Shark Week Food: Blue Soup with Toast Shark Fins and Surfers

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Happy Shark Week! Let's mark it with some Shark Week Food: blue soup with toast shark fins and cheesy toast surfers!

Happy Shark Week! Blue Soup with Toast Shark Fins and Surfers

Happy Shark Week! Blue Soup with Toast Shark Fins and Surfers




It gives a whole new (and better!) meaning to 'shark fin soup'. We're going to need a bigger bowl...

Blue Soup with Toast Sharks and Surfers

Blue Soup with Toast Sharks, Surfers and one Loch Ness Monster




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:

Powdered Soup and Blue Food Colouring: Nothing but the best for my family!

Powdered Soup with Blue Food Colouring: Nothing but the best for my family!




And look! It's almost like looking in a tourist brochure: the little bits of leek even look exactly like seaweed:

Blue Soup: Exactly like a perfect turquoise tropical ocean...

Blue Soup: Exactly like a perfect turquoise tropical ocean...



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!)

Find the Cranks recipe book here: Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, AbeBooks, Books A Million.

 

Vegetarian Split Pea Soup Recipe

Soaking Green Split Peas Overnight

Soaking Green Split Peas Overnight. Make sure your table is all painty, like a proper food blogger 🙂




 

Soup Ingredients

This soup recipe is from the Cranks Recipe Book with doubled quantities, and a few other modifications:

  • One 16oz packet of green split peas
  • 2 large onions
  • 4 oz butter / margarine (I didn't have this so I used a small amount of canola oil)
  • 4 pints water
  • 4 vegetable stock cubes (I didn't have these so I used bouillon, but this made it browner so I ended up straining a lot of it out and adding water!)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Blue food colouring (and this is where we really part ways with the Cranks wholefood version!)

Toast Surfers

  • Sliced bread
  • Thinly sliced cheese
  • Olive oil to drizzle
  • Garlic powder
  • Gingerbread man cookie cutter
  • Baking tray

Split pea soup recipe

Future soup




 

Method

  1. Rinse the split peas and soak them in water overnight
  2. Chop the onions and saute them in the oil or butter in a large soup pot
  3. Add the water and stock cubes or bouillon
  4. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 1 hour
  5. 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.
  6. Let the soup cool slightly and then blend it
  7. 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!

Crouton toast shark fins, surfers and surfboards

Crouton toast shark fins, surfers and surfboards. And I had a helper for this, so we ended up with one Loch Ness monster as well 🙂




 

  1. Take the gingerbread cookie cutter and cut gingerbread man shapes from slices of bread
  2. Tear the cheese slices and cover the shorts / skirt areas
  3. 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
  4. Cutting out surfboard shapes also allowed the corners to be easily turned into shark fin shapes
  5. Tear all the leftover pieces of bread into crouton sizes and put all the bread shapes onto a baking tray
  6. Drizzle the bread pieces with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder
  7. Bake them in a low oven (about 300 °F) until the cheese is melted and the bread is crisp, like toast but harder

Cutting out the toast surfers

Cut out the toast surfers carefully with a gingerbread man cookie cutter

Toast Surfers

But don't anger them




 

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 🙂

Turning your soup blue

Adding the Food Colouring

Blue and Green Soup - Experiment!

Experiment!

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!

 

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Blue Soup with Surfers for Shark Week


 

 


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35 Responses to Shark Week Food: Blue Soup with Toast Shark Fins and Surfers

  1. This looks like a lot of fun! My kiddo would get a kick out of this.

  2. These are totally adorable, how creative! My kids would love to make these, what a fun way to celebrate shark week.

  3. This is something my nephew would eat! He is the pickiest eater.

  4. This is so cute and creative!!! I love everyone’s take on shark week!!

  5. my son would love making these – thank you for the tutorial! happy shark week to you 😉

  6. This is sooo adorable. I love it.

  7. How fun is this!? We sure love shark week and it looks like a great lunch activity as well. We have a ton of students who have sensory issues so I love that you had your child actually cut out the shapes with the bread and cheese. Those are great types of activities with our kids since they are sensitive to food and other textures. Great fun!

  8. OMG THESE ARE SO CUTEEEEE!

  9. Brittany Hall

    Too awesome! My daughter will flip!

  10. Oh geez, I love leeks in anything so that powdered soup sounds delicious! But, I’ve also never made split pea soup and I’d love to give that a try as well! And what a cute idea! My kids would get a kick out of this!

  11. What a fun idea! They’re so cute!

  12. What a delicious way to celebrate shark week!

  13. What a fun post, and so great to get the kids involved, very hands on. My daughter are in their 20s but I bet they would still love this as much 🙂

  14. What a cute idea! This would be a great way to get my daughter to eat split pea soup, especially if she is involved in making it and the sharks. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Such a creative idea! It’s always fun to celebrate shark week!

  16. That is so cool. Im definitely pinning this!

  17. I have one friend who is obsessed with shark week. Like I hear about it weeks beforehand and afterwards! I’ll have to share this with her because she would love it!

  18. Such a cute idea! My son would love this for sure! Not just for shark week but probably for all year around!!

  19. So cool!! My kid is a BIG shark fan, he’d just LOVE that – thanks!!

  20. This is so creative & cute!!

  21. This is so cute. Have to try it this week!

  22. Food color can make meal time so much fun! I’ve used the green food coloring to make green eggs and ham to eat while reading the book by the same name.

  23. Very cool idea! Especially with shark week and all of that! They turned out great!!

  24. what a fun shark week meal! So creative!

  25. Love this idea! I bet a lot of kids would also love it. I’m forwarding it to a few friends right now!

  26. You are so creative, I wonder if you kids ever get bored… Not sure I would want to eat it, but the I am sure the kiddos would love to… Thank you for sharing your fun side with us…

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