On-the-Road Picnic & Vegetarian Sandwiches

February 9th, 2010 / Comments 4

The car is packed, the fridge is empty, our on-the-road picnic is ready and Rosie is in the closet. Like most golden retrievers, she loves people and parties, swimming and fetching sticks, she is easy going and intuitive so when she saw the suitcases she headed for the closet.

Rosie 01 On the Road Picnic & Vegetarian SandwichesRosie knows that we are going on a trip. She hates the car. We will have to push, pull, cajole and ultimately lift her into the car where she will tremble and cower until we arrive in Virginia where she will have a holiday with her brother, our son Noah, and his family until we return in April.

Although Rosie refuses all food during a road trip, we don’t. The interstate highways are certainly engineering marvels but when it comes to food, other than the enormous array of salty, deep fried, processed, corn syrup sweetened, preservative laden and packaged foods there is NOTHING to eat. So I have packed an on-the-road picnic.

The picnic will start with a mid-mourning snack of apple slices smeared with peanut butter and topped with a generous grind of flax seeds. For lunch we will have veggie sandwiches, inspired by a room-service meal that I had when Charles and I were traveling in India. For three weeks, we had eaten nothing but traditional Indian food and had spent every minute soaking up the sites, smells, history and charm of India. The morning we checked into the very Victorian, Taj Hotel across the road from the Gate of India in Mumbai, I realized that my in-box was filled to overflowing. I needed to step back from the wonders of India for twenty-four hours, so I closed the pink chintz drapes, crawled into bed and pretended that I was at home in Vermont.

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After hibernating for seven hours, I was hungry but unwilling to leave my nest. The room service menu was filled with curries and so was I. Luckily, there was a child’s menu that offered a ‘Mild Vegetarian Sandwich’. Described as English vegetables on toasted brown bread, it sounded perfect and it was. Here’s how I made it for our on-the-road picnic:

Mild Vegetarian Sandwich

I cut two medium carrots, one potato and one onion into uniform quarter inch cubes and steamed them with half a teaspoon of salt. When the potatoes were tender I stirred in a half a cup of frozen peas and put the vegetables into a bowl to cool. I made a simple dressing by combining three tablespoons of mayo, a pinch of cayenne, a half a teaspoon of lemon juice, a pinch of salt and a grind of pepper and gently stirred it into the cooked vegetables.

These sandwiches are best eaten immediately, as soon as the creamy filling has been spooned between slices of dry, toasted bread so I will assemble them as we travel down the road. I put the filling into a container, wrapped the toasted seedy bread in a paper towel and packed a spoon to use as a scooper/spreader. To break the monotony of the trip I added a container of carrot sticks, sliced cucumbers and a few olives.

With a thermos of lemon tea and the last couple slices of banana bread wrapped up and tucked into the on-the-road picnic bag, we are ready to begin our Sicilian adventure. It will be a fifteen-minute walk from our apartment in Siracusa to the Monday thru Saturday open-air market filled with fruit, fish, cheese and vegetables. As soon as I have adjusted to the time change, stocked my kitchen and settled into our apartment, I will be trying new foods, writing recipes and sharing them on my blog and sending updates to you. Ciao!

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Vegetarian Sandwich List

  • 2 carrots
  • 1 potato
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 c frozen peas
  • 3 T mayo
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 1/2 t lemon juice
  • salt and  pepper
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• 4 Responses to “On-the-Road Picnic & Vegetarian Sandwiches”

  • Sandy says:

    Hope you and Charles are having a lovely time in Sicily. I loved it when I went many years ago.

  • Jackie says:

    Bailey, my Golden Retriever, also hates the car. I thought she might be the only dog on the planet to feel that way. I’m glad to know she’s not alone.

    Your sandwich sounds delicious!

  • Foodo says:

    DANG those sound good!
    Poor, poor Rosie at least she’ll have a great time once she gets there. That’s a mighty long time to be away from home – hope the drive goes well! ~Mary

  • Joanne says:

    I wish, I wish, I wish I was going with you. Virginia sounds good but a Sicilian adventure sounds fantastic.
    You enjoy and I’m sure Rosie will end up having a great time. What so good about that is, as hard as it will be to come home, you’ll know Rosie is going to be at the door, the happiest dog alive to have her family back.
    Safe travels.

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