I haven’t been blogging much this past week because I was busy working on a collaboration with Artizone, an online artisanal grocery store. There are locations in Chicago and Dallas with an emphasis on local vendors, but they ship nationwide. I’m helping to promote their new lunch packs, a set of kid-friendly, pre-packed portions of fruits and veggies perfect for lunchboxes or on-the-go. I had so much fun transforming food into art: snap peas, for some reason, gave me the hardest time. But I’m pretty pleased with what I came up with, and can’t wait for the launch to show you all six creations.
Here’s a sneak peek for now, and an EASY (trust me) food idea for Easter. Translation: no baking, molding, or dyeing required. Just pick up your fave macarons: these are the “Exotic” collection from La Fournette in Chicago. Macarons delivered to your doorstep? Sign me up.
- mini chocolate chips
- white chocolate chip
- apple or pear slices
- peeled carrot slice
Unfortunately I didn’t snap how-to pics, but the steps take less than 15 minutes:
For the rabbit:
- Hold a mini chocolate chip, tip down, on a pan over VERY low heat until it melts slightly, just a couple seconds. This will flatten the tip and make the chocolate chip stick to the macaron.
- Apply chocolate chip immediately. Repeat for the second “eye”.
- Melt a white chocolate chip using the same technique, and apply on the macaron.
- Cut two pear or apple slices for the ears (use a small circle cutter if you’d like).
- Snip a small triangle out of apple skin to apply as the nose.
For the duck:
- Use the same mini chocolate chip technique as the rabbit for the eyes.
- Cut the carrot slice in half for the beak.
- Cut two small strips from the other half for the tuft on the duck’s head.
That’s it! I didn’t attach the bunny ears or the “tuft” to the macaron, but you could easily use melted chocolate to do so. My kids loved these, and it’s a fun way to celebrate Easter and convince the kids you’re a great cook.