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A Tractor Sandwich (Recipe by Annabel Karmel)

A Tractor Sandwich (Recipe by Annabel Karmel)

This makes a great centrepiece for a birthday party and never fails to impress! Simply layer brown and white bread and spread with different but complementary fillings like eggs, cream cheese, cucumber, tomato, and son on and form into the shape of a tractor.

Make the trailer from one-and-a-half bagels, and line up some fresh farm produce like cherry tomatoes, cucumber and celery. Make the wheels from sliced red peppers and carrot slices, the windows from cheese slices and chives and a sesame stick for the funnel. The children will have a great time taking it to pieces!


Super Easy Peanut Butter Cookies (Recipe from Wendy Hayes)

Super Easy Peanut Butter Cookies (Recipe from Wendy Hayes)

This is an extremely easy recipe that kids will just love!

  • Mix together 1 cup of smooth peanut butter,1/2 cup sugar and 1 egg.
  • Roll mixture into balls and flatten with fork.
  • Bake at 325 deg. F. for 20 min

Vegetable Spaghetti (Recipe by Annabel Karmel)

Vegetable Spaghetti (Recipe by Annabel Karmel)

This never fails to impress! You can add a few chopped herbs if you like.


  • 1 large carrot peeled
  • 1 large courgette, trimmed
  • Butter or margarine for frying

Pare both the carrot and the courgette into long thin ribbons using a potato peeler. Melt a little butter or margarine in a frying pan and sauté the vegetable spaghetti for about three minutes. Serves 2.

Vege Chips with Chilli Dip (Recipe by Aria Farm)

Cook Aria Farm Vege Chips. Serve the chips on a plate with a small dish of Sweet Chilli Sauce and lettuce (big leafed) on plate. A very quick and filling snack.

Three blind mice on toast (Recipe by Annabel Karmel)

This fun snack looks like three blind mice hiding under a blanket.


  • 1 piece of brown bread
  • Butter or margarine for spreading
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 slices of cheese
  • 6 curly pretzels or some cooked strands of spaghetti

Toast the bread and spread with butter or margarine, cut the toast in half. Cut a thin slice off the bottom of the tomatoes so they can stand up. Arrange 2 in a row on the edge of each piece of toast. Put the cheese slices on top of the tomatoes.

Mr Banana Face (Recipe by Annabel Karmel)

Rice cakes are popular with children. I think it is the texture they like. Combining a rice cake with this nutritious topping makes an amusing snack.


  • 1 rice cake
  • Peanut butter, cream cheese or fromage frais
  • Slices of banana
  • 1 cherry tomato
  • Raisins

Spread the rice cake with some peanut butter or cream cheese or fromage frais, arrange slices of banana for eyes, a cherry tomato for the nose and raisins for a smile. Makes 1 portion.

Lamb Chips and Avocado on Toast (Recipe by Aria Farm)

Cook Aria Farm lamb chips and toast to slices of vogel toast bread. Spread avocado on the toast thickly and then place the chips on top. Drizzle with lemon juice.

Fruity Kebabs (Recipe by Annabel Karmel)

Children love food on sticks and for special occasions you can dip the fruit into chocolate. If you are making several kebabs stick them into a large orange or grapefruit. Supervise young children as kebab sticks can be sharp. Make the kebabs from a selection of the following ingredients. Apples and bananas will need to be sprinkled with lemon juice to prevent them turning brown.


Carrot and Pineapple Muffins (Recipe by Annabel Karmel)

These muffins are irresistible – they’re my family’s favourite snack and are always popular when children come over. They can be served plain or iced with cream cheese icing for special occasions.


  • 100g plain flour
  • 100g plain wholemeal flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 175 ml vegetable oil
  • 90g castor sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 120g grated carrots (about 2 carrots)

Animal Dips (Recipe by Annabel Karmel)

Tasty dips with raw vegetables, sesame sticks, crackers, crisps or parboiled vegetables make a wonderful snack for children of all ages. It’s simple to decorate the dips to make them look like animal faces – the colour of the dip will get you inspiration: avocado for a frog, peanut for a lion, cream cheese and tomato for a pig. A few minutes spent on presentation will make all the difference!