Monday, March 22, 2010

Fastest food.

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.


  1. Did Tegan appreciate the spicy part? ;-)

  2. JT, I am envious of your ethnic groceries! My small Midwestern town doesn't even have an Italian restaurant. :( We used to live in a small city that was incredibly diverse and we were able to get many different types of food - how I miss that: probably the hardest transition moving here from the east coast.

  3. I clicked over here from Motherese and am so glad I did. I love your blog title and your header picture. I love that you blog and are from Malaysia. I also live in a multi-cultural area and I love the diversity. My husband was born in Thailand (but is of Cambodian decent) and his family immigrated to the US when he was a mere three years old. Although my in-laws drive me nuts at times I am so thankful for what I have learned from them. Looking forward to reading more!

  4. That sandwich didn't make it past my own belly - so you only have my word that it's delicious. Hah.

    I lived in a small Midwestern town for four years where Wal-Mart was the biggest thing, so I feel your pain Kristen. Now we're trying to find another place to move to and having grown so used to these parts, and what it has to offer, it's so hard to find anything comparable.

    Thanks for stopping by perusingceleste. In-laws seem to be universal aren't they? I enjoyed your blog too and share your apprehension about writing. But whether or not we're good, better or best at it, at least we're doing it. And I think that's what matters.

  5. Do you deliver?? I can eat the heck out of a tuna sandwich, especially the olive oil kind. Yum, yum, yum!