Thursday, September 13, 2012

Roald Dahl Day

"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."
   -- Roald Dahl

I just love Dahl's writing! From the classics like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the hilarious Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts and everything in between, I can't get enough. So, for Roald Dahl Day, I had to do a lunch AND dinner inspired by some of my favorite works. Be sure to visit  Lunches Fit For a Kid  and Bent On Better Lunches for more Dahl-icious ideas!

roald dahl bento lunch
Wormy spaghetti complete w/ gummy worm (The Twits), chicken (Fantastic Mr. Fox), sharp cheddar cheese letters, peach slices (James & The Giant Peach), peas (The Witches), and cashews, butterscotch, and chocolate chips (Charlie & The Chocolate Factory) all in our giraffe bento box (The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me)

roald dahl bento lunch

One of my personal favorites by Roald Dahl is The Witches. Witches from all over the world are attending their annual meeting, and their meal of choice is split pea soup. As a kid, I loved my mom's split pea soup, but I haven't eaten ham in a long, long time, so I really had to get the right recipe to capture that smoky flavor without the use of meat. I'm happy to say that the recipe I made, which was adapted from Taste of Home, was absolutely fabulous. No one missed the meat one bit!

Vegetarian Split Pea Soup 

Ingredients - 4 cups vegetable broth, 2 cups water, 2 cups dried green split peas (rinsed), 1 medium onion, chopped, 1 cup chopped carrot, 1 cup chopped celery, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1/2 tsp dry marjoram, 1/2 tsp dry basil, 3/8 tsp cumin, 3/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, sour cream (optional)

vegetarian split pea soupIn a stock pot, mix the first 10 ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add the salt and pepper and simmer another 10 minutes. You can serve as is at that point, or you can puree. It really depends on your preference. I used my immersion blender for the task of pureeing and achieved a silky smooth split pea soup.

You can also cook this soup in a crock pot on low for 2-3 hours. Add-ins can make your soup really unique too. Croutons with a sprinkle of sharp cheddar cheese is one favorite!
We served ours last night with crusty bread and sour cream. Absolutely fantastic! I would make this again and again!

vegetarian split pea soup

 And our project for today was a peach! The most fun was ripping up pin, orange, and yellow construction paper into bits. Then the bits were glued down, and the shape cut out when it was all dry. Add a stem and leaf, and tada!


In this lunch...

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