This is the last lunch I made for my niece while she was in high school. I am emotional writing this. She is a talented and special young woman and I am honored to be her aunt. While I hope I will make many more meals for her, this was the last time to send her to school with lunch.
Left Side: Frog – Cheddar mashed potatoes with cooked small broccoli pieces (once potatoes are cooled use a cookie cutter to cut out the shape), face details spinach cut with this cutter, graduation cap – the same mashed potatoes cut with a diamond cookie cutter, carrot tassel. Diploma – thinly sliced carrot rolled and tied with a celery string, carrots and zucchini sauteed in a little olive oil and finished cooking in vegetable broth
Top Right: 2016 – carrots cut with cookie cutters, green grapes
Bottom Right: Graduation cap – candy filled Chocolate Graduation Cap Cookies. The recipe is from Hungry Happenings. You can’t tell from my photo but it is what is sometimes known as a pinata cookie – there are mini M&M’s inside. I struggled with the tassel because it was my first time making modeling chocolate and my consistency was not right. But my niece and her friends enjoyed the cookies.
Check out Hungry Happenings to see what is inside this cookie and how to make it.