Have you been following the 3 Tools challenges over at Wendolonia? A few weeks ago I joined in with this cute owl lunch and I had such a hoot (pun intended) that I lined up again!
Paint the Roses Red lunch last year. You can see the sad remains of them as the 'rolling hills' at the bottom here. I ended up making a flower pocket sandwich 'cloud' with some ham & cheese flowers atop a bed of lettuce. By using a Tupperware square round I was able to pack a small Sinchies of yoghurt in this compartment too.
I'd planned to make rockmelon/watermelon layered flowers but the rockmelon proved too popular with Miss M & Honey and didn't quite make it. Lucky there were some strawberries and grapes in the fridge to make this mini salad. I kind of like how it gives the whole lunch a reddish feel :-)
Those puff pastry bites were also a slight change of plan. I first thought to make some pizza-puffs but ended up piping some strawberry cheesecake mixture into these two. Cream cheese counts as dairy right?
So why all the change of plans? Have a look behind the scenes with me. . .
Cutting & imprinting some store bought puff pastry
Wondering if they would make nice pie shells
In different sizes
And different moulds
Should I weight them? Nah, they won't rise that much, I only want a little filling.
This was after I'd thought to change to a sweet option. Can you see my attempt at clouds on the top left? How good would they look puffed up?
Nutella - can't go wrong, right?
Strawberry jam - a must!
Lots of Nutella surely must equal lots of yum?
A smaller jam flower
And cooked. Those clouds didn't quite work how I wanted :-(
A lot of detail lost
And not as pretty as imagined
Note to self - it's called 'puff' pastry for a reason
This one looked nice
So try the savoury version
Might try doing pocket pizzas
Same size flower pastry on top, imprinted & spread with pizza sauce
Sealed with the next size down cutter
And left a little too long in the oven *sigh*
But the pizza parcels worked!
Albeit a little burnt. They still tasted good
Ok, ditch plan C, back to plan B.
Cream cheese, cream & a little strawberry jam piped into some sweet puffs. Worked well in the end.
This is how I folded the ham before rolling into the rosettes. A little different from a traditional ham flower.
What do you think? Worth the change?
Did you notice I even changed my mind on the lid colour beneath the box?
Ah, I used to be indecisive. . .
And this is what it looks like with a Sinchies yoghurt in the main compartment and a popper strapped to the box.
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