fill to make your sandwich.  Using your smallest circle cutter, cut out a piece of ham for the owl’s tummy.  Assemble, using the two extra pieces of bread as wings (you may need to trim these down slightly using the smallest circle cutter.  Finish with edible eyes and cut a piece of carrot into a triangle for the beak.

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - How to make an owl using nesting circle cuttersMini Boo! Sandwiches – These were very quick and simple to make.  I used my favourite alphabet cutters for these, but you could probably also give them a go using mini circle cutters and a sharp knife. To make, start by cutting out 6 smallish circles of bread. Cut the letters ‘BOO’ into three of the bread circles, making sure you hang onto the bread ‘middles’ of the letters.  Make up your sandwich with a brightly coloured filling – I used slices of red Leicester cheese, which I cut into circles using the same circle cutter I’d used for the bread.  Add a toy spider to the plate for extra Halloween creepiness (optional)!

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Boo Sandwiches

Ghost – Probably the easiest sandwich to make, this is simply a circle sandwich with added eyes and a mouth cut from strips of Bear yoyo (dried fruit strip) using mini circle cutters (and an oval cutter for the mouth).   I did find that the Bear yoyos were too narrow for the circle cutters I wanted to use, so I tore two small strips off and stuck them together to make a wider strip before cutting.  You could make this sandwich in any size – lots of mini versions of this one would be quick and easy to make for a Halloween party!

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Simple Ghost Sandwich

Fairy Bread Spider – Last but not least I made a spooky version of ‘fairy bread’, which is quite simply a sandwich with a shape cut from the top piece using a cookie cutter, and sprinkles added to the filling.  You need to use a spreadable filling for fairy bread, so that the sprinkles have something to stick to.  This sandwich was made to be eaten at home, so I used peanut butter, but any other spreadable filling would also work.  I used Red Non-Pareils for my sprinkles (I bought them because they’ll come in useful for Christmas lunches too!) but any colour or type of sprinkle would work.  After I’d finished all the sandwiches and photos for this blog post I then found some sprinkles in Halloween colours (orange and black) in Asda, so it might be worth checking your local supermarket for Halloween sprinkles!  I used a spider shaped cutter (from this IKEA set) and added edible icing eyes.  I finished the sandwich off with a line of web drawn on with an edible marker pen.  You could also use any other shaped cookie cutter you like to make your own fairy bread sandwich.

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Spooky Spider Fairy Bread Sandwich

That’s it for now, I hope you’ve enjoyed my Halloween Sandwiches! Which is your favourite? Do let me know via the comments below if you try out any yourself!

Grace

4 Simple Halloween Bento Lunches

I’ve been falling behind a bit with sharing my lunches recently, so today I’m going to share four from last week all at once.  These lunches are all Halloween themed – Small Child has been loving his Halloween lunches this month! This is his last week at school before our half term begins, so I’m making the most of all the fun themes that Halloween supplies for my inspiration!

In the first of today’s lunches, Small Child had an eclectic mix of bits and pieces.  I tried flaked honey-roasted salmon as a lunch box food for the first time, which had a mixed reaction from him.  He said he wasn’t too keen on it, but he ate it all, so it can’t have been that bad! He also had a cheese string, cut in half and decorated with eye picks to make funny monsters (many thanks to The Boy and Me for this fab idea!), a Frankenstein Babybel, Ritz crackers in a silicone cup, raw red pepper sticks and carrot pumpkins, a celementine, broken into segments and some blueberries.  I added cat and frog fork picks to the salmon, a spider ring to the fruit, and finished the lunch off with some rainbow yoghurt covered raisins.

Eats Amazing UK - Fun Halloween Themed Lunch with Funny Cheese Straw Ben and Carrot Pumpkins

The second lunch was very simple, with a hard boiled egg moulded into a cute bat using the CuteZcute Animal Palz Set being a highlight.  As well as the egg, which I popped into an orange silicone cup, this lunch was made up of bread sticks, cucumber chunks, an orange mini pepper cut into rings, red and green grapes and some organic blueberry yoghurt, topped with chocolate sprinkles (I thought the sprinkles could be spiders legs!).  I decorated the lunch with a toy spider, bat cupcake pick and spider web cupcake ring, and finished it off with a treat of some orange flavoured chocolate buttons.

