A hummus and cucumber sammy by Anjuli

Posted on 08-06-08 · Tags: , ,



Sweet pepper soothes
Hummus, Indian-spiced cukes
Hot hot hot pickle

It has probably been said before that a sandwich is like a haiku. Both are structurally supported by their respective art forms, giving the artist leeway to freely associate with the past and also reinvent the form every time. Executed well, you have a tiny tidbit that nourishes the brain and pleases the mouth, and done horribly wrong you have a bit of inedible garbage that is spat out under the table.

Putting together a successful sandwich or haiku requires skill and understanding. With a sandwich, you need to consider the guidelines, the layers that will comprise the meal, flavors, textures, and references to past sandwiches. The sandwich must fit comfortably between the mandibles, be able to be elevated by the hands alone, and travel distance (or withstand time) before it’s eaten.  A sandwich’s layers are balanced one atop the other, and must be distinct but also compliment one another. And most importantly the creator must consider flavor (spicy, sweet, sour, bitter, and salty) and texture (crunchy, soft, slippery, chewy, dry, and chunky).

Sammy recipe (2 servings)

1/2 cucumber skinned and sliced into 1/4 inch slices
1 tspn cumin
1 tspn black mustard seed
1 clove garlic diced
1 handful basil chiffonade
1/8 tspn paprika
1/8 tspn ground coriander
1/8 tspn tumeric

Vagar the cumin and mustard. Combine all ingredients and let sit.

Hummus: Combine one can chickpeas and olive oil, tahini, parsley, paprika, pine nuts, lemon juice, salt, pepper to taste
Pepper: 1 yellow pepper roasted and cut into strip
Indian mango pickle
Toasted bread of your choice (I chose a sprouted multi-grain)

Assemble individual layers. Cover one piece of bread in hummus, the other in mango pickle (your choice how spicy, but be careful not to over power the other flavors). On the hummus side, place the sliced pepper pieces. Top with a little paprika and a squeeze of lemon. On the pickle side, arrange the cucumbers slices. Top the cucumber with the watercress. Crush some freshly ground black pepper. Stare amazedly at your masterpiece. Fold and cover in wax paper then tinfoil. ENJOY.

What do you think?