This semester, I’m on the education team for our Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) production, which happens to be about penguins. As e-team members, we will not be performing in the shows but making programs (paper and online), educational materials for classrooms, lobby displays, school assemblies, and other things that I am probably forgetting to mention here. At Wednesday’s rehearsal, the creative food artist in me had an epiphany: there must be some recipe that we can include in the material for the children to do. I had this image of tiny penguins made from olives and cream cheese. Because I always look for any excuse to do work/not do work, I decided to stay up until 2 in the morning making culinary masterpieces for class today, and I call them Baby Penguin Canapes. I have not written the childrens’ version yet, but here’s the adult version of what will surely become a culinary classic.
That’s So Jacob Presents:
That’s So Nom: Treats and Eats from Jacob’s Completely Amateur Kitchen
Episode 3: Baby Penguin Canapes
Step 1: Look at recipes online and then realize that you can probably figure it out yourself.
Step 2: Grab a fellow blogger and head to Target to buy ingredients. I chose Princess Ciara, who happens to be in my dance class. Together, go to Target, buy carrots, olives, and cream cheese. Intersperse with bits of gossip.
Step 3: Come home and realize you probably should have bought regular carrots but these baby carrots will have to do.
Step 4: Chop carrots into little circles.
Step 5: Very carefully, cut a tiny wedge from the carrot circle. Put that aside for now; that will become the beak. The Pac-Man shaped piece will be the feet.
Step 6: Make a ball of cream cheese about the size of a large olive. Put it on the carrot feet.
Step 7: Wash an olive, then cut it long ways.
Step 8: Slap the sides of the olive on the cream cheese ball, gingerly. As in, with ginger. Seriously, that’s a weird phrase. Who came up with that? The olives will be the wings.
Step 9: Wash a second olive and make a small slit in it short ways.
Step 10: Remember that tiny piece of carrot that may or may not have fallen on the floor or in the sink? Wedge it into the second olive and make it look like a beak.
Step 11: Put the second olive on top of the cream cheese ball, and hold for a few seconds until it stays.
Step 12: You’ve made a penguin. Celebrate!
Step 13: Realize that you need to transfer the penguin to a Tupperware. Put in refrigerator and hope that people appreciate it when you bring it to them the next day. (Spoiler alert: they went surprisingly well!)
Makes about 8 penguins, or until you feel you’ve lost control of your sanity.
Helpful Advice: Keep the olives washed and dried because you will get cream cheese everywhere. Keep the counter clean and dry or else the penguins will slide dangerously close to the edge. Stabilize with a toothpick, or if you’re feeling fancy, a cocktail umbrella.
And…double yay for another six-continent day! No new countries, but warm welcomes to North America (Canada, USA, Antigua and Barbuda, and Mexico), South America (Chile), Europe (UK, Germany, France, Spain, Czech Republic, and Norway), Africa (Mayotte), Asia (UAE, Singapore, India, and Philippines) and Oceania (Australia and Guam).