Want to make a sandwich? Sure, of course you know how. You run to the fridge and pantry and you’ll be eating something within short order. (Pardon the pun.)
But let’s say you want to entertain, or you need to make several sandwiches for several people, or your bridge club is due for lunch in an hour. Maybe you want to get creative; five of your closest and dearest friends are going to spend the afternoon on the patio.
There are five major steps or considerations for your endeavor. There’s bread, spread, meat, cheese and add-ons.
Choose the type of bread; choose the size or structure of the bread, and think about how you are going to prep the bread. Is this with crust or without? A sub roll? Flat bread of some sort? Are you going to toast it, or grill it?
Choose a meat; ham, turkey, chicken, pork, roast beef, or delicatessen variants. Bacon could be included, but I think of bacon as a topping. Tha’s not true in a BLT, of course.
Consider how you are going to prepare the bread with a spread. Choose a mayo, aioli, spreads, condiments. Make your own with things like avocado, aparagus, garlic, or some form of pepper. Then think about veggies (tomatoes, lettuce (which type?), bacon, peppers, etc.
Now go back and build your dream sandwich.
At a restaurant last year, I had the surprise of my life: a firm cup of bibb lettuce that fit in your hand, filled with a mix of chooped grilled chicken and salmon and a slaw made of snow peas.
Make up your own dish of noodles or potatoes topped with a goulash of skillet-sauteed lamb, or pork, cooked, chilled, sliced, seasoned with paprika and pepper, mixed with chives, onions, scallions, cream, mayo, cheese, sour cream, and roasted peppers. Obviously you’re going to leave out one or two of those ingredients. You’re on your own.
In the other kitchen, you can borrow from others. Geoffrey Zakarian (self-described as a libertarian and at odds with The Donald), who grew up in a town not associated with the often-unpronounceable Worcestershire sauce, had an appearance recently on a morning show (Today) and spoke of preparing a dinner the nature of which had me immediately scambling for a memo pad and pen.
I’m a sucker for food, cooking shows, and learning how to prepare a simply great meal simply.
You don’t need a recipe or a degree from some culinary institute to succeed in this realm in your own kitchen.
He spoke briefly of a ribeye steak, which had been rubbed in spices and kept chilled overnight, and was brought to room temperatue over at least an hour and then seared on all four sides before grilling it. Aim for 3 to 5 ounces per serving depending on your guests. Meanwhile, onions, small potatoes and mushrooms were skewered, radishes and watercress prepped, and a vinaigrette made with anchovy paste, shallots, mustard, tarragon and red wine. If you need more of Geoffrey, go to http://www.geoffreyzakarian.com.
Easy Peazy Lemon Squeezy
A couple of days ago, I was talking to a father in a joint custody case in which the terms of the court specify that the mother retains sole right to make decisions regarding the child’s education while the father retains the obligation to make child care payments every month. She is the daughter of a retired wealthy Chinese pathologist and dates a billionaire and lives in a tony neighborhood just outside Greater Boston where star athletes live. She has a master’s degree; he didn’t quite finish his bachelor’s degree but holds down a corporate leadership job paying him six figures.
Both parents attended the event where the first grader was tested for admission to an after-school program. The father described the testing as simply the admissions test administrator pulling math problems out of a binder arranged for chronological cognitive development and asking the child to solve them.
The seven-year-old child solved the first batch readily so the tester skipped up a section, then again the child performed exceptionally. After several minutes of this, the tester dove into the middle of the book and randomly pulled several problems for the kid to solve. His father said they were algebraic in nature and both his Mom and his Dad had difficulties in seeing the solution readily. When the nature of the problems were explained to me, I said that they sounded like stepping stones to computer languages; Dad called them advanced pattern recognition problems, and “Russian math”.
I never got much past introductory trigonometry.
So a little digging on the Internet showed that these after-school programs, increasingly available in certain communities, have a focus on logic and critical thinking.
A Russian solution to US problem
Emigres’ formula for math success pays off in Newton
By Scott S. Greenberger, Globe Staff, 5/7/2001
includes sample lessons
The Development of Algebraic Thinking
A Vygotskian Perspective
Dad said the child passed the admissions test with flying colors.
“Easy Peazy Lemon Squeezy” said the kid.
Longtime readers know of my attraction to and infatuation with the art and science of aikido. Since my hemiplegic motor stroke of 8 years ago, I’ve had to give up (or at least modify or postpone until the next reincarnation) my intent to practice seriously on the tatami. I’ve found myself becoming more and more a student of how aikido works in real life as a means to interpersonal interaction and for me, in my modified ambulatory style, to move back toward a sense of movement with grace. In so doing, I’ve re-discovered a lot of things (or maybe I am just discovering them for the first time).
It is a lot like dancing. You’ll see how and why in these video shorts:
aisabaki – aikido – dance
Kaiten (dance – aikido) rehearsal
Principles of Circles & Spirals
And in this series of videos, Robert Nadeau provides some lessons that improve functioning in everyday life, or “the aikido that cannot be seen with the human eye”. Consult that Wikipedia link for more information.
Aikido Shihan Robert Nadeau: The Field Dances Us
Moonsensei: Aikido and the Art of Awareness
Moonsensei: Aikido, Turning Fear into Power
O Sensei said, ” I feel what you feel that you call fear, but I call it a call to action.” My teacher Robet Nadeau studied with O Sensei. He paraphrased it, “Fear is the harbinger of power.”
moonsensei in maastricht: Aiki – Energy State
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MedDDBQHt6Y Energy State
Aiki Lab: Three Principles To Create an Aiki Resolution
Aiki Taiso Conditioning Exercises
Aikido as Extraordinary Listening: Moonsensei
Aikido Shihan Robert Nadeau: Opening or Learning
Aikido Shihan Robert Nadeau: Space
Aikido Shihan Robert Nadeau: Frame and Flow
Aikido Shihan Nadeau: Presence / Under Pressure
Aikido Shihan Robert Nadeau: Different Centers
Aikido Shihan Nadeau: Balance as a Doorway
Aikido Shihan Robert Nadeau: Base & Center The Next Level
Aikido Shihan Robert Nadeau: Exploring O Sensei’s Cosmology (28 min.)
Harald Ross, Aikikan: Aikido vs. Tango
Taiko, Aikido & Modern Dance
Energy Flow Demonstration
Aikido: The Art of Peace?