It was just one of those days, rather ordinary in nature, somewhat overcast as is usual for Tulsa this time of year, early summer et al, and finding myself near my Spouse’s place of work, stopped in to engage her with an intended quick lunch foray. Much to my dismay, luncheon was already on the menu having ordered from a new location not known to me – Jason’s Deli. Now as a general rule, ordering lunch from an unknown bistro is not high on my list of things to do nor do I enjoy driving to pick it up – lucky for me, adjusting to unknown situations was a prerequisite learned from traveling outside the USA.
As I mentioned previously, my lovely had already ordered so I quickly added in my own order for two soups, Southwest Chicken Chili and a Spicy Seafood Gumbo with a side Big Chef Salad – couldn’t have ordered anything this good had I known in advance, though from what crossed my palette that day, was just the norm for Jason’s Deli. Lunch was delivered courtesy of a good willed person and we seated ourselves in the ‘personnel luncheon room’, the so named lunch room oft seen in the movies with few enhancements – not exactly what I had in mind for a pro-offered lunch.
My salad came in a large hard dark plastic container not given to collapse upon touching it which led to a better feeling about lunch. And upon opening, the fare was revealed and with the first bite was so impressively fresh as to be from a garden immediately adjacent to the chef at hand and did not finish until no leaf was found un-wanted – rarely have I enjoyed a salad this tasty from a delivered food fare source.
The soups lay quietly for a short awaiting their entrée to the table at large, wafting delicious flavors of spiciness, especially so from the chili dish – I shouldn’t have worried about flavors left wanting. We shared the soups as each and one, separated only by our exchange of dishes and no oils appeared to cause an off taste. The soups were delicate yet punctuated with freshness ala the Big Chef salad above. After the luncheon repast, I was once again reminded of what and how total freshness can take on a presence of its own all the while remaining true to itself. See you at the next delivered repast.
Salsa at the Ready
1 14 ½ oz. Diced Tomatoes
½ cup Tomato Sauce
¾ cup Chopped Bell Pepper
¼ cup Sliced Thin Scallion
3 each Green Chili Peppers
¼ cup Chopped Cilantro (optional)
½ tsp Natures Seasoning, Adobo, Salt
½ tsp Lemon, Lime, Chili Pepper Juices
Combine all ingredients, Microwave to lukewarm, Cover, refrigerate 4 hours … enjoy with anything