Everyone at Savvy HQ is really into food. Obsessed, you might say. Some of us are trying to be healthy, some are trying to diet (ahem), and others can’t stop eating the chocolate that is always in the kitchen (ahem, ahem). But when you look around the office, it’s like the Olympics of food here…dishes from all over the world are being enjoyed and shared among all of us. Every day the question gets asked with serious concern: “What are you having for lunch today?”
Robyn Burnett, our Assistant Editor, who always wins the Most Exotic Recipe Award, brought in an Ethiopian dish (who knew?) called Shalan Foul (pronounced ‘ful’). It’s made with mashed fava beans, chopped onion and berbere spice (which has quite a kick). Topped with chopped tomatoes, sour cream and avocado, it looked like this and made for a hearty and healthy lunch:
Denise Smith, our resident foodie and EatSavvy Editor, was busy testing out recipes at lunchtime for next month’s edition of EatSavvy. She was enjoying a beautiful French-inspired soup that I’m pretty sure you’ll be reading about soon so I can’t tell you all the details. But I can tell you that you’ll love it. (Hint: it’s delicious and nutritious.)
Myra Thompson was hard at work at her desk in the sales department enjoying a classic Italian fave—a Pizza Pizza veggie slice. She’s so Euro…
Leslie McCormick can usually be found eating Thai food on the days she’s too tired to bring in her lunch. She loves the spring rolls and wonton soup, which always smell delicious.
Sarah and I went across the street to enjoy Japanese at our local fave, Fukui Sushi, where we often host lunch meetings. And since we are like an old married couple, we’ve reached the point where we order the same thing on the menu. We chose the rainbow roll with a bowl of edamame to start.
What’s your favourite international cuisine when lunch rolls around? I’d love to know.
The other day my youngest came to me with his hands on his hips and said he wanted Chicken Cordon Bleu for dinner. I laughed out loud and said “Honey, there’s no time right now. We have to get to basketball”.
During that basketball game, I thought back to my cooking school days, when wrapping a piece of prosciutto around a fussy piece of Gruyere, painfully placing it inside a chicken breast then sealing it with toothpicks, coating it in breadcrumbs and baking it to plump perfection was doable. Life as a mom might not allow us the luxury of time to perform such feats these days, but it does hone our resourcefulness skills. So when we got in the car to go home, I told Colgan to give me about half an hour and I would make him a Mommy version of the classic dish.
With a few staple pantry ingredients, I developed a hearty twist on this classic French dish that the whole family enjoyed. I hope yours will, too.
After dinner, I dusted off my old binder from cooking school and found my notes on Cordon Bleu. The term translates to “blue ribbon”, which originally referred to an award given to female chefs for culinary excellence—an award I won around our dinner table for my mommy version of this classic dish.
Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake
Makes 6 servings
Prep and Cook
Charmaine Broughton-Dunn is a chef, food writer, marathon runner and founder of MarathonMom.ca. She races daily after her two boys Tyler (8) and Colgan (7) and around her kitchen writing, developing and testing new recipes.