The following is a sponsored post, which I have written as a Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Foodimals Featured Contributor for Sony Pictures. All opinions and ideas are honest and my own.
I have to tell you that as picky as we are about what movies we let our children watch, I’ll admit that I’m kind of excited to take them to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 at the end of this month. It seems that Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is on everyone’s list of favorite childhood reads, and the movie is just as cute. When Sony Pictures asked if I would be a Featured Foodimal contributor for the sequel that will be opening in theaters on September 27th I agreed because, let’s face it, everyone loves to play with their food, right???
The Leek is one of the funniest Foodimals, in my opinion. Have you seen the trailer? “There’s a leek in the boat!!!” Hilarious! I’ll confess to you now that I had never bought a leek until this week… for real. I knew that it was in the onion family, but I’ve never cooked with it before, and still I haven’t, but I sure did make a great looking Foodimal… and you can too! Here’s how to make the Leek from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Make sure to read to the end of the post to enter to win a Sony Reader and a copy of the original Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movie on DVD!
First, take a small paring knife and cut out a mouth. You’ll want to create the mouth towards the bottom of the leek, starting at the top at cutting down.
Choose two Bunapi mushroom (or another small, white, button type mushroom) of the same size.
Remove the stems from the mushrooms and place a small amount of peanut butter on the backs of the mushroom tops. Place them side by side and touching in the middle right above Leek’s mouth.
Use peanut butter again to attach small, yellow confetti sprinkles to the whites of the eyes.
Use a toothpick (or in my case a paper clip because I was out of toothpicks) to make a tiny hole on each side of the leek, right next to his mouth. Insert the parsley stems.
Last, but not least, use decorating gel to create the pupils of Leek’s eyes.
There you have it… it’s Leek! He just cracks me up, and the kids and I had the best time putting him together. Levi and I started with a fun trip to Whole Foods to search for our ingredients, inspecting different foods and trying to decide which would made the best eyes and arms. Both he and Abby got a kick out of watching Leek come together and helping me take the photos of him too. It was such a blast to do this for Sony Pictures.
Like I said, I had never bought a leek before this week, much less cooked with one, but I thought I’d share a few links to leek recipes that you might like to try:
- How about a Potato Leek Soup that’s perfect for fall?
- Potato and Leek Frittata sounds delicious!
- This recipe for Chicken with Creamy Braised Leeks looks wonderful.
- One leek with roots in tact
- Bunapi mushrooms or another small button type mushroom
- small yellow confetti sprinkles
- parsley sprigs
- peanut butter
- cookie decorating gel in black
- toothpick for making small holes in leek
- small paring knife for cutting mouth
- Begin by washing any dirt or sand off of the leek.
- Towards the bottom of the leek, use your paring knife to cut into the leek (from top to bottom) to create a mouth.
- Take two Bunapi mushrooms of the same size and remove the tops, discarding the stems.
- Using a small knife, place a small amount of peanut butter on the back of one mushroom top and stick to the leek, above the mouth: Repeat for second eye.
- Place a tiny amount of peanut butter on one side of one yellow confetti sprinkle and place towards the inside of a mushroom eye: Repeat for second eye.
- Use decorating gel to create the pupils of the eyes.
- Using your toothpick, make a small hole on both sides of the leek, right next to the mouth.
- Cut a sprig of parsley so that there is about 1/4" of stem left and stick the stem into the hole made by the toothpick: Repeat on second side.