Lunch: Thursday, April 9, 2009

gtg_wildsalmonSo pretty. So practical. So tasty.

I can’t think of a way to improve St. Dalfour’s “Gourmet on the Go” packaged foods line. For the purpose it serves, it’s perfect. Let’s look at why:

— For starters, the picture on the box actually looks like the food inside.
— High-quality ingredients, like wild salmon
photo28— Vacuum sealed, which means no preservatives, or freezing/thawing, necessary
— Can eat hot or cold without turning out from the can; it’s microwavable
— Comes packaged with petite (but sturdy) spork; salt and pepper packets; suggestions for pairings
— Easy-open lid
— Deliciousness inside

Did I mention it’s French? That explains a lot …

COST: Picked them up at closeout sale at Duane Reede for $2 ea.
PREP TIME: 1 min.

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Lunch: Thursday, March 26, 2009

photo8Prepackaged take-out salads have got to be one of the biggest rip-offs in the entire food universe.

The greens are subpar and use of  “filler” greens, like the thick, whiteish base of romaine leaves,  is rampant. The best bits of the toppings are displayed front and center … the rest woefully bare. The tomatoes are always dismal, the protein generally bland. All this for $7-$12. Take-out.

My riff on a salad Nicoise cost a fraction as much and was significantly more substantial and delicious. The hardest part? Boiling eggs and potatoes. Yawn.

COST: >$5
PREP TIME: 20 minutes

Dinner: Tuesday, March 24, 2009

photo5I call this meal: Lazy American version of “Le Tartine Chaude au Bleu des Causses et Jambon Cru les Bacchantes.” 

Okay, so that’s not quite true. There’s no way I’d remember that many French words in a row for something as simple as a warm, open-faced ham and blue cheese sandwich.

And while Les Bacchantes’ Blue Cheese and Ham Sandwich, the actual — ref. page 14 of Bistro Cooking by Patricia Wells — calls for “large slices of country bread,” not pre-sliced multigrain, Roquefort as opposed to my corner deli blue and “thin slices of unsmoked salt-cured ham, such as prosciutto,” not rough-cut Applewood Smoked Cured Ham Steak from Niman Ranch … damn it was good. 

Some raw crudities for good measure. To reach my daily 5. 

COST: >$5 (not incl. wine)
PREP TIME: 5 minutes