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Families in Lockdown: Snacks, Lunch & Tea

Firstly, pat yourselves on the back for your extraordinary effort balancing home working with home-schooling. Keeping everybody focused, fed, fit and well-balanced is quite a challenge. Hopefully these ‘tasty tips for hungry tums’ will help you plan delicious, simple, healthy menus for fuel midday and fun for tea.


Sandwich Sensations


An assortment of sandwich wheels for snacks or lunch is guaranteed to be well received.

Cut the crusts of several slices of white bread and roll each out a little with a rolling pin. Spread or load your fillings and roll the bread tightly. Wrap them in cling film and put them in the fridge until you need them. Unwrap, slice into ‘wheels’ and pile your collection on a plate. Get ready.

Prepare the fillings:

  • Tuna mixed with Real Mayonnaise, finely chopped chives and Red Onion Marmalade. Spread the tuna mayo first, then some onion marmalade and roll.
  • Try salami salad. Spread the bread with Real Mayonnaise, layer with salami and finish with salad. Roll and you’re ready.
  • Grated Red Leicester cheese with our Sticky Pickle. Roll, wrap, chill, unwrap, slice and stand back.
  • And the simplest of all? One of our fruity Extra Jams or thick, rich Lemon Curd.

Flatbread Pizzas


There is nothing easier to make in moments that tastes as good as a flatbread pizza.

Get the kids to top them themselves in ‘breaktime’ so they’re ready for the oven or grill when the virtual bell rings for lunch.

Our Tomato Ketchup is thick enough to be the rich tomato base. We reduce a full 212g of sun-drenched Italian tomatoes into every 100g of ketchup.

Then whatever you / they like: some juicy ham, mushrooms, sliced spring onions or red onion, torn pieces of mozzarella or goat’s cheese (or both) – whatever you have.

Add extra flavour with a spoonful or two of our sweet Red Onion Marmalade and for the biggest taste bud punch of all, our amazing Chilli Jam.

Go Hawaiian with ham, pineapple and Fig Relish; create an Oriental twist with shredded chicken, spring onions and our Sweet Chilli Sauce; or give it a Cowboy showdown of beans, slices of cooked sausage and one of our superb BBQ Sauces. Enjoy.


Pancake Pleasures


Our favourite Kitchen Auntie has pretty ‘darn’ good American Pancake mix, but this is a recipe from the BBC that never seems to fail. To serve 4, they recommend:

  • 135g of plain flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp of caster sugar
  • 130ml of milk
  • 1 large, lightly beaten free-range egg, and
  • 2tbsp of cooled, melted butter

Mix all the dry elements together in one bowl and whisk the wet (milk, egg and butter) in another before pouring it into the flour. Beat everything together gently with a fork to create a smooth batter.

Melt some butter in a pan, then add just a ladle’s worth of batter. Don’t forget, American pancakes are a smaller diameter than their Shrove Tuesday cousins and thicker too, about 1cm deep.

Fry it until it bubbles on top and is golden brown below, flip and brown this side too.

Carry on until all the batter has gone then have fun topping out with perhaps ice cream, thick cream, and ‘oh-so-fruity’ Blackcurrant Extra Jam that’s been heated slightly to let it flow over the pancakes. If you want to be really decadent, add a splash of port to the jam as you heat it.

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