As Valentine’s Day is now advertised all over, often the kids want to get in on the action too.
Luckily there are many simple, edible ways they can create ‘love’ food with a little bit of supervision.
There are not a whole range of concepts associated with Valentine’s – it’s pretty limited to hearts, flowers and arrows. But there are so many ways to present these, so pick your favourite. And if all else fails, a love note is perfect.
- Bread/pizza/crackers/roast potatoes – these can all be shaped into hearts prior to baking. A simple way to create a great visual.
- Sandwiches (love-wiches!)/sushi or muesli bars can also be shaped or cut into heart shapes. Present on a red or pink plate for a special Valentine’s treat.
- Melted cheese/sour cream/yoghurt make a perfect addition to a burger, chilli or meat dish. Just use a cookie cutter to form a love shape.
- Toppings – use heart or X and O (for kisses and hugs) toppings on pizza, soup, salad or pasta. Cheese, toast, carrots or pepperoni can all be cut simply with cookie cutters – let your imagination run wild.
- Cut out hearts from waffles, pancakes or French toast and fill with berries. Use yoghurt for extra kisses.
- Eggs are a great medium. They can be fried egg flowers for breakfast, cracked into a heart-shaped hole in toast or made into a boiled egg heart (take a boiled egg, push a chopstick into one long side until an indent is created, then slice vertically to create hearts).
- Strawberry and cherry tomato hearts. Strawberries can either be cut in half then skewered together side by side to create a heart. Or just cut in half and make an indent at the top. Cherry tomatoes make perfect hearts. Slice at a 45° angle a third of the way up two tomatoes, twist around, slot together and skewer to make hearts.
- Fruit and vege hearts – many fruits and veg can be cut into heart shapes. Build a delicious salad, either fruit or savoury. Or create a fabulous platter either with lots of hearts or for younger kids just place in a heart-shaped bowl. Older kids can create a giant heart from overlapping fruit or veg. Marry this with other foods that are easy to cut into shapes, like ham or cheese.
- Or make ‘I love you’ plates. Cut veg like capsicum into letters and spell out I U. Serve with a dip for the perfect snack.
- Kabobs or cut outs. Use seasonal fruit like melon to make heart kabobs or cut heart-shaped holes in melon and stuff with fresh berries. Or make a “love arrow” using a skewer and an easily cut fruit like watermelon.
- Fruit or veg bouquets. Flowers are easy to make free-form or with cookie cutters. Skewer and create a 3-D bouquet or just place on a pretty platter for a special “mum” plate. Older kids might like to try strawberry roses, which look so impressive but aren’t too tricky.
- Strawberry pops or cherry hearts are a lovely summer treat. Use a popsicle stick to skewer a strawberry and dip in melted chocolate or yoghurt and then a range of toppings like crushed nuts. Or dip cherries in yoghurt as they are naturally heart-shaped.
- Pink smoothies. Easy to create and delicious to drink. Make a lovely berry smoothie for the ones you love. Serve with red straws and even add some heart-shaped ice cubes (made from berry puree for a vibrant splash of colour and flavour).
- Muffins. Make heart-shaped by adding a marble or round cooking weight to the inside of each muffin cup so when they cook they have the indent at the top.
- Red packaging. Create a lovely present using red or pink bags or jars decorated with hearts and arrows and fill with your favourite – popcorn, nuts or chocolates.