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Cheese, fruit & bread - the best & quickest lunch
Bread and cheese, plus fruit, is the perfect lunch
If I told you that we eat bread and cheese with fruit every single day for lunch would you think that we're crazy?
Our lunches are tasty, healthy and great value for money. What's more, they're not at all boring because they're different every day.
We love to experiment with a variety of cheeses, we love to try different fruits and vegetables and almost every day we make a new bread discovery. As well as being delicious and inexpensive, our lunches are fun!Here you'll see just a few of the combinations we've tried.
Of course, we have our old favorites, the perennials that we enjoy every week. But we choose new cheeses to try and we always like to buy fruit and vegetables that are in season. If we find a new bread we have to try it and we vary the accompaniments enormously.
Some of our combinations might be a little strange sometimes but it's a true voyage of discovery.In fact, I suggest that you try it - maybe once in a while, I realize that we're crazy - but our lunches are healthy, take only minutes to make and are truly delicious.
If I remember correctly, the cheeses in this lunch were brie, a blue cheese and a goat cheese. Maybe gouda too. And we added what was in the fridge at the time - avocado, strawberries, tomato, grapes, pineapple and salad greens.The lovely bread was from our local Italian bakery. Oh and yes, that is our view. We're very lucky indeed!
Another lovely lunch
Fruit, cheese and bread again but you can see how different this is to the previous lunch. The photograph was taken several weeks ago so I don't remember the cheeses but you can see that this time, we had sliced apples, scallions, watercress, sliced dried figs and walnuts. Mmm.
We like to experiment with different chutneys and relishes too - you can see that on this day we had hot peach - that is so good with cheese. Because we don't eat a loaf a day, every other day our bread is toasted with gives even more variety. From time to time, like on this occasion, we add crackers too.
Another different cheese and fruit lunch
This lunch used two of our favorite cheeses, Epoisses and Morbier. The Morbier - you can just about see it in the photograph - is a favorite curiosity because of the line of ash that runs through it.
When we first bought this cheese, I imagined that it was a streak of blue cheese but what happens is this: Morbier is made from curds which are left over after a day's cheesemaking. Ash is then put on the top of the curds to protect it. The following day, that day's curds are added on top, hence the ash stripe in the cheese.
You'll notice that we had a lovely Dijon mustard with this lunch plus sliced apple, sliced sweet red pepper, fig bread and fresh basil leaves. The bread was fresh this time, not toasted, and was a light and airy bread.
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Different yet again, this lunch incorporates some of our favorite cheeses but has different fruits this time - apricots, grapes and cherries.
This was garnished with fresh parsley springs and in the bowl is a dollop of hummus (from the wholefood store) just to add a little more variety.We often have bread which has fruits, vegetables or nuts added.
We have a delicious olive bread regularly with the whole olives baked within the bread. That is from our local bakery but another favorite is from the supermarket - cranberry and walnut bread.
Some of our favorite cheesesClick thumbnail to view full-size
A treat - cheese pull-apart bread
This is a great way of using up oddments of cheese. You'll find the instructions here > Cheese pull-apart bread recipe.Wow - totally delicious.
Note to strict vegetarians / vegans
We choose to eat meat-free and fish-free meals because of health reasons and our own personal tastes. Although we care very much about animal welfare, our love of cheese means that we don't check every cheese we eat for animal by-products.The range of vegan 'cheese' products is improving all the time and vegans can also enjoy this type of healthy lunch with carefully selected products.
© 2013 Jackie Jackson