January 05, 2014

Ploughman's Lunch

One of our first meals while living in England was a ploughman's lunch at a pub and we loved it.  After seeing a great vegetarian combination mentioned on The Kitchn I knew I needed to try it.  A traditional pub style ploughman's lunch consists of crusty bread, cheddar cheese, pickled onions and chutney.  It may also contain ham and apple slices. 

The version I tried today called for a mountain cheese (such as gruyere or emmental), sourdough bread, grainy mustard, bread & butter pickles and hard-boiled eggs.  In other words, cheese + bread + spread + vegetable + protein.

I really like hard-boiled eggs, but never think to make them so I'm glad this gave me an excuse to get some made.  I followed advice from It's Fitting on how to cook them and it worked perfectly.  Here are the basics:

1) In a large saucepan, add eggs and enough cold water to cover them by an inch.
2) Over medium-high heat bring the water to a boil.
3) As soon as the water starts to boil, remove from heat and cover for 10 minutes.
4) Remove eggs and put them cold water for 10 minutes.

The little baguette slices made for a might tasty sandwich.  I grew up on Swiss cheese sandwiches made with rye bread and mustard, which is definitely my favorite sandwich combination.

The slate board I used for our ploughman's lunch is from Uncommon Goods.  It's my favorite site to buy things that I didn't even know I needed :)   Today I found myself wishing it was a little bigger as I tried to arrange everything on it, but it's probably a great size to use as a cheese board which is what it's intended for.

The board comes with chalk, but I used a chalk ink pen instead that I recently got from Amazon.  The pen works really well and is easy to erase with water.  I bought it to go along with chalk labels that I also ordered from Amazon.  I love the look of these labels on Oxo containers.  I'm also using them on my glass jars, but they're not ideal because the Ball jars don't have a flat area to place them on.



  1. LOVE a ploughman's lunch! It's a great cross between a snack and a full meal with lots of little things to taste and try :)

  2. Looks great! And I even pickled some of my CSA beets (with fresh thyme added to the brine) after we had them them at Glorioso's last year.