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Pizza flower and an elephant

Posted on: July 11, 2012

Off to camp for another day for the girls.  We recently did an elephant lunch, but it seems that the kids never tire of animals, tv characters or Hello Kitty these days.  I made an elephant sandwich on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread with Tofurkey deli slices and a bit of Tofutti cream cheese.  I put a small hat on the pachyderm, a raisin for an eye and a piece of the bread crust for the ear.  Next to the elephant is a small bucket of sliced grape halves.  At the top left are watermelon pieces with a green elephant pick.  The top left container has kiwi and lychee fruit pieces packed in her purple Hello Kitty bento box.

Miss G was super excited because she got a new Goodbyn Bynto Box in Raspberry color.  To be honest besides the hot pink, the sticker pack to decorate the box was FAR more interesting than the new box for them.  I would like to personally thank Goodbyn for the hour of quiet time I got while both girls plastered stickers all over their new Bynto lunch box and water bottle

The Bynto comes with the water bottle packed in the middle compartment, but I chose to fill it today. From the top down she has organic green grapes with a balloon string pick and watermelon squares with flower picks.

I made pizza bread in my new flower shaped canape bread tubes.  The easiest way to do this is to buy store bought bread or pizza dough.  I use a bit of cornmeal while unrolling so it doesn’t stick.  Once you’ve rolled the tube out flat, spread a thin layer of the desired fillings.  I used marinara sauce and a small bit of Daiya brand vegan mozzarella cheese shreds sprinkled over it.  Then I rolled it up and slid it into the greased bread tube.  You will need to let the bread rise for 30 min to an hour until it reaches the top of the tub.  I bake mine upright in the tube and place the tube on a baking sheet since some of the filling bubbles out.  I baked mine at 375 for 30 minutes.  When I checked it, it was still very doughy so please make sure to set the timer and check as every oven is different.  You will also have to plan on at least 15-20 minutes of cooling time for the bread and fillings to set.  Then use a bread knife to carefully cut slices.  I’ve done this before with pesto sauce, cinnamon and sugar and even jam.  It always turns out differently and leaves a pretty swirl.

The middle compartment has 2 pieces of flower shaped pizza bread and a flower cup of whole wheat elbow macaroni with marinara, soy meat crumbles and a bit of Daiya cheese sprinkled on top.  At the bottom left are raspberries and bottom right are dry roasted cashews and dried, raw goji berries.  Goji berries are a small red berry native to southeastern Europe and Asia and also known as a wolfberry.  They are high in antioxidants, Vitamin A and have many other health benefits.  Please ask your physician if you are on blood thinners, blood pressure medication or have diabetes as they can interfere with medication.  I use them mostly mixed into salads or trail mix as a sweetener like raisins.  They have a sweet but distinct taste.  I recommend buying them in a tiny bag as a little goes a long way with these dried berries.

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9 Responses to "Pizza flower and an elephant"

LOVE the pizza flower! I’d love to try that out one day! and of course the elephant is sooo cute! It makes me want more elephant picks! 🙂

Such a great idea to make pizza bread in a canape bread tube!

Thanks. It’s pretty simple!

Hefalumps!!!! Putting this idea in the old think tank for the future. So cute!

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