Considering the awful summer we’ve had here in the UK this year, we’ve managed to eat a fair few picnic lunches so far. I don’t know what it is about eating outside, but food always seems to taste nicer, and the children are always asking if we can have a picnic today. This bento style lunch box was made for a trip to a local wildlife reserve with some friends. After running around doing plenty of ‘nature spotting’ the children had worked up quite an appetite for their lunches!
Inside the box was a small pot of houmous, some sliced multi-seeded pitta bread, some cucumber slices, a mini babybel cheese and some shredded roast chicken in a silicone cup with a little dog pick. I cut a flower shape into the outside of the cheese using a mini cookie cutter, and removed the wax to make it pretty. I did put a lid on the pot of houmous, to stop it from going everywhere, and am pleased to say the contents of the lunchbox stayed put beautifully until lunchtime.
They also had a banana for dessert and a pot of dried fruit (raisins and a dried apple ring) for snacking on. There was a cute animal pick in the pot but I forgot to put it in until after I had taken this photo.
The children also picked and ate quite a few of the blackberries that were growing wild in the reserve, so they were well on their way to eating their five a day. They had a great day there; their favourite nature find of the day was a massive and incredibly furry caterpillar