Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Flowers for Wendolonia

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!

I had grand plans of filling the large space of the EasyLunchBox with ham & cheese sandwich roses like those I made for this 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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Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. This post was written for Loving Lunches. No product was received for this post. All opinions expressed are my own, based on personal experience with the product.


  1. This lunch is gorgeous, think it's my favourite one of yours yet - love all the different flowery ideas!
    Thank you for linking up at Fun Food Friday!


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