Weeknight Cooking

New Nordic Fridge Foraging

April 11, 2013

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. 

Today's lunch is foraged -- from the fridge. Celery salad (repurposed!); castelvetrano olives; rolled up fennel salumi; wholegrain bread with Irish salted butter (and yes, a lot of it because it's good!). For dessert, kumquats, and found remnants of a chocolate Easter bunny.

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Amanda Hesser

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.


Michele April 30, 2013
Love this lunch, looks so European and yummy! Love the addition of the kuquats and chocolate - a diy chocolate orange, what a great idea :)
Could you tell me (us) what the glass containers are? I am having a container issue right now trying to avoid all plastics and this looks perfect. Does it have a top?
Amanda H. May 3, 2013
I'll look up the containers and get back to you!
Michele May 5, 2013
Thank you!
Amanda H. May 5, 2013
The containers are called Weangreen by Glasslock.
Michele May 7, 2013
This is great, thanks so much!
Comeandcookwithus April 14, 2013
"Foraging from your Fridge". I love that term. It's where most of my lunches come from. Great job in getting all the colors into that lunch box. It looks great!
Amanda H. May 3, 2013
Thank you!
Shalini April 13, 2013
My son eats his lunch only when he gets home, usually! Yesterday was a roast chicken sandwich with mayonnaise, whole wheat flax chia bread, sliced red pepper and salad greens. Hydroponic persian cucumbers on the side were eaten up after school, the sandwich, not so much. I love this exchange, too!
Amanda H. April 14, 2013
I'm getting some good ideas -- thanks!
damson April 13, 2013
For my two boys today it was asparagus green garlic soup in a thermos, and tuna salad sandwiches with capers and dill. They got mangos for a sweet.
Amanda H. April 14, 2013
amysarah April 12, 2013
My foraged meandering lunch yesterday: a cup of chicken orzo soup at a luncheonette with my mother (mediocre, but convenient); back home, some wilted green salad leftover from the previous night's dinner (I kind of like wilted salad, so not quite as sad as it sounds); the last 1/2 of the yogurt I started at breakfast; and a some kind of lemon Girl Scout cookie at my 2 pm meeting. Clearly, I need to up my foraging game!
Amanda H. April 14, 2013
I like wilted salad, too.
DelvauxC April 12, 2013
Finally, someone who knows how to properly butter bread!
HalfPint April 11, 2013
Lunch today was also a fridge foraging:
1. curried egg salad on toasted English muffins
2. leftover lasagna bolognese (Mario Batali's recipe), a smallish portion, hence the egg salad.
Amanda H. April 11, 2013
Like your refrigerator contents.
DeesJournal April 11, 2013
Here's what I packed son to school today. Roast pieces of chicken breast with garlic rosemary roast potatoes packed in a thermos to stay warm. A side of blanched broccoli with lemon zest, shards of parmesan, slivered mint and pine nuts. Few slices of apples and pears and for afternoon snack, a piece of dark chocolate and a clementine!
Amanda H. April 11, 2013
Love this!