Monday, September 26, 2016

Traffic Light Sandwiches with Cucumber Car


BM # 68
Day : 22
Theme : One Category - Bread Sandwiches
Sub Theme - Fun with Sandwiches

We are into the last week of the Cooking Carnival and this week I shall be posting sandwiches which are fun to make. I love creating sandwiches where children feel happy and you can see a sparkle in their eye and a big smile on their face. I love it when these little kids say - Oh wow !

Well I don't want to please only kids , even you might find something that you would like to make for your friends or hubby or for a party.

For the first day I have made Traffic Signal Sandwiches along with a Cucumber Car. These sandwiches look colorful and would attract the kids . They are very simple to make and in fact you could ask the children to help you with these. Of course you might have to supervise while cutting the breads. 

For these sandwiches, I took a big sliced bread, trimmed the edges and then cut the bread into two , so two slices give you four rectangular sandwiches. If you want you can make one full sandwich and then cut it . It can be done either way. I used tomato, grated carrot and pesto as the fillings of signal colors.




Traffic Light Sandwiches
Ingredients
4 slices bread
Butter
1 tomato
1/4 cup grated carrot
2 tsp pesto
Salt and pepper to taste

Method
Trim the edges of bread.
Cut them from center.
Place the tops on a kitchen board and cut three small circles in a row from each piece of bread. I have used a piping nozzle to cut these ( refer the picture )
Now apply butter to all the top and bottom slices.
Place the bottom on the board and place a tomato slice, which has been further cut , then some grated carrot and finally spread pesto.
Sprinkle salt and pepper.
Cover with the top slices which have circles.
There you are with your sandwich.
The pictures tell it all, and you actually do not need a recipe.




Cucumber Car
Ingredients
1 cucumber
1 green olive
I black olive
4 slices of carrot
I cheese slice
Toothpicks

Method
Wash and wipe the cucumber.
Chisel out a small rectangular piece from the center.
Roll a cheese slice and fix it in that chiseled box.
Using a toothpicks to fix the wheels made from carrots. ( blanch the carrot slices for just a minute, this will help you to insert toothpicks ).
Insert a green olive with a toothpick and fix it at the drivers seat.
Cut one black olive and stick it with butter at the front of car.
Cucumber car is ready.



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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sharjah Sandwich


BM # 68
Day: 21
Theme : One Category - Bread Sandwiches
Sub Theme - Sandwiches with a Twist


Sharjah is the name of a city in UAE. It has been a while since I visited this city though I visited Dubai recently. Our blogger friend Priya is from Sharjah. I have another friend from Sharjah who stayed in our building for a short time. It is this friend who introduced me to this Sharjah Sandwich. Yes, the sandwich is called the Sharjah Sandwich. I have never tasted it but made according to my friends instructions. Unfortunately Priya had not had this sandwich , but she was sweet enough to gather all possible information on it.

Coming to this sandwich , it's base is pita bread, the local bread of the Arabs. Since I was using only bread related sandwiches I made it with bread as the base.

The sandwich has a couple of samosas, French fries. A layer of chopped onions, tomato and green chillies and finally cheese. This is then grilled lightly and then cut into pieces. Wow doesn't the sandwich sound interesting ? It's a medley of flavors. The sandwich is enjoyed with a glass of tea. I used jumbo slices of bread for this sandwich and trust me it was one solid sandwich . I shared the sandwich with my hubby and yet could not eat my dinner, I was so full.

I made this sandwich for the 21 st day of Cooking Carnival.








Sharjah Sandwich

Ingredients
2 slices jumbo bread
Butter
10-12 pieces of French fries
Salt and pepper
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1/2 tomato , finely chopped
2 green chilly , finely chopped
Cheese, grated or cheese slice

Method
Apply butter to both the slices, do not remove the crust.
Crush two samosas and place on the first slice.
Top with French fries.
Sprinkle salt and pepper.
Sprinkle the chopped onions, tomatoes and green chilly.
Sprinkle salt.
Place a cheese slice and cover the whole sandwich with another buttered slice.
Grill the sandwich, cut into two pieces.
Serve hot with tea. You could serve tobasco as a hot sauce with it.





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Friday, September 23, 2016

Fried Vermicelli Sandwich


BM # 68
Day : 20
Theme : One Category - Bread Sandwiches
Sub Theme - Sandwiches with a Twist

When I decided on making Sandwiches for Cooking Carnival, I wanted to document some family favorite sandwiches. When I say family favorite, I mean favorite recipes of all different members.This particular sandwich recipe was given to me by DIL. We made this sandwich for the first time and everyone at home loved it. Yes it was fried, yet everyone enjoyed it. In fact the first two sandwiches disappeared in seconds. I served the sandwich with a salad and watermelon juice. This is a snack but we had it for our lunch . One can make a mini version of these sandwiches too, they would be perfect to serve kids.

