I have been keeping track of my lunches over the past week or two, and I discovered that although there is a certain sameness day after day, there is also change and variety. It is what the Greeks called rhythmos, a satisfying and orderly variation, as in music.
Lunch 1: This is the first one I recorded. There are green grapes, bread-and-butter pickles, two Pepperidge Farm cookies, and two kinds of cheese.
Lunch 2: Now I have green grapes, but I also found some organic strawberries, the only kind I will eat. There are two Pepperidge Farm cookies, but they are Chessmen. Two kinds of cheese, but one is habanero cheddar and one is regular old white cheddar. The final touch is dried Mandarin oranges from Costco. These are amazingly tasty, and their perfume is irresistible.
Lunch 3: Pretty much the same meal, except that the cookies are gone. With riches like these, who needs cookies? Besides, I only really like homemade ones–made by me.
Lunch 4: The same, but with walnuts instead of the oranges, and a new cheese, something tangy and parmesan-like.
Lunch 5: A new theme enters. I have taken all the grapes off the stems and served them to myself in a little bowl. I also have a hard-boiled egg (from a happy chicken) sprinkled with Hawaiian red salt, and a few slices of mild gouda to complement my hot habanero cheddar.
Lunch 6: Clearly, my life is just a bowl of grapes! I ran out of organic strawberries after Lunch 4, but was able to find more. Sometimes I sprinkle them with sugar, but they don’t really need it. My tea is Twinings English Breakfast. Notice the little Agnes photobomb in the lower left corner! She’s my cheese thief and always hoping for a little something.
May there be many more lunches like these.
Thank you! You made me hungry again, but this time, those similar, but different plates would also make a good breakfast. Beautiful pics.
Many thanks! The pleasures of everyday life are often the sweetest.
Lunch on lady! These look well tasty, I love Twinings English and Irish Breakfast tea. Love the cutie cat patiently waiting for a tasty treat. Our Elvis dogger is quite the cheese scrounge hound as well.
Thank you! I love the idea of a hound dog named Elvis. Especially one who has a proper appreciation for cheese 🙂 It may be the only thing canines and felines have in common!
I’m curious: how do you know that the chicken was happy when she laid the egg? 🙂
Very beautiful and healthy dishes. I love cheese, and, regarding tea, I’m very fond of Earl Grey. Right now I’m in a phase of tea-fundamentalism, I take it without sugar, cream nor lemon.
We get our eggs from a lady in town who has a tiny farm. The chickens scratch about in the field during the day where I can see them as I drive by, and they stay in a cute little egg-mobile at night. (The egg-mobile moves around the farm so that they “fertilize” the area evenly.) Their eggs have beautiful vivid orange yolks which tells me they are happy and healthy!
I am even more of a tea fundamentalist than you because I insist on pure black tea with no flavorings and no additions. I like Twinings English Breakfast and Irish Breakfast, or loose teas from our tea guru (Ceylon! Nilgiri! Assam!). Must stop because I’m making myself both hungry and thirsty…
OMG those are happy chickens indeed! 🙂
Expat Eye said:
Yummy, and so healthy! Love the cat photobomb in the last one 🙂
Thanks! There’s nothing like a good photobomb. I didn’t even see her in there until I enlarged it 🙂
Expat Eye said:
Ha ha! She knew what she was doing!
Ooooooh cheeeeeeeeeeese! I love cheese and fruit combos. I usually have a cooked lunch, but my dinners often look very much like your lunches. Well, not quite as good…
Agnes – so cute 🙂
We used to call her Hag-nes because she was so mean, but she has mellowed quite a bit with age 😉
Tossing her the odd bit of cheese has probably helped 🙂
It certainly helps reduce irritability in humans. Especially me.
My kind of lunch. I even do cheese and fruit dinners (although wine must be involved). 🙂
That sounds so perfect. I could definitely go for a wine, cheese and fruit dinner, though I would be tempted to add a baguette. I try to avoid heavy duty carbs at lunch, but it’s all so I can enjoy them at dinner!
a baguette is a must!
These are gorgeous, healthy lunches. And farm eggs too! My grandparents has a handful of chickens and I remember those vivid orange yolks myself. Fresh eggs taste nothing like that in the store. I love the tea as well, but these would also pair nicely with a glass of something fermented and fruity, after five. 🙂
Love the post and pics, Linnet, but if anyone should be photobombing, I would have expected to see the beautifully sculpted hand of Ciarán Hinds as he delicately held a cluster of grapes above your head while feeding you–no?
Ah, what a beautiful idea. “Peel me a grape, Ciarán!” Perhaps his ghostly hand will appear in a future photo through the sheer force of my wishful thinking 🙂
I can’t believe it! Agnes is …a cat , isn’t it? (lol hag-nes)
Ok, it’s my name ^^
That is very funny! Yes, we give all our cats “people” names. We got Agnes at Easter time so she was given the name (“lamb”). Though I have since learned that Agnes does not come from Latin agnus but from Greek hagne, “pure.” Quite an interesting name!
Yeah, that’s right , Agnès (sorry, French orthograph ^^) comes from Ancient Greek ” ἀγνόs”, agnόs (pure) and not from Latin “agnus” (“lamb”). When I was a child, I thought I had a name which meant “lamb” 😦
Well, either way it’s a good name. I still think of our Agnes as the little lamb lost in the snow those many years ago. After we took her in, she turned out to be a little lamb with a big attitude 😉