This is going to be my last packed lunch for the 14 days of Zerspri challenge. I’ve really enjoyed eating my kiwifruit lunches and I’ve loved being able to add some new items to my lunchbox collection. I opted to keep things simple with this lunch so I’ve got a sandwich, a little salad, some crunch veggies and a kiwi hanging out in it personal side cart.
A cheese and pickled jalapeno sandwich on low gi multiseed bread,
a simple baby tomato salad with spring onions,
a few sugar snap peas
and a kiwifruit.
Zerspri are currently running a campaign called Occupy Lunchbox through which they’d like encourage parents and children (and anyone else who packs lunches) to make healthy choices when packing lunchboxes. The ambassador for the campaign is a cutie called KID Z, check her out in the video below to hear all about what she stands for as the face of the Occupy Lunchbox movement.
When I bought this spanspek (also known as cantaloupe) I knew that I wanted to eat it with prosciutto or a similar style cured ham. The only cured ham the supermarket had at the time was something called spek which I’d never tried before. That didn’t stop me from buying it though. I’m not going to lie, the alliteration in the title tickled me, but I found the flavour of the spek was too strong for the melon.
Cubes of spanspek wrapped in spek and
a salad with shredded cabbage, red onion, sugar snap peas and baby tomatoes.
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.
Hello out there! Is there anyone out there? I really hope so, it’s been way too long since there was a new post around here. With this post (and more to come) I’m hoping to revive my dear blog and also healthier lunchtimes for me. So without further ado, here is what’s in today’s lunch box.
A salad of nectarine slices and goats milk chevin
on a bed of mixed salad leaves, red cabbage, sugar snap peas, shaved carrot and baby tomatoes .
While I was constructing this salad in it’s bowl I was gently reminded of performing similar activities years before. When I was young(er) and my parents would have guests over for a braai I was often entrusted to make the green salad that would accompany our meal. This was a job that I took most seriously. I remember spending ages chopping and slicing the ingredients laid out by my mom. Finally (and most importantly) I deliberated over how to arrange said ingredients into intricate patterns, trying not to repeat arrangements previously used. I guess some things haven’t changed.
Salad with mixed leaves, smoked chicken, baby tomatoes, feta and spring onion.
As much as I try to keep my lunches healthy and lean sometimes it’s nice to break the rules a little. Who can resist a piece of yummy bacon anyway? I think I struck a nice balance between the sweet, smoky, crispy bacon and the lentils and other crunchy veggies in this salad.
Lentil and bacon salad with mixed lettuce leaves, red onion, carrot, mange tout and baby tomato,
Last week a group of friends and I had dinner at Keenwä, a newish Peruvian restaurant situated on the Cape Town fan walk in Waterkant Street. We where one of a handful of tables in the restaurant that evening and thus got to speak with the hostess and owner at length about the menu and general intricacies of running the first Peruvian restaurant in South Africa. An interesting example being the two staple and readily available ingredients in Peru, limes and quinoa, are the two most expensive ingredients for them to source in South Africa.
We tasted dishes including Cerviche, Tiradito, a reinterpretation of Aji de Gallina and of course quinoa. Today’s lunch is inspired by the quinoa salad we shared, although I used the vegetables I had on hand instead of trying to recreate the dish we had that evening.
Quinoa with mixed salad leaves, red peppers, spring onions, pomegranate arils and mange tout.
Pasta salad is one of those dishes that is perfect for packed lunches. It’s meant to be eaten chilled so you can prepare it in the evening and stick it in the fridge. Then in the morning pop it into one of those lunch cooler bags with a little ice brick and it’ll stay perfectly cool until lunchtime. A great summertime lunch that is also a wonderful vehicle for a few of your daily fruit and veg servings.
Pasta salad with mini pipe rigate, yellow peppers, cucumber, spring onions, baby tomatoes and feta cheese all tossed in a light tomato sauce.
Sandwich and salad. It’s the combo I usually fall back on when I don’t have sufficeint leftovers to fill my lunch box. I try to keep the flavours interesting so that I’m not too tempted to head down the road to Cookshop for a plate from the daily buffet.
Gammon steak and wholegrain mustard on brown sead loaf with lettuce and radicchio and
This past weekend I had the privilege of watching Christine Stevens prepare a few recipes from her book Harvest at the Cape Town Book Fair. One of the dishes she prepared was a winter salad containing cabbage, carrot, celery and onion dressed with an orange juice vinaigrette. She explained that she thought cooking was all about adapting and that the original recipe in her book used fennel, but since she had none on hand she’d substituted onion instead. The combination of fennel and orange was the inspirational springboard for this salad lunch.
Mixed salad leaves topped with
carrot, red onion and fennel marinated in a little orange juice topped with