I can’t believe it’s been over two months without a kitchen. Two. Solid. Months. You wouldn’t think you’d miss chopping onions, would you?

In terms of cooking, the closest thing that has happened is that we’ve bought a knife. And that is just to slice some fruit that we buy at the local market. We’re lucky to occasionally find some whole fruit, as street vendors sell most goods pre-sliced, be it watermelon, pineapple, even the pancakes are cut into bite-size pieces!

There are plenty of street vendors pretty much anywhere in Thailand, but sadly they’re all meats on wheels. Therefore the only option that’s left is eating out, which gets boring fairly quickly and it also costs more. Bear in mind (rarrgh!) that even in Thailand eating out can be expensive, considering that people here generally eat less greens than they do in England!

Bangkok Khao San Road
The occasional ‘rotee’ stand offering banana pancakes.

The recipe I am sharing with you today is a must for your party. I actually made these for my friend’s hen do (bachelorette party). I feared that I may be pushing it with my vegetarianism (this topic comes up fairly often when I’m around people), but from the feedback I received it turned out that EVERYONE loved them. And what’s not to love: they’re black, they’re white, they’re savoury, you name it!

As always, choose quality ingredients and keep tasting throughout the making process, as ingredients (as well as tastes) differ around the world.

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For 4 sandwiches you will need:

Ciabatta bread (or bread of your choice)

2 handfuls of pitted black olives

1 clove garlic

2 tbsp olive oil

A grind of pepper

Few leaves of spinach

3 tbsp of cream cheese

 

Directions:

  1. Slice the bread to your preferred size. You can grill it for a few seconds on a hot pan for crunchiness.
  2. Whizz the olives, garlic and olive oil in a blender. Alternatively you can just chop everything finely and mash it together with a fork.
  3. Spread some tapenade over one part of the bread, then fill the rest with cream cheese. You can be as generous as you want at this stage.
  4. Season with some freshly ground pepper – it gives an appetizing aroma.
  5. For sandwiches, use a layer of tapenade on one piece of bread, cheese on the other, then press them against each other, with a bit of spinach in between of course!

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