Valentine’s lovebirds

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and my boys may not be that excited about love yet but they’re very motivated about food! The fresh corn at this time of the year is delicious and looks just like little feathers for a special pair of birds.

Joe is delighted to be asked to help create in the kitchen and there are never any complaints about ‘testing’.



  • celery (or carrot)
  • corn
  • radish (or capsicum)
  • red capsicum
  • carrot (or cucumber)
  • olive (or raisin/blueberry)


Step 1 Cut a baton of celery for the branch.

Step 2 Slice some corn carefully off the cob so the kernels stay intact (a sharp knife really helps). Cut so the bottom tapers in and angle the top a little too to give a ‘body’ shape. Angle the bodies together.

Step 3 Slice two circles of radish to form the heads. A little semi-circle cut from the bottom enables the heads to be fitted snugly over the bodies.

Step 4 Use the inside of the radish to make a pair of beaks to entwine.

Step 5 Then more for the eyes.

Step 6 Use the dark pink radish to cut two tails.

Step 7 And capsicum for the wings.

Step 8 Cut love hearts from a large carrot which is quite simple with a sharp knife. I made the top ones hollow but that’s not necessary!

Step 9 Use a bit of olive for the pupils.

Step 10 A final heart… happy Valentine’s Day!


Judith Yeabsley is a mum of two boys who is
passionate about healthy food for kids. Her blog
The Art of Nutrition is a popular place to find inspiration for fun, healthy, creative food for kids big and small. Judith describes her mission as “how to present healthy food creatively so it is delicious looking and impulse-creating, so kids can’t wait to tackle the plate”. The focus is fruit, vegetables and whole grains. The plates are designed to be made by the average time-poor parent, in the average kitchen, using readily available ingredients and working on a budget.

First published: Feb 2015

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