Archive | April, 2013

Sandwich Saga Part II

25 Apr

Hard Pressed

A delicious sandwich, Cinzia and I had at a London Cafe.

A delicious sandwich, Cinzia and I had at a London Cafe.

More than twenty days have passed since my entering into this monarch driven, supersized city known as London. If anyone’s ever moved before, or changed locations, it can create a sense of excitement but when the reality of not having a job sinks in, a dreary fear and precaution can also take over. One of the big issues was setting up our new apartment in a foreign city; so Cinzia, my girlfriend, and I had to go through the list of life essentials and decide what items were more essential than the other.

Soap and shampoo, YAY
Poster for barren walls, Delay
Pots and Pans, YAY
Deepfryer, Delay
Peanut Butter and Jelly, YAY
Thirty seven types of assorted jellies from the Adriatic, Delay

And then we came to a great conundrum….Toaster or sandwich press; no simple resolution was obvious in the search for the best bite. We’d love to have both but sandwiched between the two, hard pressed to make a decision, which would we choose? Alright it was simple, the Sandwich press!

Not only does a sandwich press caramelize the bread to perfection while simultaneously activating water molecules for increased freshness, it presses all those flavours together and creates a single symphony of flavour. I also realized with a good press, you can not only toast bread, or press fajitas, but you can cook chicken breasts perfectly (no flipping), you can create the best quesadillas, and even grill on it if you’re brave enough. The press, simply put, creates deliciousness! It Im-Presses me without a doubt!

But as most people in this world, we think our kitchen’s are judged by our ability to conjure up any miscellaneous appliance possible. Think about it, there’s a good chance between the toaster, microwave, blender, food processor, hand mixer, KitchenAid, emulsion blender, deepfryer, and yes the over hyped and under used, infamous Breadmaker, we may not have space for the sandwich press. Well the fact is you don’t have to be poor like me to make a decision between toaster and press. I recently got my brother a sandwich press while we were still living together, and we basically chucked the toaster, because not only did our sandwich potential triple but this thing can also toast bread, and irregular shaped bread as well!

A delicious pressed Ham sandwich from a London Cafe

A delicious pressed Ham sandwich from a London Cafe

The sandwich press isn’t perfect, at least not yet. For total transparency one shortcoming of the sandwich press is that avoid lettuce in the sandwich at all costs (wilted lettuce has no place at the party in my mouth) and secondly, it’ll keep heating till you say no. Where a toaster will stop, this is the little train that could, and vigilance is needed in avoiding over de-pressed sandwiches!

This is not an ad; simply a food passionate, cooking lover’s opinion… the toaster is toast! Long live the pressed Sandwich, especially in search for the best bite!!! In an ideal world I’d own both but pressed between the two I think you know where my taste buds lie!

DD

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Sandwich Saga: Part I

23 Apr

Curse of the Best Bite

The Oxford dictionary defines a sandwich as “an item of food consisting of two pieces of bread with a filling between them, eaten as a light meal”. Yet despite this un-inspiring mundane definition we’ve come a long way from this mayo, baloney, wonderbread staple!

A Dominic Durocher Baloney Sandwich logo

A Dominic Durocher Baloney Sandwich logo

One has to wonder whether if the author of this Oxford entry was fed the lonely baloney, or mock chicken synthetic sponge, or the Tuna surprise aka surprise it’s canned, on an everyday basis for the past thirty years. The truth of the matter is the sandwich now has the potential to excite, to warm the hearts, to salivate the mouths, and to be-friend the bellies of many! The irony is the name sandwich has become so convoluted, so mundane, so repeated and stereotyped that we dare not even call it the sandwich anymore, yes that’s right! Instead we call it Panini, BLTs, Subs, Clubs, Pressed Baguettes, or by its cousin’s name aka the Wrap, Shawarma, Falafel, Gyro, Fajita or Pita. But I tell you this, they are all variations of the meat between bread, or a meat between a wheat based product. Yes it’s true…

Sandwiches Walk Among Us!

So inspired by the great sandwich and it’s many Alter Egos, I wanted to break them down via my blog, discuss what makes a great sandwich, the myths and the legends, the DOs and Do NOTs! In what I’m calling the Sandwich Saga! Hopefully debunk this “Bread with a filling” and to discuss some classic subjects, such as:

  • Toasted or pressed
  • Sauce or Au-Natural
  • A collection of condiments
  • Finding the right meat
  • And of course, a discussion on finding the perfect protein vessel

No this is not a joke, but rather a food lover’s passion towards the best and ultimate sandwich! And any of you who DARE utter the words ridiculous, try and think of the last time this carb vessled protein holder made its way into your life… chances are, it just may be your bread and butter!

