It is not always easy or super-fast to cook. Jasmin Maier from Internal Communication at A1 Austria is going to tell us why it’s still worth it to grab the wooden spoon and to try your hand at traditional and exotic recipes. So, no excuses – grab the hot pots and read on :-)

The A1 Austria headquarter in Vienna serves four different menus every day in its own cafeteria. Up to 1,300 portions fill the stomachs of hungry colleagues. Employees also have the option to bring their own brown bag and warm their food in the microwaves. This way they can enjoy their own meal AND the friendly company of their team. We took a closer look in Jasmin’s lunchbox:

Cooking is …
… honestly, sometimes kind of laborious to me, I prefer baking. That’s why I usually cook a little bit more when I am making dinner and then have left-overs for lunch the next day. In between, I like to spoil my team with crispy cookies or cakes.

How often do you cook at home for work?
I try to bring my own meal to work 2-3 times a week.

What is the most important for you
when it comes to cooking and food?
During the week, it is important that cooking is easy and fast, at the same time it shouldn’t taste boring.  Especially when it comes to vegetarian and vegan cooking it helps to be adventurous about new recipes and tastes. Unfortunately, I do not like to eat the same dish for a whole week.

What is your favourite dish?
I love the mix. Indian today, Italian tomorrow and some Vietnamese summer rolls in between. I enjoy everything!

Are there any snacks hidden in your work desk?
As there are those sweet temptations in our office,


»I try to bring fruit or nuts to work.«


What do you do when you have no time for lunch?
I try to make sure I find time for lunch, but if it really does not work out I organize a sandwich or salad.

What do you prefer to eat for lunch?
Anything, actually, but the balance is what is most important. I try to avoid a heavy dish, because I get tired afterwards, but still I want to make sure I have eaten enough.

Today’s lunch is …
Vegetarian lentils with bread dumpling, something typically Austrian. Though I am not a vegetarian, I try to eat less meat and thus cook often vegetarian.

Get the recipe here.
Enjoy the meal!