As a defiant response to Sad Desk Lunches, the Food52 team works to keep our midday meals both interesting and pretty. Each week, we'll be sharing our happiest desk lunches -- and we want to see yours, too.
Today: A week of lunches different than all lunches.
I love matzoh. I am the person who buys it the second it's on the shelves at the market, and who hoards it the rest of the year. I could eat it plain, torn into crumbly shards, straight from the box. Give me some soft butter and some flaky salt and you will hear me talk for hours about how good it feels to eat it again, how much I've missed it, and why oh why can't I have snacks like this all year long.
So when people get skeptical about the lunches that Passover calls for -- the bread-less, cookie-less, mostly grain-less lunches -- I don't feel bad for them. Because eating matzoh for lunch -- especially with good stuff on it -- is a celebration unto itself. It's an excuse to eat something different, without needing to make any rogue or troubling decisions to do so. And even if you don't love matzoh the way that I do -- or even if you don't need to eat matzoh, for religious reasons -- I'm guessing you'll still enjoy these. Let's make this a week of lunches different from all other lunches.
Here are my ideas for matzoh toppings, all week long.
Almond butter and honey. Peanut butter and tahini are off limits, but almond butter is fair game. Spread it on there thick, drizzle with honey, and top with flaky salt.
Cream cheese and jelly (or jam). Am I the only one who ate cream cheese and jelly sandwiches growing up? The combination is good. It's even better on matzoh. Make sure to pack them separately, though; if you spread them on the matzoh before work, it will get soggy.
Smoked salmon, cream cheese, and capers. It doesn't get more Jew than this.
Avocado and spices. It's like avocado toast, but on a giant cracker instead. Sprinkle salt and spices on there -- I'm a fan of red pepper flakes, myself -- and go to town.
What are your favorite things to put on matzoh? Let us know in the comments!