Kids art work is exploding in my house!  It’s sometimes hard to think of another purpose for it. Although I didn’t grow up with Halloween, it’s definitely making an impact in the Australian retail scene and (of course) Pinterest is exploding with ideas leading up to the day.  So, there’s no surprise that my daughter is not immune to the retailers’ quest to spook our kids. To give her an” invitation to create” that was Halloween inspired, I challenged her to draw a monster that we would then turn into a black bean dip and vegetable platter.  This is the monster she drew.

Ellie's Monster Drawing that was turned into a vegetable platter

We used:

  • Blackbean dip for the face (see recipe below)
  • Carrots to recreate the A-line skirt
  • Green beans for the arms, legs, toes, fingers and 7 horns
  • Golden tomatoes for eye sockets and lips
  • Carrot ribbon for a tongue and whiskers
  • Blackbeans for eye balls, necklace and nose

*In order to attribute features of the monster, I have attempted to use human anatomy.  My kids (and yours) may disagree with my terminology.

To make the blackbean dip a circle shape we filled an egg ring and gently lifted it off.

Halloween Monster Vegetable Platter | Play with Food

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Blackbean Dip
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Afternoon tea for Halloween is complete with this dip that suits crackers and vegetables.
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 250g
  • 1 cup black beans (cooked)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 5 roasted and peeled baby eggplants
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  1. Put all of the ingredients in the food processor.
  2. Blitz and check the consistency. Add more olive oil to your liking if the mix is a little too dry.

If you do make a platter inspired by your child’s art, I would LOVE to see it.  Feel free to tag me on Instagram or twitter (@playwithfood_au).

If you want your child’s picture turned into a platter and you would like some more inspiration, let me know we could always make it on Ellie’s cooking show! If you missed it this week we made Strawberry Milkshakes – so yummy and so simple.

What monster features are your favourite?


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