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21.6.11

Ms Nosybella: What's for lunch?



Dear Eaters of the Blogiverse

Lately I'm fascinated by how fascinated I am with what people are eating for lunch. A couple of blogs I love have asked the question and it's fascinating, I tell you. Fas.in.ATE.ing.

What do people eat for lunch? That meal in the middle of the day where you're generally on your own and you're not too bothered.

LOML packs me my lunch these days (if that freaks you out a bit, you'd better read here). Today I'm having a chicken and rocket grainy-bread sandwich with low-fat mayo and a salad with an Asian dressing. See, it's fascinating... isn't it?

Well... I do want to know, so tell me:  What's your favourite lunch?

Oh, and while I'm at it, do reveal whether you have ever cut out your children's sandwiches with a biscuit cutter... I really do need to know the stats on that one! Susan Yuen, one of those amazingly creative and dedicated mothers that I have nothing but praise and hot pokers for, makes amazing bento boxes for her kids' lunches - see image above. I predict that the kids' bento box is the next trend in Australia... you read it here first. Much like those bloody cake pops...

'Til next time,

[Image by Susan Yuen]

52 comments:

Miss Kitty-Cat said...

Oh, I love those bento boxes, but really, some Mummas have too much time on their hands. Very creative though.

I can't wait to have a proper sandwich again. One like yours, filled with yummy chicken and mayo and potentially unwashed lettuce. Alas, I am sticking to safer, pregnancy friendly foods for the moment: Toasted cheese sandwiches with tomato chilli chutney, sandwiches with egg or tuna with fastidiously washed greens and tomato, and lots and lots of soup. Lucky I have a very large freezer. Oh, and apples. Kanzi ones. Yum. Now I am hungry.

emma @ frog, goose and bear said...

For some reason, completely unbeknown to myself, a sandwich tastes better when cut into the shape of an aeroplane. Otherwise it gets sent home.... what is with that?!
You probably already know that I am a fan of fooling children into eating something by making it fun.

I'm currently on a quest for ideas to pop in kids lunchboxes, so I'll come back and read the comments.

For those of us not at school, we eat ham and cheese toasted sandwiches far too often around here.

CurlyPops said...

My favourite lunch is somethin yummy that someone else made for me. I find making lunch boring in the extreme (which is why I skip it, eat toast, dry biccies with vegemite, or go out to a cafe).
As for cutting sandwiches into shapes with a biscuit cutter - cute but wasteful?

Kellie said...

Most days I forget to eat lunch. Today however, I remembered just in time and had a ham, cheese and tomato toastie.
That's about the extent of it around here. Maybe a can of soup?

Faith Hope and a whole lotta Love said...

ohhh I love how some Muma's have time to whip up such creations.....please don't let my daughter see this photo?!?!? my daily routine would be extended beyond the sun going to sleep....ahhh!! I would love to brunch it every day....or have someone else bring me lunch as I lounge on a deck chair :)

Mum on the Run said...

Yes, daycare guilt has me cutting sandwiches into cute little shapes a couple of days a week - and leaving 'I love you' notes in his lunchbox.

While Master Magoo tucks into a delicious selection of fresh food and sweet shapes, I chuck a pack of rice crackers and a tin of tuna into my bag - when I remember!
Poor me. Hee hee.

I often have lunch envy at school - and that's just with the students' yummy dishes!
:-)

Michele said...

there are whole blogs and websites and online stores dedicated to bento boxes and all the bits and pieces. Cute and I do find them kinda fascinating as sad as that might be (will send you some links if you like) but really who has the time? That said I really do like (and often do for my two) Muffin Tin meals (not to be confused for the Muffin TOP meal which is what I seem to have from too many meals full stop). So there you go : )

Heres a link to Muffin Tin Meals


http://michellesjournalcorner.blogspot.com/

there are plenty more, just google images or flickr.

again like bento some people go waaaaaaaaaaay OTT. Have done SOME themed ones but usually just stick to basics. And yes the kids do try/eat more good stuff I think. and it mixes it up a little from vegemite sangers every day

There is the v v cool tin compartment lunch box that i think is kind of bento influenced in terms of small bits of food in each box/section but I actually think its great for portion control and no plastic. But I cant find the link.

Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

hehe! i remember when your sister posted about lunches, it had be very intigued!! hubby sometimes comes home for lunch, and he is much better at making lunch than i am, so i get him to make me mine (oh what a treat!) but my good old fall back lunch is brown rice, a spoon of greek yoghurt, black pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice all mixed together (yummo!)

As for the kids, well, i might get those cookie cutters out and see what they think of shaped sandwiches!

xx

Suzi said...

The kids get vegemite, sometimes just to mix it up a bit, I add cheese. They mostly have 'giant squares' meaning I don't cut them... As awesome as kiwi fruit cut in a heart shape may be, I don't have the time nor the will to do that.
BTW the cake pops are cool,I'd eat them anyday!

A Farmer's Wife said...

OK - feeling inadequate here. My kids get sandwiches of the vegemite variety, fruit, crackers and some sort of semi-treat (plain biscuits, muffin etc). No faces, no funny boxes. Obviously failed Lunchbox 101!!!!

That photo is very cute though.

Miss Pink said...

We don't really do sandwiches here. Strange huh? Closest we get is if i make a toasted sandwich. I tend to prefer hot lunches, so nuggets, or sausage rolls or leftovers from dinner the night before or mac and cheese for me. If I don't want something hot I tend to snack, cakes, biscuits, chips, chocolate. Yeah, i'm not the healthiest eater, it all really depends on the day and what we have that I feel like.
The kids have ALWAYS had yogurt or fruit for lunch (the one they don't pick becomes afternoon tea) and until Bluey started school this year, he didn't eat sandwiches. Not that he's against them, he just preferred fruit or yogurt.

Posie Patchwork said...

Ha, cake pops, let's attempt them one day??!! My children eat the traditional lunch of - homebaked biscuit & fruit for recess + sandwich for lunch. They eat like horses but save that for home, wasting time eating at school cuts into their exercise & social time. If i give them too much, they eat it in the car on the way home!! High schooler still gets the same, although she can help herself to free hot chocolates (that's where the fees go i guess) & they have actual chefs in their canteen & proper food adults would order for lunch like amazing salad pita breads. Yummo!!
They have never gone with a tub or packet of anything, they still can't open a packet of chips or peel pack a yoghurt without a huge display of unpractised mis-coordination & that "we don't get these at home" carry on. Bananas, they can peel them!!
Me, i make my lunch when i make the children's, so anything from a ham sandwich to an egg & lettuce roll to chicken, avocado, mayo on grainy breads, mmmm. I would eat anything someone else made for me, thus is the housewife curse, so rarely does anyone make lunch. If i'm out, yes please, sushi. Love Posie

ANB said...

Little E is too little to have a lunch box. She is addicted to pasta, so often has that, with tomato/vegie sauce or cheese/herb sauce. But lately we've discovered toasted wraps so today we each had half a one with ham/cheese/hommus/avocado. I then had a couple of the cheese and vegie pikelets that E liked yesterday but isn't so keen on today.

Little Pinwheel said...

wow would love that lunch. Actually think I would just look at it, and not want to touch it, as it looks so pretty, and too real life!

Your lunch sounds nicer than what I had. I am a little stuck on sourdough bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I am not a huge lunch eater. More that I do not make the time to create something. My dinner is the meal I enjoy the most, and put more love in.

Oh you are making me hungry before bed!

xx

ally said...

