Sun Time is Fun Time

I will keep this brief- being in the sun is fun!  Among making you feel good and warm there are some added health benefits of being in the sun.  The obvious is that you are outside and hopefully doing something active and you are taking advantage of what thought is of nice weather!   Sunlight has also been known to have a beneficial effect on skin disorders such as psoriasis, acne, eczema and fungal infections.  It also provides vitamin D which makes us happy!  Sunlight can lower cholesterol by converting high cholesterol into the blood into steroid hormones and sex hormones we need for reproduction..  (source https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5999/10-Healing-Benefits-of-the-Sun.html).  Of course, you do not want to get too much sun so sunblock can help avoid this.  I hope you are enjoying your summer and if you haven’t been in the sun as much this summer maybe this will help! 

This week’s recipe, in the interest of being in the sun… is a great recipe to enjoy on a picnic!  Source: http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/g417/summer-sandwiches-0807/?slide=4

Green Goddess Sandwiches

I like the briny umami that the anchovies add to the mayonnaise, but feel free to leave them out if you prefer. (You may wish to add more salt, garlic, or lemon if you do.) The mayonnaise keeps well for up to a week, staying vibrant green and marrying the flavors together nicely. I like the onions best when freshly pickled, but they will also keep in the fridge for a week or more. Wrapping the sandwiches in parchment paper prior to cutting them in half helps them to hold together, but feel free to skip this step in favor of deliciously messy sandwiches.

 

Green Goddess Mayonnaise (makes enough for 4-6 sandwiches):

1/3 cup packed basil leaves

1/3 cup packed tarragon leaves

1/3 cup packed chopped chives

2 medium-large garlic cloves

2 anchovy fillets

zest and juice of 1/2 a lemon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup good mayonnaise (such as Spectrum’s olive oil mayonnaise)

 

Pickled spring onions (makes enough for 4-6 sandwiches):

2 spring onions, bulb thinly sliced

1/2 cup white wine vinegar

2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/4 teaspoon black peppercorns, lightly crushed

Per sandwich:

2 slices pan bread (I like something with a neutral flavor such as Josie Baker’s Wonderbread)

1/2 a small, ripe avocado, sliced

2 fat slices fresh mozzarella

1 medium-sized green zebra tomato (or other heirloom tomato), sliced

a few thin slices cucumber

several slices pickled onion

a handful of sprouts (such as broccoli sprouts), rinsed and dried

a couple of small lettuce leaves (butter or romaine), rinsed and dried

Make the mayonnaise:

In the bowl of a food processor, combine all ingredients except for the lemon juice (i.e., the basil, tarragon, chives, garlic, anchovies, lemon zest, salt, and mayonnaise) in the bowl of a food processor. Puree smooth, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Blend in the lemon juice. Chill until needed.

Pickle the onions:

In a medium-sized jar, combine the onions slices, vinegar, sugar, salt, and peppercorns. Put the lid on the jar and let sit for at least 10 minutes, shaking a few times to dissolve the salt and sugar. Use immediately or refrigerate until needed, up to 1 week.

Assemble the sandwiches:

Toast the bread and spread both slices with a thick layer of the mayonnaise. Top with the avocado, mozzarella, tomato, cucumber, pickled onion, sprouts, and lettuce. Sandwich with the other slice of bread and press down gently. Optionally wrap the sandwich in parchment or secure with two toothpicks, and slice in half with a sharp serrated bread knife or chef’s knife.