The smoke-break solution
First off, I would like make the general disclaimer that I am sensitive to all varieties of human culture and lifestyle, so long as it does not harm others. Be who you want, love who you want, I’ll support it as long as it doesn’t bring pain.
So, a thought popped in my head recently while I was at work regarding smoke breaks. Both smokers and non-smokers who have the same job and the same responsibilities are not entitled to the same benefits, because smokers are often granted smoke breaks (sometimes many a day). I have a solution: if smokers are entitled to smoke breaks of , say, 30 minutes total in the day, then non-smokers of the same rank can leave 30 minutes early in the day.
I’m not hating on smokers. Believe me, I am very sympathetic. But doesn’t that sound fair? If I was a smoker, and you were not, and I took 30 minutes out of our work day to leisurely enjoy my habit, you should also have that same 30 minutes to go and enjoy Butt-robics or whatever you’re into.
Now, you may be thinking, what happened to your anti-hater speech at the beginning of this post? Discrimination, I say! Calm down. Let me tell you why this isn’t the case. Yes, smoking is a very controlling habit that is extremely difficult to quit, but it at least started as a choice, and has the potential to quit. Race, culture, ethnicity, sexual preference, etc… these are attributes folks are born with.
Smokers, feel free to enjoy the sunlight and fresh air throughout the day. Non-smokers, feel free to peace-out early. And maybe, just maybe, we could even use this as another incentive to quit? Just a thought.
On a very related note, I came up with a new dish today, not on purpose. I wanted to try something different, and didn’t feel like going to the store. You say it’s out of laziness, I say I’m challenging myself to only use what’s in the fridge. Well, here’s what came out of it: Breakfast-for-Dinner Panzanella. It’s basically a deconstructed omelet/scramble with toast… you can throw pretty much anything you normally like with your eggs, and I’m pretty sure this will be amazing. It’s easy, it’s quick, it’s hearty, and it has endless possibilities. Win, win, win.
Panzanella is an Italian dish that basically means bread salad. You can totally make this carb-free, but you’ll probably have to come up with a different name for it. And I would love to hear that name.
- Cutting board
- Pot or pan for cooking your egg* (see note in directions below)
- Spoon for mixing
- Bowl for serving
- 1 slice of bread
- 1/2 beefsteak or plum tomato
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 egg * (see note in directions below)
- 1-oz cheese of choice (I prefer goat cheese or feta)
- 2-3 oz cured/cooked meat of choice (I prefer prosciutto or chicken sausage)
- Olive oil for drizzling
- Kosher or sea salt and black pepper to taske
- Panzanella calls for “stale” bread, which we don’t tend to have on hand. If you do, great! If not: microwave your slice of bread, then toast until dark and crisp (not burnt, obv).
- Cut tomato into ¼ inch wedges, and place in your bowl.
- Score and dice avocado, and place in your bowl.
- Crumble meat and cheese, and place in your bowl.
- When bread it toasted, dice and (you guessed it) place into your bowl.
- Add a sprinkling of salt and black pepper, and gently mix all ingredients. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil over the mixture (do not omit the olive oil… it ties everything together!).
- *Cook an egg according to preference: I poached my egg, because I felt like it. I think this would be really good with a nice fried egg on the top as well. If you are like some of my loved ones and refuse to eat runny yokes, then scramble the egg. It’s your meal. You get to make it any way you choose 🙂
- Gently place your cooked egg on top of your mixture. Enjoy!