Jackie Wilson Asheeke
A toasted ham and cheese sandwich is a cheap, easy eating solution. Add a cup of soup or broth and that can add vitamins and warmth without breaking the bank. I spent about N$20 on the entire lunch (soup included) for myself.
Not including the soup, this toasted ham and cheese lunch takes about 10 minutes.
2 slices bread (I used brown bread)
2 teaspoons butter
2 slices Emmental cheese (I use mozzarella with the Emmental)
2 thin slices German ham (Spar Maerua has the nicely sliced deli ham)
1 teaspoon mayonnaise (not the salad mayo!)
1 teaspoon mustard
Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat.
Spread one side of each slice of bread with 1 teaspoon butter. Place one slice, butter-side down in the hot skillet. Top with Swiss cheese and ham. Spread the unbuttered side of the second slice of bread with mayonnaise and mustard; place it, butter-side up on top of the sandwich. Cook until the sandwich is golden brown and the cheese is melted, about three minutes per side.
This recipe says that “spinach, arugula, tomatoes, roasted peppers, chopped olives, artichokes, or a spoonful of salsa can be added to the sandwich depending on [you] mood and what’s in the fridge.”
Watch out if you use tomatoes, they can make your bread soggy. Squeeze out all the seeds and pulp. I used the spinach, but I sweated it first (then squeezed it dry) for about 20 seconds in a dash of olive oil, do not put it in your toasted sandwich raw! (Yuck).
*Earlier, I made a very simple seasoned vegetable soup with rough chopped cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, celery, parsnips, onions and green peppers, a tiny bit of chilli and several herbs. I strained a mug full of the liquid of the soup and drank it (steaming hot) with my toasted ham and cheese sandwich. I ate a juicy orange for my dessert. Yummy!