Many of us get hungry at any hour. And the busiest part of our recreation room is the haustus area (the snacks corner). After the usual take on cookies, cheese whiz, peanut butter, or the usual instant noodles, we have to try something more daring and exciting, or else the curse of religious life will take its death toll: dull, drab and flavorless life. Making sandwiches not just for oneself may save some lifeless souls: a moist spread, and crusts that give the bored brother a sneak preview of what's inside. And perhaps, with a bite of these sandwiches, we might save them. After all, religious life is about resurrecting souls.
Cold Cuts and Egg Salad
6 large hard-boiled eggs, peeled and finely chopped
½ cup mayonnaise
2 ½ teaspoons of mustard
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
6 slices of cold cuts available (ham, bacon, pepperoni, etc), cooked and coarsely chopped
½ teaspoon of hot-pepper sauce such as
table salt and black pepper
5 tablespoons of butter
18 thin slices of brown or white bread
¼ cup chopped chives
Place chopped eggs in a medium bowl. Add mayonnaise, mustard, cayenne and cold cuts; stir to combine. Add hot-pepper sauce, and season with salt and pepper.
Thinly spread butter on a slice of bread; cover one slice with egg salad, and top with chopped chives. You can throw in additional cold cuts and greens.
Grated Vegetables with Herb Cream Cheese
A bottle of cream cheese at room temperature
¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped*
1 ½ chopped fresh oregano*
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary*
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme*
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh basil*
table salt and ground black pepper
1 bunch singkamas, cleaned, trimmed and grated
3 medium-sized carrots, grated and peeled
1 cucumber, peeled and grated
slices of wheat or white bread or pandesal
Substitutes: *fresh herbs are preferred, but you can use dried herbs too. In addition, sliced bread can be replaced with croissants, baguettes, bagels, etc. Soda crackers are definitely an option.
In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, parsley, oregano, rosemary, thyme and basil. Stir well. Season with salt and pepper, set aside.
Place grated vegetables in separate containers.
Spread a layer of herb cream cheese on three slices of bread. Cover one slice with an even layer of any of the grated vegetables (use only one vegetable in each slice) and top with another bread slice until all vegetables are in.
Use a serrated knife to trim crusts and cut in half diagonally into two triangles. Keep the layers together with a tooth pick.
Note to gourmets: To preserve freshness, it is always profitable to cover the sandwiches with a damp cloth until ready to serve.