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Sandwiches & wraps: fast food in delicious variety

Colourful, varied sandwiches and wraps are delicious meals made in a hurry to eat anywhere – on a trip, on a picnic, or at home as a cold meal. And there are almost no limits on what you can use as fillings. One popular filling is tuna with a light mayonnaise and some salad. Thin cucumber sandwiches are a traditional part of afternoon tea. The peeled cucumber is cut into thin slices and made into a sandwich using thin sliced brown bread, cut into squares and with the crusts removed. Some people use a paste made of butter, honey and dill instead of plain butter for cucumber sandwiches.

Whole grain and ciabatta

Of course, you can use all types of bread to make sandwiches, including baguette and ciabatta. Try paprika, lettuce and brie on wholegrain or ham, rucola and parmesan with balsamic butter on ciabatta.

Wraps: all the way from Mexico

Wraps are large, thin, pancake-like creations that are rolled around a filling. You can buy wraps, but they’re also easy to make. You simply mix flour, water, baking powder and salt into a smooth dough, divide it into portions, roll them out very thinly and cook on both sides in a little oil. Cover them with a damp tea towel and keep them in a warm oven until you’ve cooked a batch and are ready to fill them. Fill them with whatever you find tasty. Fillings traditionally include vegetables like paprika, sweetcorn and cucumber, fruit like apple and mango, protein like cold cooked turkey, chicken, smoked salmon and other seafood, bacon, cheese and tofu. Then pep up the taste and make your wraps moist and succulent by adding fresh herbs, chilli or tomato sauce, pesto or avocado cream.


Source: Heike Kreutz, www.aid.de