Ham & Egg Sandwich

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Just one of those days when we are rushing for a lot of things and don’t wanna have rice for lunch…

lettuce leaves
large tomatoes, sliced
hard-boiled eggs, chopped
Thousand Islands dressing (I ran out of mayonnaise)
butter, shredded (or grated cheese)
a pinch of salt & pepper
1 tsp of sugar

Prepare the egg sandwich spread few hours before serving time. In a small bowl, mix the Thousand Island dressing, eggs, shredded butter, salt, sugar and pepper thoroughly. (You may add chopped parsley and onion if you like.) Chill.

Steam the ham for about 5 minutes. Once done, spread the egg mixture thickly on bread (toasted or plain) and prepare your sandwich as you like it w/ lettuce, tomatoes & ham. You may also add cheese if you want to.

By the way, ever wonder how did Thousand Island Dressing get its name? Click here.

HAM AND EGGS – A day’s work for a chicken; A lifetime commitment for a pig.

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

2 thoughts on “Ham & Egg Sandwich

  1. just made a pita sandwich too busy… cheese and some salami
    I have never steamed a ham ( I mean i just use the one I get from the supermarket or deli) or it make the taste diff?

  2. hi sha, this is something that i discovered myself through the years, that certain items like ham, sausages especially the chinese sausage, & vegetables taste better when steamed. the ham’s rich flavor comes out when steamed. o pwede din na nasa tumitikim, im not so sure :) when u hav the time u may try experimenting. like few pieces steamed and few pieces fried and find out which u prefer.

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