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November 10, 2011

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Sandwich

Let me apologize upfront: this was yesterday’s lunch, and it was a crazy morning. I had to take S to school, and haul C with me, and look presentable because I was going to watch a performance that S and her classmates were putting on. I was wondering if I even had time to pack S a lunch, but I really wanted to, because of all the food I have in my fridge. Plus, I wanted to make her a sandwich that was inspired by our trip to Portugal. Not to mention, school lunch can be so very bleak.

With all that said, I’m apologizing because lunch looks like a train wreck today. If you ever wondered what it would look like if smoked salmon got in a fist fight with cream cheese, you’re about to find out. I’m almost embarrassed to post it, but it is what it is. And it represents the truth for many of us, which is a harried mom frantically packing lunch and trying to get everyone to school on time.

I grabbed a whole wheat English muffin (I would’ve preferred a little a baguette, but didn’t have one), lightly toasted it and then spread some cream cheese on both sides. I piled some smoked salmon on one side and really, really wished I could put some thinly sliced cucumbers on top, but alas, I didn’t have any. I knew we had some baby spinach leaves, so I grabbed a small handful and put it on top of the salmon. This was risky, because S doesn’t like spinach. But I couldn’t let the sandwich go to school without some greens on it. I was betting that S would eat the spinach because she wouldn’t want to go to the trouble of picking it off. So was I right? Did S eat the spinach?

When I picked her up after school, she told me she was starving. Uh-oh. I asked her, “Did you eat your lunch?”

“Yep, everything but the Cuties,” she said. “I think I’ll eat those now.”

“Did you eat the spinach on the sandwich?” I asked.

“Why wouldn’t I?” she responded matter of factly. “I liked the sandwich. Can you make it for me again?”

That just goes to show you: we should never assume we know what our kids will or won’t eat. It’s always worth a try. After all, they just might surprise us.

November 1, 2011

Lunch in Portugal – Part 3

You know those Portugese bakeries/coffeehouses I was talking about? The ones with all the delectable sweet and savory pastries? Well, they’re also home to a huge variety of hot and cold sandwiches.

At one place we stopped at, which was a bit like a Portugese version of an organic, environmentally responsible Subway, sandwiches were served in one of three ways, at your choosing: cold sandwich, warm panini or a wrap.

S chose a cold wrap with smoked salmon, cream cheese and mixed greens. My husband, K, picked the prosciutto and Brie in a warm, toasty wrap, and C and I share a mozzarella and tomato sandwich on a crusty baguette. All were winners, but if I had to pick one it would have been the prosciutto and Brie. Let’s be honest: can you ever go wrong with Brie? I must have eaten at least 50 Brie and tomato sandwiches the semester I spent in England. I never grew tired of it.

A few days later, we had a delicious prosciutto sandwich, with some slices of boiled egg and a few greens tucked inside. We also had one with chorizo and slices of boiled egg. There was no spread on either, and, really, you didn’t miss it.

 


When I get back, I’ll re-create some of these sandwiches for S and C, with a few modifications. S loved the salmon and cream cheese, but wasn’t a fan of the arugula. And C found it easier to get his little mouth over a small wrap instead of a French baguette.

What are your favorite sandwich combinations?

 

October 28, 2011

Lunch in Portugal – Part 2

Smoked salmon. It is everywhere in Portugal. They have it for breakfast and they have it for lunch. And by smoked I mean, think lox and bagels not cedar plank.

At breakfast, you’ll find it with some bread; at lunch, it’s typically served with cream cheese on a sandwich, with some greens and maybe a tomato. The best part is, S and C love smoked salmon. On the downside, it’s expensive stuff in the U.S.

But I’m glad we can add something new (and full of omega-3’s) to our lunch repertoire. Yesterday, the kids tried a smoked salmon pasta salad with an herb cream sauce, capers, cut-up grapes, croutons and chives. It was surprisingly decent, considering the strange cornucopia of ingredients. But if I were to try to re-create something similar in my kitchen, I’d either make the dish warm or whip together a vinaigrette for the salad. And croutons on top of a pasta salad is too carb-y for me, so I’d eliminate one of the two. Plus, I’d add some kind of vegetable. Cherry tomatoes are the first to come to mind.

Let me know if you come up with your own concoction.

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