Well today I made my first attempt at a bento style lunch for Small Child. Admittedly, the school term doesn’t start for another couple of weeks, but he wanted a ‘picnic’ for lunch so I thought I’d give some of my new boxes a try. I’ve found it impossible to find ‘proper’ bento lunchboxes in the UK, unless I’m willing to pay £20+ (which I’m not, considering the likeliness of them getting lost or damaged at school), so I’m doing my best to improvise with whatever I can find in the shops. I saw these little two-compartment clippy boxes in a local kitchen shop so bought a few different coloured ones to start off my collection.
Here’s the lunch, ready to be opened:
Drum roll…. First course: On the left; cucumber slices under buttered bread spiders (with eyes made from polka-dot sprinkles dotted with an edible food pen). On the right; sliced red pepper and shredded roast chicken popped into silicone cups with animal picks (Small Child loves the fact that the picks have come all the way from Japan).
In the second box, dessert: natural yoghurt topped with a frozen strawberry yoghurt bug (see tutorial here) and sprinkles. Grapes and sliced plum in silicone cups with a bunny rabbit pick.
Overall I was really pleased with this lunch box. I managed to get something in it from each food group (although a little low on starchy food) and Small Child loved it, eating every last crumb. Not too bad for a first attempt!