Eating for one need not be boring or unexciting. Working from home does allow me to make something delicious at lunch time, instead of the rather insipid sandwiches that certain chains offer. For those who follow my instastories will know I regularly make speedy veggie miso broths, interesting healthy colourful salads and sometimes a Scandinavian open sandwich: known in Danish: smørrebrød, Norwegian: smørbrød, Swedish: smörgås or macka. You can get creative as you like but they always look and taste good. I adore sourdough and invariably always have some in the house, so making an interesting open sandwich is a win win.
A fridge staple for me is soft goats cheese. Even if you think you may dislike goats cheese try the soft variety as it is less strong, deliciously creamy and has a wonderful taste. We all love it in my family. I cut a couple of slices of sourdough and pop them under the grill for a couple of minutes until they are toasted to my liking. I then slather soft goats cheese on top, quarter some fresh figs, scatter some nuts – hazelnuts or walnuts work really well, and then drizzle some sweet honey. So simple and yet super satisfying. If I have any fresh mint in the fridge/garden (which I didn’t today) I would roughly chop some leaves and throw them on it too. You get salty flavours from the goats cheese working so well with the luscious, soft figs and the fragrant honey.
It’s also a great weekend lunch idea for the family or if you have some friends coming over. To make it more substantial you could make a soup – something like my pea and mint would work really well.
Toasted Sourdough with Soft Goats Cheese, Fig, Hazelnut and Honey
for one (increase proportions if you are feeding others)
2 pieces of sourdough bread, toasted
1-2 large figs quartered
1 tbsp soft goats cheese
1 tbsp hazelnuts/walnuts, roughly chopped
drizzle of honey on top
- Toast the sourdough on both sides under the grill, in a toaster or in a griddle pan.
- Slather goats cheese on top.
- Add the quartered figs and scatter the nuts.
- Top with fragrant honey.
So simple and yet deliciously effective.