Snack Tales

Packing the bub’s lunchbox for school is a task I find as fulfilling as I find it frustrating.

Yes, it is a tiring thing to do day after day after day, getting up early in the morning to make a little something for her snack time, planning well in advance, having to think creatively every day so that she loves what I have sent for her.

And, yet, it is extremely satisfying. I imagine her opening her dabba at school, her face lighting up at the sight of her favourite poori or khakra, and I realise I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Trying to offer her a mix of different ingredients in the course of a week, trying out little twists to regular recipes, including a cheat snack once in a while – that is my way of bonding with her, I realise. It is a way of developing her palate, developing a healthy interest in food.

I love it when she returns home and tells me: ‘Amma, I loved what you had packed for my snack.’ It is, kind of, saddening to learn that she has left her lunchbox untouched, and has preferred to eat the home-made snacks that are offered at school, instead. I tell myself to be happy that she has, at least, eaten something, that she hasn’t gone hungry the entire school time.

When you are a sort of bored SAHM like me, I realise, you relish these little challenges. Packing lunchboxes that your child can’t resist eating from becomes a task that you can’t take lightly – it is an opportunity for you to think out-of-the-box and take your cooking to new levels.

 

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