Sometimes simple is best.
Scratch that. Most times simple is best.
While I do rather enjoy a sassy pair of stilettos and the occasional red dress, my life is pretty basic, if you’re willing to overlook my neurosis, that is. I’m fairly laid back, provided the kitchen is clean and organized at all times. No biggie. I’m even okay with a dirty dish or two in the sink, although coffee grinds are a whole ‘nother story and best left for a different day.
I’m a down to earth kind of gal, at least I like to think so, and an exciting weekend might involve playing in the dirt one day, also known as yard work, and an afternoon cocktail the next. If I’m really lucky, they happen simultaneously because yard work and a cold cider are a match made in heaven. Just one though since I have tendency to cut through extension cords with the hedge trimmer, rendering them completely useless. I can’t even count the number of times it’s happened.
Confession: it was three and I was booze free for all of them. I get a little excited.
“This weekend is already set and planned,” she says with a contented sigh, and it looks to be wonderful.
I intend to spend this evening on the couch, in my pajamas, with the Hubby on one side and Oscar on the other, catching up on Game of Thrones. Who am I kidding? Oscar will be in my lap. He tends to get a smidge territorial when the Hubby comes round. Good thing the Hubby doesn’t get at all competitive back (cough, cough).
Saturday, I’ve got some outdoor yoga on the agenda followed by food, because hungry. Then I’m going to make my way to a street art festival and if I’m lucky, I’ll squeeze in a nap, before grabbing dinner and drinks with friends.
Sunday will be low key, which means a walk in the park and hopefully some blogging with a side of kitchen antics. I got a shitton of garlic scapes in my most recent CSA, so I fully intend to bust out the food processor and go crazy, which loosely translates to make ungodly amounts of pesto. It’s a good life.
Speaking of, I’ve determined pesto is the Midas touch for food. Seriously, add pesto to anything and it’s infinitely better. This sandwich for example. While the combination of mozzarella, sun-ripened tomatoes (gotta love those first few tomatoes of the season) and avocado is a winner already, the simple addition of pesto kicks it up another notch.
Be still my garlic loving heart.
This sandwich is literally a handful ingredients which means it comes together quickly and easily, especially after a long workday when you want good food, fast. The taste, well I’d say phenomenal is an understatement, although I am a bit biased. The simple fact is I made this for dinner on Tuesday, when it was late and I was tired. I had zero intentions of turning it into a recipe post. Then I took that first bite, and sweet baby jesus. By the time the sandwich was done, I knew I needed to share. I had a moral obligation to bring this goodness into your life, so much so I made it again on Wednesday and took pictures.
Honestly, things this easy to make have no business tasting this good. You’ll get no complaints from me though. In fact, pass me a sandwich please.
- 2 slices good quality Sandwich Bread, I used Multigrain Bread
- 1/3 an Avocado, sliced.
- A couple slices of a Beefsteak Tomato
- A couple slices Mozzarella Cheese
- 1 - 2 Tbsps. of prepared Pesto
- Olive Oil for shortening agent of your choice
- Turn on your Panini maker.*
- Spread pesto on one slice of bread. Top with mozzarella cheese slices, avocado slices, and tomato slices. Finish with the other slice of bread. Spread a touch of olive oil onto the bottom of Panini maker and also the top slice of bread.
- Place sandwich on Panini maker, with the unoiled slice of bread on the bottom. Close lid and let grill for five minutes, until the sandwich is golden brown on the outside and warm on the inside.
- Remove from Panini maker and let sit for two minutes, allowing the cheese to firm up slightly.
- If you don't have a Panini maker, you can make this on a skillet on the stove, no problem. Be sure to oil both outside slices of bread and flip the sandwich halfway through cooking. Cook on both sides until golden brown on the outside and warm on the inside.
Do you own a Panini maker? What’s your favorite sandwich combination?