In an effort to have something interesting for lunches rather than sandwiches (and trying to cut back on bread), we had mountain bread wraps the other day (that really thin bread stiff, like a tortilla)…they were quite nice -some cooked brown rice, grated carrot and chopped cucumber, The wee one had ham, tomato and snowpea sprouts, I had tuna and some hummus.
Anyway, she couldn’t hold it together, so I wrapped some baking paper around it, but she couldn’t fold it down as she ate down, so that wouldn’t be a working idea for Kinder lunch…. so then I thought about making bands to go around it – since I get heaps of coated paper strips off the envelopes I use, I put one of those around and stickytaped it closed, Figuring that would be easy for her to slide off… no, the kinder teachers had to help her. Probably because as I found out today, the paper goes a bit soggy and doesn’t slide as easy as it does when first put on (though it does make ripping the paper off very easy)
So then I thought perhaps I could make a PUL strap with velcro on it, that I could reuse and she could easily undo to take it off. brilliant!
So I happened to have some PUL scraps someone sent me in a nice bright kiddy pattern, and some thin velcro that a friend unpicked off some nappies and I had to keep because throwing it out seemed wasteful…. and here is the result! and nicely made from all reused stuff – yay!
(now to make a bag/wrapping thing to wrap it up to go in her lunchbox.)
I can hear my best friend saying“that’s exactly what McGyver would do if he had a wee one who couldn’t keep her mountain bread wrap together”. Indeed I think he would (if he also happened to have PUL, velcro and a sewing machine)…. though I was pretty impressed with myself over the envelope paper band, shame it wasn’t as removable as planned. Still it gave it another use before being thrown away, so that’s always good. Though it does pose the question if how safe the envelope paper or PUL for that matter is to be in contact with food…. but while I love a good “that’ll give you cancer” story as much as the next paranoid person… I do think that sometimes you just have to live in blissful ignorance on some things.
Ohh… someone just told me that you can buy direct, cheaper and free delivery http://mountainbread.com.au and you can use it instead of pastry… how cool (and hopefully better for you). Nifty. and an extra bonus is that it’s flatter than pastry so won’t take up as much space in the freezer. looks like this will be my new addiction!