Monday, March 22, 2010
Do you have five minutes? Yes? Then you can make lunch. Seriously.
One of the things I love about my neighborhood is its diversity, providing me easy access to a number of ethnic eateries and groceries. Within walking distance, I could get sundries from a deli or grocer that specializes in items from Mexico, South East Asia, Eastern Europe or Italy, and within 10 minutes of driving, China, Korea, Ethiopia and India. Recently, still groggy from jet lag, I chose the closest: Italian. Coming home to an abysmally empty pantry after a long vacation, I bought a few items we needed, Prosciutto di Parma being one of them, but that's for dinner, and for savoring.
For lunch, I only had time (and energy) for something quick. So tuna sandwich it was. I know, I know, boring, but it's unlike any I've made before only because I was especially lazy, and I really didn't want to putz around in the kitchen when I could be outside, enjoying the first signs of spring in the form of 65-degree weather. (As I prepare to post this, there's snow on the ground. Of course).
So here's what I whipped up. In five minutes.
Opened a can of tuna in olive oil (the oil is key and the ones from Italy, with yellowfin tuna, is especially flavorful)
and drained the excess liquid before emptying into a bowl.
Mixed in capers (for the requisite tang in any seafood dish, although the portion is up to you)
and hot giardiniera (for the punch and additional texture, also in the amount of your preference. Go with the mild version if you're a wuss).
Ate it between two slices of multigrain bread.
Four-ingredient, five-minute lunch. Or dinner, if you will.
Simple. Fast. Delicious.
I'm in love.