• Lauren-Nicole

the "no room for modesty" turkey sandwich

About seven years ago, I found myself standing in front of the open fridge. It was one of those excruciatingly hot, Arizona days, & a friend & I had just come back from hiking up Camelback Mountain.

So. Sweaty, exhausted, red from the heat & starving, I stood there staring at the contents of my Aunt's fully stocked ice-box. I swear, she always had the best contents in her fridge.

I'm not sure what came over me in that moment, maybe it was complete clarity, maybe it was wanting to impress the mate I'd gone hiking with. Who really knows. I just know that without even thinking, I popped four slices of cinnamon raisin bread in the toaster & started grabbing ingredients out of the fridge.

The more I grabbed, the more inspired I became. It was like this frenzy of my taste-buds just took over & compelled me to make the best sandwich I had ever eaten!

The whole grain dijon mustard, spicy arugula leaves, salty gruyere cheese, creamy avocado, sweet tomato, smoked turkey, fresh cracked black pepper & sea salt! Each one getting piled on top of each other before I even had time to think.

One bite in & I knew I'd struck gold.

The way the sweet raisins played off the smoked turkey & danced in my mouth. It was heaven.

I kept making that sandwich for years later... but only for a special, select few.

About a year after I moved to Greece, one of my best friends (Zaid) had come to see me. On that occasion (just like this one), I made the bread from scratch. He still tells me about that sandwich.

I think I've hyped it up enough.....

.....& don't be tempted to swap out the bread for something else. It HAS to be raisin bread.

Let me know what you think!

Ingredients: makes 1 sandwich - 2 slices of gluten-free cinnamon raisin bread - 0.5 to 1 tbs organic mayonnaise - 0.5 to 1 tsp whole grain mustard - fresh ground black pepper, to taste - sea salt, to taste - 1 slice of gruyere cheese - 2 to 3 slices (or more) of good quality smoked turkey - 1/4 of a ripe avocado in slices - 1 thin to medium slice of juicy tomato - 3 or 4 leaves of fresh arugula

Directions: 1. lightly toast your raisin bread. You want it a little crunchy to bring out the flavor in the bread, but not so crunchy that you;ll cut the roof of your mouth. 2. spread the mayo on one of the slices, & the mustard on the other. Grind the pepper & salt onto both your slices. 3. layer up the rest of  your fillings in the order you desire, top off with the last slice of toast, stick a tooth pick through the centre for a little stability (don't eat it though!) & you're done! 4. sit back & enjoy!

By the way...

If you're interested in the type of stuff I keep stocked in my kitchen or the equipment that I use regularly... here's a pretty comprehensive list.

Tools/ Equipment/ Machinery/ Ingredients:


Electric Scale - Etekcity - http://amzn.to/2xkKpQk

Hand Mixer - Kenwood - http://amzn.to/2xkjowh

Stand Mixer - Kenwood - http://amzn.to/2yqXPiH

Candy Thermometer - Etekcity - http://amzn.to/2xklw7k

Food Processor - Cuisinart - http://amzn.to/2xkkZqK

Blender - Kenwood - http://amzn.to/2xXQgwU


Silicone Spatula - Zyliss - http://amzn.to/2y3Srkw

Chef's Knife 8" - Miyabi - http://amzn.to/2fUtyRK

Pots & Pans:

Cast Iron Skillet 12" - Lodge - http://amzn.to/2fMHb1x Cast Iron Pot 5.5 Quart - La Cocotte Staub - http://amzn.to/2fUqxAG

Cast Iron Grill Skillet 10.5" - Lodge - http://amzn.to/2z2GPwi

Cake tins & Pie Plates:

Bunt Pan - Nordic Ware - http://amzn.to/2xjGB1N

Square Cake Tin - Patisse - http://amzn.to/2xkn5Ce

Springform cake tin 22cm (9”) - Farberware - http://amzn.to/2xkdQ4T

Ceramic Pie Plate- Emile Henry - http://amzn.to/2gex5qR

Cupcake Tin - Wilton - http://amzn.to/2xkp4GG

Tart Tin Loose Bottom 9.5” - Patisse - http://amzn.to/2xje3u2

Decorating Equipment:

Non-Slip Pipping Bags - Pastry Gear - http://amzn.to/2fLxAZ0

Pipping Tips - Wilton - http://amzn.to/2yJVPy1

Food Gels - Wilton - http://amzn.to/2kpOCky

Fondant Smoother - Wilton - http://amzn.to/2xkyZRl

Fondant Modelling Tools - Happisland - http://amzn.to/2xjOWSV Fondant Rolling Pin - Wilton - http://amzn.to/2xkbLe5

Fondant Rolling Mat - The Mat - http://amzn.to/2y2bg76


Active Dry Yeast - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2gcC2R4

Almond Flour - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2xkP3xI

Arrow root - Bob’s Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2ycT0WF

Baking Powder - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2xkJz5U

Bicarbonate of Soda - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2yL7Lj4

Brown Rice Flour - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2z1MUt1

Buckwheat Flour - Anthony’s Organic - http://amzn.to/2xjRS6T

Cocoa Powder - Valrhona - https://amzn.to/2ouIwlr Coconut Flour - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2xkAHNX

Farfalle GF (bowtie) Pasta - Jovial Foods - https://amzn.to/35ngJUK Flaxseed Meel - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2ybK0Rm

Millet flour - Bob’s Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2iBZqYw

Oat Flour - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2fNUuyZ

Potato Starch - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2yKpYgH

Quinoa Flour - Amisa Organic - https://amzn.to/2oyWVg9 Sorghum Flour - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2yClSf5 Sweet Soy Sauce - Kikkoman - https://amzn.to/33gZrXC Sweet White Rice Flour - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2y2xmXK

Tapioca Starch - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2xjv879

Teriyaki Sauce GF - Kikkoman - https://amzn.to/2M3XuZ1

Vanilla Extract Organic - Simply Organic - http://amzn.to/2xXdt2e

Vanilla Beans - Vanilla Products - http://amzn.to/2yLMqWQ

White Flour GF - Dove's Farm - http://amzn.to/2z1b5I1​

Xanthan Gum - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2zoYxuC

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