The topic du jour is school lunches… part one was all about links to inspiring lunch box ideas, but this time here is one of our own, inspired by one of my favourite kids books Yoko by Rosemary Wells.
As I mentioned on Loobylu some months ago, Yoko is an infinitely readable story. Every day, Yoko is lucky enough to take a bamboo cooler full of her favourite sushi for school lunch along with a snack of something as delicious as red bean ice-cream; much to her “squeeze cheese on rye” munching class mate’s horror. Her kind teacher decides to hold an “International Food Day” where each student is required to bring along a dish from a different country, and each child must try a taste of everything. Unfortunately the sushi goes pretty much untouched, but Yoko finally makes a new friend from a hungry little critter whose hunger overcomes his reservations about trying something new.
A fun way to spice up a tired lunchbox routine might be to have your own International food day perhaps once a week or once a month. Choose a different country and explore the cuisine in lunchbox style. Martha Stewart has a bunch of international recipes on her site at the moment – not designed specifically for lunchboxes or kids but if you include an icepack for keeping some food cold or a thermos for keeping other foods warm then with a little imagination they could be easily adapted.
I like the sound of Crisp Spring Rolls from Vietnam, Shrimp Potstickers from China and the Spanish Onion and Potato Torte. Obviously these need to be prepared in advance, maybe for dinner the night before but a Greek Salad or some Guacamole served with toasted pita bread could be a quick solution.