For me, each time I make a sandwich, it’s not just a sandwich, it’s a whole new condiment opportunity.
The bread has to be toasted first, and preferably some kind of over-priced thick-sliced wholemeal seedy lifestyle bread. Then goes on the butter – not marg, or ‘can’t believe you think this is meant to taste like butter’ or whatever else they peddle, but proper butter, nice and thick, put on whilst the toast is still hot so that it melts in.
Now, let’s talk about fillings….mmmmm…condiments! I am a veggie (although I do eat fish) and most of my fillings are based around cheese, cos I love it! It’s time to decide on the condiment and the real fun starts. Pickles, chutneys, mayo, mustards, pesto…..
Here are some fav combinations:
Cheddar, wholegrain mustard & mayo
Brinjal pickle and philadelphia
Wensleydale and onion marmalade
Fried egg with french mustard and mayo
Smoked applewood and onion marmalade
Pesto and practically anything
Cheddar and thinly sliced onion with loads of black pepper and a smear of mayo
Egg mayo made with black pepper and a bit of french mustard
Houmous and pepper
Cheese and branston pickle or fruit chutney
Sardines in tomato sauce mushed up on toast
Banana and cinnamon
Then I discovered recently the art of microwaving a sandwich, just for 30-40 seconds. Great with any kind of cheese and pickle combo to melt the cheese or with banana and cinnamon. Obviously I don’t have a sandwich toaster, or this would do it for me!
I now feel I should reveal I have a new favourite. An obsession, actually – cheddar and Baxter’s Spiced Fruit Chutney, microwaved. It’s just the best, it even comes above cheddar, wholegrain mustard and mayo. I’ve had it nearly everyday I eat lunch at home for about 2 months. Try it!
Let me know your favourites, I’m always on the look out for new ideas…