Saturday, January 31, 2015

Pack-a-Snack #26

Smoked gouda slices and edamame-flavored rice crackers. It was meant to be hummus and rice crackers, but there turned out to be no hummus. This was good, though. I just had to eat the components separately--smoked gouda doesn't mix well with edamame.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Laptop Lunches #237

Applesauce mixed with cranberry relish; sliced kiwi; leftover mini smoked sausages sautéed with mini pierogies, peppers, and onions; and carrot sticks.
Although fresh pierogies are a winner over frozen most of the time, the mini frozen ones are really easy to cook with. We must do what we must do. But the regular-sized frozen ones are kind of temperamental--don't say I haven't warned you.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Laptop Lunches #236

Canned pears topped with cranberry-orange relish, black bean snaps, tortilla/olive/chive/cream cheese/lettuce pinwheels, a cherry tomato, yogurt ranch dressing (At last! The catered stuff is gone!), and baby-cut carrots.

I wish the black bean crisps were not so gray. I also wish they had more flavor to them, although the flavor is very strongly "black beans," so you can't get them on misleading you or anything. These would be great with a spicy sour cream dip, though, I think.

An aside: I have confirmed that I do not like canned pears, even when doctored up like this. But I think this would be a great idea with pears I poach myself.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sakura 3-Tier Bento #7

Carrot sticks, snow peas, a cup of ranch dressing, mini smoked sausages stuffed with cheddar slices, mini multigrain crackers, a mini chocolate hazelnut biscotti, Honeycrisp apple slices, and kumquats.

Good enough!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snow Day!

We northeast people are hunkered down awaiting the end of blizzard, so no packed lunch today. Meanwhile, I ran across these on Facebook a few days ago.

We have got to make some! See, someone else did, too:

How could you not make cream cheese penguins on a snow day?

By the way, Food for Dissertating does have a Facebook page now. Click "like" to see things I share, like cream cheese penguins and links to my own posts here. I'll try to do better at keeping it updated!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Laptop Lunches #235

Honeycrisp apple slices, snow peas, baby-cut carrots (there were not any actual baby carrots at two stores, and when you've gone to two stores, you give up), chocolate yogurt, and peanut butter granola.

This was good. It was nothing spectacular but colors and flavors were varied, and it got the job done.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pack-a-Snack #25

Greek yogurt with mini chocolate chips and shredded coconut in one of the small Lunchopolis containers.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Laptop Lunches #234

A simple salad of lettuce and tomato with almonds for crunch and ranch dressing in the blue cup, white chocolate flavored Pringles, leftover pasta salad with parmesan cheese on top, and kumquats.

White chocolate flavored Pringles are a bad idea. Pringles themselves are kind of a bad idea but I have some weird nostalgia about them. My father packed Pringles every day in his lunch and we were never allowed to eat the Pringles because of this. Pringles took on a mythical quality, as if they were some sort of ambrosia. They are not. But these were on clearance and I thought they would be coated in white chocolate, which is another thing entirely.

My disappointment will drive me to buy real chocolate covered potato chips next time I am at the store. See what you've done to me, Pringles?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Laptop Lunches #233

Baby carrots, grape tomatoes, some blue cheese dressing in the pig, kiwi and blood orange chunks, leftover barbecued chicken, and leftover asparagus risotto.

Not terrible!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Laptop Lunches #232

Blood orange slices, cucumber, yellow pepper, an Italian quesadilla (mozzarella and salami), ranch dressing, and grape tomatoes.

It is truly amazing to me how much salad dressing people give you in take out salads. I may never get through all this stuff (leftover from a few catered salad meals at work).

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sakura 3-Tier Bento #6

Key to photographing this lunchbox is to stop being so lazy and actually crop the photos. Still not perfect, but getting better at it. (Maybe I should get a tripod.)

Carrots, yellow bell pepper, mushroom slices, grape tomatoes, cucumber slices, kiwi wedges, ham rolls, slices of smoked gouda, blue cheese dressing, and cheddar-pecan rice crackers.

There were lots of cheeses represented here, but I really liked that! Especially the smoked gouda.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Laptop Lunches #231

Leftover gnocchi with gorgonzola, sautéed grape tomatoes, slices of fuyu persimmon, and sugar snap peas with a dip made of some sort of spicy salad dressing that was part of a take out meal mixed with sour cream.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Pack-a-Snack #24

Mini peanut butter cups, some ham and dilly bean bundles, cucumber slices, half a clementine (peel removed so it would fit), some edamame rice crackers, and spicy hummus, in my medium Lunchopolis container with six mini square silicone muffin cups.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Traveler's Lunch #2

It's long story. But you can pack lunch in almost anything; this one is in a leftover deli meat container: Calrose rice, sugar snap peas, and Korean chicken sausage sautéed with grape tomatoes.

Nothing to write home about, but it did the job.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Laptop Lunches #230

Chocolate yogurt with coconut and M&Ms (for color--see explanation below), caramelized apple slices, latkes with sour cream, and beets pickled with onions.

