The Lunch Less Ordinary Blogger Challenge #1: Tomatoes for lunch

I love a challenge and I am excited to be getting involved in the Mission Deli Wraps blogger challenge. They have asked bloggers to get involved over the next four weeks and help make lunch more exciting and a little less ordinary. I like the sound of this, usually I get a sandwich for lunch in the office. I can do that!
Mission Deli Wraps
Each week for the next four weeks I will get getting an email which will set out some challenges that I need to finish before the end of the week. I can do as many as I want. This week the 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 love tomatoes so I decided I was going to have a go at this challenge. I looked up La Tomatina and found that it is a food fight festival. It takes place in Bunol in Spain on the last Wednesday of every month> and more than one hundred tons of tomatoes are thrown around the streets! I wouldn’t like to clean that up. I won’t be throwing any tomatoes but will be using them in my lunches.

This was the first day I found out about the challenge and I had gone to work with no lunch. I actually went to the shops and treated myself to a prawn salad. It has little cherry tomatoes lurking in the salad and was very tasty. Normally I make my own lunch to take to work but we had run out of bread.

Prawn Salad


Today I had a build my own lunch selection. In a lunchbox I had ryvitas, slices of cucumber and tomato, a mixture of salad and some bits of ham cooked in coke which was left over from our dinner.
Ham lunch
I then spent a happy time layering up the ryvitas in different combinations. Should the tomato go before the ham? Does the salad always go on the bottom? It is amazing how many different ways you can layer these ingredients up. A little touch of chutney would have just completed it perfectly but it provided a little lunchtime distraction.
Ham with ryvita


Today I made a chicken sandwich. I took chicken tikka slices, mixed them with mayonnaise then sprinkled some chilli and garlic flakes in. I finally chopped up some cucumber and tomato into small pieces and mixed the whole lot up.

chicken sandwich
With the addition of some crisp lettuce this made a perfect sandwich. It would also make a lovely filing for a wrap but I didn’t have any in.
chicken sandwich

Autumn, a perfect time for soup. Tomato, Red Pepper and Coriander soup sprinkled with black pepper and served with a bun.

I have a bit more time on Saturday so I think we will have macaroni cheese with bacon and topped with tomatoes. Always filling and it gives the family the energy needed to get everything done.
Macaroni Cheese

We always have a traditional roast on Sunday and I am planing a roast pork with apple sauce. I think I will serve this with ratatouille , a lovely recipe involving lots of tomatoes. That should complement the pork nicely.
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I can’t wait to see what the challenges are next week.

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



  1. October 4, 2013 / 12:57 pm

    well done you posting so quickly. I decided on the “how many ways cay you eat a tomato” idea too, just have to finish preparing all the dishes, snap, and then blog it! I ended up filling my trolley with tomatoes! How about you? x
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  2. October 5, 2013 / 12:52 pm

    I’m wondering how much delicious food you can make! All of your recipes are mouthwatering.

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