Simba Food Art

Total Time
1h 10m
Prep Time
Cook Time

Create a feast for a lion-sized appetite with this Simba-inspired food art.

Hakuna Matata! Be the hero of your pride with this The Lion King-inspired lunch.

What You'll Need
  • 150g of yellow lentils
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • ½ onion
  • Free range ham
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 Apple
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Black natural food dye
How To Make It
Step 1 / 22
  • 1

    To make the black pancake

    Place flour into bowl. Add enough water so that the mixture is runny and whisk until the consistency of a thin crepe batter.

  • 2

    Add a drop black dye into the bowl stir until incorporated.

  • 3

    Place some oil into a pan. Using a spoon pour small amounts of pancake batter into the pan. Allow the pancake batter to cook through on one side - you will notice the colour darken.

  • 4

    Avoid flipping as this will change the smoothness of the pancake. Once cooked remove and place onto a paper towel. Leave to cool.

  • 1(2)

    To make Simba

    Wash and strain the lentils. Grate the onion, sweet potato and carrot.

  • 3

    Sweat the onion over a medium heat until the onion is transparent. Stir in the turmeric, carrots, sweet potato and tomato paste.

  • 4

    Add water to cover the lentils and leave to cook over a low heat, making sure to stir occasionally.

  • 5a(1)

    Slice the potato ½ cm in thickness, and using a cutter make to circle (approximately 3cms in width). Using a knife cut two strips out of the potato, making them a slight V shape.

  • 6(1)

    Place the potatoes into a steam basket above boiling water, placing lid on top and allow to cook.

  • 7(1)

    Using scissors cut out two oval shapes out of the wholemeal wrap. Cut to the middle and once halfway cut slightly elevated. This will be used to make the base of the eyes (Refer to picture.)

  • 8

    To make the iris’ for Simba’s eyes, use a cutter to make two circles out of the wholemeal wrap.

  • 9(1)

    To make Simba’s ears cut two shapes out of wholemeal wrap as shown in the picture.

  • 10

    Place ears, iris’ and the base of the eyes in a sandwich press and toast until brown.

  • 11(1)

    Using scissors cut out the mouth and chin as shown in the picture.

  • 12-(2)

    Using a cutter, cut a circle out of the black pancake to make the tips of Simba’s ears. Using the cutter again, overlap to create a crescent shape. Repeat twice. Using a pen lid cut two circles out of the black pancake to be used as Simba’s pupils. Cut two small crescent shapes for the eyebrows. Make slits at the top of the eyebrow to create furry effect.

  • 13(1)

    Use a pen lid to cut two small circles for Simba’s pupils.

  • 14(1)

    To make the nose cut a heart shape out of the free range ham.

  • 16

    Once the potatoes have cooked, place the circles on top of the toasted eye base toward the bottom corner. Place the iris (toasted circle) on top of the potato.

  • 18

    Place the pupil (black pancake) on top of the iris. Place the eyebrows on the top of the eye base. Place two small strips of black pancake on the bottom inward corners of the eye base. To make the eyes shine, cut two small squares out of wholemeal wrap and place on the top left side of each pupil.

  • 22

    Once the lentils have cooked, place on a plate and spread out into a circle. Add lentils to each side of the head to make the ears. Place the completed eyes onto the face.

  • 25

    Place the v shaped strips of potato beneath the eye base. Place the toasted ears as shown in the picture then add the black pancake crescents on the tips of each ear. Place the chin and upper lip beneath the eyes and place the nose in the middle of the upper lip.

  • 27(1)

    To add an extra element of nutrition cut the letters of your child’s name out of a fruit or vegetable. We have used apple. Place apple on plate below Simba’s face.

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