Oh my heavens - do real people do that for lunch boxes???
My kids get excited if its not wraps/sandwiches and fruit :-)
Me - I take or leave lunch - depending on whether I'm feeding the 2yo or busy doing something else.

ms. freelancer said...

yummy! =)

Glen said...

favorite eat out lunch is burger and beer

favorite packed lunch is leftover Chinese takeaway from the night before.

and yes - I have cut the boys' sandwiches with a biscuit cutter

Silver Threads of Happiness said...

My lunches always follow the path of least preparedness. As in, whatever is easiest and means I can sleep for longer in the morning. Generally this is left overs from the night before's dinner. In fact, if possible I almost always cook a bit extra of stuff so that there are leftovers for lunch.

Today's lunch was cold rissoles and salad (homemade burgers last night). Monday's lunch was left over roast lamb and veggies from the night before.

I am not a big fan of sandwiches and very rarely eat them so if it's not left overs it might involve a tin of tuna and salad, or some crumpets, a fresh roll with vegemite or a pizza roll from the bakery.

And I've never seen a child's sandwich cut with a biscuit cutter in 5.5 years of teaching (instant high stats for you, approximately 160 childrens worth)

Abbie said...

I have a broing lunch but when my kids were little and I had the time I would cut the crusts off the sandwiches. I would use heart shaped cutters if it was a special occasion. I wish I did that more often. There are some who really make a beautiful lunch for their angels.

Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said...

Most of the time my kids get soup or plain sandwiches at home. We did get a dinosaur sandwich cutter so we use that for a treat and they love it. I have also tried making cute lunches a couple of times for the kids - on my blog. And one Bento box so far which was very simple but I did enjoy doing it. I am keen to do some more just for the fun but only once in a while as I am not organised enough to do it all the time. Actually the other thing we eat for lunch a LOT is - leftovers from last night's tea. I like that the best. My kids don't go to school for whole days yet so I haven't had the minefield of packed lunches yet.

Nikki said...

My all time fav is Vogels toasted bread with avocado, vine tomatoes, fresh basil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper! Delish!

Annieb25 said...

Lunch is my worst meal. I wish we didn't need it. Every day I stress about lunch. Seriously.

I've missed u Maxabella. When I updated my blog to a dotcom I didn't realise but I lost all my blog roll. Have slowly been adding to it. My recent blogging absence has seen me miss many of my favs. ESPECIALLY you. Am catching up now. xxxx

Quill and Ink Handmade said...

I do love a creative lunch box!
My kids are a big fan of pastry pinwheels, with yummy fillings like roasted pumpkin, pinenuts and feta, or ham, cheese and sundried tomato (I make a LOT of pinwheels). And they eat savoury muffins stuffed with veg because they look like cake (and it's a treat to eat cake for lunch).
Or I do little 'bitsa' bowls - a little bit of roasted chicken, some cheese, a few grapes, salami, apple, a couple of carrot sticks, a dollop of good dip, etc.

More often that not, I'll go to some lunchbox effort only to find that nothing gets eaten - which is always the way, isn't it? :)

Lovely post, Maxabella. And Susan Yuen - crazy!
x

Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said...

Ooh Quill and Ink - thanks for the pinwheel ideas - I am gonna try that. Just spread the fillings on pastry, roll up, slice then bake? Love it. And I should try the savoury muffins too. I'm inspired! Cheers. :-)

Miss Mandy said...

I love a toasted wrap with salami, mushroom, capsicum, cheese and a dob of tomato paste. mmmmmm

as for the shapes cutters, couldn't be bothered and don't want to waste food.

ange_moore said...

In winter I can't beat hot soup and a roll to dunk into it!

And yes, I am guilty of using biscuit cutters with sandwiches but that is now only reserved for parties. And to make the school-lunch-packing caper more interesting (for me and her) I have been found cutting out my daughters initials from sliced cheese and sitting it on the top of her sandwich, for a little lunchbox surprise.

Melissa said...

My usual lunch os a toasted chess sandwich but today I'll be having carrot soup. Never, ever cut out a sandwich with a cookie cutter, I have enough trouble getting the right sandwiches in the right lunchboxes.

