I waffled back and forth trying to title this post. I narrowed it down to two favorites: ” Why food bloggers don’t have time to eat during the day” or ” Now that summer is here, I’m actually eating during the day so now my treadmill is being used”.
Take your pick, either one works.
This is also a recipe of sorts, for one, so I decided that I should name the post for the recipe and then divulge into the many reasons why it’s so much more than a recipe.
One lonely blogger needed lunch. Oh, I am not lonely now, as the kids are out of school and we are busy as the proverbial bees, whether it’s meeting up with friends or basking on the sand at the beach. This recipe was concocted when I was alone at home in late June, writing and posting and pretending to ignore the mess that my house was.
It’s funny – not haha funny – that the assumption still prevails that working from home is so much easier, reminding me of how similar it is to the line of thinking that embraces the idiotic notion that being a stay at home Mom is easy work. While there are many benefits to working at home, there are drawbacks as well.
Like trying to write while a pile of laundry stares you in the face from your reading room. You get 30 minute intervals before those washer/dryer timers go off to get anything done and heaven forbid if you are on a writing spree. Those timers wait for no man, woman or writer but if you leave them off, you leave the laundry in so long it gets mouldy.
What? Only me?
So besides the fact that every single thing that needs doing in your house stares you down all blasted day, you actually don’t ever take breaks.
I can’t remember the last time I took a lunch break. I eat at my computer, writing, editing, posting, returning emails. When I’m not working here on the Kitchen Magpie, I’m busy writing for other people as well.
Lunch is usually a hurried affair when I actually remember to eat it. Usually it’s a snack around 3 when I leave to get the kids from school, because I worked right through it and forgot.
Lunch is also low on my totem pole of priorities for yummy food, because if I am creating a recipe for this website, it’s usually dinner or dessert. Lunch? Phhht. Who eats lunch?
I had a wicked craving one lunchtime for a curried egg salad sandwich and decided to actually treat myself to a real lunch during the day. Of course, it was just me – another reason why I don’t cook up a big lunch- so this is a recipe for one.
You can add and change as you see fit – more mayo, less mayo. I didn’t feel like onions in this salad but let me tell you, the cucumber is fantastic and cools down any bite from the curry that you might get.
I’ve started keeping a bowl of cooked hard boiled eggs in the fridge more often now and I always have the veggies on hand to make this.
So in the end this post isn’t really about a recipe as much as it’s about taking time for yourself during the day, whether you work at home or not. A nice healthy lunch gives you a nice boost for the afternoon and I am so guilty of not taking that time for myself.
Anyone else out there who works from home? How do you cope with everything outside your work staring you down? The dog, the laundry, the shopping, the cleaning…I could spend all day doing those, yet have to fit in hours of actual paying work!
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Curried Egg Salad Sandwich For One.
- Prep Time
- 2 minutes
- Total Time
- 2 minutes
- Karlynn Johnston
- 1 hard-boiled egg peeled
- 2 tablespoons chopped cucumber
- 1 tablespoon chopped celery
- 1-2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
- 2 slices your choice of bread
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- leaves spinach
- Smash the hard-boiled egg with a fork until it's in small pieces.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients and combine.
- Spread the egg salad onto your choice of bread.
- Top with spinach leaves and place the second slice of bread on top. Enjoy!
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.
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A Girl Needs a Name says
I don’t work as well in the kitchen or living room. I work better in a boring, tidy room with fewer distractions, usually my sewing room in the basement.
I read in an article once that Stephen King’s office has a gorgeous view of the ocean.. and he writes at a small desk facing the wall.
@A Girl Needs a Name Maybe this is the week I should create an office space for myself upstairs, facing the wall?
Karlynn Johnston says
Hehe mouldy laundry is more times than I care to admit. That’s why the timers are set on the machines, I hate to love them. Mostly hate them.
Karlynn Johnston says
It’s the blasted laundry and housecleaning…and driving the kids… and volunteering at school and various other things… all while trying to actually really work as well. I work harder now than I ever did at any desk job!
Mouldy laundry? YEP. Been there, done that, started the washer a second time with more soap and used more dryer sheets. Missing lunch? More like nibbling the equivalent of 2 or 3 lunches to keeps my teeth busy. Your sandwich looks delish. I think I’d use light whipped dressing (like miracle whip but the superstore brand!) for tang, and I love the addition of curry powder. Mmm… curry…
@Melanie Oh, you’re a whipped dressing kinda gal eh?
Rambling Tart says
Oh girl, I’m with you!! I’ve been working from home the last couple of years and as much as I love it, it is NOT easy!! I swear I work far more here than I ever did in the office – though I enjoy myself far more too. 🙂 I suppose working in pjs and watching movies whilst folding laundry or editing photos has its perks. 🙂 I love egg salad sandwiches. 🙂
@Rambling Tart Yes, working in PJ’s is a perk! The housework that surrounds you daily is the big problem, When you have an office, you don’t have it staring in your face. Heck, when I worked in an office you could just let it slide for a few days. NOT when you are at home!