An owl saw the mouse and the mouse looked good

Mouse toast

One good way to encourage kids to eat is by making it fun. Following the success of the gruffalo cake, I decided to dip into the Gruffalo Crumble cookbook for more inspiration.

Having looked through the book herself many times, Maya has taken a real interest in the food within so I decided to make mouse toast for a weekend lunch. It’s really simple but the finished article looks great.

You start by getting a slice of bread and cutting a big circle out of the middle and then two smaller ones above it to make the mouse’s face and ears. Then butter the bread and put in a greased baking tray. Carefully crack an egg into the hole then put the tray in the oven at 180°.

gruffalo-mouse1

While in the oven you can prepare the decorations. You’ll need some ham cut into two small circles, a blueberry or black olive halved, a cherry tomato halved and some chives (or parsley stalks even) cut to even lengths.

Take the toast out of the oven, put the ham circles on the ears, use the halved blueberry or olive as eyes, the halved tomato as a nose and the chives as whiskers. It should look something like this…

Mouse toast

Mouse toast

This was greeted with a shrieked ‘amazing!’ by Maya and she troughed the lot. Well, apart from the whiskers made from parsley stalks. She couldn’t like them.

The following day Maya had her best mate Brigid round for tea and I decided to serve up potato owls. It’s another simple one really. Just bake some potatoes in the oven for 40-50 minutes until cooked through. Then cut them in half, scoop out the flesh and put into a bowl with a tablespoon or so of milk and a good knob of butter and mash until soft and fluffy. Mix in a tin of tuna and 50g grated cheese, spoon it back into the potato skins, sprinkling another 50g grated cheese on the top. Put them back in the oven for 5-10 minutes until the cheese has melted and gone golden.

Now to turn the potatoes into owls. First cut circles of cheese and add to the spuds along with a sultana (the book uses a sliced black olive, which probably looks better in fairness) on each for the eyes. Then you just need a triangle of something orangey for the beak. I used dried apricots, the book uses orange cheese. Either’s good. The final product should look something like this…

Owl potatoes

Brigid and Maya were delighted to be having potato owls for their tea. And they actually tasted pretty good too!

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