Sweet corn and caramelised onions

I felt like a relatively light lunch but I wanted something which would require some effort.

Caramelising onions seemed like the right thing to do.

Sweet corn and caramelised onions

It’s fairly simple to make caramelised onions.

I slice a couple of onions with a sharp knife and put them into a cold skillet with some olive oil and a nudge of butter. I then heat the skillet gently and keep the heat low and slow until the onions take on a brown colour. Once the onions begin to smell sweet I add in some cooking sherry and cook until the sherry has reduced. Then I add some Worcestershire sauce and cook until the onions are sticky. I turn the heat off and add a liberal quantity of dried chilli flakes plus freshly cracked black pepper.

The sweet corn is easier to cook. I buy the corn with the husk on and run it under a tap for a few seconds to get it damp. I then wrap it in aluminium foil and put it into an oven set at about 200 °C for about 45 minutes. After about 45 minutes, I unwrap the corn, remove the husk, and then season it with salt and pepper.

Sweet corn and caramelised onions

Democracy sausage time

I voted today in the ACT local council elections. Because of COVID-19, the polling is open for three weeks before the scheduled election day.

It was all very good with physical distancing and lots of alcohol-based hand rub.

There was no barbecue set up for a democracy sausage so I came home and made my own with a cheese kransky, sourdough roll, some fried onion, and sauerkraut.

Toasted provolone and pickled onion cheeses with pepperoni on pumpkin bread with lashings of butter

#covidlife #workfromhome

On Fridays I’ve been working from home and participating in teleconferences through the day.

Toasted provolone and pickled onion cheeses with pepperoni on pumpkin bread with lashings of butter
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Provolone piccante, salami and pepperoni grilled cheese toastie

#covidlife #workfromhome

My Italian friend, GC, has again hit a six. She uses provolone cheese on her toasties (also known as grilled cheese sandwich for North American readers). GC recommended I combine the cheese with some spicy cured meats. I’ve never tried provolone as far as I know. I went to the Belco markets and found some provolone piccante at the deli. GC explained the piccante has more bite than the dolce. Indeed, this cheese is bitey. I like it. This is a fantastic sandwich. I highly recommend it. Thanks, GC 🤤😃👍

This working from home gig on Fridays is going well. 

Provolone piccante, spicy salami and pepperoni with pane di casa.
Provolone piccante, spicy salami and pepperoni with pane di casa.
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Coles southern fried chicken and homemade coleslaw grilled cheese sandwich

#covidlife #workfromhome

Doing teleconferences from home today.

This sandwich is the bomb. I mentioned this as an option last night when I cooked a piece of Coles southern fried chicken thigh.

Coles southern fried chicken and homemade coleslaw grilled cheese sandwich
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Bondage sandwich

I'm still working from home on Fridays and participating in teleconferences during my lunch period.

I present to you the bondage sandwich. No this is not some fetish or BDSM thing.

Have you ever had the embarrassing situation of cooking a grilled cheese sandwich or what we prefer to call in Australia, a toasted sandwich (also known as a “toastie“) and the top half sliding off and spoiling its structure?

Even in a sandwich press this can happen, so unless you’re using an old fashioned jaffle iron, the slippage problem is an ever present danger.

Butchers or cooking twine is an easy solution to bind the sandwich to ensure structural integrity while it cooks.

Italian bread with Mersey Valley pickled onion cheese, sliced tomato, and smashed avocado bound with cooking twine
Italian bread with Mersey Valley pickled onion cheese, sliced tomato, and smashed avocado bound with cooking twine
Italian bread with Mersey Valley pickled onion cheese, sliced tomato, and smashed avocado bound with cooking twine being grilled in a cast iron skillet on an induction hob
Italian bread with Mersey Valley pickled onion cheese, sliced tomato, and smashed avocado bound with cooking twine being grilled in a cast-iron skillet on an induction hob
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Grilled cheese sandwich with avocado, salami, jam, red onion, Coon™ mozzarella and Colby cheeses

Introduction

Yesterday I posted about a salami and Vegemite sandwich after a conversation with my friend GC and our speculation on sandwich combinations.

Have you ever had a turkey and cranberry sandwich? I really like the combination of turkey and cranberry. I’ve also enjoyed ham and jam before but I’ve never had salami and jam.

I’m a big fan of jam combinations. One of my favourite jam combinations is orange marmalade, peanut paste, and sliced banana.

Turkish bread roll with Lurpak butter, jam, salami, Coon™ mozzarella and Colby cheeses and avocado sandwich. Diagonal cut.
Turkish bread roll with Lurpak butter, jam, salami, Coon™ mozzarella and Colby cheeses and avocado sandwich. Diagonal cut.
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Cheesy Vegemite Toastie with salami, red onion, tomato, and mozzarella and Colby cheeses with a crispy mayonnaise lubricated crust

Cheesy Vegemite Toastie with salami, red onion, tomato, and mozzarella and Colby cheeses with a crispy mayonnaise lubricated crust.
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Trying to be healthful albeit with streaky bacon

I worked from home today. While on teleconferences I cooked lunch. It was mostly vegetables, but there was some streaky bacon too.

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Pan-fried mayonnaise browned sourdough with pâté, blue cheese and tomato, with further lubrication from Lurpak butter

This sandwich made working from home better. My Sunday sandwich. Pan-fried mayonnaise browned sourdough with pâté, blue cheese and tomato, with further lubrication from Lurpak butter.

I was chatting (by text) with a friend yesterday and we found out we both liked the movie Chef which features  Jon FavreauRobert Downey Jr.Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, and Sofia Vergara.

It got me inspired (thanks to GC) to make a sandwich while I participated in teleconferences while working from home on a Sunday.

I still had some leftover pâté, blue cheese, and sourdough bread and I thought with a bit of extra lubrication (again thanks GC 😉) from Lurpak butter on the inside and using mayonnaise as a browning agent on the outside I’d make a fabulous sandwich.

Making working from home better. Sunday sandwich. Pan-fried mayonnaise browned sourdough with pâté, blue cheese and tomato, with further lubrication from Lurpak butter. #covidlife #stayhome #workfromhome
Making working from home better. Sunday sandwich. Pan-fried mayonnaise browned sourdough with pâté, blue cheese and tomato, with further lubrication from Lurpak butter. #covidlife #stayhome #workfromhome
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