28
Aug
2015
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Lunch at Your Desk: Leftovers Salad With New York Steak

Just when you thought i’d fallen off the healthy lunch wagon, here I am with another edition of Lunch At Your Desk.IMG_9657

 Today I bring you the Leftovers Salad with New York Steak!
(apologies for the shadow cast by my arm – i’m definitely getting better with the whole ‘good lighting makes good pictures’ thing but clearly have a way to go!)

The leftovers salad is my go-to lunch when there weren’t enough leftovers from dinner to just have that meal for lunch again the next day. I find that there are generally some odds and ends of roast vegetables that are left in the pan and often a lonesome little bit of meat. It’s not too difficult to fluff it up with some raw vegetables and a simple dressing the next morning to turn it into a substantial lunch.

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The night before hubs and I had made some delicious New York cut steak and roast vegetables. Hubs ate all his steak but I only managed about half of my huge piece. So I wrapped the rest in foil and left it in the fridge for the next day. In the morning I sliced the remaining meat up and left the gristly fatty bits behind. I added some raw carrots, lettuce, sweet corn and radish to bulk up the few remaining roast veggies.

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and bam! Healthy lunch that travels pretty well too

For a dressing I just drizzled the salad with olive oil, a twist of salt from the grinder that I keep in my desk drawer and squeezed some lemon on top. There may have even been some pepitas sprinkled on top for good measure! So here is another healthy lunch dish that requires barely any prep and makes the most of the odds and ends that might otherwise go to waste a the end of a meal.

So lovelies, what did you all have for lunch this week?

24
Aug
2015
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What Katie Did in Berlin – Flohmarkt Mauerpark

Sometimes the only thing that makes things bearable is knowing that you have an escape route. Hubs and I planned this trip to Europe knowing that we would soon both be needing a change of scenery. I love this city and I love my job but I was getting some seriously itchy feet. So no sooner had I finished teaching my last class for Term 2 then we were off to the airport jetting to Europe. Hooray! While my first love is English, I was also a keen History student at school and uni so deeply historical Berlin was the first stop on our trip. And of course, a trip to Germany means two things:

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Which you may remember I raved about here

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7
Aug
2015
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Double Choc Chip Cookie Icecream Sandwiches

 

Double Choc Chip Cookie Icecream Sandwiches

Double choc chip cookie icecream sandwiches. Try saying that ten times quickly. With a mouth full of these delicious desserts. Impossible I tell you! But don’t worry, while you wont win any tongue twister awards, you will be left with a belly full of creamy icecream and ooey gooey cookie. Tell me that doesn’t warm your little heart on this cold Friday evening.

While I have definitely been trying to make healthier choices with my meals, I do still subscribe to the Tom Haverford school of philosophy that, sometimes, you just need to

treat-to-self-2Thats right peeps, these icecream sandwiches are the sweets that you make when you need to show yourself a little love.

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5
Aug
2015
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Lunch At Your Desk: Sandwich Time

I know that it might seem like my love of  leftovers knows no bounds, but this week we are changing things up with an old favourite. The humble sandwich. A leftovers salad is pretty damn nutritious but it can be pretty fiddly to get together in the haze of 6am sleepyness so when that happens, this little baby saves my life. As I have a deep love for all things creamy and tangy, the egg salad sandwich is what I crave when I decide that the sambo is happening for lunch. I won’t pretend that I got together all these ingredients in the morning but i’m sure if you were super organised you could boil your eggs while you were in the shower or something? Surely? Maybe? Blah.

IMG_0940I make mine with dark rye bread, a few green beans for some crunch and a couple of eggs with some dollops of mayo and mustard. Sometimes I go totally crazy and put in wholegrain mustard too! Oh my!

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All the assembly that is needed then you’re ready to go in record time. Don’t assembly this the night before though or it will most likely go a little soggy by lunch the next day.

So peeps, what are you having for lunch today? What is inspiring your lunchbox?

