...slow oven-roasted tomatoes
...organic fruit spelt bread
Well yesterday, before my ballet concert rehearsal at the Seymour centre I was walking along King St, Newtown in search of lunch. Since I was going to be dancing quite soon after, I wanted something light yet satisfying if that makes sense. I came across Luxe bakery and had a look at their sandwich options- and decided I shall have one for lunch!
Shaved fennel, sweet & sour caramelised onion, fresh ricotta, toasted almond & rocket is the option I decided to have. Doesn't it just sound like an amazing combination? I'm one to be enticed by those words such as "caramelised" and "toasted"...it turns simple ingredients such as onions & almonds into something totally scrumptious!
The toasted sandwich was totally scrumptious, although I realised after I'd eaten half, I had to rush off so I ate the rest on the way. I did manage to take a quick snapshot of it...
A fresh loaf of bread is always the perfect way to start the weekend in my opinion anyway, so I decided to recreate my delightful lunch I had yesterday, today using some wholemeal spelt bread.
~ Fennel, caramelised onion, fresh ricotta, toasted almond & rocket on wholemeal spelt bread ~
What you'll need:
1. Wholemeal spelt bread (any kind of fresh bread is fine)
2. Fennel, fresh ricotta, a small brown onion, handful of rocket and small handful of almonds
How to make:
1. Caramelise a small brown onion. On very low heat add about a tablespoon of butter in a pan and add sliced onion. Cook for about 10-15 minutes (adding a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar to the pan), or until the onions are brown and cooked well.
Whilst you're waiting I suggest you enjoy some bread with extra virgin olive oil & dukka :)
2. Let's arrange our sandwich! Lay two slices of bread on a board
3. Add fresh ricotta to both slices and add half the caramelised onion
4. Next, add toasted almonds (simply chop almonds and toast under the griller for a few minutes) and sliced fennel
5. And add a handful of rocket
6. Toast lightly under a griller, a few minutes of each side until slightly brown or crisp around the edges
7. Cut diagonally & serve.
8. Repeat this process to serve another!
This was a seriously good toasted sandwich! I can't say I've ever used fennel before, but I really like the subtle liquorice taste! I did used to drink fennel seed tea in the past which is lovely & good for digestion, as is fresh fennel.
I'm wondering what sandwich combination have you been loving lately? Perhaps you had it in a cafe or made it yourself!