Isn’t it funny how certain foods evoke strong memories?
I have childhood memories of small, oval shaped Counter biscuits with squares of cheese, sweet jam on a spoon to cover the taste of crushed up medication that I hated to take, ham steaks served with rings of tinned pineapple, and my Dad’s tuna casserole recipe which now works its magic on a second generation of family members as it’s Immy’s first choice for dinner whenever she goes to stay with my parents.
Sometimes it is not even a memory, more a feeling or emotion – comfort, joy, security, love.
I had one such emotional flash today as I thought about introducing my somewhat sandwich-adverse five year old to some new sandwich fillings – bought about by some apple with cinnamon sugar.
So as I am pondering food memories and wondering which foods my children will most remember, here are some sandwich filling ideas you might like to try for lunch with your children sometime soon…
- Avocado and cream cheese
- Sliced cucumber topped with tuna mixed with mayo
- Mashed egg with lettuce
- Homemade sun butter with strawberry jam
- Sliced apple sprinkled with cinnamon sugar
- Tomato, tinned beetroot and cheese
- Mashed banana
- Tinned creamed corn
- Ricotta, grated carrot and sultanas
- Vegemite and cheese
- Peanut butter with sliced banana or strawberries
- Leftover roasted meat with a smear of apple sauce
- Cream cheese, tinned tuna and baby spinach leaves
- Cream cheese with sliced strawberries
- Ham (or bacon), mashed egg and cheese
- Avocado, carrot and cucumber sticks rolled up in the slice of bread, like sushi
- Tinned spaghetti or baked beans with cheese
- Finely sliced apple and mayo sprinkled with crushed walnuts
Some of these are even yummier toasted!
Our favourite lunch box containers
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Which foods do you associate with childhood memories? Which do you think your children will most remember?