You have the roll/ that’s a bread roll for those beyond borders with different terminology, a sliver of roast beef (cold meat), some lettuce, cheese, a gherkin, one baby tomato and some spices. So, what I do first is to put on the beef, then the sliced up (both) tomato and gherkin, and then I sprinkle a pinch of sugar (just) over the tomato (to neutralize the acids and entice the flavor. Don’t worry, it’ll be countered by the salt). If you like, you can now add some mustard or whatever sauce tickles your taste buds -Cover it all with the cheese and throw on a dash of garlic ‘n parsley salt. Place the other half of the roll on top, and then nuke it in the microwave for a couple of seconds (taking it out just before the cheese starts to melt).
The key to this: is patience… once out of the microwave, you take off the top half of the roll and add the lettuce. You can also add lettuce to the bottom, between the beef the bottom half roll.
Now, it is ready. To bring it all together you may want to make a cup of tea to compliment it all. I say tea because it’s currently winter, so that’s what I did. In summer, some juice will suffice.
Now: the grub – the food as well as the problem. Halfway through this delicious meal, things start to come apart. As your teeth sink in, after every bite, the content of the sandwich unceremoniously oozes out the backend. This is an old and common problem. As a makeshift answer to this, the industry came up with ‘the wrap’! Of course they didn’t invent this; I believe it’s a derivative of the Mexican Tortilla. Anyway, it’s delish… but it doesn’t solve anything because the wrap is a dish all on its own, and it’s still cheaper to buy, or make a normal sandwich.
The question then is; is there a cheap alternative to the sandwich? In SA we have the Gatsby, but that’s just a mega sandwich – messier than a conventional one. Then we also have the Curry bunny, which was developed back in the day by so-called blue collar workers to bypass the need for a dish/bowl/plate. You simply take a hollowed out piece of bread – the corner of the loaf works best, and scoop some food into it, cover that with the bread you carved out, and bingo – a meal.
I believe the latter provides the solution. Carve out the roll/bread to make room for the content. Fill it, and you have a neat contained sandwich. Of course you’ll then have to eat the bread insides separate…
Many people probably thought of this before, but generally, they just don’t care, because their appetite overrides the will to eat clean. Just ask the Italians, eating is meant to be messy. For those in Britain, thinking and dreaming of having tea with the Queen, there’s the method above, to keep it proper.
Anyway, dripping or not, the sandwich was amazing; so much so that I went back for seconds – which I of course had to make. The only snag was that I was out of beef and lettuce. So I improvised and made a “toasted cheese overload”. I took a piece of French loaf (the long thin cylindrical looking bread), cut it in half, buttered it, smeared on some garlic, layered on some cheese, sprinkled some sugar (very little) and salt, and tossed it in the microwave for 25 sec. I let it cool down for a little bit before digging in to the steaming, melting, crispy delight.
Anyhoo, Bon appetite! – As an extra note, the more colourful your food is the better. So by that guideline, pizza is the ideal meal.
Enjoy the rest of you weekend,
Ciao, or Chow!