Mix and Match Leftovers, Then Call it Lunch

June 20, 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. 

I like lunches that involve assembling foods I've cooked separately; this is because I might want to use one ingredient in a lunch and the rest of it in another dish at dinner. It gives me flexibility and adds bandwidth to my menus. (This approach to cooking can also be found in our column, Halfway To Dinner.)

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Today, I made our kids a modified tuna Niçoise. I mixed Helmann's mayonnaise with coarse grain mustard and lemon juice and spooned it into their glass lunch containers. Then I built the rest of the salad on top of the mayo: some halved roasted potatoes from dinner last night; some oil-poached tuna (the leftovers of which will make an appearance in tomorrow's lunch); sliced asparagus, and a medium-cooked egg. I sprinkled on some capers and sea salt, et voila, tuna Niçoise-ish!

Yesterday, our babysitter made rhubarb, strawberry, and blackberry cobbler, and I totally snagged some of it for their dessert. Call me a cheat!

What's in your lunch today? See some of the twins' past lunches

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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.


allie June 20, 2013
Where did you get their glass lunch containers?
Amanda H. June 20, 2013
They're called WeanGreen:
Merrill S. June 20, 2013
Those eggs look like they're cooked perfectly. Lucky kids!
Reynaul June 20, 2013
I love the fact that the babysitter made a cobbler! I need to find one that does that! :-) yummy looking lunch
Amanda H. June 20, 2013
I know -- we're very lucky! We didn't know she was such a great cook when we hired her. Yesterday, she taught our kids how to make a new drink: gingerale and lemonade. It's good, try it!
Shalini June 20, 2013
I am sure the kids will love this lunch. Look at the colours! A babysitter who makes cobbler? Not sure which element is more attractive.