Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Recipe 4: Sandwiches

I feel that the art of food business is always best if you could cook from the heart, and not the cashier machine. I wish I had the time and energy to pursue my sandwich business that I ran few months back, everyday at the office pantry. But that would mean getting up at 5am and sleeping late for prep. Profit was not that good, but the satisfaction of getting the approval from my friends is beyond anything money can buy. Too tired now, so I guess its time to share what I made. Here's 4 of my specialties:

General Ingredients:
Gardenia Bread
Butterhead Lettuce (for a mild taste and long-lasting sandwich)
or Iceberg Lettuce (for a crunchy fresh taste)
Pure Butter

Tuna Mayo Filling:
1 can Tuna in Brine
3 tbsp Mayonnaise (I use Kraft's)
1/2 tsp sugar
1/3 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Egg Mayo Filling:
2 eggs (boiled and mashed with fork till fine)
2 tbsp Mayonnaise
1/2 tsp sugar
1/3 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Method for Tuna and Egg Mayo:
Mix all ingredients, cover tight and refrigerate overnight.

Fried Sardine Filling:
1 small can of sardine (mashed with fork till fine with 3/4 of its gravy)
1/2 big onion (peeled and chopped)
3 cloves garlic (peeled and chopped)
1 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 tbsp cooking oil

Method for Fried Sardine:
Heat oil, and saute onion and garlic till golden. In a bowl, mix the mashed sardine, lime juice, salt and pepper. Add this mixture to the sauteed ingredients and fry further, till color of sardine gravy turns orangey from red. Let cool and its ready to use.

Spicy Chicken Mayo Filling:
1/4 chicken
3 cloves garlic (unpeeled and smashed)
1L water
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp Mayonnaise
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
some That chilli sauce

Method for Spicy Chicken Mayo:
Boil chicken till cooked with water, garlic and 1 tsp salt. Remove stock (water and garlic). Let cool, debone and chop chicken meat. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the chilli sauce. May be used immediately. Top up with chilli sauce when assembling the sandwich.

Method for Sandwich:
I'm sure you know how to assemble a sandwich!

1. I like to add chopped 1 small tomato or 1/2 onion to my Tuna Mayo for my own indulgence. Try this!
2. Use freshly ground black pepper. Its makes a whole lot of difference.
3. For an even more complete sandwich, add cheese, cucumber and tomato slices.
4. For parties, I like to cut the sandwich into small triagles or squares, and deco with parsley. You can even be more creative, by cutting out with large cookie cutters.

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