Addendum upfront : Deadline revised: you have until June 1st to make lunch!
The noodles you see here were the subject of musings and a recipe* in the NYTimes Magazine recently, and they kind of called to me. I have made sesame noodles before, and there are plenty of recipes out there, though this is a particularly satisfying version. It was the caption that got me thinking about the packed lunches I take to work. Sometimes I go empty handed, and rely on local takeout for breakfast and/or lunch, but mostly I try to bring both with me. It's really expensive to eat lunch out a lot, leftovers can be put to good use in lunches, and hey, I like to cook.
To me, these noodles constitute pretty much the ideal take along lunch, better than random take-out, and as much of a feeling of treat being had. They would work even without a work fridge, because they have no ingredients to spoil during a morning, and are best served lukewarm. Also they are very, very nice, moderately healthy, and suitable for sharing with vegetarians.
I took my noodles for lunch with a pair of chopsticks (because I just like to eat noodles with chopsticks...I even sometimes eat Italian-style pasta with chopsticks, though not, admittedly, in public.) As I was enjoying them, and thinking they were pretty, I thought about some of the beautifully arranged bento boxes I've envied, and of those nifty stacked aluminum containers (I forget their name) delivered to some lucky people in India for their lunches, and just take-along brown bag lunches in general. Personally, I am fond of this Tupperware container, which in addition to being the nearly transparent green of spring leaves, collapses into itself when empty, for easy transport home. With these lunch thoughts in my head, it was a short step to the following idea for making some gratuitious work for myself.
So this is what I'd like to do, and I hope you will participate, either by posting in your blog, if you have one, or emailing me with your written recipe and a link to your photo, by May 15. Make a home-made take-out meal of the sort you like, or would like to take with you to work, or school, or to the park to eat while you watch the kids, or write your novel, or both. Maybe it is beautifully arranged in a divided enamel container, or it is a terrific recreation of Vietnamese street food, or it reminds you of the school lunch you took to elementary school. Maybe you take it in your Spiderman lunchbox. Perhaps you can make a giant pot of it for a dollar, and eat it for 2 weeks without getting bored? Whatever you like.
If you can, take a picture of it, and also, importantly, of the container or containers you will carry it in. Email (lindystoast at gmail dot com) me your link anytime on or before May 15, and I will have a round-up shortly thereafter. I think there's a lot of scope for individual cleverness here, and I'm looking forward to seeing some goodies, and getting some ideas for future lunches.
Let's, uh, do lunch.
*n.b. Recipe available in comments section, scroll down to check it out.
The cloth is for tying up your lunch-or anything else- you just put the thing in the middle, and make two ties across the top from the corners. They become a handle. It was a present from the redfox, quite a few years ago, when she lived in the Berkeley. She took me to Japantown in SF, when I visited for Christmas- and that is where it comes from. I am partial to the bunny motif.