EDITORS NOTE

No more sad desk lunches Most days at my desk, come about 12:07 pm, I feel the disappointment rising in me. That’s because I know what’s waiting for me in my lunch bag. Seven times out of ten, the contents aren’t going to satisfy my hunger, and it’s really all my own doing. Every week I have bold hopes, dreams and aspirations of preparing tasty, nutritious and filling lunches for the week ahead on a Sunday afternoon, but by the time Sunday rolls around, I’m way too lazy to get stuck in in the kitchen. Actually, it’s usually around 10:30 am each weekday when I...
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No more sad desk lunches Most days at my desk, come about 12:07 pm, I feel the disappointment rising in me. That’s because I know what’s waiting for me in my lunch bag. Seven times out of ten, the contents aren’t going to satisfy my hunger, and it’s really all my own doing. Every week I have bold hopes, dreams and aspirations of preparing tasty, nutritious and filling lunches for the week ahead on a Sunday afternoon, but by the time Sunday rolls around, I’m way too lazy to get stuck in in the kitchen. Actually, it’s usually around 10:30 am each weekday when I start to hear my stomach complaining. Yeah, yeah, the question has been asked and answered: I do eat a proper breakfast, usually including eggs, toast, fruit and coffee. This issue is more about a failure on my part to prepare adequately, to combat the need to stroll into downtown Cape Town to spend extortionate amounts of money on a sandwich. My partner and I occasionally attain small victories. She’ll pack us leftovers from dinner for Monday’s lunch, which is a wonderful treat come lunch-bag-opening time. But, for the most part, we’re losing the battle. Which brings me to a little mid-year resolution I’ve created for myself that was spurred on by Jacqueline Detwiler’s article entitled ‘Torch your lunch’ on page 66. From June onwards, the deli down the street will no longer receive my business at lunchtime! I won’t be spending all my life’s savings at that delicious cheesy quesadilla place on the corner! Like Jacqueline, I’m going to bring my own, home-prepared lunch, (and possibly smuggle away a little blowtorch at my desk, too, to add that special crispiness on top), to save money, and eat more healthily at work. You might’ve noticed that we’ve recently introduced the ‘Provisions’ section in the mag, which will touch on issues connected to food, drinks, or gear related to those topics. Whether it’s an efficient (and delicious) way to roast a chicken, how to create the best hot sauce, or how to pack for a multi-day hike, we’ll provide you with the answers. And if you have any article ideas linked to this section, please drop us a mail at popularmechanics@ramsaymedia.co.za.show less