Happy Shark Week! Let's mark it with some Shark Week Food: blue soup with toast shark fins and cheesy toast surfers!
It gives a whole new (and better!) meaning to 'shark fin soup'. We're going to need a bigger bowl...
As you can see, I experimented with a few different bowls of soup, adding different amounts of blue colouring.
In the end I realised that for the truly tropical azure look, I'd have been better off starting with a white soup, so I also tried out this instant Leek and Potato Soup:
And look! It's almost like looking in a tourist brochure: the little bits of leek even look exactly like seaweed:
Back in our more stormy climates, I thought split pea soup would make a good sea, being more green to start off with.
I started off by adapting a tried and tested Vegetarian Split Pea Soup recipe from the Cranks vegetarian recipe book (very well thumbed in my case!)
Vegetarian Split Pea Soup Recipe
This soup recipe is from the Cranks Recipe Book with doubled quantities, and a few other modifications:
- Rinse the split peas and soak them in water overnight
- Chop the onions and saute them in the oil or butter in a large soup pot
- Add the water and stock cubes or bouillon
- Bring to the boil, then simmer for 1 hour
- Check the colour. Mine was browner than I wanted, so I strained a lot of the bouillon into a bowl and added boiling water instead.
- Let the soup cool slightly and then blend it
- While the soup is cooling, make the toast surfers
Toast Surfers and Sharks
This is the most fun part, along with turning the soup blue!
- Take the gingerbread cookie cutter and cut gingerbread man shapes from slices of bread
- Tear the cheese slices and cover the shorts / skirt areas
- Use a small knife to cut out surfboard shapes with gaps for the toast surfers' feet to slot in. I tried toasting these, but in the end I found that using the end slices from the loaf, untoasted, made for easier, better floating boats
- Cutting out surfboard shapes also allowed the corners to be easily turned into shark fin shapes
- Tear all the leftover pieces of bread into crouton sizes and put all the bread shapes onto a baking tray
- Drizzle the bread pieces with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder
- Bake them in a low oven (about 300 °F) until the cheese is melted and the bread is crisp, like toast but harder
Turning the Soup Blue
I would definitely recommend experimenting with the soup already in bowls. Add the blue food colouring a drop at a time and swirl it around until you get the right colours. Play with your food 🙂
Serve and let the kids have fun fitting their toast surfers onto their boards and putting the sharks around them.
And let's take a moment for the toast surfers now, because if your kids are anything like mine then the surfers are in for a rough final mealtime!