Monday, March 31, 2014

Celebrity sandwiches - part V

Celebrity sandwiches - part VI

A masterchef champion should be able to spot a good lunchbox option why she sees one so its no surprise that 2010 Celebrity Masterchef champion Lisa Faulkner has come up with a fabulous favourite sandwich.

Reassuringly traditional in her tastes Lisa says: “My grandparents had a beach hut at West Wittering and I distinctly remember a rainy Saturday lunchtime with the windbreaks up, my sister and I in our navy blue fishermen’s jumpers and wellies huddled together on deck chairs eating sandwiches (hers corned beef and tomato, mine corned beef and piccalilli). The bread was always good old “plastic” white sliced and the corned beef tinned, but the tomatoes were grown in her greenhouse and the piccalilli was home-made.”

We say, well done Lisa, this would work perfectly in a lunchbox. Once again, if you wanted you could pop the sliced tomato ina little pot and add it into the sandwich right before you eat it to avoid any sogginess.

We think Lisa might have a bit of sweet tooth judging by the desserts she produced on Masterchef so here is a brilliant Marshmallow lunchbox to carry those corned beef sandwiches:

masrshmallow lunchbox

Now Lisa also looks like she likes a bit of exercise, I wonder whether she would like a matching PE kit bag to take her kit to the gym:

Celebrity sandwiches - part VI

Who is the most famous twinkly-eyed baker of the moment? Why Paul Hollywood of course and Paul shared his favourite sandwich recipe with
“I cannot resist a club sandwich. I love the fact it is laden with fillings and needs a daft cocktail stick to hold it together.”, said the artisan baker and bake-off judge, “The best club sandwich should be on toasted, fresh, white bread, in two tiers and filled to bursting point with seasoned turkey breast, crispy maple bacon, chopped romaine lettuce, slices of ripe tomato and red onion and lashings of mayonnaise with a side order of handmade crisps.”

Now, a full on club sandwich may not be ideal for a packed lunch, but simplfy the recipe a bit and it would become a great lunchbox treat. The idea of a double decker sandwich in my lunchbox really appeals! Maybe omit the tomatoes, or take them separately to prevent sogginess.

Paul is a bit of a hero at lunchbox towers, as we also love messing around in the kitchen. So here is our Paul Hollywood tribute lunchbox – celebrating everything great about the British bake off!
personalised lunchbox from lunchboxesetc

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Celebrity sandwiches - part IV

The sad news that Gwyneth and Chris are undergoing a "conscious uncoupling" first made me think that they've done really well to have a ten year celebrity marriage.  Then I started thinking about how to uncouple a packed lunch, which might sound a bit funny but actually makes a whole lot of sense and will widen your lunchbox choices massively.

So uncouple your packed lunch - pack your bread and your sandwich fillings separately inside your lunchbox and you will kiss goodbye to soggy sandwiches. It only takes a minute to create the sandwich from the ingredients and it will taste so much fresher and better than if it has been sweating in a cling film wrap for hours.

Celebrity sandwiches - part II

After our revelations that the Queen enjoys a jam sandwich in her packed lunch we've found out the packed lunch secrets of the model and speed queen Jodie Kidd.

In her role as an ambassador for Hovis Jodie revealed her favourite lunchbox snack:

"My favourite sandwich is an English twist on a continental classic. I love to use ingredients that are sourced from close to home, and living in West Sussex means I am spoilt for choice when it comes to independent farms and regional produce markets.

"My favourite combination is a very ripe Sussex brie, a flavoursome local ham, slices of tomato and some spicy rocket.

"It's a little naughty but tastes divine, especially when served on two slices of warm Farmers Loaf, which melts the cheese further and turns the whole thing into a gooey, yummy feast!"
Oh Jodie, naughty but divine, could we have put it any better ourselves? And Jodie is of course a well known speed freak so what better lunchbox for her than a lunchboxesetc racing car personalised lunch box:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Celebrity sandwiches - part 1

We are very anti the lunch box police - those politically correct folk who like to try and tell you what you should (and should not) put in your lunchbox, but we do love to find out what everyone is actually having for their packed lunch. 

So here at lunchbox towers we have been exhaustively researching what you favourite celebrities are having in their packed lunches, and it does sometimes make you wonder!

Anyway we'll publish our findings every now and then on the lunchbox blog so you can see what's inside a famous lunch box!

We are starting right at the top with probably the worlds most famous woman (certainly the most recognisable woman in the UK anyway) - HM the Queen (or Her Maj, as we like to call her)

Admittedly, you don't often see the Queen doing a walkabout holding a lunchbox; maybe she has a lady in waiting to carry it for her (a job historically done by the wife of the Earl of Sandwich no doubt), so we had to imagine what she might like as a personalised lunch box:
queen and a spotty lunch box

But we are on firmer ground when it comes to what she might like to carry inside "one's lunch box".  According to the daily mail the queen's chef spends a lot of time making jam pennies - small jam sandwiches, and crustless cucumber sandwiches and still a favourite apparently. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Celebrity sandwiches - Part III

We are really enjoying creating our fantasy celebrity lunch boxes - a couple of times a week we use celebrity's favourite sandwiches as inspiration to create a (usually) delicious packed lunch.

Todays celebrity is the biggest name in talk shows in the universe - Oprah.  As you might expect this is not just a tale of a simple favourite sandwich, no there's a great heart-warming story to go with it.

What sort of lunch box would Oprah choose?  Well she's so used to having people on that sofa opening their heart to her that we thought our large hearts lunchbox would be just about perfect (we don't do a lance Armstrong lunchbox):

So Oprah's favourite sandwich is curried chicken, which sound like a good old british coronation chicken sandwich to me.

soggy sandwiches

At lunchboxesetc we love to hear about peoples' favourite sandwiches and we often try them out in our very own personalised lunchboxes:

cartoon dog lunchbox

However we've found lots of lovely sandwich recipes that aren't really suitable to be included in a lunchbox because the filling makes the bread soggy.    One trick we use is to carry "wet" food like sliced tomato in a small Tupperware container  so that it can be added to you sandwich at the last minute for that freshly made mouth feel.