Unless you are lucky enough to be able to send your child to a private school, where they provide a school canteen, you will have to send your child off to school, with a lunch box so that he or she does not go hungry. However, many Russian state and private schools, have a canteen, not all schools and kindergartens do. If you don't have a child, this "how to advice" may also give you some inspiration on how to make a tasty sandwich, lunch box snack for yourself or for your office lunch. I strongly recommend you take your lunch in a Sponge Bob plastic box or in Spiderman box to look extremely cool to the rest of the office. Packed lunches can be fun.
The lunch box
The lunch box should be square and big enough to hold a sandwich, without having to squash it into the box with your hand. If you have a boy, try to make the lunch box a plain colour to avoid teasing from other boys. If you can give him one with a well known cartoon character such as Spiderman, Ben Ten, Sponge Bob, Batman, it will win him cool status points and respect among his fellow male classmates. Avoid ponies or flowers and colours such as pink, green, purple or yellow. If you have a girl, like 99% of mothers, you will choose bright pink and probably the brand Hello Kitty. Your girl will easily blend in with all the other girls at school and her lunch box will match her dress, shoes, socks and hair accessories.
Lunch preparation tools
You will need some or all of the following: A bread chopping board, bread or rolls, a sharp knife, butter or margarine, cheese, ham, cucumber, eggs, mayonnaise, peanut butter, Marmite, tomatoes, lentils, cold dinner left overs, carrots, organic foods, rice, cheese spread, crisps (potato chips), apples, grapes, nuts, bananas, raisins, kiwi, chocolate cookies, Kit Kat, Snicker, napkins, yogurts, plastic spoons and forks, food containers a microwave. If you have never tried Peanut butter, real English marmalade or Marmite, you can continue to believe the world is flat and you will die never having lived.
Fun lunch box ideas
The Peanut mix - Take two slice of white bread, butter both sides, apply a one centimeter layer of thick crunchy Peanut butter to one slice of bread, add two slices of ham or cheese, put a layer of crisps on top and add thick mayonnaise and close the sandwich. Push both slices down hard together with your hand and cut into four parts. Put the sandwich into the plastic box and add three thick chocolate chip cookies or donuts. Put the lunch into your kids school bag with a "fat is fun" logo. Repeat this lunch every day for two weeks and watch your child grow to look like an overweight American or British school kid.
The Marmite mix - Take two slices of extra thick bread, butter both sides, apply a one centimeter layer of British Marmite spread to one slice of bread. Add thick Kettle crisps (potato chips) to one slice of bread. Push both slices down hard together with your hand and cut into four parts. Add a Kinderegg as a desert surprise. Put the lunch into your kids "Marmite" logo school bag.
The egg surprise - Take two slices of thick white bread, butter both sides, boil two eggs and allow to cool. Mash the eggs, add mayonnaise, a little salt and paste onto one slice of bread. Cover one slice of bread with English, orange marmalade and put on top of the other slice of bread. Cut into four parts and put into the lunch box. You can also use one, sliced cooked sausage instead of an egg. Add a large piece of cake for desert. Put the lunch into your kids "Sponge Bob" school bag.
The chocolate dream - Take two slices of thick white bread, paste both slices with thick chocolate spread. Slice up one whole banana and add the banana to one slice of bread and add ready whipped cream spray to the other slice of bread. Push both slices down hard together with your hand and cut into four parts. Put the sandwich, into the box and add a Snicker bar. Put the lunch into your kids "Ben Ten" school bag.
The sensible mix - Provide variety each day. One day make a salad, one day send them to school with soup (hold the chilly sauce), one day make a sensible wholegrain brown bread sandwich, one day give them raw vegetables or fruit. Bread sandwiches every day are not good and never give nuts, before checking for nut allergies. Kids are growing power stations and need the right healthy fuel. Mix fun with boring for a good balance. Put the lunch into your kids "Healthy Life" school bag.
Boring lunch box ideas
The lazy option - If you are in a hurry or have a hangover and have dinner left over from last night, such as spaghetti bolognese you can save time making a sandwich. Put the spaghetti bolognese into a thermos food container, heat it in the microwave for two to four minutes, screw the top on the thermos container so tightly it can't be undone by the school teacher and put the lunch into your kids "Band Aid", school bag. Throw in a plastic fork and napkin and an apple as a healthy desert.
The healthy sandwich - Take two slices of brown, wholemeal organic bread, add raw, organic carrots onto one slice of bread and add tofu onto the other slice of bread. Add some extra low calorie, organic mayonnaise to the sandwich. Cut into four parts and put into the lunch box made of recycled, plastic car seats. Put some organic raisins, into a recycled paper box for desert and provide and organic Aloe Vera juice for vitamin intake. Put the lunch into your kids school bag made of brown organic hemp. C02 Emissions score: 0.1.
The salad and veg mix option - Chop up some organic cucumber, tomato, broccoli and brown rice left overs from last nights dinner, add some sun organic dried tomatoes. Mix all altogether with a wooden spoon, made from sustainable forest. Put the mixture into a recycled, screw top, chemical free plastic pot. Put the lunch into your kids school bag made of recycled EU directives.Throw in a large raw EU millimeter approved carrot, for vitamin intake. EU compliant score: 9.9.
The hippy combination - Chop up some raw organic carrots, cucumber and organic almond nuts grown on in Israel on a kibbutz. Boil some green, organic lentils and allow to cool. Put all the contents into a hand crafted wooden pot, made of recycled Brazilian drift wood. Mix all together with some organic, extra virgin, cooperative produced olive oil. For desert, chop up some organic kiwi, melon and grapes and put into a separate, hand crafted wooden pot, made of recycled Brazilian drift wood. Put your kids lunch into a "Planet Earth" or "Greenpeace" school bag and feel good to have produced a zero C02 emissions lunch.
The Russian connection - Add to your lunch box, some cold preserved pickled cucumbers, home cooked blini pancakes made by Olga your Russian nanny and some red, Russian caviar. For mega excitement choice, chop up some white cabbage and add a boiled egg or two. A variety of classic, Russian soups can also be put into a thermos container. Put the lunch into your kids school bag with, "I love Russia" printed on the bag. Emission score: Not applicable here.
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