Packing for Lunch


A couple of my friends (including my best friend – Terra: had suggested I start up a food blog, showcasing my cooking adventures. I usually reply with: “I would except for two problems – I do not cook everyday like regular foodies and I do not measure out my ingredients.” Then, Terra suggested I write the blog anyway – describing the dishes as much as I can and encouraging the readers to do it however they want.

She is right. Nothing should be so limited. She also suggested that I write out what I had been feeling when I made these dishes – a style reminiscent of “Like Water for Chocolate” (a wonderful read, I must say).

So what sparked this discussion between us? A dish I made last night – tuna with assorted vegetables simmered in a sauce made of soy sauce, mustard, and a few other things.

Tuna simmering with the "salad"

Please ignore the quality of the picture. Had I known I was going to start a food blog, I would have used my regular camera rather than my phone.

Now, the funny thing was that, normally when I do create new dishes, I do it because I am feeling emotional. Last night’s dish was created out of necessity rather than an emotional outburst. My father and I had nothing to pack for our lunch the next day for work. I set out on a mission to throw together whatever I could and pray that it was edible, (tasty would be pushing it, haha).

Surprisingly, it tasted pretty good. Great surprises come when you least expect it huh?


  • 4 cans of tuna (water drained out)
  • 1.5 diced plum tomatoes
  • 3 cloves of chopped garlic
  • Most of a large white onion (I left out about 1/4 of it)
  • About 4 stalks of green onion
  • A handful of white button mushrooms, sliced
  • Two small eggplant
  • Soy sauce
  • Ground chilli
  • Mustard
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Garlic powder
  • Pepper
  • A tiny bit of salt (I didn’t want to overload it with salt when soy sauce was salty enough)

Procedure: It is pretty simple actually – I sliced, diced, and mixed and threw it all onto the pan under medium-high fire and let it cook for about 20 minutes (maybe more since eggplant needs some time to cook).

I ate it with pita bread. My father thought it was delicious. My co-worker thought it was good. It’s safe to say I will be making this again sometime in the future.


4 responses »

  1. I would say the the first step to cooking is wanting to do it. It’s called making it w/ love and might I say that love was delicious! Full of flavors, tons of veggies and a new way to make that can of tuna something more spectacular than lying in between bread. Well done! 🙂

  2. Annu, I never knew you had this affiliation with food and food-making and then taking the time to create a blog. This is amazing! Everything looks great and delicious! The good thing is that you are in a positition to experiment cooking, enjoying it and sharing the results with others. Enjoy your passion! And good luck!

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