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Lunch Box Idea: Tuna Pocket

Have you wonder how the pocket in a pita is created? The pocket is created by steam which puffs up the dough and as the bread cools and deflated, a pocket is left in the center. Pita pocket is such a convenient container for all sorts of fillings. I love Peanut Butter Pita Bread which has the creaminess from the peanut butter and crunchiness from the frosted cornflakes which I created in the early days of chowtimes.

Here is a another simple Tuna Pocket recipe that kids will enjoy and is ok for school lunch box as many schools are peanut free zone nowadays.

Tuna and grape goes well in this simple Tuna Pocket recipe. The coleslaws and lettuce adds crunch to it and made this a complete meal with carbohydrate, protein, fiber and vitamins.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coleslaw blend
  • 1/2 cup halved seedless red grapes
  • 1/2 cup flaked drained canned tuna in water
  • 2 tablespoons of your preferred dressing, like mayonnaise, kraft calorie-wise Rancher’s choice dressing
  • 1/2 round whole wheat pita
  • leaf or romaine lettuce

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Yields 1 serving

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Office Lunches: Blount Lobster Bisque and Mandarin Orange

OK, home run. This is the last of the series on office lunches … and so glad it is over! After a while, everything is just the same thing over and over again. But still I hope you all enjoyed it.

Today, I had the Blount Lobster Bisque and a mandarin orange. The container looked big which later I found out that it was not really meant for 1 person. There is enough to easily serve 2-3 people.

Preparing this is simple. Just pop it into the microwave for 5-6 minutes. It was really hot coming out from the oven. I did not realize how hot it was despite the caution on the lid. I almost drop the entire bowl onto the floor. If it happened it would have been a complete mess and the worse thing is I would have to clean it all up myself … at home, Suanne is in charge of cleaning up spills … he he he.

It was later at home I realized that it was meant for more than 1 person. That whole bowl I finished off contained a whopping 380 x 5 calories … 1900 calories!

Despite that, the Lobster Bisque is absolutely delicious. It is as good as you will find it anywhere. And they have real lobster meat too, or at least it tastes and looked like real lobster. Really nice … you can buy it from Costco (Bellingham for sure but not sure if this is in Canada).

Back to normal programming tomorrow.

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Office Lunches: Dried-Mix Noodle, Asian Pear and Kudos Milk Chocolate Granola Bar

I am going to make this short.

For a change, I had dried mix noodles. Soup noddles are more common but of late there are quite a lot of dried mix ones in the market. I believe this one comes from China.

Making this is so simple, I did not even have to read the instructions. I just need to pour in to the container boiling hot water until the noodles softened and then I add the ingredients in the two sachets. This one came thoughtfully with a plastic fork.

This is not too good. It’s a bit too wiry (wire-ly?) for me. I guess I should have left it to soak in in hot water a bit longer. I know it’s just me but I am quite wary about these Chinese products. Maybe I had been reading too much about the safety records of Chinese products and how some of the manufacturers uses unsafe substances. * shrugs*

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Office Lunches: The Boss Restaurant in Metrotown

Fridays had always been a good time to go out for lunch for some reason. Two Fridays ago, I went out for lunch with my friends from my old workplace. I am glad that even after having left the company for more than 2 years now, I am still remembered.

Since, I am eating out, Suanne just packed grapes and a handful of prawn cracker for me. I still need my snacks.

The Boss Restaurant is located inside the Metrotown mall. It is located near Zellers in case you want to know where exactly it is in the large mall. The Boss is basically a HK-Style restaurant and is almost always busy.

Wait times could be very lengthy during lunch time and more so since it is a Friday afternoon. We had a total of 12 people and since I was the nearest to the restaurant, I went there earlier to book a table. The wait was 30 minutes which was not too bad.

We had to split up to two separate tables since it is quite next to impossible to get so many people seated together seeing how busy it was that day. We talked about table setting and that Asians tables normally have a spoon and a fork while for other Canadian restaurants, it is common to have only fork and knife.

Even after so many years in Canada, I still prefer just spoon and fork as it is more practical when it come to rice. I can use a fork for rice but it feels odd to me. Asians normally eat with the spoon and uses the fork to help scoop food onto the spoon.

On our table we had six people and decided to just order four different dishes to share. The chow mein was served on a hot pan. For those of you who had never tried this before, this is like having two fried noodles in one. The noodles are by itself crunchy and after a while when the sauce get soaked through the noddles, they get soften … giving an entirely different texture.

The Grilled Pork Chop with Onion is a delight to those who had never tried it before. This is always served in a very very hot pan. You have a choice of sauces which you pour over the food into the pan giving a real sizzle which if you are not careful, you could get sauce splatter on your clothes. It came with a sides of either rice or spaghetti.

I would not say that this is great but it sure is fun, especially for those who had never had this before. $9.50 is quite a good deal.

The Seafood Congee costs $5.75. Congee is considered a poor man’s food. In many parts of Asian long time ago when rice are scarce, people do make congee by adding more water to make a bigger meal.

The Love Bird Fried Rice is sort of an uncommon-common food you see in some Cantonese restaurants. Underneath it is the normal fried rice but over it, there are two types of sauces … poured over in the shape of ying-yang. I had absolutely no idea what the sauces are. They are quite good.

Overall, it was a pretty fun lunch out. I get kicks out of introducing food to people who had not had this before. I think everyone liked it. We split the bill and it came out to $8.50 each for the five of us at the table.