Jodie Ansted said...

Totally depends where I am.

On Mondays, I almost always have sushi - as I grab it after the food shop.

At home, I'll make myself a roll with ham, lettuce, a little mayo, cheese, perhaps tomato. Sometimes I have melted cheese on toast. Sometimes just a Vegemite sandwich. Leftovers (Like curry.)

Yesterday I'd had very little brekky and was out all morning so I grabbed this huge fajita at the shops with chicken, rice, guacamole, sour cream....naughty. But SO yummy.

:)

zigsma said...

One of my favourite lunches: Bubble 'n Squeak! Leftovers from the previous night's roast all mushed up and fried with gravy.

Jane said...

I'm totally nosey too - I love nothing more than hearing what people have eaten throughout the course of the day. Boring for some, fascinating for nosey little me.

Favourite lunch would have to be sushi from a specific restaurant near my house. I can't eat sushi from anywhere else after eating from there!

Homemade soup, fresh bread, leftovers or a good ol' chicken and salad sandwich also rate pretty highly on my favourite lunch list xxx

Hi I'm Rhonda. said...

discovered a new favorite lunch today. tuna with very little mayo, dill relish and dill weed, in lettuce. romaine lettuce mind you. perfection. i've completely gotten rid of the carbs of lunch.

Diminishing Lucy said...

It's about 7 months since I wrote my lunch post, LOL, and I am stilleating the same thing.

My home alone lunch is tuna effing salad, or a cheese and ham toastie.

My children are creatures of hibits also - I did manage to make them a wrap once or twice - then they went back to the fallback of cheese and ham on white bread...every, single, day.

Cathy said...

that lunch box in the picture puts me to utter shame! Lucky my son in kindy knows no better...the other parents must be just as creative as I am lol

Ny. said...

I love that your blog is all about lunch. It seriously makes me happy...because, I LOVE FOOD!

Vanessa said...

Kid's lunchboxes are the bain of my life! For me, the thought of eating something hours after you have made it, and not being in the fridge - yuk!
My kids are easy though. They prefer a tin of tuna a crudites with fruit and greek yoghurt with berries, or tin of baked beans. I have never made a sandwich with spread (just can't do it) so sammys are tuna or chicken or ham or egg and salad. Last week's fav was salami and fetta. Or pasta and pesto. Both have amazing hot meals for school lunches so this is used a bit too.
Me, lunch is my miserable meal. Like today, it is 1.40pm and I have not eaten since breakky. My fav this week is wholegrain toast with avocado and fried egg. Usually zap a slice of toast and throw something on it like egg, tuna or baked beans.

Naturally Carol said...

A very cute pic..but totally impractical..the kiwi fruit would make everything else very soggy and the little pin things in the fruit would be used to poke people with! The simpler the better for me at home..anything is wonderful if made by others. A cheese sanger, a toastie in winter or bits and pieces of egg, meat or salady type stuff is fine too.

Seana Smith said...

Now don't get me started on cutting up kids sandwiches, the wastage! I stress if I cut off crusts occasionally - actually there's a whole blog post in that massive issue.

Mine... it's usually leftovers from the night before and/or breakfast. Or a HUGE bowl of assorted veggie soup ie whatevers in the fridge.

I love hearing what others are eating, swapping recipes; myself and pals natter a lot about this. Need to get out more??

Paula said...

Great post Maxabella. Still eating too many sandwiches here - pretty sure at some point in my life I thought lunch would be a little more glamorous by now. My (retired) parents have a proper main/long lunch almost every day (winter meals are the best) and don't eat much for dinner - I love going home for that reason (and others). Have a great week x

bigwords is... said...

I will never make lunch boxes like that for my children and will stab anyone in my kids' kindy who does!!! It's hard enough making sure we have apples small enough to fit in the stupid lunchbox we have!! xx

Karen said...

