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The Lunch Less Ordinary Blogger Challenge – Week 4

I’ve been taking part in the Mission Deli Wraps “Lunch Less Ordinary” blogger challenge which means I am blogging about at least one of their challenges that I’ve done during each week. We’ve now reached the final week.  Some of you may have already read my posts of what I did during earlier weeks.  If not, here are links to what I got upto during week 1week 2 and week 3.  Mission Deli Wraps have given me a big shout out twice now for our Less Ordinary Lunch in both week 2 and week 3.

Every week, for four weeks, Mission Deli Wraps have been releasing fun, unusual challenges for bloggers to complete and post about. Some of them quite easy, and some slightly more challenging.

At Mission Deli Wraps, they believe that life, just like your lunch, is what you make it. Routine and humdrum or exciting and fun. It’s your choice, and they are here to help! They want everyone to grab a wrap with both hands and get stuck in.

The Challenges are to help inspire the nation do something more fun, exciting and a little less ordinary over lunch.

Round 4 Challenges are:

1) For the artistic lunchers out there, create the most artistic lunch you can using only wraps and filling – the bigger the better! Whether it’s the Eiffel Tower or an Elephant we want to see it all! #wrapart

2) Inspired by one of our Facebook fans -take £5 for the week to buy the essentials and we’ll send the wraps and you must complete the Storecupboard challenge – using up whatever you’ve got left in the cupboards, fridge and freezer to make your meals for the week.

3) Tricky challenge of the week! Find and visit as many places as you can with food-related names that can be made into wraps and help us create a WrapMap! E.g. Cheddar Gorge

4) Tick something off your bucket list! We want to see you go out and do something unusual – remember to take a packed lunch of wraps with you.

Looking at the challenge choices for this week, I have to rule out challenge 2, as we’ve already promised son1 a visit to our local Tandoori, which means we will be spending a lot more than £5 in one meal, let alone the whole week.  His taste buds have changed since he commenced on chemotherapy.  He has even asked for curry for breakfast on some days.

We would also struggle with challenge 3, as son1 does not travel very well at the moment. The nearest food-named place I can think of that could go in a wrap is Ham House, which is probably about an hour away.  This challenge did bring back memories of when I made a recipe scrapbook as a teenager, where all recipes were place related.  I wonder what happened to the scrapbook.  Perhaps it might be in my parents’ loft.

Challenge 3 would have been fun if we could have visited virtually instead.  How about a virtual visit to Cheddar, Stilton, Cheshire, Caerphilly, Wensleydale, Derby (Sage Derby), Gloucester (Double Gloucester), Lancashire, Shropshire (Shropshire Blue), Leicester (Red Leicester) and thats just cheesey wraps for starters.  All very yummy in a wrap.

Or how about some really Lunch Less Ordinary!  Imagine some of these in a wrap – Yorkshire Pudding, Bakewell Tart, Bath Bun, Chelsea Bun, Everton Toffee, Lancashire Hot Pot, Cornish Pasty, Victoria Sponge, Pontefract Cakes, Kendal Mint Cake, Scotch Pancakes, Devon Split, Brown Windsor Soup, Bedford Biscuits, Melton Mowbray Pork Pie, Shrewsbury Biscuits, Welsh Cakes, Dundee Cake, Yorkshire Parkin, Edinburgh Rock, Eccles Cakes.  Anyone up for trying?

And here are a few more sensible ideas.  I’ve already mentioned Ham, but what about Cumberland sausage.  A slice of Ox tongue for either Oxted or Oxshott.  A dash of Worcester Sauce to spice up the wrap.  I love Welsh Rarebit on toast, so that should be nice in a wrap.  Cheese and apple is a favourite filling of mine, so could do that with Braeburn or Bramley apples.  And how about putting a pin on the Wrap Map at the Savoy hotel, if you shred some Savoy cabbage into a salad filling.

In which case back to the lunch less ordinary, a crunchy wrap of Ritz crackers qualifies a pin at the Ritz hotel too.

And I’ve rather taken to the idea of dessert in a wrap, namely Eton Mess in a wrap, mmm.

So this week I have decided to do challenge 1 and challenge 4.

Firstly the boys and I all made #wrapart.  Son2 did a design of Goldilocks and the three bears on his wrap.

Goldilocks and the 3 bears, by son2

Goldilocks and the 3 bears, by son2

Here is a short video of son2 partway through making his #wrapart.

Son1 made a sculpture of Darth Maul from Star Wars on his wrap.

Darth Maul by son1

Darth Maul by son1

And here is a short video of son1 starting with the feet for his #wrapart sculpture.

And I decided to incorporate last week’s film challenge into my #wrapart, with a Mary Poppins design on my wrap.

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

It seemed a shame to eat our #wrapart, but since we don’t know a wrap gallery…

And talking of #wrapart, its not a wrap, but here is a photo of another arty sandwich that I made, which won a prize in a different competition earlier this month.  Could easily be converted onto a wrap background, with the body circle being made from cheese or ham.