So here is another Sandwich with a Twist on the 20th day of Cooking Carnival.


Fried vermicelli sandwich
Ingredients
2 slices bread
1 tbsp green chutney
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
1/4 cup potato mix
2 tbsp lentil mix
2 tbsp corn flour
1/2 cup vermicelli
Oil to fry

Method
Using a round jar lid cut the bread slices.
Apply green chutney on one slice and ketchup on the other slice.
Make a round Patty with the potato mix, just the size of the round bread slice.
Make a hole in the Patty, just like one makes in a donut.
Place the patty on the ketchup layered slice.
Fill the gap with the lentil mix.
Top with the chutney layered slice. Chutney side down.
Make a thin paste of cornflour and water.
Spread the vermicelli on a plate.
Heat oil.
Now dip the prepared sandwich in the cornflour mix , coat with the vermicelli and slide in the hot oil.
Deep fry the sandwich to a golden.
Serve hot.

Potato mix
Ingredients
1/2 cup boiled, mashed potato
1 green chilly, finely chopped
Coriander leaves
Mint leaves
Few drops lemon juice
Salt to taste

Method
Mix all ingredients .

Lentil Mix
Ingredients
2 tbsp Moong, boiled
Pinch red chilly powder
Pinch dry mango powder
Coriander leaves
Salt to taste

Method
Mix all ingredients.











The sandwich has a medley of flavors, its spicy, slightly sweet and very very crunchy ! Along with a salad and some juice it makes a fantastic meal.


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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sandwiches on a Stick


BM # 68
Day: 19
Theme : One Category - Bread Sandwiches
Sub Theme - Sandwiches with a Twist

We are into the 4th week of Cooking Carnival and for this week I am making non traditional sandwiches. These are sandwiches which are different than the normal bread butter and filling between two or more slices.Today's sandwich is a sandwich which is threaded on a Skewer. I made mini sandwiches with different breads and one can really get innovative with these sandwiches. I made three different variations and it was actually fun creating and eating them. While making these sandwiches we should make sure that the bread should be cut into mini bites, else it gets hard to eat, plus the skewer is not able to hold the sandwich firmly. There is no particular recipe but I will tell you how and what went into making these different sandwiches.



Ingredients for the first sandwich
Brown bread
White bread
Butter
Carrot slices
Cucumber slices
Cheese slices
Cherry tomato

Trim the edges of the bread .
Apply butter and sprinkle some seasoning.
Cut into bite sized pieces.soak the lettuce in chilled water, after a while pat dry on a kitchen napkin .
Slice the cucumber and carrot.
Wash the cherry tomatoes.
Take a skewer , fold and thread in the lettuce leaf.
Next thread a brown bread sandwich, carrot and cucumber slice go in next.
Thread in a white bread sandwich .
Roll a cheese slice and thread it finishing it with a cherry tomato.



For the next variation
Brown bread
White bread
Butter
Cucumber slices
Capsicum dices
Olives
Herbed cottage cheese cubes

Trim the edges of the bread .
Apply butter and sprinkle some seasoning in one of the sandwiches.
Place a cucumber slice in the other mini sandwich.
Take a skewer and thread a red capsicum dice, next a brown bread sandwich.
Thread in a cottage cheese cube, followed by a cucumber sandwich.
Diced yellow capsicum goes next which is finished by a black olive.



The third variation that I tried was with fruits and chocolate.
Brown bread
White bread
Butter
Nutella
Kiwi cubes
Pineapple cubes
Strawberries


Using a round cookie cutter cut the brown and white breads .
Using the white and brown breads cut mini squares too.
Spread nutella on one of the round breads and make a sandwich.
Spread butter on the other round sandwich filling it up with strawberry slices.
The third sandwich is with brown and white bread with nutella filling.
Now take a skewer, thread in a nutella round sandwich, then a kiwi cube topped by the strawberry sandwich.
Next you thread in a pineapple cube, finish with the mini nutella sandwich.

Well you could see the pictures and make your sandwiches.





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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Moroccan Smashed Chickpea Sandwich


BM # 68
Day : 18
Theme : One Category - Bread Sandwiches
Sub Theme - Sandwiches with a Twist

The mega marathons leave us with some recipes which get featured in our regular menus. When we did Around the World , I made a Moroccan Chick peas Salad and that salad was a big big hit.I wanted to use that salad for a sandwich, so I smashed this salad a little and filled it up in mini focaccia bread . I had served greek yogurt with the salad but for this sandwich I spread a nice layer of tzatziki sauce, which gave a wonderful taste to the sandwich besides making it moist.

