Play With Your Food: Ravioli

This post is a little late, but as a follow-up to the previous week’s bowtie pasta, the latest felt food is ravioli. Ravioli is another easy pasta to replicate in felt which doesn’t require much time or materials. This time I used green felt to make spinach ravioli.

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Felt Ravioli
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Supplies/Tools: felt, polyfil, hot glue, pinking shears, ruler, (optional: cutting mat and rotary cutter, or scissors)
Felt Ravioli

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This recipe was adapted from a Whole Foods circular. The pea puree is quick, easy, and light; a nice change from the typical tomato or cream sauces used with ravioli. I topped it with pea pod sprouts from Trader Joe’s that I happened to have in the fridge. They were nice because it added a nice element visually, but also taste-wise texturally by adding a crunch. Fresh spinach ravioli from Dave’s Pasta was also used rather than frozen ones. Continue reading

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Play With Your Food: Bowtie Pasta (Farfalle)

Farfalle is a great pasta to make into play food because of its distinctive look that is easy to replicate.

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Felt Farfalle
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Tutorial to follow.

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I improvised this recipe years ago by simply replacing the powdered cheese with deli cheese slices. It’s as easy as macaroni and cheese from the box because it follows the same directions and doesn’t take much more time. I usually like to add broccoli and occasionally some grape tomatoes (if I have them on hand).

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Kimbap – 김밥

Growing up, my mother would always make kimbap for road trips and picnics. Kimbap is ideal because it’s a meal in one bite that you can pop in your mouth. Colorful, easy-to-eat, and nutritious, kimbap is Korean sushi (most like a Futomaki roll) with vegetables, meat (if you choose), and rice wrapped in seaweed. This popular dish is a another great way to get people who might not normally be excited to eat vegetables to eat them.


김 = seaweed
밥 = cooked rice

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Spinach Banchan – Sigeumchi Namul – 시금치나물

This spinach side dish (sigeumchi namul – 시금치나물) can be in eaten as a side dish or included in a number of other dishes including kimbap (김밥), japchae (잡채), and bibimbap (비빔밥). It is a quick simple healthy dish with only 4 main ingredients.

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Bubble and Squeak – Kale for the Reluctant Kale Eater

Besides having a fun name, bubble and squeak is a one way to incorporate kale into the diet of reluctant kale eaters, particularly those meat and potato eaters. The name supposedly originated from the sound of this dish as it cooks (but it didn’t talk to me).

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