Friday, September 30, 2011
Best. Lunch. Ever.
Sometimes it has very little to do with cooking and everything to do with what you have on hand. Sure, you could call this a melted cheese sandwich with a bit of preserves on top. But if that's all you see, then what we have here is a failure to communicate.
Because this a melted cheese sandwich made from fresh Okracity cheese from Stoudts - hand made cheese with, yes, roasted okra dotted throughout it. I bought it from the cheese lady at the Farmer's market yesterday. This cheese sandwich is also made from my own bread and topped with cranberry chutney that I picked up when traveling in Maine this summer.
And THIS was my breakfast yesterday:
I'll admit, I'm a fan of the bread and cheese combo for the small meals. What you see here, is a cup of coffee from local a coffee roaster, my bread (again) and a bit of locally produced goat cheese from Whole Foods. Perfection.
I'm always making stuff like this for myself on the weekends - a little hummus on crackers with some minced parsley and squeeze of lemon. Avocado slices on a toasted English Muffin with a sprinkling of sea salt, maybe a thin slice of tomato. A little leftover Rao's Spaghetti sauce, straight from the jar with a bit of fresh basil straight from the yard, maybe a little cheese, or not, on top of toasted pita, thinly sliced bread, or just some water crackers. Bread, goat cheese, pumpkin butter. Sliced grapes, feta, and chopped haricot vert salad. Maybe with a can of chopped drained tuna thrown in...
Whatever you have. Smith has gotten into the habit of waiting to see what I'll make myself, before he goes to his default, PB&J. Sometimes he sticks with the standard (particularly if what I'm putting together involves olives), sometimes he takes what I've got, and adds his own touch. The big dinners are important, sitting together at a table with your spouse and children, or your fiends is an important part of the day, but it is the small meals, often eaten alone, which make up the majority of our dining experiences. And these, in my opinion, should be tasty, created from the foods you love. Pure comfort even if it's five minutes in the middle of the busiest part of the day.