Delicious Lunch Recipes
is an abbreviation of luncheon, meaning a light midday meal. In the
modern usage the term refers to a midday meal of any size.
During the eighteenth century what was originally
called "dinner." A word still sometimes used to mean a noontime meal in
the British Isles, and in parts of the United States, Canada and
Australia. It was moved by stages later in the day and came in the course
of the nineteenth century to be eaten at night, replacing the light meal
called supper, which was delayed by the upper class to midnight.
Christmas dinner (and Thanksgiving dinner in the
United States) are still often eaten at the old hours, usually between two
and four in the afternoon.
Lunch food varies. In some places, one eats similar
things both at lunch and at supper - a hot meal, sometimes with more than
one course. In other places, lunch is the main meal of the day, supper
being a smaller cold meal.
Many people eat lunch while at work or school. Employers and schools usually provide a lunch break in the middle of the
day, lasting as much as an hour. Some workplaces and schools provide
cafeterias, often called canteens, where one can get a hot meal (in
British schools female staff who serve lunch are often known as "dinner
ladies" (or in northern England as 'Dinner Nannies'), but never "lunch
In some work locations one can easily go out to eat
at a nearby restaurant. Where these conveniences are not available it may
be impractical to make lunch the main meal of the day. In these cases
relatively simple foods might be packed in a container, such as a bag or a
lunchbox, and taken to work or school.
The quintessential bag lunch (also, brown bag from
the brown paper sack used to carry it) in North America of the past has
consisted of a sandwich and often a whole fruit and either cookies or a
candy bar. But now, the near-universal spread of the microwave oven to the
workplace since the 1980s has changed the nature of workers' lunches
considerably. Leftovers from home-cooked meals, frozen foods, and a huge
variety of prepared foods needing only reheating are now more common than
the sandwich lunch.
In addition to its primary purpose, lunch can
function as a form of entertainment, especially on weekends; a
particularly fancy or formal lunch can be called a luncheon. Such lunches
can be served at a restaurant, as a buffet or potluck, or as a sit-down
feast. These events are very similar to festive suppers. Lunch, both
simple and fancy, often includes dessert.
Many nutritionists suggest that it is more
appropriate to eat a large meal at lunch than it is to do so at supper,
just before going to sleep, when the energy from the meal will not be
properly used. An example of this style of meal can be found in the
German, Brazilian and Scandinavian diet, whose lunch mostly is large and
cooked (as opposed to, say, a sandwich).