Sunday, 8 April 2007

Chirpy Breakfast

Yesterday morning, while having our breakfast, my elder boy requested for a "full" English breakfast for this morning. We don't usually have English breakfast as I find bacon, sausages and ham too high in sodium. Since the last time I did one for him was ages ago, I agreed and we bought the necessary items while out shopping for our groceries.

This morning, our kitchen smelt wonderful when the bacon was sizzling away in the frying no time, I had the sausages, sunny-side-ups and toasts ready.

I am a very fortunate mum as my kids are not fussy eaters from young. I didn't have to "dress-up" their food to entice them to eat their meals or greens. When I came across these adorable animal-shaped toasts from a Chinese cookbook, I told myself I should try making them for my boys someday. Since I was already "full force" in the kitchen, I spent a few more minutes to come up with these:

A chirpy looking just need to make a diagonal cut about 2~3 cm from the top right corner of a slice of bread all the way down to the bottom right corner. Then make 2 cuts on the cut-out piece of bread to make the beak and the wings and the eye. Simply arrange to form a chick and toast it. I used the left-over crusts from the car-shaped toast to form the legs.

This "sad" little doggy is made by cutting 2 small squares from each corner, and then make a cut on each side to make the ears. The left over squares (just the crust) are use to make the mouth and eyes.

For these 2 cars...just need to remove the crust of a slice of bread, then cut it into 2 rectangles. Next cut out a square & triangle from one corner, use the square for the window and one rectangular piece for the head-light. Repeat the same for the other car. Decorate with jam, peanut butter, etc. I cut two pieces of sausages for the wheels.

I admire the author of the cookbook for the genius way of doing the above. You will notice that there are not many left-over or unwanted pieces of bread...what ever little pieces are put to "good use". How clever!

We had a very hearty breakfast and you know what, we had to persuade my little one to eat the toasts as he found the doggy and chick to adorable to eat :)


evan said...

oh wow, the things you can come up with toast. its so fun! i think most ppl would just grab n go for breakfast. with kids, u juz hv 2b creative :p initially when u mentioned english breakfast, i thought u meant continental breakfast - those with scones, muffins, english tea and the boring stuffs LOL. the ones with bacon, sausages & eggs are called american breakfast, i think? tho' high in sodium, i love it so much. guess not many ppl can really stay away from high fat/sodium + fried food :p

btw, i sent u an email!

Happy Homebaker said...

Evan, I just copy the whole idea from the cookbook...I'm not a creative kind of person.

I thot it was american breakfast too...until I checked Wikipedia...the name should be full English breakfast...but I think there's not much difference from the American breakfast. I told my elder boy about what goes in this kind of breakfast when we went for our honeymoon...we were served this kind of breakfast at the B&Bs we stayed in the B&Bs in UK.

Anne said...

Cool! My kids would definitely love this :)

Jacelyn said...

Hi SH, these look really cute, especially the chirpy bird toast. They would bring a smile to anyone, not just the kids. Hee...gonna make such cute toast for my bf..

evil and demented little cooker girl said...

so so cute!
my son would love these!

smashcover said...

wow you're really talented!! you should hold your own show!