In my previous life, I worked in a field of the culinary arts, and as such I have lots of friends who are ardent “foodies.” I am asked a lot what we are eating over here. Today, I’ll share what we had for lunch. If we’re not eating leftovers from dinner the night before, and we are at home, we usually eat something simple like this.
No, I don’t always have the time to make it look this pretty, but I like to when I can. Since I’m blessed to have my husband home every day for lunch, I try to make it special for all of us. If I get home from errands in time, and the baby is cooperating, I like to make it look nice. As is said among my chef friends, “it’s all about the pretty.” Oh, and the green bowl with the white cup and spoon in it on the right is Eddie’s carrots heating up in a warm water bath (we don’t have a microwave).
We also have a good crusty bread from a local bakery and cheese. I’ve ranted on about the cheese selection here before, I think (or if I haven’t, I need to). Today’s cheese was surprisingly mild. Really, cheese selection is luck of the draw – you never know if you’re going to get something good, something so pungent that your toes will curl, or in today’s case, very boring and mild (it is rare to get the last kind). Today it was something called Girenbader Bachthalkäse. The only part of that I know is käse, which means cheese. Oh, and the word “mild” on the package was helpful, too.
We also had a plate of the sweetest strawberries (they really are much better than the store-bought ones back home), a gorgeous green pear (chopped), the aforementioned cheese, a really good garlic sausage, smoky Irish Cheddar that we picked up this weekend from The Cheese Shop booth at the Expat Expo, and huge Spanish green grapes (watch out for those seeds!).
To drink we just had water. The Swiss water quality is outstanding, and even I (who normally hates tap water with a passion) will drink tap water by the gallon here.
Oh and by the way, the store-brand version of Nutella is not as good as the original. Blech! I have to go through that huge jar (the one with the green and orange Migros label behind the plate of food) before I can get more Nutella. Unless it somehow disappears into the trash, first… 😛
This week! Figs are on sale at most of the markets, and they are enormous! About the size of a pear! The ones I’ve ever had back in the states are only about the size of a golf ball at most. I’m going to snag some the next time I get a chance and I’ll definitely take a picture or three. I’ve also seen a few pumpkins, so I might try to get one of those and hack it up for baby food, soup, and pumpkin bread. We’re having one of Heath’s coworkers over for dinner soon, and I think I’d like to make something pumpkin-y for them.