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May 26th, 2009
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What do you eat for lunch during the week? Are you bored sick of it too?

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From:enismirdal
Date:May 26th, 2009 08:58 am (UTC)
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Mostly bread and cheese...and to a certain extent, yes. (Luckily I live close enough to work that going home for lunch is the usual option, so on a really bored day I can pull pancakes out of the freezer or something.)

I'm quite the fan of cooking a bucket of vegetable soup at the start of the week and bringing that in for a few days... :)
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From:miss_next
Date:May 26th, 2009 09:05 am (UTC)
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Quinoa and vegetables... although there's plenty of variety in that, because I do different combinations of vegetables as the mood takes me. I never get bored with it.
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From:atreic
Date:May 26th, 2009 09:08 am (UTC)
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I ate quinoa and vegetables for a week. It was really nice on the first day, fine on the next two days, and by the forth and fifth day I never wanted to see quinoa again.

I think I just have too short an attention span.
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From:shreena
Date:May 26th, 2009 09:06 am (UTC)
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I have a laptop lunch box from here - www.laptoplunches.co.uk - and therefore have four compartments and I put different things in each. Usually something like: left over pasta/stirfry/curry in one, vegetables and hummous/salad in another, grapes/strawberries/smilar in one, cheese/quiche/olives in another. I get quite excited by my lunchbox.
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From:the_alchemist
Date:May 26th, 2009 09:27 am (UTC)
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Ooh, they look fun. I might have to get one of those at some point.
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From:brrm
Date:May 26th, 2009 09:10 am (UTC)
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We have a sandwich hut just outside work but yes, I tend to get a bit tired of the usual options. Also, it gets expensive. But I am too lazy to a) make my own, b) decide on other lunch shop options, usually. :-)
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From:andrewducker
Date:May 26th, 2009 09:14 am (UTC)
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I have a choice of two omnivorous and one vegetarian meal in the canteen each day. Plus soup. And the sandwich bar.

I've not got bored yet.
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From:trinity_gal
Date:May 26th, 2009 09:24 am (UTC)
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My workplace does have a big nice kitchen with microwave and big fridge and being near big ASDA supermarket, which thankfully does help hugely with preparing a variety of lunches during break. Else I'd be stuck with making same usual sandwiches in the morning or raid whatever there's expensive in Canary Wharf.
And, sometimes leftover from yesterday's dinner (if not all eaten already) too.
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From:the_alchemist
Date:May 26th, 2009 09:25 am (UTC)
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- Leftovers from something I had the night before or the night before that.
- Bread and cheese
- Curry and and rice from the work canteen (where you get to point to what you want and they make it for you on the spot) or a supermarked (where they don't).

No, I don't generally get bored with it, though I'm bored of all food right now, which is worrying.
From:ex_robhu
Date:May 26th, 2009 09:31 am (UTC)
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We have a canteen on site which is quite reasonable, and a coffee shop that will make baguettes for you. McDonalds is just down the road, and I *could* go home for lunch if I really wanted to.

However because I want to lose weight I tend to eat either soup or pasta/tuna as I can get away with eating those and therefore only consuming 200-350 calories at lunch time.

It can be quite boring, but there isn't a huge amount of choice if I want to eat very few calories, and I've found that varying my diet too much leads me to eat too much.
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From:sally_maria
Date:May 26th, 2009 09:35 am (UTC)
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One of the advantages of working on the High St is the access to lots of different places to buy lunch, though having to do it all in half an hour before 12 or after 2 is a bit of a pain.

I tend to go through phases of having the same thing - the guys in Subway know exactly what I want every time I go in.
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From:smhwpf
Date:May 26th, 2009 09:36 am (UTC)
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Here in Solna we have a marvellous array of reasonably-priced eateries within 5 minutes walk. Pizza, falafel, Indian, Thai/Sushi, Greek, various Swedish (with excellent salad bars included). Lunches cost from 60-80 crowns, inc. coffee, soft drink and salad bar. Swedish lunch culture FTW!
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From:lnr
Date:May 26th, 2009 09:38 am (UTC)
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My normal lunch used to be a sandwich and a cup of soup from the mini-canteen in the department and maybe a packet of crisps or a piece of cake, and sometimes some fruit too. They have a reasonable range of sandwiches, although mostly a bit on the large side: baguettes with lots of cheese and often quite a lot of mayo.

