Friday, November 30, 2012

Laptop Lunches #127

This is actually from yesterday. Since I had a 1:00 appointment for coffee, it didn't seem like it made sense to eat the usual lunch; instead I had a kind of brunch at around 10:30. As such, I packed breakfast-like items: Potato stars with ketchup, cucumbers and assorted cherry tomatoes, turkey sausage links with a fried egg, and pummelo chunks.

I may or may not have planned this meal entirely around the potato stars. I love tater tots and hashbrowns and things, and when I saw these in the freezer section, they kind of spoke to me. They are, essentially, tater tots, but in fun star shapes. Also, for reasons I'm sure I would need some other kind of scholar to explain, these baked up much better than tater tots tend to--nice and crispy outsides with soft insides. True, they were room temperature when I ate them, but I'm actually perfectly fine with tater tots at any temperature but cold.

I used an egg ring to fry the egg, which didn't work out quite the way I wanted, but it still tasted good. I need to learn how to properly use an egg ring, I think.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Laptop Lunches #126

Lighting is a challenge this time of year. I think you see the shadow of my arm in the lower left corner.

Honeycrisp apple slices, Biscoff spread, honey glazed almonds, yellow bell pepper strips, celery sticks, leftover mozzarella sticks with cherry tomato garnish, carrot sticks, and yogurt ranch dressing.

I love Honeycrisp apples. They really don't need anything, but I wanted to try the Biscoff spread that came with the Goodies box. I had seen it in the store, but never understood what it was--apparently, pureed cookies of some sort, with something to hold it together. It's given as an alternative to peanut butter sometimes, and I guess it would work that way to some extent, but I think there's a nutritional difference worth noting between peanuts and cookies. I thought the Biscoff spread was just okay. I would prefer peanut butter.

Now that I'm looking at this, I see that everything is very horizontal in this box. It probably would have been nice to have something oriented vertically, but there is an orderliness to this, I suppose.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Laptop Lunches #125

I'm back! And so glad not to be eating canned goods!

Today I have squares of lacy swiss cheese with something called "wine biscuits" (more on that below); chunks of pummelo; orange bell pepper strips, cucumber slices, and mixed cherry tomatoes with yogurt ranch dressing; squares of quinoa-crisp dark chocolate, and Emerald's tropical flavored trail mix.

I subscribed to something unusual, a new startup company, Goodies. They are not compensating me, so I can say whatever I want! Basically, it's the same principle as the Foodie Penpal program, but you don't have to send anything to anyone and the boxes come automatically once a month, with a variety of trial-sized things. November's box included these American Vintage Wine Biscuits in white wine, shallot & cayenne flavor. They suggested they should be eaten with cheese. What with the cayenne, I thought they might be on the spicy side, but there was just a hint of a kick. I really liked them. They were very unusual--kind of the texture of shortbread cookies, but savory. They went well with the swiss. I'd definitely try their other flavors.

I saw the pummelo at the grocery store yesterday, and it seemed like a good thing to try. It was huge, like a cantaloupe, and had the appearance of an enormous, green grapefruit. You can't eat the (very thick!) rinds or pith, but the segments themselves are amazing--like the most naturally sweet grapefruit you've ever had. I loved it. It was a bear to cut up, but having had experience I might try it another way next time. Definitely give them a try if you run across them.

The dark chocolate quinoa bar, by Alter Eco, also came with the Goodies box this month. It is vaguely reminiscent of a Nestle Crunch bar, with better chocolate and quinoa crisps instead of rice. I liked it, but not so much that I'm likely to try to find it again.

The trail mix is also nice, but I can only take such things in very small doses. Not liking raisins, most trail mixes are off limits to me, but this one has no raisins, just nuts, coconut, and dried tropical fruit, alongside granola chunks. I picked it up for my long train ride back here after Thanksgiving, but there was no way I was finishing it. My favorite part is the glazed walnuts. I'll be trying to figure out if I can find something like that just on it's own!

This lunch also gave me the chance to use some of my new silicone cups. These mini ovals are a really convenient size.

If you're still with me, I thank you for your patience--I know that was a long hiatus, but we really got hammered for a while. I very much appreciated Thanksgiving dinner this year--so great to have fresh food. I noticed today that my focus was much better on this than what I have had to eat for a while. Lesson learned here, definitely. Even the dissertating must make time for proper nutrition.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Some News

Much though I'd love to say you'll get an update to this blog soon, I'm on lunch blogging hiatus until after Thanksgiving. You wouldn't want to see what I eat anyway; the food in our stores is sparse and very picked over and good luck getting any fresh produce now, in the wake of a hurricane and a noreaster.

Signs of the apocalypse?

In any case, I'm going to a conference and then to spend some time with friends for the holiday. I'll have more to say about lunch after that. In the meantime, I may do a few posts on equipment. I ordered some new muffin cups in new shapes, both practical and just pretty.