Oh, I am a lucky one! Tonight’s midnight snack was a pile of grilled cheese sandwiches and a bowl of tomato soup.
Nothing glamorous, all the ingredients came from TJ’s. It was thrown together with a thrifty nonchalance and resulted in a deeply satisfying meal. The cheese was a combination of manchego and aged white cheddar, the bread was thinly sliced baguette resurrected from the freezer. It was grilled using lots of butter, then the pan was put in the oven to keep crisp and browned.
If there’s a place one would expect to have specialty grilled cheese sandwiches, you expect them to be at a cheese shop, right? That’s right!
Well, I finally did it, I had their grilled cheese and ham for lunch. It was oozy, warm, delicious, and good to share alongside few other nibbles.
Other nibbles included a thick slice of pate de champagne and some mini ciabatta rolls, and a cup of C’est Cheese’s super yummy tomato soup.
I have been a big big fan of bread and pate, eaten with cornichons and little pickled onions ever since living in England and spending time with the Belgian. When we’d do travelling picnics, it would always include pate with cornichons. The grilled cheese sandwich came with one little cornichon, and none with the pate (since it’s sold as a regular market item), and it was so hard to ration that little pickle for the whole piece of pate. In fact, we didn’t. We ate about half the pate and took the rest home.
My favorite lunch item was the soup. I can throw together a grilled cheese sandwich relatively easily, but it’s not so easy to have homemade tomato soup, so I value this treat highly.
The whole meal’s about $20, feeding two. The big ticket item is the grilled cheese, coming in close to $10.