Color me Spring Sandwich – with green pesto and ketchup

A sandwich for spring

Winter has, grudgingly, given way to spring. There are some delightful things going on in my back yard. A mourning dove laid two tiny little eggs in a nest that it built on a hanging flower tub about a couple of weeks ago.

Mourning Dove eggs

The nest is right next to the stairs down to the deck. Whenever I stepped out, I found a dove incubating the egg, its head cocked to figure out if the venturing homo sapien was of any danger to it or its precious eggs.

incubating Mourning dove Possibly it decided that it was quite safe, because it continued incubating.  I have heard doves incubate in pairs, but I only saw one at any given time, so I am not sure if I was looking at one parent at a time, or if it was just one bird by itself. In any case, we were mightily excited that we would soon see two chicks.

mourning dove

However, seems like, my dogs were too much for the poor bird. Even a mere sighting of them had her scooting off to the nearest branch. Four days ago, it vanished from the nest. The eggs sat there, deprived of incubation, looking lonely and sad. Yesterday I found one egg on the floor of our deck, broken :( The other one still sat in its nest.

One hour later, that egg was gone as well. I am hoping the dove has shifted its lone surviving egg somewhere else. At least I hope it was the dove that took the egg, and not some nasty little egg thief. So no new chicks for us to be excited about any more.

But wait…..

Yesterday evening, my most observant hubby spied something in a tree in our front yard.

Robin nest

So I went closer……

Robin nest 1

A little closer…..

Robin nest 2

Not, one, not two, but three!!

Robin chicks

Three little chicks!!!! Yeah!!! Hungry all the time no doubt.

At first, I was not sure what bird they belonged to, but I was guessing Robin. There was a pair of Robin hovering protectively nearby (at least as protective as they can get from the highest branch of a 30 foot tall tree at least 12 feet away from the nest), twittering small, full chested tweets, hopping from branch to branch. Got to be the parents.

The protective Mom (or Dad)

Can you spot it in the picture above?

Robin1

 

The other one was more daring, and hopped around a bit closer. I will take a chance and say it’s the Mom :D Ladies prerogative and all that.

So I waited by a window inside my Formal Living room, from where I had a clear view of the nest, though at an awkward angle. It called for some serious body balancing postures on my part, but I had adrenalin on my side. I was sure one of them would soon hop by to check if the kiddos were doing OK…Finally,my patience got rewarded.

A Robin by the nest

 

It is a Robin nest. The same Robins that were waging twitter war at me (sorry for the pun :D).

A while later, even a better picture….a very protective parent shielding its fragile ones from the rain….

A robin protecting her nest

Gets a bit irate when it spots me near its nest.

Robin in the yard

See the puffed up chest?

But you know what birdie, it’s my yard, I do get to enjoy the flowers, and the colors – at least while they last.

Bush with golden balls

So you have to accommodate me :D

colors

Gorgeous colors, no? Makes me want to pack all the colors and bring them inside for all times. Also makes me want to eat food that compliments the burst of colors adorning my yard. Just like this sandwich does.

Pesto sandwich

This is the first ever sandwich that I learnt to make in a cooking class long time ago. I don’t remember what it was called in that class, but I call it my spring sandwich. This is a great sandwich for lunch boxes too as it refrigerates very well. They might not look very even, though believe me, I have made better samples than the ones in this photograph – but honestly, they taste fabulous, every single time.

Pesto sandwich

This is a fun sandwich to make, though the assembly takes a while by a sandwich standard. Best is to get everything together before starting on the assembly. This is more a note to self – I am notorious for making several trips to the refrigerator for one single dish.

steps to follow

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Color me Spring Sandwich - with green pesto and ketchup
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Serves: 4
 
