Let’s talk sandwiches.
I gave up on sandwiches for a while – I had lived on Vegemite and Kraft cheese sandwiches at school for so long. It was the ultimate school lunchbox go to sandwich in Australia in the late 70’s. I am sure I thought that I was cool having the cheese in there. I was even more cool when I switched to Vitabix crackers and could squeeze the Vegemite and butter through the holes and create Vegemite worms.
London Sandwich Bars
Thankfully though, I eventually made it to London in the 80s and discovered the sandwich bar. I was astounded, not only at the queues of folk lining up for what I considered a commonplace lunch option, but also at the choice of fillings. Close to my workplace there was a bar which opened mid morning and closed around 3pm. It was perpetually full with a snaking of punters down the road too. The counter staff were like robots. They pinched at tomato, spooned the mayo and piled in the tuna. The options were innumerable and I would watch in awe.
Around the same time I discovered the ploughman’s lunch. It was my absolute favourite British pub meal. I loved visiting country pubs on the weekends and ordering a plate with a hunk of cheese, bread and chutney. Whilst others tackled mountains of fish and chips, I would savour the salty sharpness of the cheese and fresh white crusty bread. I have to admit that there is no such thing as a good Ploughman’s outside of the UK. Well – not that I have found anyway.
When is a sandwich a good option
Anytime! I thought it would be good to give you an idea for a classic chicken sandwich. Always popular, this is a sandwich that will appeal to most (unless your friends are vegan) and can be created and presented in a myriad of variations.
Ideally, make your own mayonnaise for your sandwiches because it tastes so much better. If not, then at least buy a really decent ‘real’ mayonnaise product from the store.
Classic Chicken Sandwich
A chicken sandwich ideal for a platter or afternoon offering. Accompany with a glass of bubbles or a cup of tea
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 shallot diced
- 1/4 cup oregano chopped
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- salt and pepper
- 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken.
- 1 fistful watercress
- 3-4 cornichons sliced
Mix together the shallot, oregano, mustard and chicken. Bind together with the mayonnaise
Sandwich the chicken filling into two slices of freshly baked bread adding the watercress and sliced cornichons as per personal taste.