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Friday, September 30, 2005

Sydney Sandwich Social


Seared chorizo and peppery rocket

Last Saturday Saffron and I co-hosted the first ever Sydney Sandwich Social.

The premise was simple. Everyone brings a sandwich and swaps half of it for another. Creativity was encouraged, but the classics were welcomed as well.

Our idea wasn't original, but it sure was fun. Who doesn't reminisce those sandwich swapping days of the schoolyard?

I packed two types of sandwich. Well they were both bread rolls actually (deduced to be in less danger of sogginess).


Chargrilled antipasto mix (red capsicum, mushroom and artichokes) with blanched asaparagus spears and a few leaves of basil

Our website had gotten hits from a cross-section of Sydneysiders and despite a minor transport hiccup resulting in the organisers setting up late, everyone managed to miraculously track us down--including those who had never even met us before.

It was a gloriously sunny day, the Botanic Gardens were awash with the splendour of spring and the sandwich bank (in a gorgeous wicker basket dutifully supplied by Saffron) was filling up rapidly.



There was a multicultural orgy of sandwich fillings:

roasted vegetables with basil and rocket;
ham, vintage cheddar and snow pea sprouts;
date and alfalfa;
banh mi ga (Vietnamese chicken roll);
vegetarian foccacia;
salami, fetta, olive tapenade, sun-dried tomato and baby spinach;
egg and salad;
pear, parmesan and pesto on walnut bread;
nutella and peanut butter;
chorizo and rocket;
and chargrilled antipasto with asparagus and basil

to name but a few.



After the frenzy of sandwich choosing, I was delighted that after the crowds had dispersed the pear sandwich still remained.

*yoink*



It was good. So good I felt compelled to share it with three others. Who knew that one of my favourite salads could be put between two bits of bread? Bowb, you are a genius!

After sandwich satiation, there were fresh strawberries, pineapple coconut muffins, apple streusel muffins and chocolate chilli cookies as well.

It was fun.
It was delicious.
And I learnt a few new sandwich positions as well ;-P

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 9/30/2005 11:59:00 pm


8 Comments:

  • At 10/01/2005 6:42 am, Blogger boo_licious said…

    Wow, that sounded fun fun and more fun and the selections that you had are so different - date and alfafa is something I have not heard of. Yummy stuff and what a fantastic idea.

     
  • At 10/01/2005 7:46 pm, Blogger Reid said…

    Hi AG,

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time. It's good that you had such beautiful weather while out in the lush botanical garden.

    So...what was your favorite of all?

     
  • At 10/02/2005 8:13 am, Anonymous Big BoK said…

    That's so cool.. AG..!

     
  • At 10/02/2005 10:57 am, Blogger Kelly said…

    Sounds like a fun time was had by all. I would've been heading straight for the salami sandwich if I'd been there!

     
  • At 10/02/2005 11:15 am, Blogger deborah said…

    fun was had by all! the weather was lovely. i wonder what happened to the sandwich crossing. LOL

     
  • At 10/02/2005 8:36 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi boo_licious - It was fun! And I've certainly been a bit more inspired in my latest sandwich creations. Date and alfalfa was a new one for me too. Unfortunately I didn't get to try one but it sounded interesting!

    Hi Reid - The weather in Sydney has been fantastic. Nothing better than green grass, blue skies and lots of good food!

    My favourite was definitely the pear, parmesan and pesto. It was so delicious!

    Hi Big BoK - Yep it was fun!

    Hi Kelly - I actually had the salami sandwich! lol... Saffron made that one, and it was suitably delicious!

    Hi Saffron - lol. It was definitely a great idea. Maybe we can do a Sydney Sweets Swap next?

     
  • At 10/03/2005 10:29 am, Anonymous Sue said…

    I had a great time. I even made the parmesan, pear but no pesto sandwich the other day for breakfast yum! I too have also been inspired to be more creative with my sandwiches.

    Pot luck picnic would be good too!

     
  • At 10/03/2005 9:09 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Sue - Thanks for coming. Your sandwiches looked yum (one was very similar to mine! - great taste!).

    I'm thinking a pear, blue cheese and rocket sandwich would also be yum. I've been extra enthusiastic with the sandwich making too.

    Pot luck picnic sounds good.

     

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