Stuff On Toast


Sometimes my favorite recipes are non-recipes…

You know, those recipes without strict instructions or rigid instruction lists…just ideas.

When I cook for this here lil’ blog, I’m always following a recipe I’ve prewritten. I then tweak as I cook and often times, I make the recipe a few times before it’s ready to be posted here. But, whenever I do get the chance to cook without having to write down notes, or follow a bossy recipe, it feels pretty nice.

This collection of stuff on toast are the kinds of things I often times find myself making for lunch. I like eating non-fussy stuff for lunch. I usually have about 15 minutes to make or assemble something and it usually ends up being just a hodgepodge of stuff in my fridge that I end up putting on toast.

I feel like the internet invented avocado toast. Am I right? I think I am. Or maybe my mom invented it. I dunno. But my mom made us avocado sandwiches and I thought she was a pure genius.

I love smashing an avocado, smearing it on toast and topping it with lots of salt and spicy radishes. If I have some Italian parsley around, I’ll throw that on there, too. Oh and if I don’t have radishes, I’ll add a few dashes of Sriracha or Tapatio. They’re a must.

Lunch On Toast

If I’m feeling fancy, I’ll mix together softened cream cheese and tons of fresh dill and smother it on toasted rye. I like my toasted rye, like, super toasted. And then a few slices of smoked salmon, chives, slivers of red onion and fried capers (if I have them). Refreshing, delicious, healthy…ish!

Lunch On Toast

Goat cheese and beets are nothing new. But honey roasting beets in the oven for 30 minutes? Heaven. Walnut bread is a good base for this sort of thing. Walnut bread, toasted, softened goat cheese and honey roasted beets. Earthy, sweet, nutty and creamy. I love!

Lunch On Toast

Oh carrots! Roasting vegetables always seems like a big endeavor; I tend to think I need a baking sheet full of them, but in this case I roasted two carrots. Just two. And it was awesome. Two carrots and on a french baguette with a base of whole grain mustard and tons of melty Gruyére. So French! So January!

Lunch On Toastt

I’m not good at a lot of things but I am decent at hard boiling eggs. That I’m ok at. I had this particular situation for lunch last week: two hard boiled eggs on barely toasted bread with lots of salt and a few turns of freshly ground pepper. And emails. And one of those blood orange San Pellegrino sodas that I’m obsessed with.

Working lunch situations are what lazy dreams are made of!

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  • Reply Averie @ Averie Cooks January 25, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Love this post. The real food, the delish looking food, the everyday stuff on toast. Perfect!

  • Reply Little Kitchie January 25, 2013 at 3:59 am

    Great post!! Avocado and radishes are one of my favorite combos, too! That one with carrots and gruyere… OMG. Making ASAP.

  • Reply Judy@lifeonthefoodchain January 25, 2013 at 4:15 am

    I shouldn’t read this before breakfast. I was going to be good and have a green smoothie, but I think I have to hurry off and go roast a couple of carrots…Lovely!

  • Reply Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 25, 2013 at 4:59 am

    So many open faced sandwiches!!! You’re making me hungry 😀

  • Reply christin January 25, 2013 at 5:08 am

    So on the boiling eggs, I sucked at it also but nom bom paleo did a post on how to make them perfect and now mine are awesome! And I wish i could eat more bread. I want to eat all of these….all of them.

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna January 25, 2013 at 9:07 am

      It’s about those simple things! Perfectly boiled eggs make me happy!

  • Reply brooklynite January 25, 2013 at 5:50 am

    all your cutting boards are amazing! especially the third and last one….

  • Reply Kelsey @aslolife January 25, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Those all look beyond fabulous! Stuff on toast is always my favorite lunch when I’m home.

  • Reply Bev @ Bev Cooks January 25, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Yes yes yes. To all of it. On the toast. Yesh.

  • Reply Jennifer January 25, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Smashing and spreading stuff on toast can never go wrong.

    xo Jennifer

  • Reply amy@ southern sweets and eats January 25, 2013 at 6:31 am

    I love this! One of my favorite things in Paris were all the open faced sandwiches we could get for lunch.

  • Reply Michelle January 25, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Photo book idea! Stuff on Toast. You should totally do it. I’d put it on my coffee table. I envision huge pretty photos with a little blurb on the side of what was put together. On toast.