Eats Amazing UK - a simple Halloween Yumbox with Bats and Spiders - Bat shaped egg moulded using the CuteZcute Animal Palz Set

The third lunch made use of some leftovers (my favourite kind of lunch!).  I always make pizza whirl rolls from any leftover dough when I make home-made pizza (making home-made pizza is a necessity in our house, as Mr Amazing can’t eat normal pizza due to being dairy free), and pop any spare in the freezer for lunches.  I take them out of the freezer to defrost the night before they are needed so they are ready for a minimal-effort lunch! For this lunch, I decorated the rolls with eyeball cupcake rings.  On the side I packed rolls of ham, decorated with a Frankenstein cupcake ring, raw sugar snap peas (under the carrots) and carrot disks, decorated with a monster hand pick, and chunks of melon with blueberries, decorated with eyeball picks. I finished the lunch off with a jelly sweet eyeball, much to Small Child’s delight!

Eats Amazing UK - Simple and fun school kids bento lunch idea with eyeballs

Last but not least an owl themed lunch! This lunch had a cream cheese and ham sandwich, shaped into an owl (I’ll be sharing the ‘how to’ for this owl sandwich design in tomorrow’s post, along with lots of other fun Halloween sandwiches!), some twiglets, a purple carrot, cut into disks and topped with a bat pick, and some red grapes, topped with a black cat pick.

Eats Amazing UK - Bento school lunch with owl sandwich for Halloween

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Halloween lunches so far, have you made any fun food for Halloween yet?

Grace

Items used to make these lunches:

Yumbox Classic in Myrtille Blue from Eats Amazing UK - Thumbnail Yumbox Classic in Pomme Green from Eats Amazing UK - Thumbnail CuteZcute Animal Palz Set Thumbnail Eye Picks Thumbnail Round Silicone Cups Thumbnail Animal Faces Fork Picks Thumbnail Mini Bright Animal Fork Picks Thumbnail Glow in the dark spider on web cupcake rings Thumbnail Lettuce Silicone Cups and Dividers Thumbnail bright spider and web cupcake rings Thumbnail Eyeball Cupcake Rings Thumbnail Monster Zombie hands Halloween cupcake picks Thumbnail

Spooky Soup Ideas and Fun Food Friday #39

Good morning, and welcome to another Fun Food Friday! As usual, there is a linky in today’s post, so if you’ve written any foodie posts, whether it be toddler meals, creative cakes, lovely lunches or a yummy recipe you’ve blogged, do feel free to join in and add your link at the end of the post! I try to comment on and tweet every post that’s linked up, and I pin them all to my special Fun Food Friday Pinterest board too.

I have some more fun Halloween themed food for you today! Following on from the delicious Pea and Broccoli Soup cooked by Small Child that I shared with you yesterday, today I’m going to explore some fun ways that you could dress up a plain bowl of soup for your children at Halloween.

Eats Amazing UK - 4 fun and easy ways to dress up your soup -healthy kids food ideas for Halloween

First up is an easy way to add fun Halloween shapes to your soup – simply cut them out from a tortilla wrap using a cookie cutter and pop them on top just before you serve it.  I used a white tortilla to make ghastly ghosts, but any kind of tortilla or shape of cookie cutter would work – you could also use this idea year-around to add stars, smiley faces, animals, dinosaurs – whatever your child is into at the time! I added little dots for eyes to the ghosts using my trusty edible marker pen.

Eats Amazing UK - Fun Ghosty soup for the children at Halloween

Next up are cheesy pumpkin toasts.  I was really pleased with how these turned out, and Small Child loved them! He loves a tasty piece of cheese on toast and it’s extra delicious served up with a healthy vegetable soup!

Eats Amazing UK - Cheesy Pumpkin Toasts for decorating soup at Halloween

These were simple to make, I toasted a piece of bread, topped it with red Leicester cheese (its orange colour made it particularly good for pumpkins), and popped it under the grill until melted and bubbly.  Once the cheese on toast had cooled down a little, I cut pumpkin shapes from it using a mini Halloween cookie cutter.  I cut stalks from a mint leaf (any fresh herb leaf would work) using the same cookie cutter and popped them onto the pumpkins.  I finished them off by pressing the back of the knife blade into the cheese to make the lines on the pumpkins.

