Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Laptop Lunches #209

Banana and strawberry slices; a bit of tzatziki hummus; cucumber slices; orange bell pepper slices; a wrap made from ham, swiss, fresh spinach, mayo, and a tortilla; cherry tomatoes; and some Swedish dill-and-chive flavored potato chips.

I had initially wanted to make pinwheels, but the tortilla wasn't holding together as well as if I had used cream cheese, so I scrapped that in favor of a wrap. It still tasted good, but it wasn't as pretty.

The potato chips were really nice! The bag got a little crushed in transit from lytkabento, but there were still plenty of whole chips inside. They are a little thicker cut than what Americans consider standard potato chips, more like kettle cooked chips, which is the kind I like best. The closest thing to dill and chive flavor I've ever had here is dill pickle flavor, which is vinegary in a way that drowns out the dill a little. Here, the dill got to shine. I'm not a huge potato chip person, but I could definitely eat these again. (And I have, at home.)

Meanwhile, if you have ideas about how to use some crushed dill-and-chive potato chips, I'd love to hear them! Other than topping a tuna casserole (which sounds pretty good, actually), I don't have any new thoughts.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Laptop Lunches #208

Tabouleh doctored up with extra veggies, slices of fuyu persimmon, falafel balls, cherry tomatoes, yogurt-ranch dip, and mini cranberry scone-type things.

I had never had a fuyu persimmon; now I am sorry I passed them over so many times! They have a pretty wagon wheel inside if you cut them crosswise, and they are super sweet, not the sour, horrible things I have heard about the American persimmon. I peeled mine before I ate it, although some say you can just eat it with the peel on, so long as you don't eat the stem and leaves (although I don't know who would be compelled to eat those spiky things anyway).

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pack-a-Snack #15

This is one of those bits and pieces snacks, packed in my medium-sized Lunchopolis container with six mini square silicone cups: strawberry slices, mini multigrain crackers, mini cucumber slices, mini cheddar pretzel thins, mango chunks, and tzatziki-flavored hummus mixed with bits of smoked turkey.

These really are the most fun snacks, but most of the time I don't end up with enough tiny bits to make it worth my while. I did this week, and I'm glad! It worked out really well. This sort of thing might make great toddler lunches, too.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Laptop Lunches #207

Turkey and dilly bean bundles, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, ranch dressing, quince paste, manchego slices, melba toast, and mango chunks.

Manchego with quince paste on melba toast is really very nice! Manchego is a hard Spanish cheese, and quince paste is a very thick jelly sort of thing (quince is from New Zealand, I think?). I'm mixing cultures again but I think it works.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Laptop Lunches #206

Kiwi, mango, and strawberry slices, a stuffed egg (paprika mix), tortilla/soft spinach and artichoke cheese/turkey pinwheels, and lentil crisps.

This was simple, but fun. It was a really nice thing to have waiting for me in the middle of a long workday.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Laptop Lunches #205

Strawberries, mango slices, multigrain water crackers, sort of Greek salad, a cup of tzatziki-flavored hummus, some caramel cups, and part of a Swedish candy bar called Daim sent to me by lyktabento.

My sort of Greek salad is just some marinated Greek olives, chunks of feta, halved cherry tomatoes, halved cucumber slices, and some red onion. It worked really well!

Tzatziki-flavored hummus was half price, on sale. And it does taste remarkably like tzatziki, so it seemed to go with the salad.

Daim, the Swedish candy bar, is a bit like almond roca--almond toffee covered in chocolate. It is really, really good.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Laptop Lunches #204

Homemade hash brown potatoes with peppers and onions, a hard boiled egg nestled in with cherry tomatoes, strawberry and kiwi chunks, and maple sausage links.

Sometimes breakfast makes sense for lunch. It did for me today!

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