I’ve become very amoured with alfalfa sprouts with just about everything, and I’ve recently developed quite a crush on hot banana peppers too! After eating my fab grilled cheese sandwich from T&T Bakery and Café I thought to myself, “why in the world have I not been eating banana peppers more??” And so began the hunt for a decent jar of the spicy stuff to add my growing list of sandwich fillings. My tolerance for spicy food is certainly not sky high, but I can take a bit of heat. I’m finding it really fun to try out different veggie combinations in my sandwiches and to switch things up whenever I can. Mushrooms, grilled zucchini, bell peppers, spinach, arugula, herbs, different lettuces and cheeses – I love them all and the combinations are endless.
Part of the reason why I’ve suddenly become so inspired by sandwiches within the last little while has a bit to do with the great bread my mum and I consistently get from our local bakery, and it also has to do with something my friend Wini brought up almost a month ago. She wanted to find great vegetarian and vegan sandwiches around the city and since then, I’ve been on the hunt not just for her, but for me as well. I’ve found several amazing ones to tuck into my “sandwich portfolio” along the way (grilled vegetables on tomato foccacia! Breaded eggplant and basil on a crusty baguette!) and I’m on the lookout for as many great sammies as possible. Part of the issue, I think, is that there’s a lack of creativity with fillings. Lettuce and tomato just don’t cut it anymore (or did they ever?) so it makes it all the more fun and challenging to find something fabulous and worth eating out for. Experimenting in the kitchen allows me to try out different combinations of flavours and it inspires me to look for creativity elsewhere.
Although not vegetarian, it was a tasty sandwich if I do say so myself! A pepperoni sandwich with mozzerella cheese, baby spinach, alfalfa sprouts, and hot banana peppers on crunchy kaiser bun! Crunchy, spicy, and all sorts of yummy. The sandwich experiments are delish and the vegetarian and vegan sandwich hunt in the city continues on. I’m really excited to share my discoveries when I eventually gather up a good-sized selection and I have a few places in mind to try out, so keep an eye out for my full on report by summer!