I would venture to say that food is one of the most important things in our lives (besides for nutrition) that bind us to family, other people and cultures. We grow up eating a variety of food, mostly influenced by our parents and then we develop our own likes and dislikes and venture further into the culinary journey that helps make us who we are.
My mom was a decent baker, but horrible cook. When I say horrible, she would admit it, especially after one of our dogs refused her meal. Seriously! The dog snubbed his nose at human food. It was pretty funny at the time and still makes me smile some 30+ years later. That being said, she did introduce to me to one sandwich, that even to this day, I will still make from time to time.
I will preface the sandwich that I have always been a bit odd when it comes to unique sandwich combos. Then having spent 25% of my life as vegetarian, can’t believe I can actually even state that figure…but I digress, I ate this sandwich then too.
Ok, here it is…and don’t knock it til ya tried it: olive and cream cheese sandwich. It’s relatively easy. Take your favorite olives, or combination thereof, and dice ’em up. Add the olives to softened cream cheese and mix. Now, you can stop there and make a sandwich straight away.
Get creative…add a bit of lettuce or perhaps alpha sprouts. Top with a tomato and then the olive spread. Perhaps you want to use a hoagie roll or toast your bread of choice? I’m in California…add an avocado…we put that on everything. I would post a picture, but I ate my sandwich before snapping a picture. Sorry, it was just that good!
When all is said and done, it’s a sandwich from my childhood. It’s a memory of my mom. It’s one of my comfort foods.