Thursday, April 4, 2013

working lunches

Here are some examples of what I put in my belly when I find myself at home over the lunch hour.

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Avocado Radish Sandwich


On my way home from work one day, I bought a little bunch of bright red, crispy radishes, the green tops still attached.

I tore in half a piece of fresh-from-the-bakery piece of bread, mashed an avocado into it, stuck radish slices all over the top, and then spritzed it with lime and sprinkled it with salt.

And it was good.

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Tuscan Bread Soup with a Side of Bread


I realize this looks like something your dog might leave on the doorstep, but it was delicious. At least, I thought it was delicious. The rest of the family thought otherwise and didn't mind telling me so.

I got the recipe from Tamar Adler's beautiful book, An Everlasting Meal. Full of white beans, bread, greens, tomatoes, garlic, etc, the stew is flavorful and comforting and fortifying.

I want to go to Italy.

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Brownies Topped with a Smear of Peanut Butter


This was not lunch lunch, but the end of a lunch. Which lunch it was, I do not know. Nor do I care. And if I were to be completely honest, this may have been breakfast.

I am trying to learn how to make brownies with local ingredients. I'm still not completely satisfied, but I'm getting closer. 

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Crackers, Banana, and Peanut Butter


Oh, and a glass of water. 

I love crackers and peanut butter. It's my go-to pick-me-up. (After coffee, gummy candy, and chocolate.)

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Bakery Cookie and Coffee



Again, not exactly lunch, but eaten at my desk just the same.

These dry, sweet cookies are similar to sugar cookies but less sweet, and like shortbread but less rich. They're perfect for dunking and traveling. Each cookie costs four pennies.

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Leftovers from Supper



In today's case: sweet and sour lentils, rice, and buttered carrots.

And then there was a little earthquake that I didn't notice (except I did hear the tin roof thumping and paused to look outside and puzzle over the fact that it wasn't roof-banging windy), and then I had a little package of Chiky cookies (chocolate-dipped shortbread wafers) and some sweetened black coffee.

5 comments:

  1. Not a good post for someone (me) who's on her first day of seriously cutting down the amount of food she's been eating. :o( I want that avocado/radish sandwich NOW!

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  2. I agree with the above comment. I love eating food like that but these days I'm following a strict diet plan to lose my weight. I'm 180lbs right now. Food like burger, pizza, cold drinks, sausages are not at all good fr health.

    Regards,
    Finn Felton
    Kopi Luwak

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  3. Wonderful food with a side of humour - excellent :)

    What brownie ingredients are you unable to find there?

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    1. I can find everything here, but it's not quite the same. The unsweetened baking chocolate bars are super expensive and the cocoa is worrisomely light in color and somewhat chunky. The salt seems saltier, the vanilla is fake, and the oven is tricky. Mostly, it's just a matter of finding my stride.

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    2. A challenge for sure. If it's any help, they LOOK really good!

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