Today is Roald Dahl Day, and to celebrate, a few bento bloggers from around the world (myself included) got together to run a blog hop on a Roald Dahl theme. This means that at the end of this post you’ll find a button to click which will take you to the next blog in the ‘hop’ where hopefully you will find another creative bento lunch celebrating Roald Dahl. You should be able to work your way through all of the blogs taking part in the hop in this way, and find yourself back here at the end if you see them all!
I really love Roald Dahl’s books, and had trouble deciding which of them to choose to use as a theme for Small Child’s lunch. In the end I chose two; James and the Giant Peach, and Esio Trot, which is wonderful love story and my favourite of his books.
The first lunch I’m sharing with you was inspired by ‘James and the Giant Peach’. In this lunch Small Child had a couple of ham sandwiches, made from my homemade bread, which I cut into peach shapes and decorated with leaf picks. On the side he had raw carrot sticks, steamed broccoli (left over from dinner the night before), a sliced plum and a tub of natural yoghurt, decorated with polka-dot sprinkles. I added several plastic insects and a cupcake pick to represent some of the characters in the book; ladybird, grasshopper, spider and centipede.
The second Roald Dahl lunch I made was inspired by ‘Esio Trot’, which is a slightly less well known book of his. It’s a beautiful little love story involving a couple who are brought together by means of a tortoise; if you haven’t read it yet then I highly recommend it! I must admit I wasn’t very happy with how this lunch came out, it looked so much better in my head, but Small Child really liked it, and that’s all that matters really!
In this lunch Small Child had an English muffin tortoise, toasted, split and filled with German Sausage. I used rolled German sausage slices to make the legs and head, slashed the top of the muffin to make it look like a tortoise shell, then served it up on a bed of lettuce, with a couple of cucumber slices for the tortoise to munch upon. I used a mini handprint cutter to take a couple of ‘bites’ out of the cucumber. On the side he had some fresh peas in their pods, a Babybel decorated with a heart cut from the wax and an apple which had a rough tortoise shell pattern carved into the skin. I dipped the apple in orange juice to prevent it from browning, and added alphabet picks spelling out ‘ESIO TROT’ to decorate.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my Roald Dahl inspired lunches, I did have fun making them!
Now it’s time for some more Roald Dahl fun – click on the button below to see what Nina from Mammabelly’s Lunches with Love has in store for you!