8.5.09

Friday Fun: Food Fiesta

It's been a year and a quarter since I put up one of these. Quite the surprise death, and this despite my promise to share the tofu cheesecake recipe. Maybe that was it. Or maybe it was because some people made fun of one of my favourite combinations.

Anyway.....ta-daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!


For newcomers - this is not a chef's course. This is about (relatively) quick and uncomplicated dishes that look gorgeous and taste delightful. Also, calories don't exist (in the sense that they don't matter because we ignore them).

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The Sandwich



Time Required:
As long as it takes.

Keep Ready:
Slices of good, soft, white bread*.
Butter**
Mint-and-coriander chutney
Hummus
Spicy mustard
Mayonnaise
Tomatoes, sliced
Cucumbers, peeled and sliced
Lettuce (any except Iceberg)
Cheese***
Hot & sweet Tomato chilli sauce
Green tabasco/Spicy Jalapeno sauce
Black pepper

Then:
Butter one side of every slice. Generously. Screw the recession and your waistline, this is a Sandwich!

Apply the three spreads to the slices (one to each slice), so that you have an even number of each. Team them up in any of the following combinations - hummus and chutney, mayo and chutney, mustard and mayo, mustard and chutney.

Try triple-decking them. The order could be - mayo (bottom-most), mustard (underside of slice two), chutney (topside of slice two), and hummus (underside of slice three).

Then add in the veggies, with large slivers of cheese. Ensure the tomatoes go with hummus, cucumbers never go with the mayo, and the cheese does not mix with mustard.

Add your sauces, avoiding ketchup with hummus, and the spicy jalapeno with mustard. Crush some fresh black pepper.

Insert any other ready filling of your choice - boiled eggs, omelettes, meat slices, corn fritters, potato patties, smoked salmon....anything except a full-blown burger.

Cover. Slice - diagonally, length-wise, breadth-wise, into quarters.

Relish.


Why you should try this:
A good sandwich is not just made, it is created. It is a work of love, and art, and nuances. It is about delicate introductions made with the aim of forging lasting bonds. It demands thought, and devotion, and attention.

Not for us the random slapdash affair of stuffing the most convenient edible item between two slices, to be swallowed down with a cup of tepid tea or coffee whilst surfing the latest ramblings of somebody you still harbour suspicions about not being who their blogger profile claims they are.

No. This is about a well-crafted piece of nuanced flavours that delight in complementing each other, and more so, in satisfying you with every just-enough bite that you chew your thoughtful way through, even as you marvel at the wondrous spectacle that you hold.

This is not just about the sandwich. This is about you.


Variations:
You could add red onions, or boiled beetroot, or even grated carrots.

But you'd be a philistine if you did.



* Wholemeal is fine and healthy. Malted and soda breads are intriguing for the palate. A proper ciabatta is divine. Crusty bread is yum for dipping into tea. But a truly great sandwich needs soft, white, who-cares-how-unhealthy-it-is, oh-this-is-so-amazing-I-even-ate-the-crusts bread. This is just how it is. Do not fight the force.
**
Always with the butter. Please stop making me repeat this. And not margarine. Butter.
*** Ideally a medium Cheddar, Red Leicester, or Gruyere. Something flavourful but not overpowering. No blue cheeses, mozzarella, or goats cheese.

15 comments:

Space Bar said...

I. a cup of tepid tea or coffee whilst surfing the latest ramblings of somebody you still harbour suspicions about not being who their blogger profile claims they are.
1. Tepid tea. Ugh.
2. Who? Who? I want to know!

II. This is about you.
You forgot to add Because You're Worth It.

III. I've missed these recipes, yo. More of 'em please.

??! said...

Space:
1. Cooled-down coffee. Ugh ugh.
2. Nobody baba - just encouraging paranoid thoughts.
3. Is implied. Also, trademark lawsuits no fun.
4. Your wish is... (one a month from now on, at the very least).

Tabula Rasa said...

A Sandwich post! and yet this is so not Earl-y.

??! said...

TR:
and yet this is so not Earl-y I did consider a mention, but I wasn't in quite such a Grey mood.

Shefaly said...

Philistines were of course a cultured people, so go on, add onions.

km said...

This is not just about the sandwich. This is about you.Seven Habits of Highly Edible Sandwiches?

brinda said...

I think you should have let the earl peer in... even a tea-sing mention would have served

Szerelem said...

I missed these too!!

Have to admit though: I read hummus and my mind turned to goo. Couldn't process much beyond that, images of hummus still flooding my deprived brain. GAH!

Tabula Rasa said...

good good. i see you couldn't resist a peek-oh.

Shyam said...

I'm a tea-totaller.

??! said...

Shefaly:
Ok baba, since you insist, onions are ok.

KM:
What Your Sandwich Says About You: Five Ways To Understand Your True Self.

brin:
Perhaps I didn't because the Earl was an ass.Am I to blame for that?

Szer:
O-ho, can't make some? Also, I understand. I don't know what I lived on before hummus.

TR/Shyam:
I used my one remaining pun above.

DewdropDream said...

And here i was thinking that the sandwich maker existed only in the realm of the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy! :) loving the pun contest going on, very 'cutting' i must say!

Cynic in Wonderland said...

okay i am officially giving you an invite to do a guest post on www.bhajifried.wordpress.com. heck. do many.

FĂ«anor said...

But why would you have hummus and mayo in the same sandwich? I'm outraged. Outraged, I tell you.

??! said...

Cynic:
Ah thank you. I have been meaning to comment/write on that, but we are going through a lazy phase. But now there's impetus.

Feanor:
Which is why hummus was on bottom-most slice, and mayo was on top-most. Lots of interference in between.