24.4.08

Jet lag and how to feed it: a beautiful sandwich.

Hardcore fans of Laurie Colwin will recognize that as the title of one of her essays. I´m going through a particulary strong LC phase right now, reading all her fiction. Her food writing I know by heart, almost.

Last week J came back from a congress in Vienna. I didn´t pick him up at the airport, tut tut, but I did compensate by having a good meal waiting for him. Sure, a Vienna-Madrid flight is hardly a Lindbergh-esque exploit, but I find that any sort of waiting around airports takes its toll these days, and well deserves a treat.

Now, Laurie says that someone just off a plane should be given soup and a sandwich. But J was arriving at 5, and that´s mots emphatically not soup-time in Spain. All hours are good for a sandwich and some cake, though, so I made a cute little Victoria sponge, complete with strawberries and jam, and prepared all the ingredients for this awsome sandwich, which has now entered my files as the

"Welcome back from Vienna awsome sandwich":

Crusty bread, baguette or good oldfashioned "barra"
Balsamic sausages
Onion jam
A perfect avocado
A tomato

The assembly is as simple cutting a good sized portion of bread, taking out some of the white crumb, smearing one side with onion jam, topping with slices of the avocado and tomato (and salting them a little)- and then finishing off the job with the sausages cut into thick wedges.

This sandwich has everything: the crunch from the bread, the fatty cloudy factor from the avocado, satisfying and savoury protein from the sausages, oomph from the onion jam and freshness from the tomato. Per-fect, good at any time, and just the thing to get you ready for a slice of cake, a shower and a long walk admiring spring in the Retiro.

18 comentarios:

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) dijo...

Laurie Colwin was wise and wonderful. I never tire of reading her essays.

Pille dijo...

Ximena, your balsamic sausages are a treat on their own, so anything good alongside them can only make things better!!!

Linda dijo...

How much do you charge to do an illustration for a website?

Julie dijo...

I am an endless fan of Laurie Colwin's food essays -- there's something so soul satisfying about her writing.

Your sandwich sounds awesome indeed. There's a nice series of delicious contrasts going on with it.

kickpleat dijo...

mmm, that sandwich sounds lovely! for me it's the onion jam that would make it. yum.

Kim dijo...

I need to get one of her books from the library, thanks for reminding me. Lovely drawing again.

We Are Never Full dijo...

Man does that sound good. We just made merguez sausage sandwiches in a baguette, but add advocado to anything and I'm on it like a fly to sh&t!

amy @ we are never full

*kel dijo...

hola! quanto tiempo! your welcome back sandwich sounds like an awesome combination. I would love to try the onion jam and those balsamic sausages myself. For me anything is good with a perfect avocado. so glad I could finally find some good imported ones here in singapore.

xps dijo...

Creo que esta es la mejor de tus recetas. Sobre todo qué gran compensación después de la farsa de la sacher.

LE BLOG dijo...

¡Pero qué monada de entrada es esta! ¡Yo quiero un sangüi de bienvenida de San Hermenegildo también!

Casey dijo...

I also think the onion jam is the ingredient that would take the sandwich from good to sublime.
How lovely it would be to curl up in a comfortable chair with that sandwich and one of LC's books.

Helen dijo...

I am so obsessed with sandwiches! This sounds like a great one and I like the idea of removing some of the crumb to make more room for filling.

Sean dijo...

The sandwich sounds mouth-watering. Laurie Colwin is such a comfort in the kitchen. I made my first roast chicken and shortbread cookies using her recipes. I hope your sandwich was appreciated!

Would very much be interested in trading links on blogrolls. Mine is here: http://blog.mainefoodandlifestyle.com and you can contact me there as well. Cheers!

www.potsandpins.com dijo...

Well I WISH I'd just come back from Vienna but since the closest thing to Vienna around here is the little can of Vienna Sausages I'm going to have to pretend...this sounds wonderful and I'm going to have it for lunch - and maybe even listen to a waltz while I eat it! Thanks! Nan

Guru dijo...

mmmmmm ... aguacateeee ... ¡ñam!

Pille dijo...

I made these (again) for my birthday party last week, and they went down a storm. 1,5 kilograms of thin sausages disappeared in no time :)

catalina dijo...

hola megusto mucho tu bloggers .......chaito

catalina dijo...

hola me gusto mucho tu bloggers .......chaito

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