Initially, I didn't have the M&Ms, because...well...M&Ms. But I thought it looked so brown! Well, putting M&Ms in your yogurt and not eating it for a few hours results in the colors running and the whole thing looking rather disturbing. However, it does taste kind of good. So maybe if you try this, you can just put the M&Ms in a separate cup.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Laptop Lunches #229

Greek quesadilla (that's what I'm calling it), some sort of cucumber-olive salad, applesauce mixed with cranberry-orange relish, and lentil snaps.

Okay, so all of that is super strange, but it was also all really good!

A Greek quesadilla is made with tortillas, feta, and spinach, by the way.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Sakura 3-Tier Bento #5

This lunch box, much as I love it, is tricky to photograph. The shadow is hard to avoid in the mornings; all the non-shadowed photos were crooked. But I'm getting the hang of it.

A cheese blintz with a homemade blackberry sauce; eggs scrambled with onion, spinach, and grape tomatoes; half a clementine; and a punch roll ("vacuum cleaner candy") from lytkabento.

The blintz is a really lovely thing, especially with blackberry sauce. And it went well with eggs, even though I think a blintz is already pretty eggy (I had some egg whites leftover from all that hollandaise you've been seeing, so I had to do something with them, and the tomatoes were getting wrinkly and the spinach was--is--wilting a bit).

The punch roll is very Swedish, apparently. All while I ate it, I couldn't quite figure out what the flavor is, so I think it was probably the punch itself--arrak liqueur. My co-workers were so intrigued that one spent a while looking things up on her phone and asking me if that was what they tasted like: "Marzipan?" Yes--vaguely almond-like. "Cocoa powder?" Yes, a little chocolatey. "Cookie or cake crumbs?" Maybe...I really don't know! She then announced that it not only looks like a 1960s vacuum cleaner, but is also called "vacuum cleaner candy" because it is made with whatever crumbs the baker has "vacuumed" up. It is good, though, whatever it tastes like. Thanks again, lytkabento!

An amusing side note: the same co-worker asked, "Are you on some kind of Swedish diet?" I wonder what effect an all-Swedish diet would have on a typical American!

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Laptop Lunches #228

Korv Stroganoff, Calrose rice, orange slices, chocolate hazelnut mini biscotti, and Brussels sprouts tossed with hollandaise. (What can I say? I made a lot of Brussels sprouts and hollandaise. I love the combo, especially with a little cayenne pepper in the sauce. Mmm...)

One more "Mmm....," too: the Korv Stroganoff! The sauce came from a packet from lyktabento, and her instructions were to make it with hot dogs (presumably similar to the sausage used in Sweden). This is definitely my favorite Swedish savory item I've tried so far! I expected something more like beef stroganoff is in the U.S.--swimming in a sour cream sauce--but this was more tomato-flavored than cream of any sort, even though the creaminess came through.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Pack-a-Snack #23

This is kind of a new one here at Food for Dissertating: a sandwich. But some days, you have cravings and have to give in. So you make yourself a cucumber sandwich and put it into the large container of the Lunchopolis set. This one really hit the spot. I didn't have the properly thin-sliced bread for a truly epic cucumber sandwich, but to have had that I would have had to have planned to have one. Maybe I should, though, since lately I often find myself eating cucumber sandwiches for breakfast. Go figure.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Sakura 3-Tier Bento #4

Every last photo I took of this was crooked. This was the least severely crooked.

Rice, spicy Korean-style chicken sausage, quartered Brussels sprouts tossed with hollandaise, and mango chunks.

I'm not sure if Korean flavors go with French ones (the hollandaise), but I actually really enjoyed this, anyway!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Sakura 3-Tier Bento #3

Orange chunks and blackberries, a stuffed egg, ham and dilly bean bundles, some spicy hummus, and edamame rice crackers.

I am a bit of a disaster in more ways than one. I'm not sure why this photographed so dingy; in person it was actually pretty nice-looking. But more importantly, I mistook soy sauce for Worcestershire when making this stuffed egg this morning. I realized what it was when tipping the bottle resulted not in a few drops of Worcestershire, but a stream of soy sauce instead. But the mistake wasn't really all that bad. I topped the egg with some black sesame seeds for garnish and figured it was not a bad pairing with edamame rice crackers.

It could have had more bright colors, but overall not a terrible effort.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Sakura 3-Tier Bento #2

Avocado, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella tossed with pesto, a stuffed egg, and potato salad.
This makeshift caprese salad actually worked out really well! If one happens to have pesto around, I recommend trying this.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Laptop Lunches #227

Orange slices, a mini chocolate square, cucumbers and tomatoes tossed together with a little white balsamic vinegar, leftover meatloaf in brown gravy, and potato salad.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Sakura 3-Tier Bento #1

I got myself a Christmas present: this bento box. (As always, nobody paid me for any of this or sent me any free stuff in exchange for promoting things.) I really like it! It's smaller than I expected, but it works for some things.

So: apple slices, dried mango snacks, blackberries, leftover perline pasta with prosciutto, pesto, and parmesan, and a spinach salad with carrots and bell peppers with a homemade raspberry vinaigrette.

Mostly this was good, but my vinaigrette was too vinegary. Live and learn.

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