Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Simple summer sandwich

I've taken leave of my kitchen temporarily, thanks to the air-conditioning unit in our house being uncooperative for the last few days, just as the outside temperatures are soaring into the 80s and 90s. (Isn't that always the way?)  Apparently, there's a big ol' chunk of ice in the air conditioner that is causing us to feel like we've become Mr. and Mrs. Heat Miser from "A Year Without a Santa Claus." (Yeah, I know ... you're welcome for putting that song in your head.)

So as of last night, I'm not cooking anything that requires much of anything. I've put the family on notice not to expect too much this week as the chef is busy fanning herself on the sofa  juggling repairmen schedules with work projects, ramped-up therapy schedules, and orthodontist appointments.  Truly, the only food I'm thinking about are cool ones.

Like my favorite summertime sandwich, which I had for lunch today. It's such a simple sandwich, but oh so good. 

(The lopsidedness of this sandwich is apropos for how I feel right now.)

All there is to it is some thick whole wheat bread, hummus, cucumbers and tomatoes. I might add a pinch of kosher salt.  This would also work well in a wrap, of course.

It's the simplest thing. And when life gets a little too chaotic, and you're too hot that you can't be bothered, sometimes that's just what you need.


  1. I love vegetable sandwiches. We had these as kids, with whatever veggies were on hand. Sometimes radishes and tomatoes, sometimes with cucumbers added. Maybe lettuce. No such thing as hummus back then in the olden times, just good old Hellman's and salt and pepper. YUMMM

    Our AC died last year during a heat wave and it was murder. Hope yours gets fixed soon. Keep on fanning!

  2. Hey - this is exactly what I brought for lunch today - except I didn't have hummus but had avocado.... yummy!

  3. Back before they started saying sprouts were laden with bacteria, we used to live on avocado, tomato and sprout sandwiches. All summer long. It was heaven.