I am completely smitten with strawberries, so I’m glad that strawberry season is finally in full swing. I just can’t get enough of these sweet, luscious fruit right now. I love eating them fresh with my morning yogurt, but I have been thinking about how to use them a little more creatively. My first attempt was the strawberry-tomato salsa paired with corn cakes you may remember from a few posts back. That one turned out quite well so I’m at it again.
The result of the French influence on Vietnamese cuisine is very evident in the bánh mì sandwich. Usually served on a baguette and slathered with spicy aioli that is borrowed from French cuisine, this sandwich is then filled with meat and other ingredients that are decidedly more Vietnamese – vegetable slaw made with pickled carrots and daikon radishes, sliced jalapeños, and fresh cilantro. Other typical fillings include barbecue or roast pork, pâté, sliced ham and other deli meats, and even tofu. Continue reading
What makes a good egg salad sandwich? Everyone has their own answer to this question. For me, it all starts with fresh, perfectly cooked soft-boiled eggs. I add a little crunch for texture, a little acidity to balance out the creaminess of the eggs, and a dollop or two of mayonnaise to bind it all together. I add a sprinkling of fresh herbs and spices to brighten the flavor. All the ingredients are mixed together and put between two pieces of lightly toasted and buttered white bread. The butter prevents the bread from being soggy. I often cut the crusts off the bread as well.
Some people add olives, capers, pickles, dill, chives, and/or whole grain mustard, etc. Personally, I add some tarragon, curry powder, and dry mustard to make my perfect egg salad. I love the taste of tarragon and it goes perfectly with eggs. It’s really very simple and easy to make.