Eats Amazing UK - How to make pumpkin shaped cheesy toasts

Small Baby got to eat the next fun bowl of soup, which was full of edible eyeballs! The eyeballs were mozzarella pearls, which you can buy from most supermarkets (they come ready shaped).  I added the pupils by using a tiny circle cutter to cut a small hole in the top of each pearl, then the same cutter to cut into the side of a piece of cucumber, which made little plugs which I then popped into each hole, skin-side up.  If you don’t have a tiny circle cutter, the end of a drinking straw would do the same job.  I thought this fun monster spoon made the perfect utensil for eating this soup too!

Eats Amazing UK - Edible Eyeballs to float in a bowl of soup - fun and healthy food idea for the kids at Halloween

Last but not least was our favourite spider web soup! This is a technique I’ve used before to draw a spider’s web on soup, I think it looks really effective and it’s much easier than it looks!

Eats Amazing UK - Spiderweb soup with baked tortilla chip spiders - great food for Halloween

To draw the web, start by drawing a spiral with natural yoghurt on top of the soup.  I used a mini Sistema sauce bottle (I’ve still not managed to use them in a lunch, but I’ve had a lot of use out of them for my various creative food projects this month so far!), but you could also use a piping bag, or spoon the yoghurt into a plastic food bag and snip off the corner to use like a piping bag. Once you’ve drawn on your spiral, grab a cocktail stick, and working from the middle, draw it through the soup to create the lines radiating out.  Ta-da! One spider’s web!

Eats Amazing UK - How to draw a spiderweb onto any soup for Halloween

I served Small Child’s spider web soup up with some tortilla spider crisps.  I used a cookie cutter to cut spider shapes out from a wholemeal tortilla, brushed them with oil, sprinkled some of them with poppy seeds and baked them in the oven for 5 minutes or so. Small Child loved them!

Eats Amazing UK - Oven baked Spider Tortilla Crisps - fun party food for the kids at Halloween

Now it’s your turn to share! Have you been making any fun food 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.

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!


Cooking with Small Child – Pea and Broccoli Soup

It’s been a while since I wrote a ‘Cooking with Small Child‘ post, we have been cooking together, I just haven’t always got around to taking photos! Today’s recipe was something that Small Child cooked for a family tea at the weekend – ‘Green Soup!’ (or pea and broccoli soup, to the rest of the world!).  This is the perfect time of year for soups, and I’ve always found a hearty homemade soup to be a great way to get veggies into my children.  Small Baby is not in the slightest bit interested in eating peas or broccoli at the moment, but he wolfed this soup straight down, so well done to Small Child!

Cooking with Small Child ButtonAs with previous posts in my Cooking with Small Child series, I’ve attached a PDF copy of the recipe at the end of the post for you to print out if you would like to try challenging your own ‘Small Child’ to give it a go.  I’ve also outlined the recipe below, feel free to adapt it to suit your needs!

Eats Amazing UK - Simple Pea and Brocolli Soup - so easy that a child can make it - with free downloadable recipe sheet for cooking with your kids

Ingredients

  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Head of Broccoli
  • Small Bunch of Fresh Mint
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 250g Frozen Peas
  • 500ml Chicken Stock
  • Black Pepper

Method

Gather together your ingredients (and try to look happy!).  Peel and crush the garlic (I didn’t realised until he had started cooking that we had run out of garlic, so he missed it out this time).  Chop the broccoli into florets.  Tear the mint leaves from the stems.

Eats Amazing UK - Pea and Brocolli Soup cooked by Small Child - Step 1

Peel and roughly chop the onion (we only had red onions and they were quite small, so he used two).  Put all of the ingredients apart from the pepper into a large saucepan.  Stir to mix together.

Eats Amazing UK - Pea and Brocolli Soup cooked by Small Child - Step 2

Heat on the stove until beginning to boil. Cook for 5 minutes until the broccoli is soft.  This should be done under complete adult supervision, or for very young children an adult could do this part.  This was the first time that Small Child (aged 6) had used the hob and I used the opportunity to talk to him about stove safety and impressing upon him the importance of never touching the stove unless an adult is present.

Allow to cool a little, then add black pepper to taste.  Whizz up with a stick blender until smooth (Small Child loved this bit!).  Again, use your discretion as to whether you are happy to let your child use a blender and make sure they are supervised by an adult.

Eats Amazing UK - Pea and Brocolli Soup cooked by Small Child - Step 3

Serve up with crusty bread for a delicious family lunch or tea!

