Ezra's love affair with school lunch ended somewhat predictably, and abruptly. Cafeteria-style pancakes are better in theory than reality, as anyone who has ever gotten their little hopes up over a bad hotel breakfast buffet can attest.
"I would like you to pack my lunch tomorrow. I will buy lunch again in five days. When I'm six. On Tuesday."
(Leftover chicken banh mi with extra pickled carrots and cucumbers, go-to granola bar of laziness, and a freshly-baked chocolate-chip banana muffin.)
Jury is out on whether his dissatisfaction with the school lunch offerings was the deciding factor or, you know, the freshly-baked chocolate-chip banana muffins.
I feel like I've mentioned this before, but in case I'm senile: We make this outstanding recipe from King Arthur Flour, ommitting the rum/coconut flavor, walnuts and cinnamon chips. We use mini muffin pans instead of the standard size, and also found that nine times out of 10, you can skip the paper liners if you just grease the pans really well.
(And even they stick a little on that one time out of 10, we find that our children could not give less of a shit over slightly misshapen muffin bottoms.)
We double the recipe and freeze them after a couple days. You can pack frozen ones right in a lunchbox — they're so wee they will definitely defrost in time. If you absolutely positively need to eat a frozen one RIGHT THIS FUCKING SECOND, just pop it in the microwave for like, 5 to 10 seconds and it will be warm and delicious.
(Not that I have ever personally needed to eat a frozen one RIGHT THIS FUCKING SECOND, or anything. Oh no, no no no.)