During the summer holidays we met up with some friends for a picnic in a local wildlife reserve. Shortly before we were due to leave I remembered that I needed to bring food, so in a five minute dash around the kitchen I threw together two picnic lunches for Small Child and myself. I know it only took a maximum of five minutes because I was watching the clock as we were running late, and Small Baby was loudly showing his disapproval at being put down, which always speeds me up! Though they are very simple lunches, I thought I’d share them here as proof that lunch doesn’t have to be complicated, and doesn’t have to take long to prepare either.
Small Child had sandwiches on soya & linseed bread, filled with ham and garlic & herb Philadelphia cheese, which I quickly turned into dinosaurs using a dinosaur sandwich cutter. He ate the scraps as a mid-morning scrap whilst I finished off making the lunches. On the side he had a piece of cucumber, cut into ‘dinosaur teeth’, a handful of lightly salted popcorn and some fruit (blueberries & raspberries). I also added a wooden dinosaur cupcake pick to decorate.
In my lunch I had a sandwich on soya & linseed bread, filled with garlic & herb Philadelphia cheese, sweet chilli chicken breast and cucumber slices. On the side I had a handful of lightly salted popcorn, a sliced plum & some raspberries.
We had a lovely morning at the wildlife reserve, and thoroughly enjoyed our picnics when lunch time came. They were much nicer than shop-bought sandwiches, at a fraction of the price, and cost only five minutes of our precious time too, so a winner on all fronts!