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Idle March…Not


It seems that March is my most productive month of the year so far. I am in the mood for writing, about many, many things but most of them I will keep them unwrapped or just let you have a glimpse of them. Like a teasing. And you can guess whatever you like. It’s up to you. What is up to me is just to lead you on, if I want to. Now make sense of THAT! :))

Disclaimer:Β “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.” Dr. Seuss quote.

So from now on proceed with caution. :)) Definitely I am in a joking/ flirting mood today. Or not. Blame it on the weather.

What I like to say and I have no clue how to introduce this is that I want to present to you today a very easy to make sandwich. :)) I came home one day, from the job and I was hungry and tired and I wished I would find something already made but, no chance. On my way I was thinking what should I eat, using what I got. I scrambled my grey cells and probably it would had become an omelette if I hadn’t stop in time. May be I was a bit late because look what I write now. It’s not even proper English.

In fact I knew what I would eat a night before that, but I just like to over-think it. It wakes up my brain. So, today (drummings) I present to you my special sandwich. All you need is …. Oh, no, this is not on the menu. Some other time. It is not in the kitchen, on my plate, in the salt, nowhere to find. Precious little thing called … Cynical. Sarcastic. Can you read between the lines? Can you feel the hurt?

So, here’s to you my own sandwich with just 3 ingredients. Feel free to experiment though.

Sandwich plain and simple

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1 egg
  • 2 slices of cheese

Method:

  • This is how I do it: I put a medium size non-stick pan on the stovetop over a medium heat. I crack the egg in the middle, trying not to move the pan as I like my egg as round and as collected as possible. I leave the pan for about 30 seconds so that the egg starts to cook and the white appears and because the pan is large enough, I put next to the egg the 2 slices of bread and cover. After 1-2 minutes, I turn the slices. 1-2 more minutes, then I remove the slices, cover the pan and turn the heat off. The egg will cook a bit more but don’t worry. It will be ok. I like the egg a bit runny but not too much.
  • I spread a bit of butter on the slices (optional) then cover with cheese. I remove the egg from the pan and put it on a slice of bread. I cover with the other slice and it’s done.
  • You can add salad, ham, bacon, cured pork, etc, but remember, simple doesn’t mean less tasty.

Good appetite!

 

Have You Got Time?


In case you are really in a hurry, then make a sandwich. I am not joking, just make one. I will not write about a simple sandwich though, as this is not the purpose of my blog. I will write about something I discovered in London (I had to go there to discover the world cuisine) though the recipe is very French. You know, it is easy to laugh about Mr. Sandwich but we all put something between 2 slices of bread and eat, when travel or we are too tired to cook. Even the French. ‘Good House Keeping Cookery Book’, 1985 provided me with:

Croque Monsieur

Serves 4-8

Ingredients:

  • 16 thin slices bread, crusts removed (I don’t understand why do I have to remove it, as it is one of the best parts in bread for me, but let’s go with the flow, for ones)
  • 5-10 ml (1-2 level tsp) mustard
  • 225 g (8 oz) GruyΓ¨re cheese, sliced (or Cheddar if you like or anything else, de gustibus…)
  • 225 g (8 oz) cooked ham, thinly sliced
  • 75 g (3 oz) butter, melted (remember, 80-82 % fat)

Method:

  • Spread half of the slices of bread on one side with the mustard; trim the cheese slices to fit and put them on top.
  • Trim the ham slices to fit and arrange them on top of the cheese. Top with the remaining bread.
  • Brush the sandwiches lightly with melted butter and fry for 3-5 minutes, until they are lightly browned. You can use 90 ml (6 tbsp) vegetable oil instead of butter, but for a bland taste, imho.
  • Turn the sandwiches over and fry for a further 3-5 minutes.
  • Cut the sandwiches in half and serve hot, with a salad if prefered.

Bon appetite!

 

Ce faci daca nu prea ai timp


Iti faci un sandvici (forma adoptata de limba romana). E simplu si rapid, il iei cu tine la pachet si tine cam 2 zile, in functie de ce ingrediente are. Azi vei citi aici cum sa iti faci un sandvici. Nu rade, vorbesc serios. Nu este un sandvici obisnuit, pe cel obisnuit nu il descriu, il fac pur si simplu. Dar o data, tot in Londra ma saturasem de vesnicul sandvici pe care il mancam destul de des la pranz. Am zis ca vreau altceva, si probabil din lejeritate, am cautat tot ceva rapid. In cartea ‘Good House Keeping cookery Book’, 1985 am dat peste un nume mai ciudat si o imagine in care am vazut un sandvici. Ma rog, vedeam mai ales cascavalul topit iesit usor din felii si am zis ca asta e. Vreau sa il fac pentru ca orice e cu cascaval cald e un deliciu pentru mine. Dupa nume, nu semana deloc a sandvici si am gandeam ca uite, si francezii au ceva asemanator, de care nu auzisem pana atunci. Asa am descoperit…

Croque Monsieur

4-8 portii

Ingrediente:

  • 16 felii paine (fara coaja – nu inteleg obsesia strainilor pentru painea fara coaja, coaja fiind dupa mine cea mai buna parte a unei paini, mai ales daca e crocanta, dar poate ma insel)
  • 5-10 ml (1-2 lingurite mustar)
  • 225 g branza Gruyere feliata (sau cheddar sau cascavalul nostru romanesc, ca e foarte bun si el)
  • 225 g sunca feliata (aici depinde doar de tine sa alegi ce fel de sunca vrei, de preferat una cat mai putin procesata)
  • 75 g unt topit (80-82 % grasime, te rog, nu iti bate joc de tine cu variante mai ieftine ca sufera papipele gustative si e pacat)

Preparare:

  • Unge jumatate din feliile de paine cu mustar. Taie feliile de cascaval sa se potriveasca perfect cu feliile de paine si pune-le peste ele.
  • Fa la fel cu feliile de sunca, adica potriveste-le perfect pentru paine si aseaza-le peste cascaval si incheie cu celelalte felii de paine.
  • Unge sandviciurile astfel formate cu unt topit, pe ambele parti si prajeste-le usor pe o parte, Β in tigaie, cca 3-5 minute, pana se fac aurii apoi intoarce-le si pe partea cealalta pentru inca 3-5 minute. In loc de unt poti folosi 90 ml (6 linguri) ulei vegetal pentru un gust mai plictisit, imho.
  • Taie sandviciurile in doua, pe diagonala si serveste-le fierbinti. Cu o salata alaturi cand ai timp.

Pofta buna!