On the menu:
Baked Bears: (hamburger shaped, via several balls, into a face, nose, and ears. Sliced beets and halved olives made the nose and eyes).
Mice: (small halved potatoes, with toothpicks for tails, hot dogs slices attached with toothpicks for ears, and capers for eyes. I discovered after a bunch of trial-and-error that the strawberry de-stemmer I sprung for this summer did a great job of making eye sockets). Extra fun: asking the woman at market if she has any "potatoes shaped like mice".
|(Before baking, flat sides down: we added ears and eyes after the potatoes were softer).|
BoaConstrictors -- back by popular demand from last year! Make regular bread dough, roll out like you're making pizza. Add a filling of cottage cheese, lots of basil, nuts, garlic, grated cheese, and roll it up. Add a tongue (beets), eyes (olives), and spine (nuts). Bake like bread.
The Turkey Lady at our market. We told her about the zoo dinner and our tentative plans to make turkey hot dog squids (see this cool site that my students showed me). Even though she was out of hot dogs for the day, she loaned us her Octodog maker! Here it is in action:
We decorated the table with calendar photos of cute animals, saved up just for this occasion. We turned the chairs around, and then . . .
then . . . we ate like animals!