I could worship at this altar.
Thinking about lunch? Always–if you’re like me. This week for the Globe’s weekly Lunch-wich I made a Muffuletta. Hadn’t had one in ages, but I could barely stop myself from digging in pronto–only the knowledge that my job was to photograph (not devour) this guy kept me in check.
I’m not a big fan of the cold-cut loaded submarine, but somehow this combo of capicola, mortadella, ham and salami plus swiss and provolone cheese seems ingenious. And then you add the savoury, finger-licking olive salad on top (and underneathof course). I used foccacia but traditionally this New Orleans original is made from a Sicilian loaf, also called Muffuletta bread. Check out the official Muffuletta website. COOL. (someone actually has a job called Muffoletta Research Specialist, really, go look.) And yes, there are variations on the spelling.
So I’ll just stick with one simple word: heaven.
Immediate Impulse Buy
I unknowingly woke up into sandwich day. It started when I was walking by a store window where the new Saveur magazine was on display. Saveur is probably my favourite food magazine–I love the feeling that if I read a full years subscription I would be the savviest foodie on the block. I haven’t yet subscribed because I fear a pile up of unread issues will trigger massive foodie-anxiety. (Only a subscription to The New Yorker is more terrifying in potentially magnifying my ignorance….of everything.)
BTW Canadians–the last issue had a great piece on Quebec and the maple syrup tradition (The Sweet Life) by Sasha Chapman. And the sap is now running so get out there and lick it up.
Memories of my old sandwich stomping ground
Back to sandwich serendipity: on my way home I stumbled across the Yorkville Sandwich Box location. I have not eaten at Sandwich Box since it was a little store inside a strange little food strip at McCaul and Queen. But man–the memories! Grilled, hot, crispy, gooey, savoury, sweet, grilled, spicy…..oh the land of sandwiches. I went with white panini (sometimes whole grain is not the right choice) smoky grilled eggplant, crisp pancetta, bocconcini and curried apple spread. I think I ripped the box in my excitement to get to the food. And as after any great sandwich, I simply felt…happy.
So sandwich it up today people! It’s meant to be.