Lunch

Lunch

By
Matt Wilkinson, Sharlee Gibb
Contains
11 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781743792896
Photographer
Patricia Niven

MR: Why does lunch always play second fiddle to other meals? I find it strange how little effort, care and time people give it. As young children all we really want to do is eat it as quickly as possible and get back to playing. As teenagers those packed lunches are thrown away on the way home so Mum thinks you’ve eaten them, or there’s the lunch money for the cafeteria that gets kept to be spent on something else. From there it’s on to grabbing lunch on the run or wolfing down that quick bite at your desk. Why and when did this happen?

Thank goodness for retirement, I say. At least then there seems to be time to process, slow down and, well ... eat lunch properly.

Sadly, all this rushing around means that we treat lunch as though it’s the middle child nobody really cares about (particularly in comparison to dinner) and we spend far less money and effort on it as a result, even though it deserves just the same amount of thought as every other meal we eat. No matter where it comes from a sandwich should always be fresh, delicious and made from quality, well-sourced ingredients, for example, as should the soup, pie, salad, rice paper rolls, sushi and all the other quick lunch meals we treat as staples. Yet for some reason we allow ourselves to say, ‘Oh, it wasn’t that good but that’s ok, it’s just lunch.’

It wasn’t always like this. In ages past, lunch used to be the main event, while even today some European countries like to take a long lunch and then have a sleep afterwards. Legends, I say! In this chapter we have tried to give this put-upon meal back some of its lost importance by sharing some of our favourite and most delicious recipes for it. Anyway, that’s enough talking from me, it’s time for you to turn the page and get stuck in – let’s do lunch.

Recipes in this Chapter

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