Eats Amazing UK - Simple Pea and Brocolli Soup - so easy that a child can make it - with free downloadable recipe sheet suitable for cooking with your kids

Small Child was once again very proud to have followed a recipe himself and to have made a meal that all the family could eat!  If you’d like to print off a child-friendly copy of this recipe for yourself, click on the link below to download the PDF file.

Pea and Broccoli Soup Recipe

Do your children like getting involved in the kitchen? What do they most enjoy cooking?

Grace

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Small Child Makes Lunch #5 – Halloween Theme

Small Child is always very enthusiastic about his fun lunches, and he often asks to make them himself too.  When we have a bit of extra time in the morning I’m always happy to let him – he’s learning great life skills in preparing food, learning about the food groups and how to make a balanced meal, which foods are healthy and which should be kept for the occasional treat and of course exercising his imagination and finding the joy in creativity.  For today’s lunch, Small Child raided my Halloween collection and had lots of fun decorating the lunch he had made.

For this lunch Small Child made himself a ham sandwich on granary bread, which he decorated with a plastic spider and an eyeball cupcake ring.  On the side he packed sugar snap peas and red pepper sticks, which he cut up himself.  I advised him to put something between the sandwich and vegetables to prevent the sandwich from going soggy, so he popped in a silicone lettuce leaf and a grass shaped silicone divider, then added a monster hand and skeleton cupcake pick to decorate. For ‘pudding’ he packed an apple, which I cored and sliced for him (we were running short on time by this point!) which he brushed with lemon juice to prevent browning and decorated with a wizard’s hat cupcake pick. He also packed a serving of organic peach and apricot yoghurt topped with a home-made icing ghost (we made some of these with icing leftover from making our edible eyes!).  He finished the lunch off with one of his favourite treats – rainbow yoghurt covered raisins.

Eats Amazing UK - Halloween Themed bento school lunch made by six year old Small Child Below are close-ups of some of the details – I think he did a really fab job of this lunch, if a little over-enthusiastic with the decorations!

Eats Amazing UK - Halloween Themed bento school lunch made by six year old Small Child - close up

Small Child ate every last scrap of this lunch, I think the pride in making it himself definitely helps his appetite!

Grace

Items Small Child used to make this lunch:

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Leftovers Lunch and Polar Gear Lunch Pod Review

Following on from my review of the Polar Gear Bento Box last week, I have another product from Polar Gear to share with you today. This is the Polar Gear Lunch Pod, a round container that is designed to carry hot or cold food.

Eats Amazing UK - Polar Gear Lunch Pod Review

My first impressions of the lunch pod were very good.  It looks really smart, feels nice and sturdy and has some great features, like the fold down carrying handle built into the lid and the little compartment containing a handy folding plastic spork.  Inside, it has a divided bowl that can be lifted out to make one big bowl.  The pods capacity is 500ml, which means it can hold a decent amount of food for both an adult or a child.

Eats Amazing UK - Polar Gear Lunch Pod Review - inside and outside views

I’ve been on the lookout for something to carry warm food for Small Child’s lunches occasionally, so I was pleased to have the opportunity to try this one. I had a quick read of the instructions and warmed it up with hot water first, before emptying it out and filling it with some leftover curry from dinner the night before.  This was a homemade minced beef and potato curry, which I mixed with some leftover rice before heating in the microwave.

Eats Amazing UK - Warm curry leftovers for lunch in the Polar Gear Lunch Pod

I also packed some cold extras in a small bento box to go with it.  Along with the curry, Small Child had an onion bhaji, sliced in two and topped with a fun bear pick, leftover naan bread, which I cut into stars using a little bento cutter and separated from the bhaji using a lettuce shaped silicone divider, some raspberries, in a sheep shaped silicone cup, and red grapes and blueberries, which I decorated with cute panda and rabbit picks.

Eats Amazing UK - Side dishes in a small childs bento box to go with a warm curry - school lunch ideaI eagerly awaited Small Child’s verdict when he came out of school that day.  How was the curry? Was it warm? Sadly, Small Child was unconvinced, in his words “It wasn’t warm, but it wasn’t freezing cold either”. So either room temperature or lukewarm then, from the sound of things.  This was disappointing, but I wondered if user error might be to blame.  I went back to the instructions to see if there was anything I’d missed.  First off, the instructions state that the pod will keep food warm for 3 hours.  I’d filled it up just before 8.30, which made it 11.30 once three hours was up.  I doubt very much that Small Child had his lunch that early, I expect 12 or 12.30 is more realistic, so definitely longer than 3 hours.  Secondly, I wondered whether I should have heated the food to a higher temperature so that it would stay warm longer, and thirdly I only filled it up half way – this may also have made a difference.

