Ready Steady Lunch: The ingredient challenge

What happens when two friends brainstorm on Twitter? A fantastic idea is born. Let me introduce you to #ReadySteadyLunch a concept whereby each week my fellow friend and blogger Michelle, AKA Petite Tea Lover  and I will inspire and challenge each other to make a packed lunch to take into the office.


This weeks challenge was all about ingredients. We gave each other a list of ingredients to assemble a lunch. Michelle gave me a key ingredient of Figs, followed by goats cheese. walnuts, balsamic vinegar, lemon and salad of my choice. I could then add to them if I wanted. I gave her feta cheese as a key ingredient which was something she had’t tried before.

So what did I do with those ingredients?

  I decided to make a mixed salad which comprised of:

  • Figs
  • Walnuts
  • Goats cheese
  • Apple
  • Spring onions
  • Cucumber
  • Pieces of Warburtons sandwich thins
  • Balsamic vinegar

  This was a combination that I could eat cold so I poured the balsamic vinegar in a little container (Amit’s unused contact lens solution bottle to be precise as couldn’t find a small enough bottle).

I simply chopped up the ingredients and filled my lunchbox with them. I didn’t drizzle the balsamic vinegar on at this point. When I was ready to eat my lunch I added it then to avoid everything getting all soggy.

  My main driver for making lunch at least once a week (am going to aim for more) is to save money. I am going to transfer the amount I would normally have spent on food at work for each day that I bring my own lunch in to my savings account (I even have a reminder in my calendar for it). That way at the end of the year I can splurge on something guilt free.

I spend a whopping 7 pounds a day on lunch, a soft drink and crisps/chocolate. This equates to a scary figure which I won’t shock you all with when you work it out for the year.

I have been a good girl and bulk bought some chocolate in my grocery shop which I will bring in to work instead. I have swapped my soft drink for water and I really hope together Michelle and I can inspire each other to carry on each week.

We hope that this inspires you too and if you would like to see what Michelle made this week head on over to her blog. This week’s blog post can be found here:

Do you take lunch into work? Would love to know what you take. Please do comment below 🙂  




About Binny

Hi, I'm Binny - a writer, dreamer and serial wanderluster with a love for Wildlife Conservation. I am originally from Kenya but I now live in London. 'Karibu' to Binny's Food and Travel! I regularly share my experiences eating out, cooking and travelling, both in the UK and globally, as well as educate on the plight of Wildlife. I am an ambassador for World Animal Protection and regularly support the work of The Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and Dreams Come True Charity. I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. It's my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible!

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  1. This recipe is unfortunately not one for me (because goat’s cheese and worst French person ever!!) but I’m so excited about this challenge! It’ll be great fun (and hopefully make me eat something else than butternut soup or Itsu sushi for once!). Brill’ idea you two!

    Sandra | Cake + Whisky

    Posted 1.13.16 Reply
  2. Binny wrote:

    Omg please take part and motivate me!!! Lol

    Posted 2.3.16 Reply
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