April 2010-Recipes of the Month April Showers Bring .... UMBRELLAS!
We have 2 recipes to share with you this month. The first is an Umbrella Salad, made up of fruits, cheese and sunflower seed kernels. The kernels are the shape of a raindrop, and the children usually love them, once they have tried them! The second is an Umbrella Sandwich, which works with your basic triangle shape, when you cut any standard sandwich in half.
!/2 canned pear
Fresh fruit- cherries, raspberries, blueberries, etc. (cut in half)
Sunflower seed kernels
3/4 ounce cheese piece, cut into rectangle rods
Wash and dry hands.
Place a pear half on the cutting board and using the knife, cut a zigzag pattern on the thin end of the pear (about 1/4 the way up).
Place the fat end portion of the cut pear on a plate, rounded end near the top of the plate.
Use the cheese rods to make the umbrella handle, breaking off pieces of a rod to form the curved up piece of the handle and the spindle part off the top of the umbrella. Place them on the plate in the correct position.
Decorate the umbrella with the fruit.
Place the sunflower seeds on the umbrella and around on the plate to look like raindrops!
*They now make chocolate covered sunflower kernels and if you can find them in blue, they look even more like raindrops!
2 slices bread
Small pretzel sticks, broken in half
Half of a pretzel rod
Wash and dry hands.
Place one slice of bread on the cutting board
Using the knife, spread the filling on one slice of bread.
Cover with the other slice of bread and press gently to seal filling.
Cut the sandwich in half diagonally to make 2 triangles.
Place a triangle on a plate with the cut side facing down.
Stick a few pretzel stick halves into the cut side filling at intervals to look like the spokes of an umbrella.
Stick the pretzel rod half up against the filling in the middle of the sandwich between the pretzel spokes to look like the umbrella handle.
Serve the umbrella!
*The top slice of bread can be decorated with additional pretzel sticks to look like the folds in the umbrella or with olives, raisins, etc for a decorated border on the umbrella.