Barbara Kafka

Simplest Lunch

 (from The Intolerant Gourmet)

This counts as much of my food does on leftovers and staples. I was hungry. I had some broccoli left from last night's dinner to which I added other ingredients and arranged on plate in the order of The Italian flag--red, white, green--put a line of bottled mayonnaise down the center and sprinkled the whole with remnants of Barbara's Five Spice Powder left from a more complex dish.
It was light, simple and delicious. Any cooked green vegetable could be substituted. It was also healthful.

3/4 cup cooked and cooled broccoli tips or other green vegetable such as green beans

1 hard boiled egg, peeled and cut in quarters

1 medium tomato, cut into 6 wedges

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

1 teaspoon Barbara's Five Spice Powder (below)



Barbara's Five Spice Powder:

1/2 teaspoon ground star anise, about 1-2 whole star anise

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1/3 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

For spice mix: Place star anise in mini food processor (or coffee grinder) and pulse until pulverized. Pour powder into a mesh strainer over a small metal bowl to get rid of any remaining chunks. Add other ingredients and mix well. Makes 1 tablespoon. (Since only a portion is used for this recipe, store the rest in a tightly sealed contained in the refrigerator and use as desired.)

On dish, place vegetables, then eggs and then tomato wedges. Spoon mayonnaise in a line over eggs. Sprinkle all with seasoning powder.

Makes 1 serving

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