Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Laptop Lunches #89

Ham and noodle casserole, orange grape tomatoes and halved snow peas with spinach avocado dip, fruit salad (strawberries, pineapple, kiwi, and blackberries), and some homemade pineapple upside down cake.

The casserole is from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook. It really did not turn out like I expected, but it tasted really good--a very unique flavor; sort of noodles and ham in a sour cream custard.

The cake is from America's Test Kitchen Cooking for Two 2010. I learned a lesson that I guess should have been obvious: do not make pineapple upside down cake in a springform pan. All that buttery brown sugar goodness leaked away; it was kind of disappointing. Oh, well.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Laptop Lunches #88

Strawberries, cottage cheese, fresh pineapple chunks, and carrot slaw. Light and sweet. It worked for being in good brain, so I'm happy enough with it, although I will need to have an early supper.

Every day I write I realize how much more I have to write about. I wrote eight pages this week on a fresh chapter and I'm still not into the juicy stuff. It's a marathon, not a sprint, though, so I guess you just eat your fruits and veggies and hope for high performance.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Laptop Lunches #87


Ham salad on romaine lettuce leaves, water crackers, baby carrots, orange slices, squares of dark chocolate with almond roca, and apple and white cheddar chunks.

For what it is, I am actually quite pleased with the way this turned out. The square silicone cups divided the box pretty neatly into six roughly equal squares. There's a good mix of color, texture, flavor, and nutrients, though it would have been better with cherry tomatoes, had I had them, rather than the carrots, since the oranges had that part of the color wheel covered. Since I made the ham salad last night with my Smart Stick chopper (I absolutely love that gadget--I use it at least three times a week and it's much more practical for me than a big food processor would be), it took me all of about 10 minutes to put together. (Yes, I do realize I sound like I'm being paid to advertise Cuisinart. I am totally not; I don't care what brand you use. But having one of those sort of things--an imersion blender with a chopper attachment--is a major help to the solo cook.)

Also, the writing is going super well, and I have acquired the beginnings of my summer container garden. I just have to find last year's seeds for the rest. Container gardens probably don't end up saving money, though they pretend to do so. (It's not the seeds or plants that get you; it's the potting soil and planters.) But they are fun and a wholesome enough source of entertainment. Look for pictures later.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Laptop Lunches #86

Romaine and tomato salad with croutons and blue cheese yogurt dressing, cheesy chicken noodle casserole, and a nectarine, peeled and cut into chunks.

Nothing spectacular, but the colors are nice.

In other news, I bought an 8 pound bone-in ham the other day, on clearance. It was a terrific price, and ham is easy enough to do all kinds of things with, but 8 pounds of anything is daunting for one person. I also noticed tonight, after I'd sliced it all up and de-boned it and pulled out all those little bits of ham that can't be sliced but can be ground up into croquettes and ham salad, that I am out of freezer bags. So I still have a fridge very full of ham. I anticipate you seeing ham in some form for a while, but maybe not too much if I can manage to get it frozen soon. And the ham bone is destined for some southern-style green beans. My mouth waters just thinking about them. So in the end? Twelve dollars for an 8-pound ham? I'd do it again in a heartbeat!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Laptop Lunches #85

I'm back--sort of. Here we have the end of a loaf of Wegmans Garlic Tuscan Bread, egg salad with way too much dill in a cup of romaine lettuce leaves, slices of Empire apple alternating with colby jack cheese, and carrot sticks.

This came dangerously close to being a sandwich, but there should be leftovers tomorrow, which may be more promising--or at least look more promising. This actually tasted really good, but it wasn't exactly one of my most artistic efforts.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

On Taking Trips

Okay, so this is not a lunch. Sorry. Lunches will come, probably next week.

I have been away in the land of my origins eating chicken fried steak and chimichangas. Mmm. And the allergies got me all congested, and I flew with stuffiness, and may or may not have given myself an ear infection. Lunch today was pointless to photograph (a sandwich). But there will be lunches again, when things are better, and I am up to artful arrangement.

Until then, enjoy your freedom, all you school-lunch-makers who will soon take the summer off. We don't get summers off in graduate school.