Came across this great story from Australia recently and it centres around Australia’s oldest person, Alfie Date, 109 years old who has been knitting since the 1930’s. At the home where he lives, one of the girls (nurses) heard about his knitting and suggested that he help out The Penguin Foundation, by knitting tiny little jumpers to protect baby penguins from oil spills and it works a treat.
To date more than 96% of the penguins who live on Phillip Island, southeast of Melbourne have been saved by Alfie’s jumpers. In honour of Amazing Alfie here is my edible homage to the penguin.
Black Olive Penguins
You will need:
- 1 can of small, pitted black olives
- 1 can of extra large, pitted black olives
- 2 thin carrots
- 1 pack smooth cream cheese
- cocktail sticks
For penguins tummy, simply drain the large olives and slit down the centre from top to toe, fill the gap with cream cheese and set aside. (wipe and clean off the olive after filling)
Thinly slice 1 round of carrot and cut a little triangle (slice) out of it by cutting into the centre, this is the penguins nose, the remaining circle of carrot are his feet.
Take one small olive and cut a little hole just big enough so you can stick the carrot nose through, place this on top of your olive body then place on top of carrot feet and secure with a cocktail stick and hey presto one penguin.
Me and Harry had a great time making these little guys, you could make a whole colony of them as appetisers for parties.