So…for starters…why ‘tear a pheasant?’ Well, as I was scouring my mind (and the web) for a blog title, a line from one of my favorite films dashed across my memory…
“…but for lunch, don’t you usually tear a pheasant with Miss Lamont?” Debbie Reynolds in Singin in the Rain. The sole purpose of this blog is to explore and create new and wonderful lunch recipes…so…there it is. Tear a Pheasant. Have I ever actually eaten – or for that matter seen – a pheasant? No. But…I do like a good quippy line from an old musical. Besides, every time I read the words I hear Debbie Reynold’s voice in my head…and who doesn’t love that!?
My plan is to create meals for lunch that are in line with my ‘perfect lunch’ criteria: easy to prepare, relatively inexpensive, delicious, beautiful, and will keep it’s beauty and splendor while sitting in my blue-striped lunch tote that sits beneath my feet at the Reference Desk all day… More often than not…this involves quite a lot of prep time. Mental prep. Shopping. Food prep. Packing. And then the next day at around noon or 1 pm…the big reveal!
So I will research, and prepare, and taste, and take pictures…and share it with whomever glances this way. I am not a chef, although I’ve been wearing the ‘best baker’ crown around the family for a few years… I’ve not been to one culinary class, with the inevitable exception of home-ec of course, in school days. I learn by doing…and watching…and tasting. Just a regular person with a job, and only one hour in my long tedious workday to relax…and eat.
We are approaching autumn…so expect a lot of homemade soups and slow-cooked dishes…utilizing fresh local ingredients like butternut and acorn squash, apples, pears, turnips, beets…oohh I’m getting hungry!
Gotta think about tomorrow’s lunch…made a nice cauldron-sized pot of soup the other night…hhmmm…maybe jazz it up with some fresh toasty croutons? Do I have any fresh veggies to mix in and reinvent it a little? Have to think about this…