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
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.