Today was the second day of school, and Small Child just had a half day, which meant picking him up at lunchtime, which meant no packed lunch required. This caused tears and upset on the way to school, when he realised that he didn’t have a lunchbox with him, so I decided to pack him a lunch and bring it with me when I picked him up. I’m really glad I did, because he came out of school in tears (think the excitement of school is getting to him, lots of tears today!) as he’d just been on a tour of the school, including the canteen where the dinner ladies (do you still call them that these days?) were making pizza for lunch. Apparently they told him they were making pizza for him (possibly a slight misunderstanding here I think) so he was most upset that he was going home without getting to eat any. I whipped out his lunch and he cheered up straight away. Better than pizza?! I must be doing something right!
Here is the lunch, which has an ABC theme. A is for Apple (cored, cut into rings and brushed with lemon juice to stop it browning), B is for Bug, and C is for Cheese (and Cat pick!) The letters were cut from carrot slices, and I also threw a few cucumber flowers in to fill the space.
Here are the bugs, before they crawled into the lunchboxes. I made more than one lunchbox – it was a childminding day today. The bugs were made of Ritz crackers spread with cream cheese (I used Philadelphia). Carrot ‘legs’ were added before sandwiching two crackers together. The eyes were cut from cheddar cheese, dotted with an edible pen, then stuck on using a little of the cream cheese.
These bugs would work equally well made with any round crackers, or bread cut into circles. Other soft fillings such as peanut butter or chocolate spread would also work. This train of thought has lead me to consider a sweet version – biscuits sandwiched with chocolate spread, yum!