Sunday, July 29, 2007

Smoked Salmon Sandwich: lunch for two

I serve three main meals and two to three snacks a day. At each of the three meals, I try to make something that Mikey and I can both enjoy. Our shared meals help Mikey develop a fun and healthy relationship with food. Plus, when he goes down for a nap I don’t have to take time to cook for myself. I jump right into cleaning the kitchen (joy, joy), and then relax with a cup of tea. This smoked salmon sandwich is one of my favorites, and it’s my own recipe:

3 slices of whole wheat bread
Goat cheese, enough to spread on two pieces of bread
A few leaves of arugula, for Mommy’s sandwich
Smoked salmon, about four strips, enough for a single layer
Half avocado, use the other half as an edible garnish

I feed Mikey open-faced sandwiches; he can’t get his little mouth around a tall heap. To make this sandwich, I take two of the three slices of bread and crumble goat cheese (purchased at Trader Joe’s) on top. Then I stick the two slices in the oven (350 degrees) for 5 minutes. My goal is to warm the goat cheese enough so that I can spread it on the bread.

While the goat cheese softens, I make the other half of my sandwich on the third slice. I put a layer of smoked salmon (also from Trader Joe’s), avocado (definitely not from Trader Joe’s: their fruit and vegetables are horrible), and arugula.

Next, I pull the bread out of the oven and spread the cheese. One slice is the top to my sandwich—which is now done—and the other is for Mikey’s sandwich. I layer his goat cheese–covered bread with salmon and then avocado. I skip the arugula; his sensitive palate can’t handle the peppery kick.

I cut the open-faced sandwich into one-inch cubes and put three or four at a time on Mikey’s tray. I cut my sandwich in half and we dine together. He usually wants a bite of mine and I happily give him one. I think that he is curious to know if we’re eating the same thing. I don’t mind. After all, if he munches on my sandwich, I’ll just eat his cubes. That’s the beauty of eating the same thing.

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