A ploughman's lunch is a basic (English) cold meal typically consisting of crusty bread, cheese, pickled onions and chutney. It might also consist of deli meats, pate,slices of apple and other seasonal fruit. The cheese, bread and pickles would be traditionally home-made by the ploughman's wife - making it a cheap and substantial lunch.
How am I just hearing about this slice of wonderful? Oh yeah, because I live in Oklahoma, not England. We have something similar to a ploughman's and we call it a picnic, and we eat it in the living room. And when I was single (and also, a new mom), it was sometimes eaten over the sink.
Calling it a "Ploughman's Lunch" makes it sounds less decadent than it really is, therefore fooling oneself into not feeling guilty about said indulgence. I like that.
Here are just a few ideas for pub grub without the hassle of actually having to work in the field, (ideal for us cubicle farmers):
- Big Red Kitchen
- Ina's Ploughman's Lunch
- The Kitchn
- Cooking Channel
- Lavender and Lovage
- Good Food
- Picture-Perfect Meals
- A Beach Cottage (such pretty pics of pretty food!)
- Eat Drink Paleo
- Irish Ploughman's Lunch from Being the Secret Ingredient
- Ploughman's Platter by Vegetarian Times
- Eating in England
- Picture Britain
- Van Gogh Inspired Ploughman's
- Veg Hot Pot
I think I just found myself a work tradition. Now all I need is some Branston pickles!