I know I'm really lucky in that she's not really a fussy eater, but there's no harm in pushing her palate further and we've found this to be a great way to introduce new foods.
These lunches were inspired by a new cookie cutter I bought recently - the GB outline. I admit, I have a problem with cookie cutters, I can't stop buying them.
Then things just progressed, and most of the others needed no special equipment.
I know some of this may seem extravagant for a child's lunchbox, but honestly, the basis for most of them was leftovers from our dinner the night before.
Great British Lunch:
- Cucumber sandwich
- English smoked cheese
- Mini Yorkshire puddings and roast beef (leftover from Sunday dinner)
- Scone with jam
The little toppers were leftover from a cake case set I bought from Poundland at Jubilee.
- Mini croissants
- Cornichons (as Ruby likes to call them because she's well posh - to you and I they're gherkins)
- Lemon tart (leftover from pudding the night before)
- Fromage Frais
The toppers are easy to make - Google the flag image, print and cut out and glue onto a cocktail stick
- Spanish omlette (leftover from my dinner the night before and made with assorted bits from the fridge)
- Slices of chorizo
- Churros (I made mini churros!! Never made them before, but so easy, recipe here)
- Nutella chocolate spread to dip
- Slice of pizza (leftover from dinner - I added some extra veg in the form of frozen sweetcorn!)
- Amaretti biscuit (she was honoured to get one of these from my stash!)
- Rye bread
- Hard boiled egg
- Smoked salmon (leftover from dinner)
- Homemade ginger biscuits
- Orange slices
Happily she came home with an empty lunch box and a full tummy every day. The only thing from the whole week that she didn't eat was the Spanish Omelette and that was totally my fault - I didn't hide the onions well enough! But she took a bite and tried it and that's all I can ask.
Have you tried themed lunches? Any of these you fancy? I wished I'd made a Spanish one for myself too!