Lunch is usually consumed while the little guy naps. If I am prepping lunch for him and dinner for us, then it needs to be assembled and disposed of fairly quickly. Being a creature of habit, I can pretty much eat the same thing every day for weeks. In winter it is usually a low-cal minestrone-style soup that I make at the start of the week and eat a little of each day. In the summer, if I am not making zuchini pie to share with the little guy, I am a sucker for hummus. I used to make my own, but lately I’ve not been eating enough to warrant the huge quantities I need to make in my enormous food processor (in a future life I will have a little person-sized one of these…) So for now, I am enjoying the plain organic hummus from Trader Joe’s. I usually just put a slather of it on something like a Ryvita or a bagel or a slice of toast and then top it with sliced cucumber and tomato, sprinkle of salt and hey presto, lunch:
But this last week, I have departed a little from the standard lunch fare. On recommendation from a few friends-in-the-know (including this great review), we finally ventured south to the recently opened Salume Beddu. They have been running a stall in the Tower Grove Market for some time, but have also set up a charming little shop on South Hampton. Although we ostensibly went there for the carnivore – their speciality is high quality meats that they cure on the premises – I came away with an amazing vegetarian bounty too. The service was very personal – rather like a good wine tasting. So the meat-eater went away totally charmed and very satisfied. He had some reportedly delicious fennel-spiced salami, and a freebie portion of some delectable coppa.
I carried home some wonderful mostada – a chutney that made a delicious dessert with some goat’s cheese and little croccantini crackers. And the dish that has revolutionised my weekly lunches was a tasty caponata that I have been layering on top of the hummus. It was especially nice with some homemade sourdough I made at the end of last week.
What do you have for lunch?