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.

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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Monday, November 17, 2014

Laptop Lunches #203

This is a Swedish meal, prepared mostly according to lyktabento's instructions. I have a sliced boiled potato (with parsley), some strawberries, Swedish meatballs with brown cream gravy, sautéed mushrooms,  lingonberry jam, and Swedish cinnamon buns.

The first thing that felt quite different to me was having Swedish meatballs with a potato rather than with egg noodles. Another was the lingonberry jam. The brown cream gravy was also quite light compared to the American version. I made the mushrooms because they were on the picture on the packet of gravy mix lyktabento sent, and I do love mushrooms, so they were a nice addition, but not necessary--that was just something I added, like the parsley.

I liked these, but I felt like the gravy and the jam should really be an either/or proposition. The meatballs, without gravy, with the jam, are really nice. The meatballs, without the jam, with the gravy, are also really nice. I'm not sure the full combination works out for my palate, though, even though sweet-and-savory can go really well together. I think it may be the overall texture of the gravy. I don't know.

I now kind of wish I'd sent lyktabento some American Swedish meatball mix. I'm pretty sure she would have found it nearly unrecognizable!

The Swedish cinnamon buns are really nice, too. They're soft and have a light sweetness to them. I think it is just because I got the packaged kind, but they reminded me vaguely of Entenmanns. They tasted a little different without the typical frosting you'd see on cinnamon rolls here, but you don't always want frosting!

Thanks again, lyktabento!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Pack-a-Snack #14

For today's snack, I Americanized Swedish food a little. I had some strawberry cream from lytkabento that I mixed with some mashed ripe banana, then topped with mini marshmallows and shredded coconut. It's in a glass container that has a lid, just the right size for this sort of snack.

I loved this. It was just the right balance of flavors for me.