At the moment I'm mostly bringing lunch in, and it does depend a lot on what's in the fridge at home. We've just moved office and having more space we've installed a kettle and a (very) mini-fridge, which rather widens our options, but not as much as those who have access to a microwave. I think I will soon start to get a bit bored of having pot-couscous as part of my lunch, but the novelty value hasn't worn off yet. I do get plenty of variety, including some very nice salads, and tasty leftovers if they're things I don't mind eating cold, but it's much more effort than just getting something from the canteen.
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From:emperor
Date:May 26th, 2009 09:49 am (UTC)
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2 Sandwiches, usually one savoury one sweet. I am often bored by them, but fancier sandwiches are more faff than I want to commit to in the mornings.
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From:robert_jones
Date:May 26th, 2009 09:59 am (UTC)
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Usually sandwiches, most often ham and cucumber or cheese and pickle. Sometimes left-overs from the previous day. Very occasionally an omelette.

I sometimes get bored if, say, I've bought a big packet of ham, and have to eat ham sandwiches for a week. Otherwise, no.

Also, I eat exactly the same thing for breakfast every weekday (cornflakes, banana, milk, freshly squeezed orange juice, coffee) and I never get bored of it.
From:ex_robhu
Date:May 26th, 2009 10:00 am (UTC)
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Have you thought of adding *bacon salt* to your lunch?
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From:emperor
Date:May 26th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
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You are a strange boy sometimes...
From:tamsinj
Date:May 26th, 2009 10:02 am (UTC)
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sandwiches - cheese, ham and one of {branston sandwich pickle, hot chilli jelly, warm spicy sainsburys chutney, game chutney, jallapeno relish} for normally at least 3 days. the other two either being more sandwiches, or a small portion of left overs .. curry, bolognaise, chilli, fahita wrap, thai curry soup being examples.

then a bananananana and something sweet - whatever i baked recently, 100ml pot of rice pudding, yoghurt or chocolate.
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From:woodpijn
Date:May 26th, 2009 10:04 am (UTC)
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People clearly have different food attention spans. Alex has had cheese sandwiches for lunch pretty much every day of the eight years he's been working and not got bored of them. I have the option of making my own sandwiches, going to the work canteen or going to a sandwich bar, and I still get bored of them.
(Although at the moment we're getting free catered lunches for a few weeks in exchange for working long hours in the run-up to a release, so the food is actually quite exciting and varied for now.)
From:ex_robhu
Date:May 26th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
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Free lunch doesn't sound like an excellent trade off for extra hours.

Where I used to work we got time off in lieu plus takeaway which was marginally OK I thought. However back then I had nothing to do in my evenings.
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From:addedentry
Date:May 26th, 2009 10:08 am (UTC)
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Free lunch in college hall, which cycles through chicken-fish-pasta-curry. I don't take enough interest in food to get bored, though: I was happy to eat sandwiches for years.
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From:sphyg
Date:May 26th, 2009 10:20 am (UTC)
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Yesterday's leftovers or homemade sandwich and soup. I go to the canteen about once a week for some variety.
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From:edith_the_hutt
Date:May 26th, 2009 10:30 am (UTC)
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Sandwiches from Boots along with a drink and a snack (meal deal). There's usually enough variety in the snack and sandwiches to make me happy. And if not I'll grab something interesting from the market or from M&S.

And if I'm really desperate for excitement I can get myself an ice cream from the ice cream stall.
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From:alextfish
Date:May 26th, 2009 11:01 am (UTC)
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As woodpijn said above, I have 4 bread and cheese sandwiches every working day, have done for about 8 years, and haven't got bored.

