This morning I went for a walk by the Yarra, in my relentless quest to see a platypus or two. I did not see a platypus, but a man told me he saw one as he wandered about, less than an hour before we met.
(No we didn’t MEET like that, we just said “hello” and then “hello!” and then “are you looking for the platypuses?” and “I AM!” and “I saw one 40 minutes ago” and “Oh wow!” etc. That kind of meet. Stand down.)
Anyway, I did see a lot of other wildlife, including many cockatoos and some other birds and ducks (which are bird, but I wanted to single them out) and also labradors. They are on my Instagram stories, if you need further proof.
I came home from the platypus hunt, and was starving from all the looking and swirling water and fresh air, so I made this delicious sandwich.
It’s not only tasty, it can salve platypus disappointment in 4 seconds flat.
This is a Beverley Sutherland-Smith recipe, from a quite old cookbook featuring recipes published in The Age over many years. You can find Beverley in Melbourne, where she runs a cooking school and is still showing people how to make their lives more delicious. Maybe you could even sign up for one?! Once the 2018 listings are ready to go?
How To Make A Delicious Fried Cheese + Tomato Sandwich a la Beverley Sutherland-Smith
To make two sandwiches, you need:
Four slices of grainy bread
A small hunk of Gruyere cheese, grated
A nice tomato or two
Some finally chopped chives (I used garlic chives and tried to shave them like Coriander Bae)
An egg beaten with a good slosh of milk (a couple of tablespoons will do!)
Salt and pepper
Butter the outside of your bread.
Take two of the slices, butter side down.
Pop your gruyere on top of those, first.
Then add your sliced tomato.
Salt and pepper.
Then sprinkle on your chives.
Add your gruyere (yes, again, because CHEESE RULES!)
Add a bit more pepper.
Pop the other slices of bread on top, butter side up.
SMOOSH DOWN with your hand. SMOOSH IT WELL.
Your hand is now buttery. Wash your hand, toots.
Dip the sandwich in the egg/milk mix.
Melt a bit of butter in a heavy-based frypan.
Fry your sandwiches over a low heat until golden.
Lemme know if you make this, or better still, tell BEVERLEY.
Love to you!