When I was working in the food industry, I rarely found time to eat lunch. Weird, right? I am surrounded by food but have no time to eat it. I get it.
We would finish our lunch service and then close for the day. Mostly all the other workers and cooks would go home or on to their second jobs, but not me. I had to do billing and correct any time clock issues. Bogus!
So, instead of prolonging my work day longer than absolutely necessary, I skipped it all together, grabbed a cup of old coffee, and got down to biz! That’s just how I roll.
Now, that I have the luxury to work from home a few days, lunch is a different story.
If it is a “cooking for the blog” day, I snack on whatever I am testing out while standing in my kitchen and listening to 90’s Pandora radio.
If it is a “you should really be working and not catching up on your DVR” kind of day, I am normally standing in front of the fridge with the door wide open (refrigerating the house as my Dad would say) thinking of possible semi-sandwich-snack combinations.
Some days, if I have sandwich bread, I will make a ham and cheese sandwich with spicy mustard and a pickle on the side—always a pickle on the side!
Other days when pickings are slim, it’s kind of a crapshoot. I aim for a bread of some sort and a cheese of some sort with either a vegetable or meat. On one such day, I came up with this simple gem.
Thank God for helping me to unbury the last morsel of goat cheese from my deli drawer and for the simple joys of having my own basil plant.
Do I even have to include a recipe for this? Just in case…
Ingredients (Serves 2-4 or 1 if you are like me)
1 Demi French Baguette, cut into six to eight small slices
1/3 Cup Goat Cheese
Drizzle of Honey
Fresh Mint or Basil
Set the broiler on low. Toast the slices of bread for a few minutes under the broiler. Just until crisp.
Top each piece of bread with a few crumbles of goat cheese. Arrange the slices on a plate.
Drizzle a long stream of honey over all slices and then top with fresh herbs.
Simple and elegant. Perfect for a dinner party appetizer or for lunches alone, standing in your kitchen listening to 90’s Pandora radio.