I've posted these last two lunches out of order to better match the continuity of the movie in case you've been keeping tabs. This lunch is Day 3 - Paint the Roses Red.
In the main compartment I sent:
Cheerio roses; rose sushi style cheese & ham sandwich; flamingo cheese sticks with flower pepperoni & yoghurt
On top I sent juice, checkerboard apple & rose cupcakes 'painted red'.
After a little experimentation I found using a flower biscuit cutter gave a nice finish to these rose 'octo-dogs'.
I normally don't worry about cooking these, but decided for the effect I would dry-fry these little beauties & I think it paid off. . . .
I like how some of the skin is peeling back like a blossoming rose. I discovered that I've lost my leaf picks :-( so I dug deep into the recesses of my goodies draw & found some bottoms from Lindt umbrellas that worked out just fine. I also threw in a few heart picks for the Queen.
Picks available from affiliates Neat2Eat & Bento USA.
My rose sushi sandwiches didn't work out quite as pretty as planned, but I've learned from my mistakes so next time they'll be much nicer :-). You can see the tutorial for egg flowers I followed here.
The real trick to sushi sandwiches is to roll your bread first. . .
And they do work better with spreads rather than fillings, but these still worked OK.
Loosely roll. . .
Then use a flower cutter to give a scalloped edge.
Unroll & admire your work
This time roll it up tighter.
I made these too tall, so lesson learned & these style of cheese doesn't like being manipulated.
I used raw spaghetti to hold the cheese sticks together & coloured them with FooDoodlers from affiliate Neat2Eat. I used a flower cutter to give the Pepperoni from Walkerston Country Meats a bit of rose-iness.
I cheated with decorating the yoghurt today & simply added some candy roses.
I made some mini-muffin sized cakes & decorated with piping & writing gel. The writing gel I used to draw a line down one side of the piping bag & this was the result. As you can see, some are 'painted' better than others :-)
I then emptied the tube of gel into a little glass & gave Miss M a fresh paint brush. . .
I think she enjoyed herself :-)
I did find watering the gel down made it easier to 'paint the roses red'
And I did come along behind to add a little bit extra colour.
We made these on Sunday & stored in an air tight container at room temperature until the Thursday when they went to daycare. The vibrancy of the red had faded considerably by then, but I didn't hear any complaints :-)
I hope you've enjoyed this series as much as I have! Here's the shortcuts to other lunches from this week:
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