Alien sandwich

Alien sandwich

Then for challenge 4, we couldn’t do any of the top priorities like theme parks on our bucket list, as these would be all-day activities and our time was limited, since son1 had to see the oncology nurse each day for intravenous chemotherapy.  So we decided to try geocaching at the National Trust.  First I made our “Lunch Less Ordinary” wraps, filled with Mock Crab to take with us.  This is an unusual egg recipe, which can be served hot or cold, so I allowed it to cool before I filled the wraps.  You may see the recipe on another of my blog posts.

Mock crab wrap

Mock crab wrap

Mock crab wrap

I had read about geocaching in advance on the internet, so I knew that you found little “treasures” and replaced these with “treasures” you had brought.  Therefore I prepared a little bag of small toys and sweets to take with us.

Then we drove to our nearest National Trust.  They loaned us a map and a GPS device, preloaded with the locations of the caches and short clues.  The boys were very excited when we found the first cache hidden in a tree.  Mistake though, I hadn’t brought a pen to record our visit on the sheet in the box. We swapped one of our “treasures” for the packet of cola bottle sweets we found.  Then we reprogrammed the GPS for the second location and carried on our way.  This was found on a fencepost, but this time the container was tiny.  Most of the “treasures” I had brought were far too big to fit in it.  So we swapped stickers for a balloon.

Geocaching

Geocaching

On our way to location 3, we came to a bench, so decided it was time for our lunch wrap stop.

Lunchtime wrap

Lunchtime wrap

We carried on and our GPS beeped to let us know we were within a few metres of location 3, but unfortunately we couldn’t find it.  The clue mentioned a beech tree, but there were loads of trees.  Which was the beech tree?  If we do geocaching again, I’ll have to swot up on trees.  After about 5 minutes we gave up looking for it.  By now son1 was quite tired, so we decided to finish early and save the other cache locations for a future visit.

Take a look at Mission Wraps UK Facebook page to see some of their Lunch Less Ordinary ideas.  And I hope that my post inspires you to take up the challenge too.

And to help the nation liberate its lunch, Mission Deli Wraps have an on pack competition, giving you the chance to have lunch in some of the most exciting places in the world or £10,000 cash.

Disclosure : This is my entry for the Lunch Less Ordinary Blogger Challenge. You can find out more at www.facebook.com/MissionWrapsUK. I have been sent some free Mission Deli wraps and have a chance to win some great prizes for taking part.

The Lunch Less Ordinary Blogger Challenge – Week 3

I’m taking part in the Mission Deli Wraps “Lunch Less Ordinary” blogger challenge which means I will be blogging about at least one of their challenges that I’ve done during each week.  Some of you may have already read my posts of what I did for week 1 and week 2.  Mission Deli Wraps gave me a big shout out for our Less Ordinary Lunch last week.

Every week, for four weeks, Mission Deli Wraps will be releasing fun, unusual challenges for bloggers to complete and post about. Some of them will be quite easy, and some will be slightly more challenging.

At Mission Deli Wraps, they believe that life, just like your lunch, is what you make it. Routine and humdrum or exciting and fun. It’s your choice, and they are here to help! They want everyone to grab a wrap with both hands and get stuck in.

The Challenges are to help inspire the nation do something more fun, exciting and a little less ordinary over lunch.

Round 3 Challenges are:

1) Theme your lunch on a different country each day for a week.

2) Put unusual flavours together in a wrap and get the kids to eat them blindfolded. They need to guess what the weird but it works flavours are. Best of 3 ‘what’s that wrap’ wins! And whatever their favourite is goes in Monday’s lunchbox. Yum!

3) Make a wrap based on your favourite book or film – e.g. The Italian Job – Green Rocket, White Mozzarella and Red Tomatoes

4) Can you make a ‘free lunch’? We’ll send you some wraps as a starting point and then ask friends and family to donate one item each and see what you can create – the weirder the better! ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’

This week I decided to opt for challenge 1 and to include wraps as part of lunch each day this week.

Tuesday – India
Chicken balti served with a folded wrap instead of naan bread.

Balti with a wrap

Balti with a wrap

Wednesday – China
A chicken variant in the style of Peking Duck, using a wrap instead of a pancake. I spread Hoisin sauce on the wrap, added chicken, spring onion and cucumber, then rolled it up.

Making a chicken wrap in the style of Peking Duck

Making a chicken wrap in the style of Peking Duck

Thursday – Greece
A greek salad of feta cheese, olives, lettuce, tomato, cucumber and spring onion rolled in a wrap.

Making greek salad in a wrap

Making greek salad in a wrap

Friday – Italy
Pepperoni pizza made on a wrap instead of a traditional pizza base.

Pizza on a wrap

Pizza on a wrap

Saturday – Mexico
A country that I absolutely had to include in this challenge. But so many possible choices – enchiladas, fajitas, chimichangas. In the end I decided to make burritos served with salsa, sour cream and spicy rice.

Burrito served with salsa, sour cream and spicy rice

Burrito served with salsa, sour cream and spicy rice

The children had never eaten burritos, so I linked in challenge 2, by asking them if they would like to guess what was inside. Son2 didn’t want to try, but son1 had a go. Watch the video to see his guesses. The filling actually comprised onion, refried beans, lettuce, cheese and tomato.

