Summer in the city and no beach within driving distance means parks become the go-to hang out spot. They are where people lay on towels and try their best to get a summer glow going. They are the location where families come to spend time together in the sunshine.
Playing a variety of sports. And of course bringing bags full of food to enjoy throughout their slumber on the grass. This atmosphere inspired me to create a picnic menu which will be shared each day this week, beginning with these simple ham coleslaw sandwiches.
Picnics conjure up last minute plans and a trip to the supermarket to buy pre-packaged, pre-prepared food that means as little time is spent as possible on getting food so that people can meet together quicker because the weekend and sunshine in London are two very fleeting things.
Picnics also conjure up relaxed people and easy conversations with bright blue skies above. With simple meal fare the main goal, sandwiches prove to be a simple and quick option to keeping people well fed and preparation time short.
Ham Apple Fennel Coleslaw Sandwiches
1 cup cabbage, finely chopped
1 apple, peeled, cored and sliced into twelfths and finely sliced
1 fennel white parts only, quartered and finely chopped
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 lemon, juiced
1/4 teaspoon mustard
1/4 tablespoon olive oil
6 crusty rolls, halved
500 grams/1 pound ham, sliced
Place the cabbage, apple and fennel in a bowl and mix together.
In a separate bowl combine the mayonnaise, juice, mustard and olive oil and add to the coleslaw, mixing together until well combined.
Place two or three slices ham on each roll and then add two or three tablespoons of the coleslaw on top.
Wrap in paper or a napkin and serve.