This and That + Breton Butter Cake

November 20, 2014

Every week we take a peek inside the lunches of the luckiest kids in Brooklyn. Read on, suppress your jealousy, and get a little brown bag inspiration.

My kids like what they call "snacky lunches" -- a few slivers of this and a little mound of that, a miniature smorgasbord. Today's snacky lunch was peppers and fennel braised/sautéed in olive oil, roasted cauliflower, cubes of fresh mozzarella (leftover from pizza night), a scroll of smoked ham, and radish wedges (for a little crunch). For dessert, I made thirschfeld's Breton Butter Cake (the version made with all-purpose flour) -- which has inspired a butter cake fixation. Brace yourselves for a few more versions in the coming weeks!

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Written by: Amanda Hesser

Before starting Food52 with Merrill, I was a food writer and editor at the New York Times. I've written several books, including "Cooking for Mr. Latte" and "The Essential New York Times Cookbook." I played myself in "Julie & Julia" -- hope you didn't blink, or you may have missed the scene! I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Tad, and twins, Walker and Addison.


Akiko November 23, 2014
Simply beautiful & inspiring!
Annie S. November 20, 2014
I love that you make these creative lunches for your children! It will pay off in future dividends. I sent similar lunches with my children. One day my daughter told me that she was sharing with her teacher who really looked forward to her lunches. This was the early 80s; you know ,the era when food became FOOD.
Amanda H. November 21, 2014
Fingers crossed!
sexyLAMBCHOPx November 20, 2014
You're kids are an anomaly. God speed.
Amanda H. November 21, 2014
Haha -- thanks!