Today we took a stroll around the caravan park and stumbled across these interesting displays.
Over the past few weeks I have read 3 books; A Place to Remember, True Blue and the Book of Colours, (4 if you include the The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart with its gorgeous cover and flower art between the covers) that have spoken to me about art, painting, creativity and the therapeutic value of creativity. The universe feels like it is sending me a message, to say I have been inspired is an understatement – I cannot stop painting! And I am loving the process.
‘Unicorn Food by Sandra Mahut (Murdoch Books RRP $19.99)
Unicorn rice paper rolls
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Makes 6 small rice paper rolls
½ packet bean thread vermicelli
1–2 drops natural blue food colouring or blue spirulina
½ red cabbage
A few pink radishes
6 rice paper wrappers
A few green lettuce leaves
A few black and white sesame seeds
½ mango for decoration
Lemon coconut tahini sauce
1 tablespoon tahini
1 tablespoon sesame oil
Juice of ½ lime
1 tablespoon coconut cream
1 teaspoon light soy sauce
1 drop natural blue food colouring
Cook the vermicelli according to the instructions on the packet, adding a little blue food colouring
to the cooking water. Once the vermicelli is coloured, set aside in a bowl of cold water. Cut the carrot and
half the cucumber into thin matchsticks. Thinly slice the red cabbage. Slice the radishes into rounds and
thinly slice the avocado.
Moisten a sheet of rice paper and place it on a slightly damp, clean tea towel. Cut off the top
edge of the wrapper (to give a straight side for an open-ended roll). Arrange the lettuce leaves
and vegetables in the middle, starting with the ingredients that will show through. Wrap up the roll,
using your fingertips to tightly close the lower part.
Place the rolls in the refrigerator. At serving time, sprinkle with black and white sesame seeds, then
decorate with stars cut out of the mango or the rest of the cucumber.
Blend the sauce ingredients, except the food colouring, in a food processor. Add the drop of blue food colouring and swirl once with the tip of a knife to make a pretty spiral, then sprinkle with a few sesame seeds. Serve the rolls with the sauce.
Unicorn Food: Natural Recipes for Edible Rainbows
No unicorns were harmed in the making of this food! But unicorns have magically inspired all the recipes in this book adding technicolor sparkle to your sushi and fairy tale magic to your mocktails. Why eat boring when you can enjoy a rainbow-coloured noodle bowl for dinner? And it’s all deliciously natural – no nasty e-numbers or preservatives, just beautiful food colourings made from berry juices and vegetables. From the show-stopping Unicorn Cake and Cosmic Donuts to Rainbow Veggie Sandwiches and Celestial Swirl Soup, these brightly coloured edibles can be naughty and nice. Create the most unbelievably Instagrammable dishes ever seen. Cook, post and enjoy and the likes will multiple. Move over mug cakes. This is internet explosion unites the zeitgeist for all things magical, pastel, and unicorn-esque. Brightly coloured, and not too serious, Unicorn Food is shared experience – how could you not want to share such amazing and magical delights created in your own kitchen – and all natural and vegetarian.
This must be the most colourful and spectacularly designed recipe book I have come across – the photography is amazing, (the writer is also a photographer and food stylist – that is evident on each and every page). You will find yourself racing to the kitchen to prepare some of these wonderful, healthy treats–“no artificial food colourings are used in this book; they are all plant based.” P4
The colourful, joyous creations will put a smile on anyone’s face. If your best friend needs to be cheered up – a plate of Unicorn macarons will do the trick, need a unique gift for that arty friend? Unicorn white chocolate bars look divine and are easy to create in the home kitchen. (p.50) And there are so many choices for party/birthday treats you want know where to begin. But don’t stop there – there are recipes to add sparkle and glitz to breakfasts (Mermaid toast, Rainbow smoothies, Blue latte, Starlight smoothie bowl ), lunch (Unicorn dips, Rainbow veggie sandwiches…) and dinner – Unicorn rice paper rolls, maki rolls, veggie noodle bowls….YUM I want to eat it all !
The Bad Bunnies Magic Show
Simon & Schuster
When the great magician, Hypno, goes missing just before a show, his rabbits Abra and Cadabra step in to save the day.
But are they all that they seem? Or is there more to their sleight of paw than meets the eye?
An exciting new novelty book from British author and illustrator Mini Grey that will have children and parents laughing out loud.
A delightful children story (suggested for about the ages 2+) , there is magic, rhyme, cut aways/fold back pages with reveals, naughty behaviours to giggle at and a lesson that demonstrates crime does not pay. What more could you want?
SuperTato – Run, Veggies, Run!
Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet
Simon & Schuster Australia
It’s Sports Day in the supermarket and all the veggies are in training. Everyone has been practising hard and is ready and raring to go. However, a new competitor joins the event, accompanied by The Evil Pea, and is determined to win all the prizes. Things don’t seem quite right… but will Supertato be able to foil his nemesis’ plan in time?
Another laugh-out-loud story from the bestselling, award-winning Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet.
(For Ages 2 +)
This one is already a hit with my grandson. He loves the eye catching bright colours, the metallic finishes, the fun illustrations and recognising the fruits and vegetables he eats (broccoli is one of his favourite foods). Add a simple and fun script; when I read this to my grandson I can’t help adding “to toot to do” – (me trumpeting) each time the caped Supertato makes an entry J
This is a fun and engaging book!
Och Aye The G’nu
written and told by Jimmy Barnes
Illustrated by Kat Chadwick
Five Mile Press
He’s a handsome young calf, he’s a wildebeest, too.
But in Scotland they call him young Och Aye the G’Nu…
Jimmy Barnes, Aussie rock legend and grandad, has penned this delightful collection of poetry for the young grandson he affectionately calls G’Nu…
Read along with Jimmy in this treasured keepsake for sweet g’nus everywhere.
I think perhaps I enjoy listening to legendary Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes read fanciful children’s poetry more than I enjoy him singing! 🙂
This is such fun – a delight for children – and adults too. I love the singalong CD of the recorded poems of Och Aye the G’Nu – the words come alive when you hit play – such a wonderful playfulness here. I am sure your child will love to sing and stomp and dance to this too.