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I needed some extra fuel at lunch today so I decided to head down to Westboro Village to check out the sandwich offerings at Piggy Market. The menu looked so GOOD I was completely incapable of making a decision. It was a four-way tie between these menu items: Turkey Sandwich – Olive Tapenade/Double Smoked Bacon/Tomatoes/Cheddar/Mustard […]

15 Apr, 2016

Dailylunches #1357 – Bowl o’ Green

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

I had a great lunch yesterday. In fact, I think I’ll make it again today: It’s essentially an asparagus salad, although now that I think about it, I think it’d make a fantastic make-ahead side dish as well. Here’s the original recipe. I followed it fairly closely but I should probably mention that I pared […]

Lunch number 1346 and 1347 was a real winner. I liked this little dish so much I made it twice in a row. And as an added bonus I got to use up some leftover quinoa that was kicking around the fridge. Woot! Spicy shrimp, quinoa, avocado bowl for one You will need: five shrimp […]

Lunch number 1346 and 1347 was a real winner. I liked this little dish so much I made it twice in a row. And as an added bonus I got to use up some leftover quinoa that was kicking around the fridge. Woot! Spicy shrimp, quinoa, avocado bowl for one You will need: five shrimp […]

24 Mar, 2016

Two dinners, solved!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

You know what makes me very happy, USING UP LEFTOVERS. Food waste is one of my pet peeves and I try to avoid it at all costs but sometimes this is easier said than done. Sometimes finding ONE DISH that everyone will eat is a challenge in itself, not to mention the added issue that […]


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