Sunday, September 04, 2005

Tomato Sandwiches: One of Life's Blessings

There ain’t nothing better during these late days of summer than a tomato sandwich. For those of you whose upbringing wasn’t sophisticated enough to include tomato sandwiches, let me enlighten you on the fine art of constructing a culinary masterpiece. I assure you, my directions are much less detailed than Mr. Orwell’s instructions on making a cup a tea. And a tomato sandwich is much more satisfying to the palate. Take two pieces of soft wheat bread, slather a side of each with Miracle Whip Salad Dressing. Peel a nice sized vine-ripened tomato and the cut it into slices at least an inch thick. Place the tomato slices on the salad dressing side of one piece of the bread. Grind plenty of black pepper on top of the tomato and cap the concoction with the other slice of bread. If you want to get real cosmopolitan, sprinkle some celery seed to compliment the pepper. Having tomato juice run down your chin is a small price to pay for such goodness. Thank God for small blessings.

And just in case you’re wondering, George Orwell has a several page dissertation on making the perfect cup of tea. You can find it in a 2.4 pound collection of his essays that was published by Everyman’s Library. See


  1. Oh, I love a good tomato sandwich. Celery seeds I've never done. Cucumber occasionally. Or basil. I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't eat tomatoes.

  2. didn't grow up with it... but how bad could it be?

  3. I've heard that. Never acquired a taste for 'em myself, but I can grow the heck out of them.

  4. Tomato sandwiches are one of my favorite things in the world! The pepper is absolutely necessary too!

  5. Oh my just keep getting more interesting every minute! I grew up eating tomato sandwiches (one of my mother's favorites).

    Have you experienced the olive and creamcheese sandwich that I spoke about on my post? That's my grandmother's favorite sandwich.

    You're making me hungry!! Time for dinner...