Friday September 21, 2012
Sometimes I have a yen for something special which must be satisfied specifically other wise I work my way through odd food items attempting to achieve fulfillment. The quest can present a challenge at times when I know the refrigerator shows more wall space than food items. I have never had a cluttered refrigerator. The species where you open the door and all manner of food, boxes, jars, bottles, packages, stray food seem to fly out at you. There are odd colored versions of what may have been normal a few weeks back. Not me, not my refrigerator. Now, you may find the occasional moldy cheese, leftover food container or a very tired vegetable shoved to the back of a drawer in the frig but it usually is not overloaded until we get to the brief period surrounding Thanksgiving.
Anyway, I digress. Lunch. I am looking for a departure from the HO HUM or the rigid regime. What can I conjure up from my odd collection? Well I had one whole wheat pita, a few slices of bacon and part of an avocado….. voila … a BLT. Apparently the tempting Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich is the second most popular sandwich in the USA, runner up to the basic Ham Sandwich. The ingredient combination in a BLT, evolved from the crust-less & delicate tea sandwich popular during the Victorian era and as you may have guessed followed down the ancestral line of the amply built Club Sandwich. It is believed that for the ease of ordering, the long winded sandwich was shortened to the ‘BLT’. The bacon laden sandwich became popular after World War II due to the rapid expansion of supermarkets, making the ingredients available all year. Mayonnaise, of course is a French concoction and really splendidly wraps up all the flavors in the BLT. On to the production.
There were 3 gorgeous garden fresh tomatoes sitting on the counter, waiting to be sliced. I love bacon; the ultimate in salt and fat. I don’t indulge often but I do enjoy it, the real thing much more so over the recently touted turkey bacon. A satisfying BLT , turkey bacon, does not make. Perhaps a BLT holds a special place in my memory bank, a warm fuzzy filed away alongside a good grilled cheese and yes even the pedestrian P & J. So I slightly toasted the pita, slathered it with a well known ‘salad dressing’, I am not a mayonnaise lady, added sliced avocado, about 5 slices of properly cooked bacon, not too crisp with a bit of spongy fat, splash of pepper, herbs, freshly sliced tomato and some colorful spring mix to top it off. The pita allowed me to amply fill the space and made one heck of a satisfying sandwich.
November 3 rd is National Sandwich Day, a new one on me. We’ll have to see how many sandwiches pop up on Facebook that day!
To finish off the meal, I’ll rob my bakery stash of a cocoa sugar cookie or perhaps a Jaded Jammie and a cup of tea or almond milk, unsweetened!
And until next time we meet … Mangia!