Sometimes it feels nice to give cooking a break and settle for something simple yet fulfilling. Nothing can serve this purpose better than sandwiches. Talking about sandwiches, the first ever sandwich I had in my life was the one made by my mother. It was during those days when there was no presence of CCD and Barista in Kolkata. My mother's version of sandwich was very plain, bread slices coated with butter were arranged on top of each other with tomato and cucumber slices put inside. She would add a sprinkling of salt and crushed black pepper to enhance the flavor and pronto, sandwich is ready. These sandwiches maa used to pack quite frequently in my school tiffin, apart from Egg Fried Noodle, of course, the story that I narrated in my earlier post.
Anyway, children of today's generation won't feel satisfied with sandwiches so simply put together. They like stylish things. I have seen my sister, for example, floundering around to pack something fancy for her children in tiffin, otherwise the boxes in most of the days return unfinished. So mothers can think of garbing the old cucumber sandwiches in dollops of cream cheese and mayonnaise mixture, boosting up the flavor to a great degree and who doesn't love mayonnaise?? Children will go brouhaha over it.
Ingredients: (4 triangular sandwiches) Cooking time: 15 minutes
ü 8 slices of white bread (crust removed)
ü 1 large cucumber (peeled and thinly sliced)
ü 3 tbsp cream cheese spread
ü 1 tbsp mayonnaise
ü Black pepper, taste wise
1) In a mixing bowl, mix together cream cheese, mayonnaise and black pepper. Stir well till the mixture is smooth.
2) Now spread spoonful of the above mixture on each slice of bread. Put cucumber slices on the bread just as shown in the picture and place a bread slice on top, the cream cheese side facing up and again put cucumber slices and place another bread slice on top. Do the same for the third time and finally top with a bread slice.
3) Cut diagonally and serve.