It's all about playing with scale this week in Walker and Addie's lunch. Are those normal-sized sandwiches and giant pretzels? Normal pretzels and enormous grapes? Well, let's let Amanda explain: We had leftover slider rolls from our last photo shoot, and I figured my kids would love them for sandwiches -- they're just their size. Ham sandwiches are a good canvas for experimenting with new flavors. Here, I layered smoked ham with mayo, anchovy sauce, a slab of green zebra tomato, and arugula. The rest was a snap -- potato chips, pretzels, and Italian plums from the Greenmarket. Ah, Italian plums. Got it. What's in your lunch today?
We were actually in the test kitchen for two days this week -- we'll be missing next week's photoshoot, so we had to make up time! It was a busy, food-filled two days, and here are some of our favorite moments from the whirlwind.
We've got a bevvy of Walker-and-Addie standbys in today's lunch snapshot: ham and cucumber sandwiches, a big favorite, paired this time with farmer's cheese and a chimichurri sauce that you'll be seeing on FOOD52 sooner or later. And dessert? Anne Dimock's Genius rhubarb pie, a perfect end to a summery lunch.
I happened to have a conversation with Addie after she and Walker took this to school for lunch, and I can report that she really enjoyed it! Virginia ham, cucumbers, and MissGinsu's recipe for Sweet and Spicy Pickled Ramps make a wonderful sandwich on brioche bound together with a swipe of mayo, plus a Cara Cara orange for dessert. The pickles were leftovers from Amanda's Friday night dinner party, but it was more than just efficiency that prompted her to put them in the sandwiches. She says, "My kids love pickles and cucumbers so I try to find ways to tuck them into their lunches." What's in your lunchbox?
What's in the twins' lunchboxes this week? Take it away, Amanda: Roasted asparagus and haricots verts, chopped, and topped with wide shavings of pecorino and diced smoked ham. I like to cut things into small bits so they can scoop it up with a spoon, and then use the same spoon for the Fage (whole milk!) yogurt with honey. Oh, and whole grain bread on the side, cut into kid-size triangles. Looks delicious!