I’m not a big fan of soggy sandwiches. So when I’m packing a sandwich (or roll) where the filling might cause this to happen I like to pack the bread and filling separately. Then at lunchtime I can assemble it just before eating.
- Kitka bread roll,
- smoked chicken mayo with red onion and fresh mint,
- raspberries and
- a minneola.
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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.
The contents of today’s lunch are mostly a remix of yesterday’s Smoked Chicken Salad and it’s has me thinking about other meal remixes. In particular the meal reimagining mastery of Fancy Food Fast, my remix doesn’t even come close! I’m interested to hear how you deal with leftovers and surplus ingredients to make it feel like you are eating a different meal. Whether it turning a salad into a sandwich, pasta sauce into a soup or roast meat into a pie leave a comment and let me know.
- Smoked chicken, rocket and red onion sandwich on multigrain health bread,
- carrot sticks,
- an orange cut into eighths and
- a mini soccer ball cheese.
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
- sliced smoked chicken and
- orange segments with feta cheese.
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All I seem to want to cook and eat at the moment is pots and pots of warm soup, but some days I’m just too lazy for all the chop, chop, chopping. So when I see Justin Bonello on the TV telling me it’s OK to get a little help from Woolworths who am I to argue? I picked up a pack of mixed bean and vegetable soup mix, followed the on-pack instructions and added a smoked chicken breast from the Aphrodisiac Shack and in a few minutes had a lovely pot of yummy soup.
- Mixed bean, vegetable and smoked chicken soup,
- rye bread and
- a satsuma.