Today is the 5th November – fireworks night or bonfire night here in the UK. We’ll be celebrating properly with a local fireworks display on Saturday but I wanted to mark the occasion with some creative food in Small Child’s lunch today. I had a last minute brainwave for how to create fun rocket shaped sandwiches last night, and was really pleased with how they turned out. These would be great for a bonfire party, as well as for lunch boxes of course!
I used two simple tools to make these – a cupcake plunger and some plastic star skewers. I’ve had the cupcake plunger for a few years, and have only ever used it with cupcakes, but it occurred to me that it would make a great tool for bento! If you don’t have a cupcake plunger, a small circle cutter would also work for this, although may be a little more fiddly.
Here’s how to make them. First gather together your tools and ingredients. I used granary bread and ham to fill. You could use any bread you like and other fillings such as pepperoni, salami or cheese would also work well. With the cupcake plunger, cut your first circle from the bread. Leave the bread circle in the plunger, then cut a circle from ham, so that the ham sits on top of the bread, still keeping them within plunger. Repeat, cutting alternating circles of bread and your filling, until the plunger is full.
Take one of your skewers, and insert it into the middle of the plunger, pushing it all the way through to the bottom. Carefully push the bread out with the plunger, taking care to ensure the skewer is still pushed all the way through.
Remove the whole sandwich from the plunger, and push the skewer the rest of the way through. Cut a piece of pepper into a triangle for the top of the rocket and stick it onto the end of the skewer. Repeat to make as many rockets as you need. You could also try using different colours of pepper, or other vegetables such as carrot or cucumber to make the top the rockets with.
I packed our rocket sandwiches in the Yumbox Panino. As well as the sandwiches, Small Child had carrot and cucumber stars, red grapes, into which I stuck a foil sparkler (I trimmed it down by cutting the wooden stick with scissors so that it would fit) and dried banana chips. I finished the lunch off with some tiny stars which I cut from the pepper scraps and added a reusable food pouch full of organic yoghurt to his lunch bag.
Small Child was really excited to take his fireworks lunch to school this morning!
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