Simple sandwich and some good coffee

 

simple sandwichIn my late teens and early twenties, I struggled with my weight. Or rather, the lack of it. Unlike popular perception, those who are underweight can also be a target of humour. Especially if you are in India. Not that it is funny, and definitely not when you are the one at the receiving end.

Indians prefer their women rounded and with flesh. Good thing about that is that unless you really are obese, fat is good. On the other hand, being thin is a sin. The culprit? Food. Unlike how overweight people are constantly tormented with accusations of overeating, thin people are accused of not eating enough. If possible, the entire society gangs up against you and if it could it would force feed you (it’s not illegal there. In fact, it’s illegal NOT to force feed your child. If you don’t force stuff down the poor kid’s throat, you are not trying hard enough to feed it and are = bad Mom). Nevermind that you could be eating a horse for dinner and an elephant for breakfast. My poor Mom had to deal with constant accusing stares of being a bad Mom as she obviously didn’t feed me enough. Too bad she couldn’t tie me down and funnel food down my throat just to get the ‘well wishers’ off her back. Privately, we all knew I was running her kitchen pantry empty.

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The elders in my family constantly worried on how I might find it very difficult to secure a match (marriage being the be all and end all of my existence, you understand). I could never buy jeans, they didn’t make my size.

I was underweight to the point of being skin and bones, though I wasn’t unhealthy for most part. But I could be dying for all that mattered. The stress of gaining weight made me resort to all sorts of fad and foods. My doc prescribed a plethora of health tonics, and even an injection that build tissues, tackled anaemia and helped gain weight .

The best yet came from a parent of one my students in a school where I taught kindergarten. He introduced himself thus: “Remember me Ma’m? I am the guy who runs the pharmacy where you buy your health supplements and get your weight gain injection from.” LOUD. It boomed off the walls. Heads turned.

Did I mention I was sitting in the middle of a large hall in the midst of a Parents Teachers conference with many other teachers and visiting parents?

Yes, I died in embarrassment and was reborn fat. Or, in Indian terms, “healthy”.

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Of course, now I look back and laugh. And even miss those days, hahaha! Because now, all my foods and fads are mostly directed towards losing weight, and I don’t get very far with that either.

Simple sandwich:

 

  • Two pieces of white bread
  • 1 tsp sour cream
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 3-4 slices tomatoes
  • 2-3 slices of cucumber
  • salt and pepper from sprinkling

Instructions:
Combine sour cream with milk and make a paste
Apply liberally, reserving some, on a slice of bread. Pile with sliced cucumber and tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Apply the rest of sour cream mixture on the other bread, cover the pile with sour cream side in, and press. Cut out the edges.
Serve.
You can wrap these up and store them in the refrigerator for later use.

Tip: Soak the top of the bread pieces with a little milk before storing. They will stay soft and moist and won’t dehydrate in the refrigerator. Grab some as you are running out the hosue or pack them for lunch at school or office.

Some good Coffee:

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This was our way of making hot espresso coffee as youngsters.

  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 coffee cup hot milk.

Instructions:

In a cup, mix sugar and coffee vigorously, till it forms nice, thick foam.
Pour hot milk, stir gently and enjoy.
Tip: This is a leisure activity so do not attempt it when you are trying to find keys to start the car.

Mix coffee and sugar

Vigorous stirring till the foam forms

 

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11 comments for “Simple sandwich and some good coffee

  1. May 20, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    This reminds me of my teens! Fortunately, I was in London and thin wasn’t a crime. I used to eat my parents dry! Now, I wish I had those problems!!
    Simple is always good, sandwich looks delish and I’ll take instant coffee… That’s where I started too :)
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  2. May 21, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    easy and healthy salad ..

  3. May 21, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    I was underweight too, but that was not a big problem for me, so looking at those pictures, now i wanted to go back and i cant turn the clock back. love this kind of frothy coffee, perfect for a relax day.
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  4. May 21, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    I used to be a really skinny kid too. Now, I’m not, alas. What happened? ;-) Anyway, tomato and cucumber sandwiches are the best. I never made one with sour cream, much less with a bit of milk mixed in. Sounds really tasty, though, so I’ll be giving it a try. Thanks!
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  5. May 21, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Hehe that’s always the way! I had super skinny legs and I was embarrassed of them. But now I’d like them back thanks very much! :D

  6. May 21, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Simple, fast and super effective :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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  7. May 22, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    Wow! how awful. I’m sorry you had to go through that and your mother! I was always waif-thin but that was idolised rather than being thought to be a problem! I guess a healthy balance in the middle somewhere of both opinions is best. Your sandwich looks really comforting xx
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  8. May 24, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    I was always average size as a kid but my mother warned me that I’d be fat if I ate too much. Either end of the spectrum gets abuse and it’s so unfair.

    Your coffee and a sandwich would be plenty for me and I’d love it!
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  9. May 28, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    I fee we get so much pressure from society in Asia. In Japan it’s such a homogenous country and people have similar look, so once you are fat or too skinny you stand out so much. Most people there are more toward skinny or slim side, so we more worry about gaining weight. I was so happy when I came to the US that people don’t care how we look or what we wear. There was no much individuality in Japan… anyway, life is funny now that you are more toward the other “healthy” end. :) My Indian friend makes GOOD coffee with instant coffee. I bet she is using the same technique! :)
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