Makes 8
Ingredients
  • 16 pieces of sandwich bread
  • 4 Eggs - boiled and peeled
  • 2 large potatoes boiled and mashed
  • Pesto (recipe follows)
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp thick whipped cream
  • butter for base (optional)
  • Cucumber sliced round
  • Tomatoes sliced round
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Blend a handful cup of coriander leaves with 1 pod of garlic and 1 green chili (optional). Add 1 tsp olive oil and ¼ tsp salt. Mix in 1 tsp of lemon juice.
  2. Each sandwich has 4 pieces of bread.
  3. Making all the sandwiches together will save time.
  4. Apply ketchup on first piece of bread.
  5. Arrange tomatoes over the ketchup.
  6. Sprinkle salt and pepper.
  7. Place the second piece of bread.
  8. Coat it well with cream.
  9. Put mashed potatoes on op, followed by eggs.
  10. Sprinkle salt and pepper.
  11. Place the third piece of bread on top.
  12. Slather this piece with pesto.
  13. Arrange cucumber on top.
  14. Put sour cream on the last piece of bread, and top the sandwich with the cream part down.
  15. Wash your hands, and with wet hands, press down on the sandwich, patting it gently.
  16. Cut out the sides. Cut the sandwich into two halves. These I have cut into rectangles, but triangles look better.
  17. Refrigerate for ½ an hour, and then serve.
Note: There is no hard and fast rule to this sandwich as such. You could switch the dressings around as per your mood or desire. I have used mint sauce, chutney, even sriracha when it struck my fancy. I have used five breads instead of four and added another layer of veggies or simply separated the eggs and the potatoes and so on. But I always kept the basic theme same. Bon Appetit!

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20 comments for “Color me Spring Sandwich – with green pesto and ketchup

  1. May 9, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Such a nice story, nature is amazing. Birds know how to take care of themself :)
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    • May 9, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      Thanks Marta! The feeling of wonder every year never ceases to amaze me.

  2. May 9, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    I’m in love with your springtime garden, Minnie and those babies are so cute!! Sorry about the first nest but that was just a dumb place to create it :)

    I’m a fan of great sandwiches.
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    • May 12, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      Thanks Maureen…you know how New England is…I am sure Maine must have been similar. I remember a trip to Maine in the summer a few years ago, it was beautiful.

      There is now actually a new pair of doves with a new set of eggs in the same dumb place, hahahaha!! Mourning doves don’t seem to be too intelligent – versus the Robins…now that is one cool set of parents.
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  3. May 9, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    love your spring color sandwich, just like outside. my kids love to see flower blooms and leaves come out. while outside is sunny and nice they looks happy too. Thats the power of nature.

    • May 12, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      So true!!!! Thanks so much!

  4. May 9, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Let me say that the pictures are gorgeous! They are crystal clear. The colors of the flowers/trees are so nice to gaze upon. And the sandwich would make for a perfect little tea party for my youngest daughter.
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    • May 12, 2013 at 10:10 PM

      Thank you Sharon!! The colours do make the heart happy :)

  5. May 10, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    The colours are magical! And I do love a good sandwich. Nowadays they’re quite the treat for me what with the low carb eating! :P
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    • May 12, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      I hear ya!! Thanks Lorraine :)

  6. May 10, 2013 at 5:03 AM

    Your surrounding looks so colourful. After all that “White” colour this is such a beautiful change. The view seems so unreal, like from some fairy tale scenery! :-D
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  7. May 10, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    What a yummy looking sandwich and yes, the colours do make it look very Spring. I wish that dove had built its nest in a more secure spot! The baby robins are gorgeous and I’m loving all your pictures of Spring – so different to the vegetation we have here in Oz xx
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  8. May 11, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Spring has definitely arrived in your neck of the woods, Minnie, and you’ve got the chicks to prove it! Too bad about the mourning dove eggs but they’ve probably nested elsewhere. With 3 young to be fed, those robins are terribly busy. The land around your home is awash in Spring and this sandwich mirrors it. Very nicely done!
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    • May 12, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      It’s delightful John…I sit and watch them often…..Thanks so much!

  9. May 20, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Gorgeous and magical clicks.. Yummy sandwiches Minnie :-)
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  10. May 30, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    Wonderful ,awesome clicks,i just admiring it

    • May 30, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      Thank you so much Baitha :)

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