Still eating crappy sandwiches with substandard filling that is of questionable freshness? You don’t have to. It’s time to make your own luxurious gourmet sandwich for a lot less than you think.
Today, I’ll share one simple, yummy and nutritious recipe that you can create easily and even modify to your own liking.
EGG & CRESS FILLING WITH FRESH DILL
- 3 hard-boiled organic omega eggs
- 1 tablespoon of Mayonnaise
- 100 gm raw watercress (washed & air-dried)
- 1 sprig of fresh dill
- cracked black pepper to taste
- salt to taste (optional)
Boil 3 eggs in a small pot of water on medium high for 10-15 minutes. Let the eggs cool for about 15 minutes in a bowl of cold water. Then roughly chop the hard-boiled eggs, watercress, into a mixing bowl. Add a teaspoonful of chopped fresh dill leaves and mix it with a tablespoon of Mayonnaise. Add it to the main mixing bowl with the other ingredients and mix evenly. Crack some black pepper and sprinkle salt to your own taste into the mixture. Scoop your yummy filling onto a bed of lettuce, crackers, or use it as sandwich filling.
ONE WAY TO HAVE IT
I like to top a heaping few spoonfuls on top of toasted Mestemacher German bread, which you can get at Merdeka Supermarket in Kota Kinabalu. Mestemacher is a long shelf-life wholegrain rye kernel bread that is fast becoming the choice for the health and diet-conscious in the U.S. We are so lucky in KK to be able to buy it at Merdeka Supermarket, since it is only available in select health stores in the U.S. and are usually purchased in boxes on the Internet.
I like it better than regular bread because it is more nutrient-rich, lower in GI and has no preservatives. It keeps me full longer and doesn’t cause sugar highs and crashes.
No doubt sour breads are an acquired taste for the Asian tastebud, but if you’ve got a European tongue this will likely be a pleasant adjustment. It’s yummy to me because it’s got the right density, moisture ratio, and a nice bite to it. Crackers are too dry (they leave a mess when you bite), and spongy breads are digested too fast so I’ll be hungry again in no time.
WHERE TO GET FRESH DILL IN KOTA KINABALU
Western herbs don’t have to be expensive as long as you know where to get them. This pack of fresh dill is only RM1.20 a pack (US$0.40 or £0.20) at Merdeka Supermarket in Penampang.
While your startup cost for the ingredients may cost RM20, the true cost of the meal is only about RM3.00 per person with the gourmet bread (US1.00/GBP 0.50), which is about the same as what you would pay for a substandard sandwich at a KK bakery anyway.
Cut out the bread altogether, and you’re looking at RM1.00 for the gourmet filling per person. The recipe above makes enough for two moderate eaters, but if you’re a big eater three eggs will be a walk in the park. Multiply the amount and modify this recipe as you wish to suit the number of people you’ll be feeding.
So hopefully I’ve inspired you to take that experience in your own hands and begin eating better quality foods.