But when I say "bread and cheese"... I mean nice granary bread, usually with assorted different seeds in it, and 4 different cheeses, chosen that lunchtime from the 6 or so cheeses I'll have in the employees' fridge: usually the options are something like mature cheddar with pickle/relish, spreadable cheese with chives in, Port Salut or another really nice semi-soft cheese, Dairylea/Primula/another very soft cheese, double gloucester with chives or sundried tomatoes in, and stilton with something like apricots. I'll often try deli cheeses with things like pickled onions or mustard in them, and occasionally flirt with heresy by having only 3 cheese sandwiches and 1 of some kind of vegetarian pate, bean paste, or similar.

There's a lot of variety within "bread and cheese" :) But even though I'm happy with cheese sandwiches, I do sometimes get the urge to get something different if I'm passing a lunch outlet, like, perhaps, a toasted cheese and tomato panini ;)
From:ex_robhu
Date:May 26th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
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How do you define 'sandwich' ?
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From:kerrypolka
Date:May 26th, 2009 11:50 am (UTC)
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I have either leftovers from the previous night, a sandwich or salad from Pret or Tesco, and when I'm feeling really cranky (about once every month or two), I go to McDonald's and grump.

Leftovers usually includes rice, which can get tiresome, but the sandwiches and salads mix it up enough that it's fine.
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From:neoanjou
Date:May 26th, 2009 11:50 am (UTC)
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You're close to the University Campus, (in Brum) right?

The Spar in University centre does sushi kits (not especially great ones, but...) which are a great change from the usual. I went though a week of having them for lunch everyday.

Normally though I'll go to the farm shop which does nice and very respectably prices rolls. Or get a 'Hot smoked Salmon' sandwich from our Physics Coffee Lounge.

I did get very bored when I made lunch for myself everyday. But if you vary the bread (e.g. Pumpernickel bread is a nice change) and spread (e.g. using Mayonnaise, humus or even pesto instead of butter/marge) can make it more bearable.
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From:fanf
Date:May 26th, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
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Bread machines are great for interesting tasty fresh bread. Pesto bread is yummy (hmm, I haven't made that for a while) as is bread with lots of seeds. Lots of opportunity for experimentation.
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From:fanf
Date:May 26th, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
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Standard lunch is a pint of New Covent Garden Food Company soup, which I buy once a week and keep in a fridge in the office. I also have a late afternoon snack of bread (from the bread machine at home) and cheese and salad (also kept in the fridge) with an interesting pickle or mustard. I occasionally have sandwiches from EAT or Pret a Manger instead of soup. I eat out of the office once a week.

I tend not to get bored of lunch too easily - I tend to fall into a routine of not many different things for months at a time.

If you have a decent kitchen in the office, maybe get a book of quick recipes and throw something together in your lunch hour. You'll probably be in more of a mood to prepare something then than you are early in the morning. Even if you can't prepare hot food, you can probably find a decent book of salads or sandwiches or microwave-friendly recipes. The effort then becomes getting the necessary ingredients, which you could reduce by doing it the night before or a couple of times a week.
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From:rmc28
Date:May 26th, 2009 12:10 pm (UTC)
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Depending on how organised I am:

1. Leftover pasta/beans etc from the weekend
2. Frozen portions of home made stews - basically I start with onion and garlic and go from there depending on what's in the co-op, and try to make sure I have carbs in there somehow.
3. Something ready-meal-ish I spotted on reduced in the Co-op.
4. Sandwiches bought from one of the two sandwich vans
5. (very rarely) sandwiches made at home. Though I was *stuffed* one day last week (which is very rare for me) when I made steamed veg with houmous in pitta bread.

I seem to eat a huge amount just to not feel starving: lunch and at least one snack midmorning and midafternoon. I am trying to resist the temptation to make those snacks chocolate or cake or muffins, and eat more fruit (get my 5-a-day in). I am by no means regularly successful.

Sliced apples (I chop and slice a couple while my breakfast porridge heats up in the microwave) work several times a week, and I can also eat bananas nearly every day. I think I should have houmous and veg more often as it was so nice not to feel hungry for several hours. Actually, I think I need to dig out the low-GI books I have somewhere and prepare some meals around that.
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