Sunday – Turkey
Lunch in the style of a Doner Kebab, but using a wrap instead of pitta bread. Now obviously I don’t have a rotisserie turning round in my front window, so I’ve used meatballs instead of slicing meat off the spit. I folded my wraps into a cone shape, then filled with shredded lettuce, tomato, onion, meatballs and some chilli sauce.

Wrapped kebab

Wrapped kebab

Monday – Germany
I have to submit my blog post on Sunday, so I can only tell you what I plan to serve for Monday lunch. So no photograph sorry, but I’ll update the post after the judging to include a photograph for completeness.
I’m going to serve Bratwurst rolled in a wrap with fried onion and mustard.

Here is the update to show the photographs of Monday’s Bratwurst wrap lunch – 27/10/2013.

Bratwurst, fried onion and mustard, ready to wrap

Bratwurst, fried onion and mustard, ready to wrap

Yummy Bratwurst wraps

Yummy Bratwurst wraps

As it turned out, I could almost have had a go at challenge 4 this week too. A neighbour gave me some runner beans. I passed a house offering a box labelled “free apples – help yourselves”. And we’ve still got some onions and the last few tomatoes in the garden. And if that wasn’t enough of a weird combination, we could have gone on a foraging walk in the wood. We enjoyed quite a few foraging walks last year, but son1 has been too tired this year from his chemotherapy. Mainly blackberries, but also sweet chestnuts and wild damsons were found on our walks.

Take a look at Mission Wraps UK Facebook page to see some of their Lunch Less Ordinary ideas.  And I hope that my post inspires you to take up the challenge too.

I’m looking forward to what next weeks challenges may be.  I’m hoping they will be really exciting for the final week.

And to help the nation liberate its lunch, Mission Deli Wraps have an on pack competition, giving you the chance to have lunch in some of the most exciting places in the world or £10,000 cash.

Disclosure : This is my entry for the Lunch Less Ordinary Blogger Challenge. You can find out more at www.facebook.com/MissionWrapsUK. I have been sent some free Mission Deli wraps and have a chance to win some great prizes for taking part.

The Lunch Less Ordinary Blogger Challenge

I’m taking part in the Mission Deli Wraps “Lunch Less Ordinary” blogger challenge which means I will be blogging about at least one of their challenges that I’ve done during each week.

Every week, for four weeks, Mission Deli Wraps will be releasing fun, unusual challenges for bloggers to complete and post about. Some of them will be quite easy, and some will be slightly more challenging.

At Mission Deli Wraps, they believe that life, just like your lunch, is what you make it. Routine and humdrum or exciting and fun. It’s your choice, and they are here to help! They want everyone to grab a wrap with both hands and get stuck in.

The Challenges are to help inspire the nation do something more fun, exciting and a little less ordinary over lunch.

Round 1 Challenges are:

1) Make an indoor camp for you and your little ones to enjoy an adventurous lunch in.

2) Make lunch for your neighbour – either at work or at home!

3) How many ways can you eat a tomato – inspired by La Tomatina, we challenge you to use tomatoes in every lunch you make this week (different each day!)

4) Put the kids in charge of lunch for a week.

I only received the details of the Challenges for Round 1 on day 5 of week 1, so that has somewhat limited my options, ruling out participating in either Challenge 3 or 4. Shame as I would really have loved to try Challenge 3.  So I’ve chosen to do Challenge 1 this week.

I set up the tent for an indoor camp. I filled Mission Deli Wraps with coronation chicken and served with tomatoes, carrot and pretzels – yummy. Son1 thought it was fantastic to have an adventurous indoor camp lunch, especially as food is usually only allowed in the kitchen.

Enjoying adventurous indoor camp lunch

Enjoying adventurous indoor camp lunch

Enjoying adventurous indoor camp lunch

Enjoying adventurous indoor camp lunch

Yummy Mission Deli Wrap

Yummy Mission Deli Wrap

Although I didn’t receive the challenge details in time to use tomatoes in my lunch every day this week, I thought it would be fun to also compile a list of what I could have made for lunch. So here is my partial attempt at Challenge 3.  All are meals that I do cook, although I’ve never made them all in one week yet.

Cheese and Tomato Toasted Sandwich
Cheese, Bacon and Tomato Quiche
Egg Mayonnaise and Tomato Sandwich
Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Salad
Tomato and Onion Bruschetta
Tomato Soup
Mock Crab

For those of you who are wondering what Mock Crab is, the recipe is also on my blog.

Take a look at Mission Wraps UK Facebook page to see some of their Lunch Less Ordinary ideas.  And I hope that my post inspires you to take up the challenge too.

I’m looking forward to what next weeks challenges may be.

Disclosure : This is my entry for the Lunch Less Ordinary Blogger Challenge. You can find out more at www.facebook.com/MissionWrapsUK. I will be sent some Mission Deli wraps and have a chance to win some great prizes for taking part.