Technology restored, we can all breathe again and more importantly enjoy the aesthetic pleasure of the most talked about sandwich in this office this year - that's some title. Here it is people, call it what you want but don't knock it until you've been brave enough to try it...
But let it not be said that we at Let's Grab Lunch are not impartial. For all those gherkin haters, you can log on to Ihategherkins.com here.
The world of pesto seems to be on the rise and Sacla is at the forefront of the basil-based revolution. Their slightly dubious link with England's Lawrence Nero Bruno D'allaglio (who cries when he sings God Save the Queen) isn't necessarily the subject of the high praise they deserve - although the partnership does seem to be working for them. What they are doing brilliantly though is getting to their consumers through really simple recipe sharing forums. Check out their Italian Food Lovers Facebook page which has over 26,000 fans at the time of writing this where people passionate about Italian food are sharing their Sacla-inspired recipes.
Their website continues the theme of hearty, simple and tasty Italian food and for a brand site, it's well worth a look here.
So, 'bravo!' to the basil boys at Sacla - brilliant stuff.
I've been wanting to post the lunch we discovered the other week for a while, but I can't seem to get the photos from my phone. I still haven't managed to so i'll just leave this one up to your imagination for now. For most people they'd probably rather not see the photo anyway!
We discovered a true love it or hate it dish which had everyone in the office divided. I LOVED it. But I think maybe I loved it more because other people had a true hate for it (most people).
The dish was gherkin and smoked salmon pitta
Here's how it went;
Toast the pitta, in the meantime slice the biggest gerkins you can find (we got ours from M&S), cut feta into small chunks, break off slices of smoked salmon.
When the pitta has toasted, slice it down the middle, spread some hummous on it, add chillis, place the gherkins, salmon and feta into the pocket, add some spinach for the greenery and voila - potentially the best or most disgusting sandwich you've ever tasted!
At the tender age of 35, it's rare that you get a birthday present that you are genuinely excited about. But that's exactly what happened this year when a Glass Panini Press landed on my desk at work. Sensational. It obviously meant that, like an excited kid at Christmas, I got it plugged in and heated up as soon as I could. Here it is:
So simple it doesn't have any buttons and therefore no instructions this is the ultimate boy's lunch gadget. A hasty trip to Tesco (as I didn't want to be apart from my new best friend for too long) to pick up some panini rolls, chicken, spinach, coriander and mushrooms and the Panini Press was making its debut. And what a debut it was. In all honesty the preparation could have been given a bit more love and attention but the main point was getting them into that press as soon as we could. A generous dollop of pesto added to the ingredients and they were in. Imagine our delight when we lifted the lid to reveal these little gems:
Not only does this thing make perfect paninis all on its own but it cleverly makes you feel like some kind of professional genius at the same time. And all that from a hot plate with a lid. The things modern machines can do! The point of this blog is not to bang on about cost or be smug and self righteous in what we do, but when you consider that the £9.50 we spent in Tesco will make 4 lunches and cover the daily spinach requirements for the rest of the week, then it can't be a bad investment. Especially when you walk back to your desk with food you've made and your plate looks like this:
So, is the Panini Press better than your traditional toasted sarnie maker? Horses for courses, of course, but I think it very well might be...
'Let's grab lunch' is a phrase we all know and use. But all too often it means we don't have any time and end up choosing processed, pre-packed, tasteless food - especially at work. So, this blog is all about sharing our alternative lunch ideas with you. Simple, tasty and inexpensive ideas made with the aid of nothing more than a kettle and a microwave at work. We don't pretend this is award winning gourmet cooking (although we like to think so sometimes) but the recipes are quick and easy to make and we think they're a whole lot tastier than the usual office lunch. Hopefully, you might get some inspiration so next time you say 'let's grab lunch' you'll put that sandwich packet back on the shelf and rustle yourself something up that's a whole lot more rewarding.