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Lunchbox Muffins

Posted by Gill Bland Thursday, 20th October 2016

When researching for a baking idea that could be used to fill a spot in the lunchbox and the stomach at the start of a new term I read lots of interesting ideas about home-made sushi, bread on sticks and pretty bento boxes. Let’s be honest though, the first week is over and we’re into the long slog of the academic year and our resolve to be healthy and home-made is probably waning. What we really want is not a fiddly, pretty piece of sandwich art but something we can throw together with minimal washing up in the time it takes for someone else to find that tv programme and get it loaded and ready to go on iPlayer before we collapse in a heap and fall asleep before we’ve got through the ‘last time on’ section. What we really want and probably what the kids want is chocolate. Again. But we’re not  quite ready to give in completely. Even for those without children though there’s something about this time of year that has that ‘start from the beginning’ feel to it. It’s almost like a second bash at new year. With that in mind I bring you a slightly healthier version of chocolate cake: the one fork, one bowl, 5 minute feelgood lunchbox muffins. These muffins enable you to create that ‘made with love’ moment for the lunchbox but without loading it with sugar and without loading yourself with washing up.


Baking with children. Make your own lunch.

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 22nd September 2014

This month I thought I’d bring you a recipe that’s great for getting the children in your life enjoying the kitchen as much as you do.

Whether you’ve got children of your own and have just re-started the daily packed lunch production line, or are just temporarily taking the role of small-person supervisor and want an easy activity that has the added bonus of resulting lunch, this recipe is ideal. You’ll have the benefit of knowing exactly what your darling one is eating and they can get all nice and messy mixing and kneading the bread with their hands. You could even add spices, nuts, dried fruit, or other ingredients to jazz it up. I once had a lovely cinnamon spiced soda bread with dates and walnuts in it. I suspect that version would be more popular with the more mature section of the family though, especially if accompanied with some good cheese and wine! 

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