There is a tiny, carefully crafted bookstore on a northwest corner of San Potrero Hill neighborhood. I was a few minutes earlier for a meal around the hotel and I could not help, but I arrived for a quick tour. Five minutes later I went out with lunch at Shop: The art and the practice of lunch. It's an inspired volume from Seattle's long-time owner Peter Miller, who celebrates the simple pleasures that are achieved by taking and evaluating (what I consider) a proper meal. Emphasis is placed on foods that are simple, fresh, stochastic and often common. He said another way – the meal does not have to be complicated or complicated to make sense.
Taking time for lunch. This book has hit such a note with me because there are few things that can make more of a difference in your day than this gesture. It's something I believe in and I do the best to put it into practice if I sit under myself, with a few friends or with a lot of people. There is something incredibly positive and optimistic about this small volume with the happy, red-and-red cover. At a practical level, it is filled with thoughts and tips on how to eat well, set your day and store your workplace … but it is in something beyond the sum of its sections and chapters. I love that there is a reminder of how important this break of the day is – how it can help relationships grow, how it can help energize, nurture and revive, and how lunch can bring some magical working environment.
I made the sachets folded in Yoghurt, Spinach and Basil. A double batch, in fact. We enjoyed on walnut bread, style, for many days. Friends who can not handle wheat or gluten can enjoy this combination in appropriate crackers or wrapped in a durable, fresh lettuce leaf romaine. It has lentils, spinach (the rockets are wonderful), herbs and Greek yoghurt – a rich, healthy, satisfying set of ingredients that make you strong for the rest of the afternoon!