Turn up unannounced here and not only will you think you should call 110 as it looks like we've been ransacked but I will probably offer you the leftover morning coffee (microwaved of course, give me some credit!) and... ahhh... at this time of year it would be cut up apple, unpeeled. In non-apple season you'd get banana slices, peeled. We just don't keep snacks as a matter of course and if we do get them, we tend to eat them. All of them. Hence the reason we don't keep snacks! I have actually pulled out three packs of toddler tamago ball rusk things and mixed them with sultanas and dried cranberries and told someone it was what we call trail mix. *^_^* Went quite well with coffee....
Anyway, today good old friend and neighbour A called me at 10:00 to come over for lunch. It attests to the amazingness of her culinary skills that when I said I had to work at 1:30 half an hour's drive away she suggested we come over now.
Two things flashed through my head:
Aghhhhhhh!!!! We've just finished breakfast!
Aghhhhhhh!!!! I have nothing to take and no time to make!
I realised my first panic was actually a relief- the girls eat truly amazing quantities of food so arriving full (bagels, scrambled eggs, veggie medley, sausages AND a banana smoothie) should limit the amount of portion control I have to do. They still managed to eat three portions of spaghetti, two helpings of potato salad, two of rice and some chips and dip, though...
The second panic was more of a problem. A is an amazing cook and always whips up mountains of yummy food. Even when we don't eat there she quite often brings me over some of whatever she's made- Brazil has gone from off my travel radar to front and centre place I must visit!
Anyway after a quick freak out I said a big THANK YOU COSTCO and whipped this up:
Not bad, hey? 1 block of blue cheese which I absolutely love but need to get out of the house as I'm the only one who eats it here and silly me bought a 6pack- errrr diet??? With a thinly sliced and toasted onion bagel cut into chips, and some of my quince paste from the summer. This is the second batch I made when I was over being vigilant and stirring for hours, so I quit halfway through and store it in jars like jam- absolutely no different and wayyyyyy less work!
Everyone loved it: blue cheese! So exotic!! This bread- it's got seeds is it?? Quince paste- you made it? Had to bask in the glory a bit...
So yes, today I rock.
Oh and A's 16 yo daughter on her first taste of blue cheese ever?
ウオー！このチーズは超チーズだ！ Whoa. This cheese is majorly Cheesy!