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Office Lunches: Nazook Armenian Pastry, Krispy Fruit and Asian Pear

OK, I admit. I am mighty bored now with this series on office lunches. After a while, they all look the same. So, this weekend, I am going to post all of it and be done with office lunches. He he he … Suanne is so annoyed because she had not prepared her posts yet. She thought that she still have a few more blog-free days.

There is something new for lunch today. Suanne found some new type of pastry called Nazook. I don’t think it’s really called Nazook but it’s a brand name. More about that later.

I think you would have seen this several times already. I like this snack as a pack is more than enough to stave off hunger. There are three different types … this one is called Island Mix and contains 230 calories. Anyone know why this is called Island Mix?

All I know is that the pastry above is a sort of an Armenian pastry. We got this from Costco and the packaging just said that it’s Nazook. It was quite doughy, dry-ish and somewhat dense but otherwise sweet. It was recommended that it’s best microwaved for 20 seconds to soften it a bit. It is just fine eating it without microwaving it. Each small piece contain a whopping 290 calories.

I am hoping someone can share with me about Armenian culture and pastries. I did some research and apparently it is a custom in the Armenian culture that visitors are almost always offered coffee and pastry.

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Office Lunches: Jimmy Dean’s Ham and Cheese Croissant Sandwich

Lunch today consists of more sesame snaps, a Dole Fruit Bowl and something new … a ham and cheese croissant from Jimmy Dean.

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There is nothing more to say about the sesame snaps and the fruit bowl other then the fact that we still have lots of it left in the storeroom.

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We got the Jimmy Dean Ham and Cheese Croissant Sandwiches from Walmart. This costs $4.98 for a box of 6 Croissant Sandwiches. The Jimmy Dean brand is part of Sara Lee’s brand. One thing about Sara Lee … although they are well known for their food products, they are also the company behind non-food brands like Brylcreem, Kiwi show polish, Ambi Pur air refresheners, Playtex and Wonderbra. Interesting, huh?

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It’s simple preparing this … just pop it into the oven for less than a minute and you’re done.

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The Jimmy Dean’s Croissant Sandwich does not really taste like a croissant. Although it looked very much like a croissant, texture-wise it is more bready and does not have the flakiness of real croissant. Still, it was quite a tasty sandwich.

BTW, did you know that the name croissant came from the word crescent because of its distinctive shape?

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Stouffer’s Smoked Turkey Club Panini, Asian Pear and Cheese on Crackers

Today’s lunch has a cheesy theme to it.

What I had was an Asian Pear, some cheese on crackers and for the first time ever, Stouffer’s Corner Bistro Panini.

Of all types of fruits, I love the Asian Pear. I think sometimes this is called the Ya Pear or the Chinese Pear … or even the Korean Pear … or perhaps the Japanese Pear. I think the Asian pear is the most apt name.

One thing that somewhat surprises me is that most white Canadians does not eat this at all. Maybe it’s just my perception from the fact that the few people I talked to about this had NOT eaten this before. This has very high water content and is lightly sweet.

We came across some bread crisps in the stores that reminded us of the cheese platter we had in Gastropod recently. Suanne gave me some Tillamook Pepperjack cheese (my fav). The moist cheese turned the bread crisp all soggy. Lesson learned … separate the cheese from the bread crisp next time.

The biggest surprise is the Smoked Turkey Club Panini. It was absolutely delicious and simply the best I had ever had. This panini is part of Stouffer’s range of product called the Corner Bistro.

It came with what they called a revolutionary grilling tray which I think is what makes the difference. During the grilling in the microwave, it smells nice. It is a bit greasy though. The texture was great and does not taste at all like most other frozen sandwiches. 360 calories.

Highly recommended … very highly recommended.

On the inside of the box, are instructions on how one could redeem for rewards.

I logged in … there is nothing much to it. You could redeem for a shelf stereo system, a portable DVD player or a $100 Amazon gift card. I could not be bothered. I probably need to eat dozens of these Paninis to stand a ghost of a chance to win any of these stuff.

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Office Lunches: Roasted Chicken Thigh, Mandarin Orange and Doritos Nacho Cheese

You know … I am beginning to think that this series on Office Lunches are getting to be boring! So, I am going to try to speed up by making two postings today.

Today’s lunch is more protein and something I have a problem with. Well, it has to do with left over food.

Suanne packed a mandarin orange, a packet of supposedly healthier Doritos and a day old roast chicken thigh. It does look totally charred from this picture, doesn’t it?

The mandarin orange was really fresh and juicy. Buying mandarin oranges is so much a hit and miss for us. We had no way of really telling how fresh the orange is sometimes. This one was fresh and you know why? When I peel off the skin, I got a bit of the juice squished in my face.

We got the roasted chicken from Costco. I bet you notice that almost all supermarket chains where they sell an entire roasted chicken for something like $8 or so. You find it everywhere, in Safeway, Safe-On-Foods, and Superstore. I think I know why all these stores sell these roast chicken and why they are so cheap. I really do think that it’s a way for these supermarkets to sell chicken which is almost past their due date. Instead of throwing away unsold chicken, they roast it on premises and sell it cheaply. You think my theory is right?

I had never quite like Doritos. What’s your favourite chips? I like the ones called Kettle-something. I can’t recall the name but will recognize the packaging when I see it. I like Lays too. Doritos, well, is not quite my favourite. The only reason I had that is because Suanne picked that because the packaging said Zero Trans Fat and 100 calories.

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