    And maybe some photo bombs of Amelia.

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna January 25, 2013 at 9:11 am

      HA! That’d be awesome. I love stuff on toast so much. And she’d definitely make some appearances.

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  • Reply tina January 25, 2013 at 9:35 am

    fancy toasts – pretty genius and totally you! i have been thoroughly enjoying your instagram pics and i’m total jelly he cooks! wowza! a total keeper 🙂

  • Reply Leisa January 25, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Gorgeous. All of the combinations, just gorgeous! I especially love the smoked salmon and dill ‘situation’ 🙂 I’m also glad that someone else is in love ith the Blood Orange sodas…. they are my favorite!

  • Reply sandra January 25, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Me too! I love your color combos. So pretty.

  • Reply joelle (on a pink typewriter) January 25, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Love this! I need to try avocado on toast- not sure why I’d never done it before! I hapen to have a whole ‘cado sitting in my fridge as we speak.

  • Reply a farmer in the dell January 25, 2013 at 10:24 am

    toast never looked so glamorous!

  • Reply Wendy @ CookingQuinoa January 25, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I LOVE this post! I always forget just how great an avocado toast can be. (And I’ve never tried beets on toast…gotta try that one!) And I agree – sometimes its so relaxing just to get in the kitchen and cook without the restriction of trying to cook from a recipe and make sure it works as written.

  • Reply Haley January 25, 2013 at 11:03 am

    all of this looks incredible. the end.

  • Reply Katie @ Blonde Ambition January 25, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Hahaha, recipes are TOTALLY bossy. I am with you on stuff on toast being the best lunch ever. Except my stuff on toast is usually *weird* stuff, like refried beans and sauteed bell peppers.

    Also, every single one of those breads sounds amazing. Walnut? Baguette? LUV.

  • Reply Eileen January 25, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Stuff on toast is one of my favorite lunches ever! It doesn’t even matter what is on the toast–pretty much anything works. Although I have to say the roasted carrot option looks Really fabulous. 🙂

  • Reply jasmina January 25, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    This looks too good. But I got my eyes on the nice baguette that looks like baguettes do in Paris… I miss eating good bread. I live in Finland and some how we have all kinds of rye bread (healthy), but we don’t have good baguettes… 🙁

    Now I’m hungry.

  • Reply Andrea @ mrswebbInthekitchen January 25, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I love this! Simple is perfect when it comes to lunchtime- let’s be honest! Wouldn’t have thought to put avocados and radishes together, but I totally get it. Creamy and spicy. Mmm!

  • Reply Kim Beaulieu January 25, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I’ll take 3 of each! Perfection on toast.

  • Reply Elizabeth January 25, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I love the “non-recipes” as well!

  • Reply Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe January 25, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Love these easy and inventive “recipes” – and I love toast, so I’m totally sold on all of it.

  • Reply Shiloh January 27, 2013 at 7:30 am

    I like the one with carrots…adorable.

  • Reply suzanne Perazzini January 27, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    No one could make stuff on toast look quite as good as you. So inventive but I still love the old favourite – salmon and cream cheese.

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna January 27, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      An oldie but a goodie!

  • Reply Jayne January 27, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    I love these kinds the best too. Ideas that can be reinvented in one’s own kitchen with whatever one has. I tend to do that when I bake and cook as well. Get inspiration from all over Net and then construct my own using whatever I have on hand. But toast/sammiches are hands down my favourite. I can have it for any meal of the day. Even supper.

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance January 28, 2013 at 12:05 am

    LOVED this post. You had me at honey roasted beets 🙂

  • Reply Sarah@StrawberryPlum January 28, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Smashed avocado on pumpernickel with Maldon salt, red pepper flakes, and olive oil is my favorite breakfast, lunch, dinner, anytime snack toast. I love the idea of your roasted carrots and Gruyere!

  • Reply Erin @ The Speckled Palate January 29, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Stuff on toast. I’m a HUGE fan of these, and I might have to try some of your combinations. One of my more recent favorites is a slice of Italian beer bread slathered with pesto, mozzarella and tomatoes. So damn good.

  • Reply Nicole Kirby February 2, 2013 at 7:47 am

    This sounds like a wonderfully simple weeknight dinner! I love LizLemonn’s idea of adding to a pasta with an egg. This may be dinner tonight!

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