Waterlily Lunches

Radish Waterlily Broccoli Pizza Lillypad

I planned these waterlily themed lunches for the weekend my Irish cousins visited at my parents lake house in the Adirondacks. Since I was not sure of their food preferences, I planned several options and was prepared to modify them.

  • Lily-pad pizza is either broccoli & cheddar cheese or pesto.
  • Waterlily is either radish or tomato.

I thought it would be a lot of work to make these for 5 (cousin Peg, cousin Mary, my Mom, my Dad, and me). But I enjoy this type of work and 5 is manageable. I did not know that I would end up making these for 10 since it became my grandma’s funeral weekend. It was manageable since my brother worked along with me and made the radish and tomato waterlilies and took food preference orders. I did not have enough EasyLunchBoxes so I made some on plates. Everyone ate their lunch out on the front deck with a view of the lake (with waterlilies in bloom).

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Lily-pad – homemade pizza dough cut in a lily-pad shape (I used a floured paper template), baked with shredded broccoli and cheddar cheese with a little bit of garlic powder, Waterlily – radish

Top Right: Fish in lake – carrot and cucumber (cut with a cookie cutter), blueberries

Bottom Right: Frog – honeydew melon (cut with a cookie cutter), blueberries

Pesto Lillypad Tomato Waterlily lunch.jpg

This is another option that I offered my guests.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Lily-pad – homemade pizza dough cut in a lily-pad shape (I used a floured paper template), baked with homemade basil pesto, Waterlily – tomato

Top Right: Fish in lake – carrot and cucumber (cut with a cookie cutter), blueberries

Bottom Right: Frog – honeydew melon (cut with a cookie cutter), blueberries

Tomato Waterlily broccoli pizza lillypad on a plate.jpg

Since I did not have enough EasyLunchBoxes, I served some of the meals on plates. To make it special I put a carrot inside the cucumber slice.

Many Waterlily lunches.jpg

Here is an image that shows 7 of the 10 lunches we made. Andy had fun experimenting with different types of waterlilies. I don’t like putting things that can melt on top of a stove but I was running out of counter space. The stove was not hot and I warned anyone nearby. But they had no reason to turn on the stove with so many cute lunches on top.

My critique of the meal: I know that the waterlilies are not to scale but I did not want to make the lily-pads smaller. Normally I don’t like making so many lunches in duplicate. I prefer to make different themes to provide more material for my blog. In this case, it was the best way to go and without the talented help from my brother, I would not have had time to make such beautiful flowers. I had considered just giving some people grilled cheese but that is not really my way. Plus my mom vetoed that idea.

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