If you are tired of plain traditional sandwich, I can tell you this – there is definitely life beyond margarine, ham and cheese. This veggie filled sandwich is here to prove you that as it tastes incredibly delicious and always keeps me well until lunch or until the combination of temptation and boredom takes hold, but that’s another topic, I guess! The Classic Hummus is a wonderful thing to make and have on hand in the fridge to perk up other kinds of sandwiches, or salads, or snack on it along fresh vegetable sticks – the options are endless and it really is a staple.
MY THOUGHTS ON BREAD
Bread is not the devil as many of us are lead to believe, which is probably stemming from the fact that most bread is a heavily processed food-like substance. It’s not really bread. Well, at least not the type that grounds and nourishes. Food should taste good, but it should also make you feel good. Many people who react poorly to refined supermarket breads can actually thrive on wholemeal sourdough produced in the traditional method. The very first food I’ve missed the most, when I came to England to study, was the home sourdough bread that my mom used to bake. It was a staple in our house. You might be familiar with the term ‘starter’. It is a mix of flour, water and bacterial culture, and it is what defines sourdough bread. My mom’s starter used to live in the fridge and every week it was fed with a mix of flour and water. It was a beautiful tradition that I was always so interested in. When it was time to bake bread, my mom used to put all of her resources on the table and start mixing the ingredients, quality whole grain flours, sesame seeds, linseeds and, occasionally, she would put some nuts and dried fruit in to make it even more special. She used to bake bread and share it with everyone around. I remember bringing loafs of freshly made wholemeal sourdough to my grandma, neighbours and E’s family.
Even though it has been over 5 years now from the time I stopped buying any kind of bread, simply because I cannot seem to find anything real, I would still like to enjoy a slice of authentic bread once in a while. I remember the time when in one of my favourite coffee shops, Fig & Sparrow, I got to try this amazing wholemeal sourdough bread, freshly baked by real bread experts at local Trove bakery. The bread is handmade with organic ingredients and tastes amazing. Although my diet is 98% gluten free, I do occasionally tread myself to a beautiful sandwich made with wholemeal sourdough when I work from cafe. Therefore, I’ve decided to recreate my favourite Carrot and Hummus sandwich for everyone who hasn’t got a chance to try the real one in Manchester.
CARROT, HUMMUS & SUND-DRIED TOMATO SANDWICH
Makes 1 sandwich
2 slices wholegrain sourdough bread
1 grated carrot
4 slices organic sun-dried tomatoes
2 tablespoons Classic Hummus
1 tablespoon cold-pressed olive oil
Plenty of salad greens (spinach, butter lettuce, arugula etc.)
Cracked black pepper and Himalayan pink salt, to taste
Start by getting your ingredients ready
- Peel, wash and grate the carrot, set aside.
- Wash your greens thoroughly, dry and set aside.
- Prepare your sun-dried tomatoes – you can either leave them as they are or cut in half or quarters.
- Get your hummus ready.
- Get your spoon (for hummus) and knife ready.
Prepare the toast
Option 1: Slice the bread and if you are using a toaster, just pop your bread in and wait until it’s ready.
Option 2: If don’t have a toaster, you can easily toast your bread in the oven. To do so, preheat the oven to 200°C. Once it’s nice and hot, put your slices of bread on the oven grill tray to toast. Keep an eye on the bread until it gets some colour and the edges get crispier. Takes 5-10 minutes. For the best results, carefully pull the slices out and flip it over to toast the other side as well until perfect. Remove from oven and start making your sandwich!
On one half of the bread drizzle some olive oil, crack some black pepper and season it lightly with salt. Next, place hummus, followed by sun-dried tomatoes, grated carrot and greens. Add some more salt and pepper. Top with other bread slice. Press gently and, using a sharp knife, cut the sandwich into two pieces. Serve immediately and enjoy, or wrap up for later in the day.
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