I decided that I needed to test the pod further at home to give it a really fair review, so yesterday morning I filled it up with homemade soup with the intention of seeing whether it would still be warm for my lunch.  I read the instructions a bit more closely this time, filling the pod with very hot water from the kettle to let it warm through first and heating the soup to as hot a temperature as I dared in the microwave.  I also filled the pod right up, so there was more food in it this time. I waited two and a half hours then opened it up to see what the temperature was like.  This time it was vaguely warm, but not as warm as I’d hoped.  I had to heat it up again in the microwave before eating, so not ideal.

Having said that, when I sat down to eat it I did enjoy eating the soup straight from the pod – it was a far nicer experience than eating soup from a square lunch box for example.  The fact that it is microwavable is definitely a redeeming feature, so I am still very likely to pack soup or other leftovers in the pod for my husband to take to work, as he usually has access to a microwave.  The leaflet also says that the pod can help to keep foods cool – it’s not the ideal time of year to test this out but I think it would be great for carrying a nice healthy salad in the warmer months.

Overall, though I think it looks really great I was disappointed with the heat retaining qualities of the lunch pod.  I would only use it for warm foods if it was for a short trip out (a picnic for example, or to carry warm porridge for breakfast), and sadly it isn’t going to be the right solution for sending warm food for Small Child’s lunches. Setting that aside, I think the fact that it is microwavable definitely redeems it as a lunch container.  It looks smart, is easy to carry and most importantly is a pleasure to eat from.  I will be happy to use it in the future for my husband’s microwavable lunches and for cold salads in the spring.

The Lunch Pod comes in a variety of colours, and you can buy it direct from the Polar Gear website, or from Amazon UK. You can click on the pictures below to be taken to their Amazon UK listings.

     

Don’t forget, I have a fantastic giveaway of the Polar Gear Bento Box running on the blog at the moment, so hop over to this post to enter! The giveaway will finish this coming Saturday night, and there are six chances to win!

Grace

Disclosure; I received a free Polar Gear Lunch Pod for the purposes of carrying out this review, however all opinions expressed in this post are my own.  I have no affiliation to Polar Gear, and was not otherwise compensated for this review.  

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Simple Spider Themed Lunch

Today’s lunch was a really simple one to put together. With only two weeks left of school before we break up for half term I have started letting Halloween themes creep into Small Child’s lunches.  I had a couple of leftover bread rolls to use up and instantly thought that with the addition of some vegetable legs, one would make a great spider, and I think it came out rather cute!

In his spider themed lunch Small Child had a crusty bread roll, split and filled with cream cheese and German sausage slices.  I added slices of yellow pepper for the legs and cut out oval pieces of cheese for the eyes (he should probably have had eight of them, but two looked cuter!) which I ‘glued’ on with a little of the cream cheese.  I finished the spider off with an edible marker pen, with which I dotted the eyes and drew on a mouth.  On the side he had carrot sticks, a few more slices of German sausage, which were rolled up and held together with spider cupcake rings, and some blueberries and red and green grapes, topped with a spiderweb cupcake ring.

Eats Amazing UK - Spider Themed Kids Bento School Lunch for Halloween

Here’s the spider on a plate – I think he would make a great snack or even a fun party food – he was so quick and easy to put together!

Eats Amazing UK - Fun Edible Spider Bread Roll with Pepper Legs

Small Child didn’t leave a scrap of this lunch, so I’m guessing he enjoyed it!

Grace

Just a note: the spider cupcake rings that I used for today’s lunch and several other Halloween themed accessories are now available in the Eats Amazing Shop, so why not take a look and maybe give some Halloween themed lunches a try yourself?  All of the accessories can be used again and again, so they could be used for your Halloween lunches for years to come! Click on the pictures below to be taken to their listings in the shop.

Robot cupcake rings - Halloween version bright spider and web cupcake ringsGlow in the dark spider on web cupcake rings Eyeball Cupcake Rings Monster Zombie hands Halloween cupcake picks Cat Bat and Witch Cupcake Picks