My go-to lunch lately (I'm really surprised I haven't posted about this yet!): a few cups of arugula, half of a squeezed lemon, extra virgin olive oil, shaved parmesean, grilled chicken (cut up into bite-sized pieces), salt and pepper.
And I do allow parmesan in my diet. As a hard cheese, it has less lactose and well, I love cheese. Sometimes you gotta be a little flexible. 😉
There are no cheese makers in and around Calcutta. Until few months ago, our supermarket would import somewhat decent cheese but that too seems to have stopped. Most Indian cheese makers seem to be concentrated around north, west and south India. Even though I had limited time, I managed to pick up some decent cheese made in Satara, Maharashtra by Corona Dairy. The Edam and Gouda are very decent. I wanted 1 kg of Parmesan, but did not have the time to run around town looking for it, so half heartedly picked up some Parmesan powder. On my shopping list for Pune in my next visit, I have cheese, wine, fresh figs, lotus stems, thencha, peanut chutney and other ingredients which I can’t source in Calcutta.
What I carried to Pune was tea, mustard powder, mukhorochak chanachur and I forgot the 24 giant rajbhog from Mithai, beckbagan in my fridge.
When I travel, half of my luggage seems to be food!
Spaghetti squash with bacon and parmesan! Perfect for the days leading up to Thanksgiving because it was so easy to throw together (especially because I cooked the spaghetti squash in my instant pot) and their won't be a ton of leftovers! Not to mention it's freaking delicious!