Lunch Box Diaries
I’m exactly 5 and half weeks into my career as a lunch maker so naturally I’m ready to share all my wisdom with you. Ho ho ho…. so far from the truth. So, so far. In fact, as much as making lunches has taken over my life I manage to squeeze in a part time job of pestering other people for lunch ideas. Don’t think I’m not hitting all of you up for ideas! There seems to be no way to predict which lunches I send will get eaten and which will return untouched. It can be an almost identical lunch and get a different reception on a different day. What the hell?
I think it’s party due to the snack that Esme is served at her school. (I have so much more to say about that but I’m saving that rant for next week. Aren’t you excited?) Or maybe it’s about what other kids get in their lunch boxes? Who knows? Well, Esme probably does but I’m lucky if I get the sketchiest outline of her day, let alone a break down of what happened at lunch time. However, she can use about 25 words in French already and can sing “I’m a Little Teapot” in Cantonese! Well, that’s what she says she’s singing…
I’ve been posting my instagram (@cerimarsh) shots of my lunch trials and have had so much response to them that our friends at www.todaysparent.com asked me to blog about them. But I thought why not share them with you, too? And yes, I absolutely want to know what you’re packing in lunches! My friend Terra made me laugh/cry by sending me a note the other day that read: “4 weeks down, 12 years to go!”
Here are some of my wins and losses, along with links to recipes so you can try some of these with your kids.
This (above) is the most popular combination so far: mini quiche, wholegrain blueberry muffins, fruit and veggies. Well, actually the most popular combo was when Ben slipped a piece of chocolate under Esme’s sandwich. But I am not going down that road…
I could probably just pack the mini quiche (above) every day since it’s what consistently gets consumed. I bake a batch on Sundays and then get them in the freezer. I pack them frozen at night when I’m making Esme’s lunch and by the time she opens her lunch box they’re thawed out. Simple pimple. You could really put anything in them. Oh, and those little cookies beside the quiche? Shasha mini chocolate cookies – so good.
Okay, this is what Esme lovingly calls a Rollie Sandwich and has been her favourite lunch for about three years. So of course I’m packing it in her lunch, right? And of course it comes back most times untouched. But perhaps your children are less fickle?
And another failure… sigh. I thought this was such a great idea. I often make frittata for dinner when I’m out of time and ideas. Nothing is faster and you need very few ingredients to get dinner on the table. When we had left overs one evening I thought it would make a great sandwich alternative. Esme? Not so much. I still think it’s a good idea.
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