Please inspire me below and tell me your favourite Sandwich Secrets!

DD

My Next Blog Idea: “Starting articles or speeches with an Oxford Dictionary Quote is Over-rated”

A Fajita made by my brother Aaron, using his Panini press

A Fajita made by my brother Aaron, using his awesome Panini press

Dating your Job

17 Apr

I need some action and fast… so I’ve been browsing on-line profiles all day. Some don’t give me a good picture, some aren’t looking for long term relationships, and some either say too little or just talk way too much. I did find quite a few that were willing to pay me though, real CASH! No I’m not talking about the ‘Plenty of Fish’ world of on-line dating, this is a real job hunt people!

So I’ve been in London for two weeks now and I’ve just started the tedious process of looking for a Job. If you are reading this then I regret to tell you this is more of a warning for Future Dom then it is intended for you to read, but since you’ve started… please help yourself!

“Future Dom… DON’T QUIT, the pain of looking for new work is UN-BEARABLE!”

But since change is inevitable here I am, excited, scared, nervous, but full of hope. And as a browse through countless new job posts I’m beginning to realize that this is a lot like dating. Just as ten or twenty years ago, people flocked to the newspaper to look for jobs but always giggled when they came across ‘Blue eyes searching long term stable, flannel wearing lover’ in the personal ads. Well know we flock to the digital world for jobs and sometimes as well dates. But with dating there’s a courting period, there’s a progression. Some may argue with me on the order of this but elements remain true… There’s Flirting, Seeing, Dating, BF / GF, then engaged if you’re old school, and then Marriage. There’s a natural progression, and every step requiring a new level of commitment. Well I realized with 99% jobs there’s the online profile which is one version of you, then an interview then getting hired. That’s it period. No courting, no dates, and interview and a contract for five to ten years. Forget marriage, Could you commit to a long term relationship, if you had just seen a profile and met them once? NOOOO!

This is ludicrous and puts way too much emphasis on my poor little latin friend: curriculum vitae or better known as CV. And consequently there are the ‘Masters of deception’, skilled in the arts of the mystical “CV” but honestly can’t add, file, or lift a phone for the life of them, and then you have the rest of us, Quality workers but because we’re neurotically switching between Arial and Calibri, Left and centered, one page or two, we can’t, for the life of us, seem to get a decent interview.

Okay I know it’ll all work out in the end, and in three weeks / 2 years, I’ll be saying “It was easy getting a job! Really you don’t have one? You don’t say?” But until then, here’s to all the little guys, good hard working people, who are afraid they might not get married to a job because their profile was just a tad too clingy and long term!

Peace,

DD

Wet and Plentiful

15 Apr

I’ve been in London for going on two weeks now, and I’ve never been this soaked to the bone. People can tell you it’s grey and wet here a thousand times, but nothing compares to walking through the majestic Trafalgar square and having a damp cool slurry seep into every crevasse of your body. It’s disheartening to say the least. My mind starts wondering in places not normally ventured… How many dry socks do I need to feel comfort? If the sun comes out for 5 minutes tomorrow is that enough to dry my Nikes? Will pouring hot scalding tea on me offer short term pain and long term gain? And why oh why is this super wet corner of the world, also one of the greatest cities ever built?

The Monarch, the Beatles, the Queen (the band), The Queen (usually married to a king), King of the seas, the great pound, tea and biscuits, and a bustling economy… all so great and English, but why does it all come from such a wet and grey country? And then it dawned on me…

If you can put up with this grey, dreary and moist $%#&, then you must be made of something greater than your average individual.

Only the brave stay, the tough and the dedicated, and consequently they have built a great country. In fact some of the greatest cities in the world are found too North of the equator than most humans would like, yet they’re busting at the seams (New York, Tokyo, Montreal, to name a few). In the time of this European drought, the countries worse off are Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Greece all warm Mediterranean climates…. some of those doing the best are UK, Norway, Sweden, Finland…. Snow snow snow! It’s not science, or fact, just a theory, but if you can put up with the superfluous then you might amount to something great!

God Bless the Queen,

Dominic