A Simple Lunch

May 1, 2012

You made apple and quince pancakes with quinoa flour for breakfast. That recipe needs tweaking but it was fancy enough to satisfy your need for weekend food pizzaz.

You just did your weekly grocery shop at Oakleigh Market. You bought fish and lamb backstrap, parmesan, nutmeg and a truck-load of fresh vegetables. And dry roasted almonds, you’ll be making almond butter this week.

Your man is sleeping off that eager portion of Friday drinks he had last night.

It’s time for lunch. Something simple, you’ve got groceries to put away.

Steam some sweet potato. Leave the skin on, it’s full of nutrients. Just give them a good scrub. Cook extra, you’ll use them during the week in salads. Your small, elongated logs should take ~20minutes to steam through nicely. They’ll be just like in Thailand at Baan Dada. Nature’s candy. They’re unbelievably good, no embellishments required.

Boil some eggs. Place two lovelies in cold water, bring to the boil then turn off the heat and cover. Leave for 13 minutes then rinse under cool water, peel. Done. Perfect hard-boiled eggs.

Steam some spinach.

Pluck some fresh basil leaves.

Sit outside with your plate and a book.

A simple lunch.


Sometimes simple is best.

Heidi xo
  • xoCATox May 1, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Oh YUM. So simple, but how tasty is that?! I love love LOVE sweet potatoes, with the skin on.

    In Malaysia, they sell a few different varieties roasted in charcoals. They're the best sweet treat, and healthy too! Yum.

  • Michelle Chin May 1, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Yes it is. πŸ™‚ Simple is the best

  • onika May 1, 2012 at 10:23 am

    nom nom nom!! i love hearing different peoples HB egg tricks!! mine is cold water/bring to boil/cover & simmer for 7 minutes and then cold water!!
    my dad just lets them boil for 20 minutes πŸ™ they're always grey yolks VOM!!! i love steamed sweet tatie, although i am impartial to a good swig of montalto basil olive oil and a crack of sea salt πŸ˜‰ nom xxx

  • Oh, Natalie.. May 1, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Some greek yoghurt on the sweet potato and you have my dinner at least 1 night every week! When I don't have spinach, I use silverbeet. x

  • Hannah May 1, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Just perfect! I've tried tried hard boiling eggs like that, nice tip. Excited for the quinoa flour pancake recipe πŸ™‚ Oh the other day for lunch I had your leftover quinoa & corn fritter mixture scrambled & topped with an egg and haloumi. Yum! x

  • Emma - Living through our renovations... May 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I have never heard of that egg boiling method! Will have to give it a try. Although I have an induction stove so there generally isnt much residual heat once its off so it might not work.

    Your mention of "eager portion of Friday drinks" did make me giggle!

  • Kari May 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Simple is about all I ever manage, at lunch time! I do love sweet potato at the moment – I go through stages with it and currently in the "I'm addicted" stage. I've eaten 2 large sweet potatoes in the past 3 days!

  • Heidi May 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Cat – Yes! It's done fairly frequently across SE Asia, I LOVE it! Best sweet treat.

    Michelle – indeed πŸ™‚

    onika – I used to boil the hell out of my eggs like your dad!! "dead eggs" my grandpa used to say. hang on, ew. anyway, love your method too will give it a go!

    Natalie – you have fabulous taste πŸ˜‰

    Hannah – oh snap, thanks for letting me know, sounds delicious! I need to get some haloumi in my life!

    Emma – hehehe I'm glad πŸ™‚

    Kari – they're sooooo good!

    Heidi xo

  • Hannah May 1, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Beautiful words, beautiful feeling, beautiful lunch, beautiful you xoxo

  • KittyCate May 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Yum how amazing does that look! xx

  • love2dine May 2, 2012 at 12:07 am

    that would be a healthy diet.

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet May 2, 2012 at 2:21 am

    That's a simple yet lovely lunch πŸ™‚ I love how all your recipes are always so healthy!

  • Cathleen May 2, 2012 at 2:48 am

    I love simple. Simple really IS sometimes best πŸ™‚

  • The InTolerant Chef May 2, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Definitely not simple, but rather Simply Delicious!

  • Heidi May 2, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Hannah – beautiful you xo

    Cate – thanks!

    love2dive – indeed πŸ™‚

    Daisy – thanks! nearly all of them πŸ˜‰

    Cathleen – yes!

    InTolerant Chef – love it πŸ˜‰

    Heidi xo

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 3, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Mmmmmmm, this is a lunch I'd like! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  • Iron Chef Shellie May 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Sometimes in the quick and simple things that really satisfy πŸ™‚ x

  • Nic@diningwithastud May 13, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Sometimes simple really is best. Looks like a perfect lunch πŸ™‚

  • Heidi May 16, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Kath – yes I'm not surprised!

    Michele – indeed πŸ™‚

    Nic – it was gooood.

    Heidi xo