My plan for today's lunch was a tomato sandwich. Nothing fancy - leftover sliced tomatoes from dinner last night and artesian bread we picked up over the weekend in Calgary.
The bread was stale. The slices were all rock hard. What was I to do?
There are other leftovers in the fridge… I could just throw the bread out and eat other leftovers instead.
Wait a minute.
Throw out artesian bread... are you kidding?
And then I realized I could make a simple French salad for lunch: tomatoes with croutons. It's called something awesome in French that sounds way better than my English version.
But hold on…
Make your own croutons? That sounds complicated.
What's complicated about it? You have bread, an oven, oil, salt, and garlic - you don't need anything else.
Just chop up your two slices of bread into crouton sized bites and toss them with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic and that's it. Put them onto a lined cookie sheet and roast at 180°C or 375°F for five minutes or until they are golden.
Set the timer for this or you will burn them like I usually do.
Chop the tomatoes into bite-size pieces and any other vegetables you want to add - cucumber, red bell pepper, onion, capers, olives and feta would all be amazing with this.
Then adorn your vegetables with a dollop of mayonnaise and heavenly heaping of homemade croutons.
Voila! Lunch is served. So much better than just a sandwich.