Here is another themed lunch box, this time based on rainbows, as we’ve had a several here with the changeable weather in the last few weeks! I also wanted to try out some rainbow rolls that I made recently to see what the children thought. They were so impressed with the rolls that they wouldn’t let me put anything in them, not even a small scrape of butter, because they said they wanted to see the rainbow as they were eating it, so I provided a deconstructed sandwich for them to put together themselves.
In each box there was a rainbow roll, some cheddar cheese slices to go in it, some cucumber and carrot ‘rainbows’, and some shredded roast chicken (representing clouds?!) with a giraffe pick.
For dessert they each had a round tub filled with a rainbow fruit salad; banana slices, watermelon chunks, kiwi slices, blueberries and purple grapes.
I originally spotted rainbow bread (including an excellent tutorial) on this blog; Lunches Fit for a Kid and immediately knew I had to try it! I make most of our bread by hand so decided to give it a go when making my next batch. I followed the same method shown in the blog post mentioned, but used my usual bread dough mix (roughly 2/3 white flour, 1/3 multi-grain brown flour + extra seeds). I only had 3 food colours to hand so I split the dough into 6 and alternated the coloured pieces with plain dough. I thought that bread rolls would work better for my purpose than a loaf as I wanted to freeze a batch of them for future lunch boxes (when freezing bread, you just need to take out the rolls you need and leave them out to defrost the night before use), so I cut the rolled up rainbow ‘sausage’ of dough into separate pieces to make rolls instead of putting it in a loaf tin.
Here are my rainbow rolls in the tin before rising and baking:
And cooling down fresh from the oven:
These will probably appear occasionally in future posts as I now have a batch of them in the freezer to use in Small Child’s school lunch boxes!