29
Jul
2015
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Lunch At Your Desk: Sneaky Leftovers and a Sweet and Salty Snack

And it’s time for another edition of Lunch at Your Desk! Hooray! This week i’m sharing a sneaky and super easy way to use leftover bolognese and sweetening the deal by throwing in a delicious snack to keep the munchies at bay. Enjoy, my lovelies!

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I have been thinking about this snack for so long it’s genuinely ridiculous. When I was amping up for my European Holiday I was starting to think seriously about all the delicious German food that I was going to eat right at the beginning when I was in Berlin. Naturally, pretzels were number one on the list. Well, actually strudel was but thats not really related to this post so we will just ignore that. I picked up a fairly substantial packet of pretzels from the supermarket for $1 then spent weeks and weeks trying to think of the perfect dip to pack it with. Ultimately the answer was super easy and staring me in the face. Who could resist the siren call of the salty sweetness that comes with peanut butter and nutella? And those salt encrusted pretzels!

One scoop Nutella + one scoop peanut butter + a handful of pretzels = salty sweet heaven in your mouth

Try it. Seriously.

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This lunch is really all thanks to my super dooper mother in law who kindly stocked our fridge (amongst doing many many other things to make our apartment liveable again) with delicious home cooked food for us to eat when we were too jetlagged to go to the shops. One of those dishes was a tub of bolognese sauce beefed up with mushrooms. Im still adjusting to the whole cooking-for-two malarky so I always underestimate how much pasta to cook to feed hubs and I. The few scattered pasta shells you see above are the only ones left from dinner the night before. It seems super efficient but unfortunately there is almost always a fair amount of sauce left over.

In the morning fog of tired eyes and lethargic limbs, I definitely couldn’t sum up the energy (or the mental capacity) to boil some more pasta so I called on that other carb staple, the good old crusty bread loaf to help me out. A few slices slathered with salty butter was the perfect vehicle to get the bolognese from the container into my mouth. It was a godsend on that awful cold and rainy week that welcomed us back to Sydney. You know, that week when it snowed in places that it has definitely never snowed before?

So, what have you been having for lunch this week? And do you have any other sneaky tips for what to do with leftover pasta sauce?

24
Jul
2015
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Friday Favourites: Kinder Surprise Berlin Style!

So my lovelies, i’m back from Europe and to be honest, i’m feeling a bit blue. I love this country, but the weeks of endless sunshine and clear skies contrast pretty sharply with the icy temperatures and torrential rain that greeted me last week. I know that any Europeans reading this will think i’m pretty soft but I don’t think that Sydney people are built for winter. I thought that I would use the next few Friday Favourites to cure my post-holiday blues and to share with you some of the little things that I discovered while I was away and wish I had bought piles and piles of to bring back with me!

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The first treasure I want to share with you is this damn cool Berlin version of Kinder Surprise

This Kinder was available everywhere in Berlin and, if/when it finally makes its way down to use in Australia, I will be the happiest little bunny that ever there was. Have a look at the insides and you will see why.

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Of course the Germans would be super efficient and section their chocolate in a separate compartment to their toy. All you had to do was crack the plastic in half, peel the top off and you have your toy and your chocolate all neat and pretty.

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And can we talk about this chocolate?

This is basically the best of all worlds. Still working with the white chocolate/milk chocolate equation, these Kinders remind me of the little nutella dippers I used to eat with my school lunches as a child. Except these are much better! It’s built as a layer of soft milk chocolate spread covered by a layer of white chocolate spread then topped with two wafery balls that look like tiny ferrero rochers. Except that they taste more like a Kinder Bueno in spherical form. What on earth could be bad about that combination? I honestly wish I had filled my suitcase with these little guys and brought as many as I could carry back home with me. Instead, I will have to dream about these until I can make it back to the other side of the world. Or… maybe they will make their way down under and make me the happiest girl around? Maybe??

So, lovely readers, what treats do you look forward to when you go travelling?

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