I have had the most amazing couple of weeks when it comes to finding vintage Ladybird treasure. So much so that I have a pile of six new titles sat here on my desk waiting to be written about, and that’s in addition to the shelves full upstairs. The book that caused the biggest response when I posted a picture of it on Instagram is the one I’m going to feature though – Packed Lunches.
Forget your modern day Bento Box lunch that everyone’s busy posting photos of all over social media – we’re very much talking 1980s packed lunches here as this book was published in 1983. It’s part of series 824 which featured several coking books. I’ve already found a copy of Cooking with Mother, but I’m desperate to get my hands on Making and Decorating Cakes and Party Food. All the books just have a glorious 80s feel to them and they remind me so much of my own childhood food.
Packed Lunches is equally practical and hilarious if you know what I mean. There’s a page of “exciting” sandwich fillings which today all look rather dated and also suggestions of some 80s style garnishes too. Whilst I fully appreciate the value of a Thermos flask so I can have a cup of decent tea when out and about I also had to smile at how the book embraces what was then I think quite a new thing. I’ve seen plenty of people putting soup or sometimes pasta in them before, but the idea of using one for a baked potato or ice cream was completely new to me!
There are loads of recipes inside and I think I’m actually going to try out some of them – cowboy pies, shortcake whirls and bran loaf for sure – and I’ve actually taken away a bit of inspiration for packed lunches to take on days out with us over the summer too. Maybe I’ll try a whole picnic based on the book. The kids aren’t quite old enough to disown me quite yet!
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