I'm not going to pretend my lunch is always this interesting but today I was home and had some time so it was a salad of baby spinach, chick peas, roasted beetroot and low fat feta - in a word - YUM!!
I've never cut my kids lunch into shapes - and don't plan to either, as cute as it looks...

bron @ baby space said...

I am so impressed with the mums that can dole out those cute bento lunches! Maybe I could be like that *one day*.

Myself, my fave lunch at the mo (and before you judge, please remember I'm pregnant)is a Corn Thin with a slice of Bega Super Slim Cheese, Lemon and Pepper Tuna from a can and one jalapeño pepper on top. Times 5 or 6 and that's my current fave lunch :)

Joni Llanora said...

Looking at that bento box photo made me cringe with guilt, my lack of creativity, skill, determination ... aahh! I am very much challenged! But I'm taking note of naturally carol's comment :)

Sandrine said...

I am such a lost case at making lunch boxes!! My girls can not see that picture, sensure !!!! I suffer from a seat down and eat a fully cooked meal for lunch syndrome and since I moved to oz I am lost in translation ;) I wish I could eat out daily but in the mean time I clean up left overs...not really glamourous I know:) xx

ClaireyH said...

My kids don't know what cookie cutters are, they think they are sandwich cutters, favorites are the star, heart and Teddy bear.

Metropolitan Mum said...

I want a lunch box like that!!

My favourite lunch is scrambled eggs with sautéed mushrooms, parsley and grated parmesan, accompanied by crisp bread with salted butter. Mhmmmm. xx

Alice Becomes said...

Almost made the cake pops for a cake stall the other day - then I remembered the problems you had and I decided against them. If you struggled getting rid of them, I know I would! I'm a sucker for toasted sandwiches at lunch time. My poor kids will be lucky to get anything as interesting as a bento box for their lunch.

And no, I have never cut their sandwiches with a cookie cutter. Gill xo

Mrs Average said...

Well these days I have a school dinner. Yes, you read correcty a school dinner..... well I do work in a school. Believe me, gone are the days of over cooked cabbage, peas like bulletts and watery mash. Everyday it is like going to a Harvester (y'know, help yourself from the salad cart - can you believe how far school dinners have come). It was a roast today and my pork was beuatiful. Yesterday was sweet and sour chicken with pilau rice..... mmmm mmmm mmmmmmmmm
Having said that, your picture does make a packed lunch looked good. Have I mentioned that my school also provide packed lunches?! And no, the Chef hasn't got me on commission.

MonetPaisley said...

I have had requests for love heart sandwiches from my girls but stick to my guns about it being too wasteful. Recently I cut the sandwich into a jigsaw so that the kods could have fun putting it back together and nothing was wasted. Hmmmmm, a sandwich sized cookie cutter that cuts it into a jigsaw, this could be a good thing......

Sannah said...

I DREAD the lunchbox!! I've given up putting in effort, as so often when I do it goes wrong, and someone ends up in tears (usually me!). I have one child who loves me being creative, and one who doesn't like change. HOWEVER, they both compare at lunchtime at school and complain if they don't get the same thing. Too hard!! These days it is just plain ham sandwiches (no fancy shapes) in the lunch boxes.

Lunch is definitely my least favourite meal. I just can't really be bothered do make something for myself, so sometimes it just gets skipped, or I have toast (fruit toast today), or if I feel like making an effort I will make bacon and eggs. Really not healthy. Reading the above entries makes me feel like I should really try harder.

Mrs A said...

oh that is cute! Thanks for visiting me too!

Catherine said...

I go through fazes with my lunch where I have to eat the same thing over and over for a while and when I'm sick of it I eat something else. At the moment though my favourite is some organic type of cracker like salada with hummus on it and a hot chocolate, I love it. xo

Being Me said...

I'm so tired. I thought you had a chicken and rocket granny bread sandwich...

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