Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Lunches for The Boy & The Girl: 9.13.12 - Roald Dahl's Birthday

I've decided to do both lunches in one post today, because they are exactly the same.  It's Roald Dahl's birthday!  He is one of our favorite authors, so I knew I had to do a special lunch. 

A couple of years ago, I made a Roald Dahl's Birthday menu for dinner.  I think I will likely make Boiled Slobbages again for dinner this year, because they are delicious.  (They are spaetzle with a fun name.  Win)  While The Girl and I have read many Dahl books, The Boy is new to the wonder... this past weekend, we spend two days reading Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.  About 2 hours reading aloud per day, and we finished it.  We are now working on James & the Giant Peach... so their lunches are mostly based on these two books.

So, I spent some extra time on lunches today.  And there are some extra treats in them.  Roald Dahl was always one for treats.
Yogurt & sprinkles: 20g
I kind of ran out of inspiration for snack, so they have some homemade Greek yogurt with a tiny bit of chocolate sprinkles, and a frozen yogurt ladybug with some raspberry jelly.  I'll put a good ice pack in with snack and hope that the shape is still good by snack time - I'll pop it in the container in the morning.  The last time I packed a frozen yogurt shape for lunch, The Boy told me that it was mush by the time lunch came around.  So here's hoping.  Even if it isn't pretty, it's still yummy, so there's that.  And snack is much earlier than lunch, so maybe the shorter time between freezer and tummy will make the difference.

Yes, I picked out the rainbow colors to use in my pudding and left the boring white ones behind for another time.
For lunch, I had some fun.  When I was at the Asian market last week, I picked up some large rainbow colored tapioca pearls.  They are the sort of tapioca used in Bubble Tea, which I have never tried, and I don't know if I really want to.  Big hunks in my drinks don't appeal to me.  But, in a delicious pudding?  I think that sounds pretty nice.  (This pudding took MUCH longer to cook than the recipe states... I was stirring it thickening for almost half an hour I think... hope the kids eat it!)  I also cooked some extra tapioca pearls to sprinkle on top of the pudding.  I hope they don't harden before the kids can eat them.

I made a Giant Peach sandwich on a sandwich thin (I got a peach cookie cutter!), spread with Biscoff and peach preserves.
Sandwich: 33g, apple slices with white yogurt coating and sprinkles: 8g, graham crackers: 6g, "Wonka" mini bar: 5g, applesauce: 15g, Rainbow Tapioca Pudding: 20g
Along with it, I have some apple slices coated with white chocolate yogurt coating (I found the yogurt melting chips near the produce in the store), and then sprinkled with gold sprinkles, a couple pieces of chocolate graham cracker, a fun size dark chocolate (with a paper Wonka wrapper around gold foil... do they have the Golden Ticket?), some peach medley applesauce with gold shimmer dust sprinkled on it, and the vanilla rainbow tapioca pudding.

I covered the entire Easylunchbox container with Glad Press-n-seal in hopes of keeping the liquidy compartments from leaking.  I hope find your own ways of celebrating Roald Dahl's birthday!  What's your favorite Roald Dahl book?

Want to see some more cool Roald Dahl inspired food?  Check out Zoe's Lunchbox and BentOnBetterLunches!

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  1. LOVE!!! Best lunches ever :D My favorite Roald Dahl book will always be James and the Giant Peach :D

  2. OMG.. so creative! And that colored tapioca is SO neat! I want some.. yum! Fantastic work!

  3. You are fabulous!!! What an incredible lunch! He's our favorite author. Bubble tea is awesome!! I adore tapioca though. Love what you did with it!

  4. Love it! You are so inspirational! :)

  5. Love it! Although my favorite book was The Witches... Hmmm... maybe I SHOULD get that witch's hat muffin tin...

  6. I've been wanting to try those huge tapioca pearls, but wasn't sure how they'd turn out. Your looks so yummy! did your kids like the pudding?

    1. The verdict on the pudding - The Boy liked the pudding itself, but didn't care for the tapioca. The Girl liked neither... and thought the apples were too sweet. *sigh* They both liked the visual, though!

  7. What a fun lunch! I love the frozen ladybug! Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.