Daddy, Mommy and Toddler lunch boxes | Lunch box Monday 26 May 2015

After a lovely but very busy weekend, it was once again time to decide on what to put in our lunch boxes. Luckily being in South Africa, we have our local electricity company, called Eskom, that assist with our daily lives. They provide us every day with at least 2 hours of electronic-distraction-free time, whereby we are allowed to use our imaginations, have a proper conversation or eat a romantic dinner with candles and a glass of wine... I am of course talking about our daily power-cuts required because we don't have enough electricity in our country!

So in order to obtain a decent cup of coffee on Sunday morning, we visited our closes shopping centre (as each province is divided up in sections the people almost right next to you might have electricity while you don't and each section will have a different time for their power cuts). While there I also went to Woolworth's to get lunch goodies and these brown hot dogs rolls just looked so soft and delicious! Instead of doing boring hot dogs, I decided to do mini-sub sandwiched with mustard (mixed with a bit of mayonnaise), shaved ham, cheese and my favourite butter lettuce.

I also saw this amazing green hummus mixed with basil pesto. I added carrot batons and celery cut into strips for some crunch. For the fruit version I added cherries (just came into season!!) that are so juicy and guavas cut into quarters that are incredibly sweet.

As I had enough time on my hands and the lunch box idea sounded so good, I decided to make it a family affair by making one for me, Hubby and Little Em! As Hubby hasn't received one in a while (being on a strict diet for kickboxing for so long that I gave up) he was very excited to get one again! However as each one has different appetites and/or needs, I made small adjustments to each one. Showing that you don't have to make different lunch boxes for each individual.

Hubby had two big and beautiful sandwiches, filled to the brim in one of the big PlanetBox lunch boxes.  He also had a decent amount of carrot and celery batons with a heaped tablespoon of hummus. I added just enough fruit to make it healthy! 

I had only one sandwich, cut in halve, the same amount of vegetable batons but only one heaped teaspoon hummus and a lot more fruit (for my sweet tooth). I only get one sandwich, not because my appetite is less (I actually think it might be bigger than Hubby's) but because I am trying to reduce the size of my posterior!

Little Em doesn't have mommy's big mouth so I changed her lunch box slightly. It is still a lot of food but my little girl eats a little every couple of hours, especially now that she has weaned herself of her bottles during the day.

I sliced her bread roll down the middle (on top) and filled that with butter and shaved ham, then I sliced down each side (giving the hot dog roll 3 cuts in length, not all the way through) and filled those with butter and cheese slices. Then I cut the roll into slices, which is a lot easier for her to hold. I also added two chicken nuggets, which is her favourite and a small container (half a teaspoon) of hummus for her tuse as a dip. The dip is also her new taste for this week. As mentioned before I have tried to introduce her to one new taste every week and it has worked great so far.

Then to dip in the hummus some carrots and celery (from which I removed the hard "hairs" which most people hate) and a guava that is quartered and some juicy cherries. To make it safe for her a use an olive stoning gadget to remove the pips so there is no choking hazard.

And there you go, 20 minutes for three delicious lunch boxes! Now, what do I put in tomorrow's lunches?


Lunchbox, Thursday 14 May 2015

Just an ordinary cheese and tomato sandwich right? Well not if you add some mayonnaise and lettuce and serve it on proper crushed wheat bread, then it becomes a delight! Add some Cheese and Tomato Toasted English Muffins and fresh mango and you have a winner!

Little Em also had 1 English muffin, halved, some carrot batons, fresh grapes and her favourite cheese squares. She really loved these muffins and will be adding these to our little routine more regularly.


Cheese and Tomato Toasted English Muffins

Who doesn't love a toasted cheese sandwich? Add a tomato and it just gets better. Add an English muffin and grill it in the oven and you might just start to feel fancy (without any hard work!) These were so quick to prepare and were a surprise hit with Little Em. I made a batch and even Grandma, who is quite finicky with her food, loved these cold the next day in a lunch box. 

What do you need:

  • 2 English muffins, split
  • 4 thick slices tomato
  • 2 cups grated cheese
  • 4 tsp mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 180ÂșC.
  2. Spread each muffin with the mayonnaise.
  3. Top with a tomato and ½ cup of grated cheese.
  4. grill in the oven for 20 minutes (depending on your oven) or until the cheese has melted and starts to brown slightly.
  5. Remove and allow to cool a bit before eating or cool completely before adding it to the lunch box.
  6. Enjoy!


Zorgvliet Picnic

One of the great things about South Africa, and Cape Town especially, is our abundance of wine farms. Some times it feels like we are surrounded by a multitude of wine farms. You therefore have an abundance of choice when it comes to visiting one on the weekend. However good a glass of wine sounds, why not go the whole 9 yards and do a picnic? And why pack a picnic when all the farms will provide you with one?

We visited Zorgvliet Wine farm one Sunday morning and we had the whole place to ourselves! The picnic baskets are usually only available from 12pm and booking is essential. But what I loved about this place were the kiddies picnic baskets! They had chicken drumsticks, sweets, chips, juice and a toy, each one individual for each child (no fighting) in these colourful baskets. The children loved it! The grown-ups had the "Picnic basket for 4" and there were just too much food!! We ended up taking some home! It included fresh bread, preserved, a whole roast chicken, individual quiches, pasta salad, green salad and individual lemon meringue tarts.

With children the priorities changed and we now firstly look at the children's menu and whether the venue is child friendly (which it is- they even provide blankets and pillows!) however it is also great for adults too as the venue is big enough that children wouldn't irritate the other guests! Another fantastic day out.

I just had to include this picture of the Little Ones though. How adorable are they? So much has happened over the last two years but these are our pride and joy (left is Mia, middle is her bother Ben and right is our little Em with the two proud fathers below, Hubby left and Henno on the right).


Apple and Cheese Sandwich | Lunch box: Tuesday 21 April 2015

One of my cravings when I was pregnant is the classic combination of apples and cheese. But as cravings go this wasn't strange except for the craving being very specific: Honeycrunch apples and Laughing Cow cheese triangles! Honeycrunch apples are very sweet and green with a red blush almost like Pink Lady apples and they are in season now for a short period only and available form Woolworth's.

I saw them laying very invitingly on the shelf and had to buy them. I bought 4 packs though, which means I suddenly have a great abundance! So instead of just adding them sliced in my lunch box, I also added them to my sandwich giving it a great sweetness! I also added the Laughing Cow squares, some biltong sticks and juicy grapes to the lunch box.

  • 2 slices granary bread (you need sturdy bread or it will go soggy)
  • ½ cup grated cheese
  • ½ grated apple (use Honeycrunch!)
  • 1 tsp mayonnaise

  1. Mix the cheese, apple and mayonnaise together.
  2. If you want, butter the 2 slices of bread and top one with the mixture.
  3. Add the second slice and cut through.
  4. Enjoy!