Today’s lunch is one from my archives – I made it a few weeks ago, the day after ‘Pancake Day’ in fact. It was a really easy lunch to put together, and took no time at all. I’ve had some comments recently from a few people who seem to think that I spend hours slaving over my bento lunches, but in fact the vast majority of the time, it’s a quick and easy process that doesn’t take any longer than it would to put together a ‘traditional’ lunch. Possibly even quicker in fact, because there is no need to individually wrap each item; just bung them all in the boxes and off we go! Obviously last week when I was making special book themed lunches, I took a little more time and did some planning in advance, but most of the time I put my lunches together first thing in the morning whilst Small Child eats his breakfast, in between chucking down mouthfuls of my own.
In this lunch, Small Child had a homemade calzone pizza (cheese, tomato & ham) from the freezer, cut in half to fit it in the box. On the side he had some blueberries with a cute giraffe pick, some alphabet letters cut from carrot, some slices of cucumber and a strawberry flavour dried fruit bar cut in half. I popped a little silicone divider in to keep the moistness of the cucumbers from making the fruit bar soggy.
For dessert, Small Child had a leftover pancake from the night before, filled with some Cadbury Philadelphia and held together with little animal picks. If you haven’t tried Cadbury Philadelphia yet, you’re missing out; ‘chocolate cheese’ sounds pretty grim, but in my opinion, it’s food from heaven! Back to Small Child’s lunch; he also had a sliced plum, some green grapes, and a frozen apricot flavour organic yoghurt tube.
Small Child was delighted to have pancakes for lunch, the making of which I must give credit to my lovely husband, who is the chief pancake flipper in our house! I should probably mention that these are the English version of pancakes, which are more like french crêpes than American pancakes. Incidentally, on Pancake Day I did make my first ever attempt at American style blueberry pancakes, which we all enjoyed for breakfast with a dash of golden syrup drizzled over.