Daily Archives: 28 June 2010

Sandwich Speculation

During my edit of the new Dairy Book of Home Cookery, I have come across some unusual sandwiches – combinations that surprised me but had some friends’ mouths watering.

Strange sandwichesIt seems that we have very wide ranging tastes when it comes to that humble of British inventions (introduced by the 4th Earl of Sandwich), the sandwich.

I was most sceptical about the DBoHC’s orange and mackerel, or bacon and banana ensembles but willing to give them a try (the latter, when toasted and drizzled with maple syrup is a bit of a revelation.) However, on browsing the Guardian blogs this morning, I was appalled to see that Tesco have launched a Lasagne Sandwich http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2010/jun/16/tesco-lasagne-sandwich-lasandwich-why. Initially, I checked the date of the blog assuming it was an April fool, but no, it was published in June. Surely no one with a tastebud would want it? Is it me?!

I would love to know if you have given it (or something equally bizarre) a try. When looking on Tesco’s website, it doesn’t seem to be there so perhaps it has made a rapid disappearance from their shelves – and no wonder!

For an appealing alternative to the ‘lasagndwich’ try this Chicken & Avocado Salad Sandwich from Hearty & Healthy Dairy Cookbook.

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Chicken and Avocado Salad Sandwich

Avocados are a rich source of vitamin E, which is required for healthy skin and good cardiovascular health. When really ripe, avocado can be mashed and used as a tastier alternative to a low fat spread.

Chicken and advocado sandwichPreparation time 10 minutes
Calories per sandwich 397 Kcal
Fat per sandwich 16g
of which saturated 2.8g
Makes 4 sandwiches

Avocado 1 very ripe large
Lime or lemon juice 1 tbsp
Mint leaves 8 shredded, optional
Mixed grain bread 8 slices
Cooked chicken breast 200g (7oz), shredded
Cucumber slices 12
Baby spinach leaves 4 handfuls, rinsed and dried

1 Halve the avocado, remove the stone and scrape out the flesh onto a plate. Mash it with lime or lemon juice and add the shredded mint, if using. Spread the mashed avocado mixture over the 8 slices of bread.

2 Arrange the chicken evenly on 4 of the slices and season to taste. Put the cucumber slices on top and then pile up

the spinach leaves.

3 Place the other piece of bread, avocado side down on top to make 4 sandwiches. Press them together gently and cut each into two pieces.

Cook’s tip
Use fresh salmon or tuna instead of chicken in the sandwich.

Recipes taken from Hearty & Healthy Dairy Cookbook.

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