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I’ve really been looking forward to the US premiere of “Miraculous Ladybug” (or “Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir”) on @nickelodeon on 12/6! (Check out the official Nick page here.) It’s a joint French, Japanese, Korean CGI animation from Zagtoon with heavy influences from the magical girl genre and anime in general. The animation and characters look so fantastic!

To celebrate the show I made these little ladybug and bell appetizers! (Recipe below). Cat Noir has a big yellow bell as part of his costume. It’s nice to see a boy wearing a cat outfit for a change

Ladybug & Cat Bell Appetizers

Ingredients:
Red & Yellow Cherry Tomatoes
Round Crackers (I used rice thins)
Cheese Spread (I used Alouette brand)
Medium, Whole Black Olives
Seaweed/Nori Sheets
¼ tsp. Balsamic Vinegar (EDIT: I accidentally typed ½ tsp originally!)
½ tsp. Honey

Directions:
Ladybugs: Set several crackers on a plate & spread each with a little of the cheese spread. 

Slice several red tomatoes in half length-wise. You’ll use 1 half per cracker. Cut the halves in half length-wise again. Place them on a cracker, at a very small angle to give the impression of ladybug wings. Repeat this for half of the crackers on your plate.

Slice several black olives in half length-wise. Slice the halves in half again, but around the width. Place these little pieces, round ends pointing out, on the crackers against the tomato pieces (as shown). These are the ladybug heads.

Fold a sheet of seaweed several times (or place several sheets of seaweed together) & cut out several tiny circles with a clean pair of scissors. 

In a small bowl, mix together the balsamic vinegar & honey until completely blended. Dip a toothpick in the mixture & put tiny dabs of it on on side of each little seaweed circle & then affix it to the ladybug tomato pieces, 3 circles each side.

Cat Bells: Fold the seaweed again & cut out several small dumbbell (a stick with a circle on either end) shapes. These represent the openings in the bells.

Dip the toothpick in the honey/vinegar mixture & dab it onto each dumbbell shape, & then affix 1 each onto several yellow cherry tomatoes.

Cut several very (very!) thin strips of seaweed &, using a little of the honey/vinegar mixture again, lay a line across the midsection of each of the bell tomatoes (as shown). Place the bells onto the remaining crackers on the plate.

Optional: Garnish with fresh green herbs like flat leaf parsley or cilantro.