Tzatziki is a sauce which is just like a cucumber garlic dip , but with a little difference. It is a dip normally made from strained yogurt, made from either sheep or goat milk, though I made the yogurt from the regular milk packets that we get. The sauce turned out really delicious, sadly the pictures are not doing justice. I shall be doing a separate post on this sauce with better pics.



Moroccon Smashed Chickpea Sandwich
Ingredients
Focaccia bread
Moroccon salad
1 tbsp olive oil
Tzatziki sauce
Finely chopped spinach

Method
Smashed the chickpea salad.
Cut the focaccia in half horizontally.
Spread a layer of spinach.
Sprinkle salt and drizzle olive oil.
Spread a nice layer of the smashed chickpeas.
Top with tzatziki sauce.
Cover with top half of the bread.
Cut into two to serve.





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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sandwich Cases


BM # 68
Day; 17
Theme : One Category - Bread Sandwiches
Sub Theme - Sandwiches with a Twist


Every time we have a Mega Marathon , I want to buy a book related to the theme. Even though we get practically everything online, we really do not need to buy these books, but collecting Cookery Books is my passion. So for Cooking Carnival I went around looking for a interesting book on sandwiches. Apart from our few indian authors all I could get was non veg stuff. Finally I got a book by Nita Mehta which is on Burger and Sandwiches. The book has some interesting sandwiches but I picked these Sandwich Cases from it. I made some changes to suit my taste.


These cases with sprouts and tamarind tasted mind blowing. In fact They reminded me of the Delhi streets where we get these spicy sprouts. And these cases , they are so versatile , just perfect for a party. They can be made in advance and different fillings could be used. Even the oil mixture can be made with different herbs. Truly a recipe worth trying.





Sandwich Cases

Ingredients
1 loaf

3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
Pinch salt
Pinch coarsely ground pepper

Filling
1/4 cup pomogranate pearls
1/2 cup Moong sprouts, boiled with salt
2 tbsp Imli chutney
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1/2 green chilly finely chopped
Point and coriander leaves finely chopped
Salt to taste

Getting the cases ready
Mix olive oil, coriander leaves, salt and pepper.
Try the crusts from bread.
Cut a bread loaf into 4" thick slices .
I further cut it into two .
Scoop out centre from each bread, thus making it into a canapé or case.
Brush these cases with the prepared oil mixture .
Place on a baking tray, bake for 15 minutes at 180 deg , the cases should be nice and golden.

Filling
Mix all ingredients under filling.

Assembling the cases
Spoon the filling into the baked cases and serve immediately.




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Monday, September 19, 2016

Lava Loaf Sandwich


BM # 68
Day :16
Theme : One Category - Bread Sandwiches
Sub Theme - Sandwiches with a Twist

Cooking Carnival moves on to yet another week. 

This week I am making a variety of different sandwiches but with a slight twist. I have tried not to make the traditional sandwiches.For the first day of this week it is a Lava Loaf . 

This is made from a loaf which has been cut into a thick chunk. Getting a loaf here was a task for me , the bakery guys said they need to be told in advance. Normally the bread is always sliced. This year for Fathers Day we went to Mumbai to wish our uncle, and it was just for a couple of hours. We went for lunch with the family and had just about an hour before we could take our flight back. I quickly went to Natures Basket and picked up couple of breads. All different kind of breads , to present you guys with a different variety of sandwiches. I picked up some fresh herbs too, which are a rare sight here in Ahmadabad. So this bread is a special bread from Mumbai! 

Let me tell you about this sandwich.
It was on FB that my DIL saw a video, where a loaf was filled with various meats and eggs and baked. She suggested me to try the vegetarian version. My son came up with the option of pink sauce , and I knew I would add corn and capsicum to it. So the vegetarian version evolved and I made this loaf. After slicing the loaf the sauce oozed out and it reminded me of the Lava Cake, hence I named it  Lava Loaf Sandwich.



Lava Loaf Sandwich

Ingredients
One bread loaf, cut into a 5" chunks ( I made two of these sandwiches )
Save rest of the bread for some other sandwich
Butter
Stuffing
Shredded mozzarella cheese

Stuffing
1 cup pink sauce
2 tbsp onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp red capsicum, finely chopped
2 tbsp green capsicum finely chopped
4 tbsp corn kernels, boiled
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
Salt to taste

Pink Sauce is a mix of White and Red Sauce.


Method
Cut the loaf into 5" chunks.
Leaving about 1/2" from all sides scoop out the bread from the loaf, thus making a deep depression.
Apply butter lavishly inside this depression.
Fill it up with the prepared stuffing.
Sprinkle shredded Mozzarella cheese and bake in a preheated oven till cheese melts.
Garnish .
Cut into two and you will get a wonderful lava of the stuffing oozing out.


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