When you are really pressed for time a DIY lunchbox is the way to go. All you need to do is prepare and assemble different components in the lunch box. Its also a lovely way to keep your loved ones involved.
Prep: 5-10 minutes
50g smoked chicken, sliced
50g chorizo sausage, sliced
Some cucumber ribbons (I used about 10 ribbons)
1 medium tomato, sliced
Two pitta breads
2 Tbs caramelised balsamic onion (see recipe below)
a spicy sauce of you choice – I used left over periperi
Pack everything individually in a lunch box for you or your loved ones to assemble during lunch time.
How to make the Caramelised Balsamic onion
1 onion, sliced into rings
2 Tbs Olive oil
100ml balsamic vinegar
30ml brown sugar
Heat a saucepan on high heat, add the olive oil and the onion.
Sautee the onion for 3 minutes.
Reduce the heat, then add water and cook for 5 minutes, until the water is almost fully evaporated.
add the balsamic vinegar and sugar, stir until sugar is dissolved.
Cook uncovered until the liquids are almost absorbed and slightly thicker.
Remove from heat and store in an airtight jar.
This can be used as a relish, meal accompaniment or for gourmet hot dogs – watch out for the recipe next week. More can be kept in a jar by bulking up the ingredients.
To make cucumber ribbons, use a vegetable peeler to carefully shave long strips of cucumber and then place them in icy water for a few minutes. These create a beautiful presentation when used in platters, sandwiches and salads.
Enjoy packing your own lunch or for a loved one