The Tiffin Tin

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Pain au levain, satsumas and lemon cookies

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Here at the Tiffin household, one of our favorite breads comes from Acme. It’s called pain au levain and it is as delicious as it looks in the picture you see.

My boys have invented a sandwich with this bread — a sandwich that’s sort of a simple pain bagnat. For those who don’t know, pain bagnat is a sandwich. The nicest thing about it is the way the filling you put in it while hot becomes part of the bread, through the simple method of pressing the bread and filling together — sometimes with a brick, sometimes just with a tight wrapping of foil.

The Tiffin Simple Pain Bagnat involves a child taking several slices of the bacon we sometimes have for breakfast and, while it’s still hot, piling it between two pieces of pain au levain, smushing it down and wrapping it in foil. All the lovely bacon juices permeate the bread and the sandwich is a small piece of kid heaven. One piece of bread cut in half, two pieces of bacon, and that about does it.

There were also nice satsumas this morning and organic orange juice, because we’re trying to remember what summer feels like. And the cookies? They’re those tiny Italian bites that have a little kick of citrus to them. Another little outpost of sun for this November day.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and I’ll be taking lots of pictures of our family dinner, the one at Caesar’s in San Francisco.

Written by bloglily

November 22, 2006 at 10:21 am

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  1. MMmmmmm, that pain au levain looks good!! You are going to have a great day in SF, BL! Your Thanksgiving sounds wonderful. And as I count my blessings this year, and think about all the good things that happened, I’m thinking of you in all your manifestations, cyber and otherwise!! Happy day!


    November 22, 2006 at 6:05 pm

  2. Hello Lily,
    Good to be here. Since we are connected by the daily tiffin, i thought i’d drop by and say hello in our virtual worlds.



    November 23, 2006 at 2:07 am

  3. Welcome Nandita!


    November 23, 2006 at 9:07 am

  4. hi
    i have put a comment on your thankgiving post too
    Do you use separate Tiffin boxes for each item?
    I think the lunch box is the 100% lock proof type right?
    which locks on all four sides.
    For how much does your child has to be out in school .
    My son has to go from 7-1 so he has his lunch at home and so I give him only one Tiffin box.
    but you have some good collection of tiffin boxes. i too love to have a collection of tiffin boxes packing in one box all the time gets me bored .


    November 26, 2006 at 11:37 pm

  5. Hi lily! Just stopped by to say hello.I don’t eat bacon but the smushy bread does sound good.


    November 27, 2006 at 8:10 am

  6. Hello and welcome Mahek — I’m with you. I like containers and get bored with the same thing. The ones you noticed are called lock&lock and they’re nice for little ones who have trouble getting the tops off & on things.

    I’d love to hear more about your son’s box!

    My three boys are in school from about 8 until 3. They don’t like to snack during the day, so they have a pretty big lunch and then they come home and have a snack after school, before doing their homework.

    I’m so glad you made your way over here, because now I’ve found your blog!

    Hello dear Shaheen — Yes, bacon is one of those things that many, many people the world over don’t eat. THe good thing about pain bagnat is that there are so many smushy filling options: tuna is a big one in France, and I think some sort of eggplant and red pepper combo with some cheese would be nice too.


    November 27, 2006 at 11:54 am

  7. How did the tiffin twin do with his tuna?

    Sue Crocker

    November 27, 2006 at 7:45 pm

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