Bentolicious

Although I haven’t been blogging about my own lunches lately, I have been reading a lot about other people’s! I love the idea of bentos for children’s lunches and I’m really keen to do something similar for myself, although since I spend most of the day in my room and rarely have to take a packed lunch anywhere, I probably don’t need to invest in a huge selection of different boxes and dividers (but boy do I want to!).

That said, I did just order a pair of egg moulds so that I can shape boiled eggs into cute shapes before eating them. I just couldn’t resist!

Today’s lunch is a back-to-basics, lots of nutrition type lunch to get myself going again. Peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwiches in delicious seeded bread, a small amount of side salad (it’s going off, not a lot of it is edible any more) and some cherry tomatoes. There’s also a boiled egg, unfortuately just egg-shaped as the moulds won’t arrive for 12-24 working days. I think they’re being delivered from Japan by carrier pigeon relay.

As you can see, the salad looks rather sad – I discovered my fridge was too cold so in addition to being out of date it was also frozen. I picked out the least miserable leaves and had to throw the rest away.

The amount of food waste I produce horrifies me, and I do my best to use up left-overs and only buy what I know I’ll eat. You can probably see that the sandwiches are missing the bottom crust, because there was a bit of mould on it and I felt it was better to cut it off and not waste half a loaf than to throw the whole lot out. I’ve transferred it into a box in the hopes that it will be more air-tight and less liable to go mouldy than the bag. A good half of the loaves I buy end up going mouldy before I finish them, because the supermarket (the only supermarket in the town centre) doesn’t sell half loaves. In a student-heavy town, it amazes me that there is one small supermarket, one of the corner-shop types rather than a full-sized one, and that it caters for families more than individuals despite the fact that a good 60% of the town’s population are students. Grrr!

I’ll come down from my hobby horse to note the juice in the bottle – I managed to break another glass a few days ago, so I’m now on the look-out for some more sturdy tumblers.

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