Poor Lin has discovered that the next-door flat will be undergoing extensive renovations this summer and therefore anticipates eating in the park A Lot so she has suggested that we all stick our sandwich ideas into one post… She’s a bit giddy, I think, at the idea of having her Very Own Poll so I’ll cut and paste her email below as there are supplementary questions involved.
We do enjoy a bit of tuna mayo in this house, and I find that if you butter both sides in a debauched manner then things such as ham or cheese stay together. She also likes pate, but I’ve only started giving it to her recently, and if we’re having an impromptu picnic I’m not above asking the man in the deli for a selection of bits of ham, salami, and getting him to slice some cheese for us to have on rolls. Oh, the bliss of having a weaned child over one whose salt intake you don’t have to bother about quite so much. Also I personally enjoy a mixture of hummus, grated carrot and sultanas in a sandwich but Babybear has been off hummus for some time now so I don’t get it very often.
And I know this is a bit fiddly and faffy and therefore against the grain but I very often find myself running a rolling pin over Babybear’s sandwiches and sometimes even cutting off the crusts because she can be a bit of a pain in her determination to disassemble them. I’ve not yet cut shapes out with cookie cutters, for me that’s a Bridge Too Far but go for it if you reckon it’ll work for you.
Anyway, here’s Lin’s starter for ten. Thanks for any and all contributions.
I don’t actually think this merits a Recipe entry but I didn’t want to get it lost in comments – maybe its a poll-type thing.
Small & I shared versions of the same sandwich today – chicken & avocado. I chopped the chicken quite finely, mashed it with the avocado & spread it on her bread. She loved it and they all disappeared. It struck me, that as summer approaches, in warmer weather I eat a lot of sandwich-based lunches and it would be handy to continue this sandwich-sharing lark. However, being without teeth, she needs gummable sandwiches – not yer-standard-slap-a-slice-of-cheese-or-ham-in-bread things. So here are my sandwich fillings of choice to date:
Houmous (which she loves. She’d bath in houmous if I let her.)
Avocado with Chicken
Tuna with Fromage Frais (instead of mayonnaise).
Mackerel – tinned not fresh – sadly she took against the beautiful fresh one.
So my poll question – now what? What else is gum-friendly, mayonnaise-free, can be spread on bread & will satisfy both mum & babe? Suppliementary question – should I chill out about giving her mayo? Not quite sure why I feel a bit twitchy about it!
(I have also found out that the flat next door will be undergoing renovations throughout the summer so it looks like we will be living at the local park – and therefore dining exclusively on sandwiches!)
Apologies for managing to ask a relatively simple question in an extremely longwinded fashion.