My favourite quick lunch (that isn’t a sandwich) + IMK March 201415

Posted on March 14, 2014 by ChristieIn my kitchen

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It’s the middle of March already – wow. This year is flying by!

Well, a new month means a new In My Kitchen post to share goodies I have been sent. Now, I have to admit that I have been sent quite a few things recently, but I only like sharing things I genuinely loved so only two gifted products have made the cut. Ouch, harsh Christie!

First up is my favourite quick lunch (that isn’t a sandwich). It’s a cold pasta salad made with fresh tomatoes, tinned tuna in olive oil, chives (or spring onion), olives, goats cheese (or fetta) and lemon juice. Delicious!

To make is SUPER speedy, simply boil the pasta when you are cooking dinner, then drain and mix with a little olive oil and whack into the fridge. Then, the next day, you simply dump in the tin of tuna and all the other bits and bobs – and lunch is done!

This is an embarrassing thing to admit, but I even cut all the ingredients up in stages – I’m THAT time poor. I quickly dice the tomato while chopping up a snack for Poppy and throw it into the bowl with the pasta. Or I snip a few chives with my trusty kitchen scissors while waiting for the kettle to boil. Just stealing a few seconds every now and then throughout the morning adds up to a quick squeeze of lemon at lunch time and I’m ready to eat (standing up, one handed, holding a baby). Relaxing!

This week it included pasta from Barilla* – a new fancy range they are calling La Collezione D’Italia. I just love the orecciette shape for this salad (it means ‘little ears’ in Italian) as the ears help scoop up bits of tuna and tomato.

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Everyone loves a bit of Manu, no? That French accent gets me every time, sooo nice!

I’m not really into celebrity cookbooks being thrown out on the back of TV shows, but hey – this one is pretty nice and beautifully shot. AND, it’s French for Everyone* – which is good, because these days I barely have time to make myself lunch let alone long laborious French recipes. No matter how delicious.

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I made this smoked rainbow trout and cucumber salad, but I used hot smoked salmon and it was divine (and quick!). It had a lovely dressing made from creme fraiche and Dijon mustard, as you’d expect, and Manu says his mum used to make it for him, awww.

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I am excited to try this one – isn’t the photo luscious? Red wine poached eggs. Yum!

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Also in my kitchen are tomatoes grown by a local crazy Irish man, honey from bees that have eaten from macadamia blossoms (so good!) and a gluten free protein bread mix that I heard about from Nikki at Styling You – if you need some fashion advice, click on over.

Linking up with Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial who started the idea for In My Kitchen posts.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend, chat soon! :)

Christie x

*This item was gifted to me in accordance with my disclosure policy.

  • Oh wow, look at those red wine poached eggs! For a moment, I thought they were beetroot or something like that!

  • Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo

    I am drooling.

    Not at the tuna though. That is my kryptonite.

  • InTolerant Chef

    Those eggs look so cool Christie! I must give them a try :)

  • Francesca

    The Manu book looks good. I am keen to try that smoked trout salad with cucumber and creme fraiche.

  • Celia

    Christie, your pasta looks fantastic! Perfect easy meal, but I’m sorry to hear you’re so time poor – hope you get to put your feet up soon! :)

    • Thanks Celia – sometimes life is tough, but we are getting there!

  • Lovely round up of goodies Christie, sending hugs and hope things settle down soon so you can catch your breath xo

  • G’day! What a lovely round up and thank your for this month’s kitchen view Christie! LOVE Manu’s cookbooks and recipes!
    I will have to check out the protein bread…
    Cheers! Joanne

    • I need to try the protein bread too – I still haven’t baked it up!! This week definitely :)

  • Great with these foods I can have a fantastic weekend.. Thanks

  • Red wine poached eggs? Sounds like a match made in heaven :)

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