Hugh Paxton’s Blog woke up this morning and flicked through the papers. Syria was exploding as usual and American polticians were talking nonsense, some Japanese guys had murdered another guy and cooked him in curry sauce, rape cases in Kenya were being ignored by authorities, a planet had been discovered that was mostly composed of diamond, three sealions had been released back into the wild in Peru, the Taliban had slaughtered lots of innocent people, and a pizza delivery man in Mexico had been tortured for five hours before being murdered for being 40 minutes late with the pizza… usual stuff.
What caught my eye was an article called SNACK HEAVEN.
This was new! This was amazing!
The article, written by Mark Hix and Bill Grainger, suggested new takes “on the humble sandwich”.
Their first suggestion for a quick bite?
Nothing could be simpler or more convenient for the man or woman on the run! Go on! Give it a go!
First obtain 500g of strong white bread flour, 7g of yeast, 150 ml of warm water, 1 tbsp of clear honey, 3 tbsp of vegetabe oil, 2 tbsp of natural yoghurt. And some salt.
Then all you need is:
1 tbsp of:
1/5 tbsp of caraway seeds, and the same quantity and weight of nigella seeds (I’m not really sure what they are) and podded cardamon.
While getting this lot together, you can be gainfully employed finding additional suggested ingredients.
1 tbsp of mustard seeds
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tbsp ground or freshly grated turmeric
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
500-600 g of lamb neck
3 medium red onions, peeled, halved and feshly chopped
5 medium cloves of garlic, peeled, and crushed
30g of root ginger, scraped and finely grated
50g of ghee
1 black cardamon pod
1 tbsp of tomato puree
1 litre of lamb or beef stock
4 dried red chillies
A good pinch of saffron
A small handful of curry leaves
And to finish (thank Gawd!) freshly chopped coriander to garnish.
You then have to bake the bread and cook all that stuff but after you’ve done that then gosh! You’ll not just have a new take on a sandwich! You’ll have a really new excuse for the boss to explain why you are three week’s late for work.
The other suggested sandwich recipe involved sticking some fried pork, black pudding and a pickle in a bap.
A sort of ten minute excercise.
If anybody has the stamina to attempt the first fast food recipe get in touch and I’ll provide further details. No time wasters please. You’ll need a pestle and mortar. A lightly floured tray. A damp cloth. Three or four people to help. And “a heavy bottomed frying pan”.