Something New for lunch

Although the concept of the tiffin lunch box has been popular in India for over 125 years, it seems many people around here still do not know they exist. Every time I pack my lunch in a tiffin people ask me what it is and where they can get one. Maybe packing your child’s lunch (or yours) in one would be a good way to add a new twist to the idea of brown bagging it. Doing so will certainly add to lunchtime conversation, but remember it isn’t polite to talk with your mouth full!

Tiffins usually come with 2 or 3 compartments making them ideal for lunches; larger ones are available for picnics, camping and potluck dinners. Once you discover tiffins you will find all sorts of uses for them. The compartments and the lid are held together with a metal strap making them a convenient way to transport lunches to wherever you plan to eat them. They are a fun, economical and environmentally friendly way to pack your lunch.

I got my tiffin at Granville Island, but have also seen them in East Indian grocery stores; Curry2U has the added benefit of offering great specials for customers bringing in their tiffins in for refills. If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, a trip to Granville Island or Little India to purchase a tiffin might be just the thing to spice up your weekend and your child’s lunch. Fill one with your child’s favourites; remember it’s what’s inside that counts.

Trying to teach your children about cultural diversity? Why not have them read a bit about Indian culture before heading out to get your tiffin? If your child is having trouble reading, he might be inspired to learn that many people who work as tiffin carriers or dabbawalas are illiterate and still manage to take great pride in their work. They are renowned for their accuracy and efficiency. Prince Charles visited the dabbawalas and even invited them to his wedding; when he met them he had to do so according to their schedule so as not to delay the delivery of lunches.  While surely you will want to address reading problems quickly, it can be good to provide inspiring roll models of people who are not stopped by their present challenges. Laetare Consulting has plenty of well qualified enthusiastic tutors to help your child develop his reading skills; all of them inspire hope in students and help then to achieve their goals. Check out our tutor profiles and before too long your child will be helping you read their favourite recipes to help you fill their tiffin!

Have a great lunch time recipe you’d like to share with others? Why not send it to us through the comment box.


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