Spontaneity is something that begins to fall more and more by the wayside the older we get. All plans with friends nowadays always involve the date, time and place we will go and all details can found online (if not, the black hole of ‘what do I expect’ is all that fills the mind). I can probably count on a couple of fingers the times I was truly spontaneous since moving to London.
Yesterday, I received an email from my best friend asking what I’m doing between four days next month. My response was ‘nothing’ and then the plot thickened as to why these dates mattered. Within a few hours I was offering my bed and great meals in London as an idea to visit had come into her mind and I am fully supporting this last minute idea.
Who knows what will come of this, but spontaneity and living a little more freely is something I know I should be seeking out more.
The complete mix of cultures that are melded together in Brazil make it a bustling thriving country to visit and the people are incredibly proud of who they are. No wonder with tapioca pancakes, chocolate truffles and limeade so good it’ll make you drink more than you should in a short time. Yes, I can still picture the street I called home during my stay in Rio and the warmth of that early spring sunshine.
They also love a good sandwich and today’s recipe came about by chance and the recipe is coded into municipal law, which means they take this seriously. To be fair, the pickles really make this sandwich stand out from the traditional meat and cheese affair.
Adapted from Streetsmart Brazil
2 crusty bread rolls, halved and center removed
6 slices roast beef
4 slices mozzarella cheese
1 tomato, sliced
2 pickles, sliced lengthways
Preheat the grill to 200°C/390F.
Lay the sliced beef on the base of the sandwiches and top with the cheese slices. Place under the grill until melted.
Lay the tomato slices and pickles on top and finish with the top of the roll.