I returned home today after a morning of errands and groceries, and I was so hungry I could’ve eaten my arm. To me, a sandwich is one of the most sensible and quick lunches of all, but I have spent about the last 25 years or so resisting them. A history of school day lunches built around warm, slightly sweaty sandwiches.
I suspect that when I first began school I went home for lunch. I vaguely remember kids at the kitchen table slurping chicken noodle soup. At some point though, we moved and I was far enough away from school that I had to take lunch by about grade five. Every day, that plastic wrapped sandwich came with me, except for a couple of stints to the
This summer, however, I had the opportunity to kind of step back and explore the possibility of the sandwich, partly because I was trying not to eat out at lunch so often (too expensive, and fattening), and partly because they are a quick, easy lunch that does not require heating up. In addition to that, they offered the chance to redeem themselves because I had visitors coming, and we were planning to take picnics to the beach.
These days, I avoid meat that is pressed and rolled and squished into some kind of loaf. I can also make a pretty decent ‘wich with leftover roast beef, chicken or tuna. I am not a fan of wraps, because they seem to encourage more filling in the chamber, and I have a hard time getting comfortable with mouthfuls of filling. I also avoid the squishy white bread of my childhood, and prefer the hearty, seed laden types of bread that actually smell yummy as things get underway. I like mustard on one side, and a thin layer of mayo on the other. The meat goes next to the mustard, sometimes there is some kind of flavourful cheese added, and then I cut the sandwich from corner to corner and put it into a reusable plastic container. Thinly sliced tomato, cucumber and a handful of lettuce usually finish it off, although I wrap veggies separately, so that they can be laid on the sandwich just before I eat it, and they aren’t making the bread soggy. It’s not that I like lettuce in the sandwich, because I really am not a fan of lettuce if you read one of my earlier posts about it you’ll understand, but it seems to help bury the sandwich of my past, and helps the sandwich – now a stacked, multi-layered flavourful and textured meal, a half decent lunch of the present.