Thursday, July 14, 2011

Summer Sandwiches

A few years ago I wrote a blogpost and was very surprised by the response I got about 1 particular picture I had posted of a slice of bread with radishes. Eating radishes on bread is something that is par for the course in Dutchland so I hadn't realised that perhaps not everybody on this big blue beautiful planet of ours was aware of this culinary delight. Now there are radishes and radishes and some of them are mayhap slightly less familiar to you than the ordinary red&white ones, be they round or elongated. In the pic above there is a slightly less common variety called Rat's Tail, for obvious reasons, which are easy to grow, a delightful green and utterly nomnommy. If you can get your mitts on them (Raphanus sativus) I heartily recommend growing them.
Earlier this week I had this brilliant idea (I have them quite often, can't tell you what a drag that is but oh well, we all have our crosses to bear) of showing you some more culinary Dutch delights of the sandwich variety. Pictured above are 2 of them: tomatoes on bread with either a pinch of salt or a light sprinkling of sugar and strawberries on bread; with of without sugar or, if you're so inclined, with a drop of balsamico vinegar. All are very toothsome, easy to make, healthy and, if you go easy on the sugar and your choice of butter, margerine or whathaveyou, a great choice if you need to lose some weight.

You may think it strange to have fresh strawberries on a slice of bread but is it really when so many people eat strawberry jam on a regular basis? And what does strawberry jam consists of but strawberries and sugar? Exactly! But fresh strawberries are more yummy and don't need that much sugar if any at all to tickle your tastebuds
Another delicious option is goat's cheese with cherry tomatoes on top on which you can dab a bit of homemade pesto if you like. It has to be homemade of course. And if you need to ask why, you've obviously never tasted the homemade one and are now wasting valuable time that is better spend whipping up your very own homemade pesto presto!

And speaking about time; it's high time to bid you adieu Constant Reader as I think I have delighted you long enough with these culinary Dutch delights and you are without doubt chomping at the bit to make some of your own to stuff down your neck. Happy chomping!

PS The header? That's a rather exclusive snuggle sandwich courtesy of Vita (l) and Willow. Also good for your health.

copyright 2011 Y.E.W. Heuzen


Anna said...

All look most delicious Yolanda. I'm afraid that I would turn my nose up at a radish sandwich as I do not like their taste but they are beautiful to admire from afar. Off for a snack now :)

Alex aus dem Gwundergarten said...

Hi Yolanda
Well, I probably wouldn't eat the sandwich with tomatoes and strawberry at the same time :o) but else they really look delicious. I especially like the sandwich in the header :o).
Have a great day

easygardener said...

They look delicious. I would be making pesto too - if my Basil had not decided to sulk and refuse to grow in the cool weather!

Libby said...

Scrumdiddlyumptious, I shall have to have a go at some variations of these.

Matron said...

I have never heard of eating radishes in sandwiches! It must be worth doing if all of 'Dutchland' have been keeping it a secret from us all these years! I must try it for myself.

Lisa said...

They all look so yummy! I want to taste the third one with goat cheese and cherry tomatoes. Very colorful. Good for the eyes.

Lisa from Country Guitar Lessons

Helen said...

The hostess at the B&B we recently stayed at served us alpine strawberries with basil and a balsamic reduction as a side dish. So delicious. It would be great on bread, too.

Kylee said...

I am now hungry for a strawberry sandwich. With cream cheese.