FISH SANDWICH AND OLD FASHIONED
a trendy aperitif

Published on 13 March 2018 in Ideas and Recipes

From the “MY WAY” section of our Meson’s News Magazine number 5.

Ingredients for 1 Fish sandwich

2 slices of black bread for sandwiches of large format (at least 12 x 12 cm per side)
40-50 g of smoked salmon already sliced
2 teaspoons of red currant jam, or cranberries (it must have a sufficiently acidic taste)
1 tablespoon of cream cheese (like Philadelphia)
1 tablespoon of mascarpone
1 teaspoon of dried red berries, crushed with the hands
4-5 stalks of chives, thinly sliced
2 radishes washed, dried and thinly sliced with the help of a mandolin or a knife
2 sprigs of novel salad or rocket leaves

Preparation

Prepare the cream cheese mixing the cream cheese with mascarpone and red berries. Unfold the slices of bread and spread before the currant jam, after the cream cheese.
Sprinkle with the chives, then with sliced radishes (dried between two sheets of absorbent paper, if they are too wet) and finally with clumps of salad or rocket. Put on top of a single slice of bread the smoked salmon slices, avoiding to make them over-flow, close the sandwich and trim the sides with the outer crusts. Cut the sandwich diagonally with a sharp movement of the knife, getting the classic triangu-lar shape of the sandwich. If you like Scotch Whiskey, I suggest you to brush the slices of smoked salmon with some Scotch drop just before laying them on the sandwich: the flavour that will release in the mouth, will be lecherous.

I’m not inclined to promote fast foods of fast execution like this sandwich, because I always fight against this deleterious tendency to propose increasingly fast recipes, justified by the current dogma that “people do not have time”. This is a blatant lie: people usually have plenty of time, it simply should be revised as to use it. This is a blatant lie: people usually have plenty of time, it simply should be revised as to use it. If a person doesn’t understand the value of time spent to feed himself and the people at his table, instead of spending it watching TV or sending text messages with smiles and emoticons, I think he deserves to eat precooked frozen foods and junk food. If you don’t understand that it is better to fully live our lives instead of that of the others, the already numerous and varied eating disorders will only increase.
Certainly this sandwich, like any other intelligent use of quality and love in short time, can-not be always a substitute for a meal lived in peace and in loving slowness, but it can be a valid except for those times when you really do not have the time to devote to a quiet convivial table.

Musicians of our home, telling the evolution from jazz forms to those more modern of fusion; clear Latin and funky notes with assonances to the electrical Davis, without neglecting the distinctive features of the compositional and piano style by Romano Mussolini: poetic and picturesque.

Ingredients for 1 Old fashioned

(lemon ‘n smoke twist)

6 cl Rye or Bourbon Whisky
0,5 cl Scotch Whiskey, heavily peated
2 dashes of Angostura Bitter
2 dashes of Lemon Bitter
a lump of sugar
a dash of soda
a lemon rind
a slice of orange
a maraschino cherry (optional)

Preparation

fill a low Tumbler glass of ice cubes. In case you have, better to use a single block of ice and pour Scotch Whiskey.
Make some changes with the stirrer and leave aside the glass, so that the ice perfumes with Scotch. In another low Tumbler glass put the sugar, add Bitter and soda and, after having broken the cube with the help of the stirrer, swirling the glass to mess with this mixture all over the inside surface of the glass. Add the Rye or Bourbon Whiskey, ice cubes and, with the help of the stirrer, mix carefully: both moving it from bottom to top in one continuous movement, and with the classic evolution, in order to dissolve the sugar and, at the same time, cool the cocktail well.
Throw the Scotch from the cooled glass and pour inside the Old Fashioned made in the other glass, filtering it through the strainer. Garnish with the lemon rind, the orange slice, and (if you have) the maraschino cherry.

We suggest to serve the Old Fashioned with a wooden stick inside, with which to keep the cocktail mixed, so that the sugar does not settle on the bottom. There isn’t a specific time of the day to enjoy the Old Fashioned, because this wonderful cocktail is perfect for any occasion. Learn to take your time to make your Old Fashioned and you will see that life will seem much easier … much easier than striking up a conversation without problems with another person, without having to ask the friendship on Facebook.

Album: “Mirage”
Author: Romano Mussolini
Recorded in 1973 in Milan for the Pdu
Musicians: R. Mussolini, piano Fender; P. Montanari, basso; R. Spizzichino, drums; G. Masetti, sax; E. Soana, trumpet; T. De Piscopo, percussions.

Musicians of our home, telling the evolution from jazz forms to those more modern of fusion; clear Latin and funky notes with assonances to the electrical Davis, without neglecting the distinctive features of the compositional and piano style by Romano Mussolini: poetic and picturesque. This time with the magnetic sounds of the Fender Rhodes.