Our next virtual visit will be Japan, starting this weekend. Looking forward to learning more about Japan and a few Japanese words. Talking of Japan....
A while ago I discovered bento blogs (Bento being the Japanese art of packing food in a box with a lot of love and care). At the time Little was in Year 1 at school, Small was at home with me, and Hubby sorted out his own lunch. Though Little did take packed lunch to school, he was off so much through ill health I couldn't get motivated to change the regular lunches that I packed for him when he did go. I tended to stick to a sandwich, a small box of salad, a small box of fruit and a carton of fruit juice, with the odd pasta or couscous salad when we'd run out of bread. In my infinte wisdom or admiration for all the bento blogs I'd seen I told my husband that at the start of the new school year I'd make more of an effort and that I'd even make his lunch for him too. Not sure what I was after during this moment of complete madness, if anything, but a few weeks before term began he started reminding me of what I'd said and how much he was looking forward to it as he was bored with everything he made for himself... Eeek! What had I done?!
Well, school has been back for two weeks now and I have stuck to my word, sort of. I am making them all packed lunches but I'm still working on the whole bento thing. There has been nothing pretty or glamorous about the packed lunches that have left the house so far, but they were healthy, as usual, and they've all been thoroughly devoured. I now just need to work on glamming them up a bit. Make them a bit more.... bento, you know...
I've always been a big collector of little boxes for food storage so bento style lunches shouldn't pose too much of a problem. Apart from ofcourse being too lazy to cut out pretty shapes. Other than this little stumbling block, I'm really rather taken with the whole bento thing. I don't suppose I'll ever go the whole hog and do full on bento but if they want tasty and healthy with the odd treat then that's what they'll get. And while I'm blogging I thought I may aswell share some of them with you.
A selecion of lunches that have left the house since term began...
Going clockwise, starting from top left
Box of tomato, cucumber and orange pepper
Box of raspberries, strawberries and blueberries
Pasta Salad with tinned tuna, red cabbage from our garden, tomatoes, cucumber and orange pepper. I also sent in some homemade plum cake with this one.
Box of tomato, cucumber, carrot and yellow pepper
2 small homemade chocolate cupcakes (no icing)
Chorizo and Cheddar Sandwich
Box of tomato, cucumber and red pepper
A piece of corn on the cob
Half a nectarine sliced and some red seedless grapes
I always put a small carton of fruit juice in and they also have water for throughout the day.
By far the best lunch boxes seem to be the lock tight boxes. There are various makes, Lock and Lock, Sistema. The lids are easier to undo and take off than the ones that you have to press on, this is particularly handy for my three year old. Also, at the moment in England if you buy a big squeezy bottle of Hellman's full fat mayonnaise it comes with a lunch box, similar in styling to the Laptop Lunch Boxes.