I’ve done several entries on school lunches and food in general now but I thought I’d add something after today’s menu. Generally, whenever you see a new item, it’s probably best to watch and see how the kids do it. For example, there are packets of sauce sometimes that I generally have no idea where to put. The kids will know though.
Today’s dilemna was prawns. They were unpeeled prawns and usually I peel prawns before eating apart from when they’ve been deep fried enough that the shells are soft. Today, I could tell that the shells were still a little bit crunchy and therefore within my usual Let’s peel these range. But I also know that this was school lunch and kids aren’t supposed to get too messy and I was about 85% sure that we were supposed to eat them whole, tail and all (no heads). Which meant that I had to eat the rest of my food whilst glancing around surreptitiously to wait until the kids started eating theirs so that I would know what we were meant to do with it.
Other examples include: Sometimes you are given a packet of mayonaise to go over the tuna and cucumber and that is generally a sign that you are not supposed to eat the tuna and cucumber as a salad but put it inside your bread to make a sandwich. If you are given jam though, the general consensus is to squirt a bit, eat that bit and then squirt some more. (I usually ignore that and make a sandwich anyway.) Mustard and soy sauce go inside the little tub for natto, which you then stir around and either eat out of the pot or pour onto your rice. Grapes skins are peeled off but kiwi skins are debateably eaten. It’s all terribly confusing at times.
Basically, my point is – if it’s new food, it might be worth waiting to see whether there’s a special way of eating it.