As Small Child has been on school holidays since last week, I've been having bento withdrawal symptoms! When I started making a lunch for the boys a couple of days ago, I couldn't help but add some fun touches to it, and before I knew it a chick themed lunch was well underway. I made one for Small Child, and a simpler version for Small Baby too - he may not be old enough to really appreciate it at this stage but I was making one anyway so it was no real extra effort, plus I enjoyed making it!
I started by making chick shaped tortilla crisps, using the chick shape from my cute Easter themed plunger cutter set to cut them out before baking for 5 minutes in the oven (my tutorial for tortilla crisps can be found here). As the chicks were baking, I dug out my cute chick silicone muffin cups from my Easter stash, to use for serving up Small Child's lunch.
In his lunch Small Child had a pile of chick shaped tortilla crisps, organic houmous to dip them in, a nest, made from raw carrot, which I cut into 'twigs' with a julienne peeler, with cheddar cheese 'eggs', sliced plum and some melon chicks, which I cut into shape using the same plunger cutter as before.
Small Baby had similar foods in his lunch, which I served up in an egg shaped silicone mould. It was the perfect size to hold the small amounts of food he needed. He had a few chick tortilla crisps, some tiny carrot sticks, cut with the julienne peeler as before, a mini Babybel cheese, sliced into smaller pieces, a couple of cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters, two slices of plum, and a couple of melon chicks.
He made a really good dent into his meal, although the carrot didn't go down too well - it was the first time I'd tried giving him raw rather than cooked carrot, and he wasn't impressed at all!
Once Small Child had finished his lunch, he fluttered his eyelashes a bit and wondered out loud whether there might be any pudding. Fortunately, I had previously frozen some yoghurt into egg shapes with a silicone mould and hadn't yet used them, so I quickly popped them into a bowl and added a plastic chick cupcake ring and a few chocolate mini eggs to make it extra special. I served it up with a set of plastic learner chopsticks, having made the fun discovery that my new cupcake rings slotted neatly into top of the chopsticks to decorate them. Small Child was totally amazed that I'd 'magicked' up an Easter pudding for him so quickly!
He really enjoyed the challenge of eating his pudding with the chopsticks, and said that they made it really fun. Needless to say the mini eggs vanished first!