In Michael Pollan’s book Food Rules: An Eaters Manual, “Eat until you’re 80% full,” is one rule that I must pay attention to, especially in Reno. Serving portions are most often outsized, to the point where they make a dinner, a take-home lunch and a half-lunch — the subject of the day.
Even cooking at home for two, things are not often easily divisible and savable; an ear of corn, a tomato, a potato, a quart of home made tomato sauce, a can of almost anything. The point is, we’ll probably cook more than we can — or want to — eat.
So I developed the half-lunch. I use glass storage containers and my favorites — from Crate and Barrel — are a 2-cup bowl and an almost-cup bowl. The former is probably a lunch, the latter a half-lunch.
Today, I dined on two half-lunches:
- A quart of Cherokee Purple Georgiana Brennan Roasted tomato sauce made and canned in September 2011. Used to make a dinner of spaghetti with sausage.
- Sort of hot Italian sausage. We skinned and mixed 3 links of hot sausage with 1 link of mild sausage. (Also the reverse for Carol’s taste.) This was used with the sauce for the spaghetti dinner.
- Some of each of the sauce and sausage constituted the leftover parts of the full lunch.
- A ball of dried Kamfen Hong Kong Style Egg Noodles. Cooked and added to the sauce and sausage.
- Since a ball of dried noodles is a finite thing, I added compatible portions of sauce and sausage.
Viola! I had a half-lunch left over.
- One tomato. The first fresh tomato of the season from the California Ave. Farmers Market. Peeled and chunked.
- Some Prim Manteca beans cooked in the previous days to use in many ways. (I love beans.)
- Some celery sliced off an almost used up head… the lovely solid whitish part near the root end.
- A splash of chicken broth to keep everything wet.
- One Hebrew National knockwurst, cooked in the midst of that stuff.
That was my full lunch. By the time I was 80% full, I had a half-lunch left over. (I ate all the knockwurst.)
When I made my half lunch, I added some grilled green beans that accompanied grilled fish a day or so ago.
And there you have a lunch double-header. I’ll do it again sometime.