What should I have for Lunch? An easy, delicious and healthy Ploughmans!
What Can I have for Lunch...
... I asked myself today. There is lots in but I'm a little the worse for wear after last night (we had friends round for dinner), the place is a complete mess and I'm not cooking anything!
A sandwich seemed stodgy for me at the time, and a lot of effort and after last nights debauchery I felt like I wanted something that was light and good for me.
I looked at the table and I came up with a brilliant idea! Some of the leftovers looked a bit funny but the cheese board beckoned!
I quickly rinsed a plate then took out a block of good quality Cheddar and chopped a few thin wedges. There was left over Parma Ham in the fridge and a few cherry tomato's in the salad bowl so I sliced the fresh tomato's, and scooped a generous portion of pickle. The oat crackers were still crisp so I took and handful and before I knew it, there was a simple lunch! All good ingredients, natural, light and healthy.
It was delicious and refreshing! I love a good ploughman's lunch and though this wasn't a traditional ploughman's it certainly didn't suffer for it.
Here are some ideas for your lunch, optional ingredients are marked so:
Making and/or growing your own would make it even more special!
- Cheese -, Cheddar, Shropshire, Danish Blue, Goats Cheese... anything really as long as it is good quality!
- Crackers -, Oatmeal are simply delicious and provide a savoury quality to the sweetness of other ingredients
- Good Pickle or Chutney!, (even try sliced, pickled Beetroot)
- Sliced Meat (optional) -, Ham, Beef, Chicken...
- Tomato's (optional) -, Sliced or Cherry
- Radish (optional) -, Thin cut
- Apple Slices (optional) -, Traditional in a proper ploughmans
- Hard boiled egg (optional)
- Carrot stick (optional)
- Salad leaves (optional) -, Cress is good!
- Celery sticks (optional)
- Bread and Butter (optional)
- Pate (optional) -, Instead or as well as your pickle!
- Onion (optional) -, Spring, white, red, pickled...
- Stack all of the ingredients together on the same plate, grab a knife and use your hands! I like to put a slice of cheese and pickle on every cracker then add one, two or more of the other ingredients as I go!
- Optional is a glass of Cider (traditional) or a good glass of Real Ale to wash it down with!
Mix and Match Ploughmans...
Mix and match the above ingredients and enjoy. When you use good quality and local produce it is especially good to tuck into something like this. You can grate your cheese and melt it onto pizza or pasta or anything else but to enjoy a good quality product as it was made with some local chutney and a lean, well cured meat is like nothing else...