Today marks the start of the Chinese New Year, and with 2015 being the year of the sheep (or goat, depending on which website you read!) I thought that today would be a good day to share an easy sheep sandwich and a sheep themed bento lunch that I made for Small Child recently.
The sheep sandwich would be a fun one to make at Easter too, and would also be a good one if you're looking for cute animal themed party food!
This sandwich was really easy to put together, with the help of my nesting circle cutters, a mini circle cutter and tiny oval shaped bento cutter. To make, I used the crinkled side of my largest circle cutter to cut two circles from white bread. Using the mini circle cutter, I cut a circle from the centre of one of them, then used the tiny oval cutter to cut out the two ears. At this point I popped the sandwich filling on top of the second circle, then topped with the first.
I then cut a circle and two ovals from a piece of brown bread, and slotted them into place in the top circle of bread to make the face. I finished the face off with a couple of icing eyes (see my easy icing eye recipe) and a sliver of raw red pepper for the mouth.
As well as the sheep sandwich, which I filled with grated cheese and marmite, I also packed chunks of cucumber, cut into grass shapes, carrot flowers, a sheep shaped silicone cup filled with black grapes, and a little container full of dried fruit (dried mixed vine fruits and chopped dried apple rings) which I topped with a cute little sheep food pick. I finished the lunch off with a fun sheep cupcake pick. This lunch was packed in our TUMTUM lunch box.
I'm happy to report that Small Child loved his sheep lunch and ate every last bit of it!
If you want to be topical and make some sheep themed food this year, you can find lots of sheep themed goodies in the Eats Amazing Shop! From a sheep shaped silicone cup to lamb cupcake rings and sheep cupcake picks - you can even make lamb shaped hard boiled eggs or pocket sandwiches!
I hope you have a very happy Year of the Sheep!