The lunch in today’s post is an example of how I often plan for lunches by organising an extra portion of food at supper time. On this occasion we had a fairly lazy dinner of sausages and salads from our local German deli. I divided the food into three portions (one for me, one for my boyfriend and one for my lunchbox) and packed my lunch at the same time as I dished up supper.
- Sliced debreziner sausage,
- German potato salad,
- a few quartered baby tomatoes and
- mixed bean salad.
Who doesn’t love a plate of sausage and mash? It’s the quintessential pub meal full of calories and comfort. In my lunch box it may not look so pretty, but it sure does taste good.
- Beef bangers,
- herby mashed potatoes,
- onion gravy,
- rainbow swiss chard with feta,
- baby tomatoes and
- some plain yoghurt with a swirl of apple butter.
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I’m getting back onto the lunch packing horse again. I’ve been very naughty lately and eating convenience food or (even worse) not eating at all at lunchtime. After a phase of not doing something the anticipated chore always seems worse then the actual undertaking. So here I go again…
- Japanese Curry with carrot, potato, sweet potato (those delicious orange fleshed ones), onion and strips of beef,
- short grain brown rice and
I didn’t like how the curry looked in my bento, so I took another photo after warming it up at work. Much more appealing do you think?
The August 2010 Daring Cooks’ Challenge was hosted by LizG of Bits n’ Bites and Anula of Anula’s Kitchen. They chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make pierogi from scratch and an optional challenge to provide one filling that best represents their locale.
I used the challenge as an excuse to buy myself a new toy from Yuppie Chef, one I’ve been lusting after for awhile now. A Joseph Joseph adjustable rolling pin, what an improvement from the old Spray and Cook can I’ve been using up until now!
I opted for the Russian style pierogi dough as it seemed a little simpler and had a shorter list of ingredients. The dough was fairly easy to make and after a little kneading came together into a satisfying golden orb.
I prepared two fillings, the first of which was the Russian style potato filling supplied with the challenge. I substituted the bacon with finely diced chorizo for a different flavour. For the second filling I sautéed onion, garlic, mushrooms and some thyme in a little butter until all liquid from the mushrooms had evaporated and the mixture was deliciously fragrant.
Next came the rolling and filling stage, this is the part where my new toy really shined. The final result was a small army of delicately scalloped dumplings patiently waiting to be cooked.
The reward for my efforts? A plateful of boiled pierogi topped with a little sour cream and a dusting of smoked paprika.
Another fun challenge this month, now if only I could get into the habit of not waiting till the very last minute to perpare my entry. All recipes for this month’s challenge can be found here.
This salad started out as my attempt to recreate Primi Piatti‘s hot beef salad, I didn’t quite manage the recreation but the salad was still very tasty.
- Salad with lettuce,baby tomatoes, baby marrow ribbons, red pepper, cubes of beef and potato slices sautéed with smoked paprika and
- yoghurt and smoked paprika dressing.