Our obsession with Aussie Animals is continuing here at the Crafty Mummy house! (You might remember that I explained about the Aussie Animals cards from Woolworths last week in our Day at the Zoo post.) The kids have been keen to do the groceries (I know – incredible!) just so they can get some more cards. In fact the last time we went shopping, Little Miss was suggesting that I needed to stock up on all sorts of odd things just to make our bill bigger so they’d get more cards!
In the midst of the animal obsession, we decided to have a special Possum Morning Tea. Some special friends were going to join us and the “big girls” were going to help with making things, but unfortunately there was some last-minute sickness at their house. (We missed you, Special Friends!) Our food was inspired by one of our favourite books, Possum Magic by Mem Fox. This book talks about two possums that travel around Australia looking for the food that will break a magical spell. It mentions lots of typical Aussie foods including some of our favourites.
On the Possum Morning Tea Menu:
Anzac Biscuits are one of our favourites. I actually have a recipe for them here on the blog, but we went with the easy option this time and picked these up at Woolworths. They are a little more crunchy than mine but so yummy!
Lamingtons are another Aussie favourite. In case you haven’t had these before, they are cake covered in chocolate icing and coconut. Messy but delicious! I love Anne’s twist on these over at Domesblissity: Mini Lamington Cupcakes.
Vegemite Sandwiches are another food mentioned in the book so here’s our version:
- Spread bread with Vegemite (and butter if you like).
- Trim the crusts off.
- Cut each slice of bread into 2 rectangles..
- Roll each rectangle up.
Pavlova is another Aussie favourite so here’s my twist on that – especially for kids:
Pavlova on a Stick
- You’ll need a variety of fruit, wooden skewers, mini meringues and cream.
- Whip the cream until thick and soft peaks form, and pop it back into the fridge.
- Chop all the fruit into bite sized pieces. We used strawberry, banana, kiwi fruit and grapes but you could also add watermelon, apple, pear, rockmelon, or mandarin.
- Thread skewers with a meringue, a few pieces of fruit and another meringue.
- Serve with whipped cream.
- If you have younger children, you might want to take care with the wooden skewers. Perhaps they could have “Pavlova in a Bowl” with fruit, meringues and cream mixed together instead. Or Pavlova Towers that they get to build before they eat them!
- Vegemite is particularly Australian but there are similar products available such as Marmite and Promite.
- You could substitute the Vegemite with jam or honey for sweet scrolls.
How is your Aussie Animal card collection going?
We have managed to collect all but about 15 of the set now but I know lots of friends who have all of them! If you really want to make some more animal related food they have heaps of Fresh Ideas on the Woolworths website at the moment, plus heaps of animal activities and information.Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Woolworths, but as always the opinions expressed are my own and my kids really are crazy about these cards!