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Friday, 6 October 2017

Build A Port Edward Special

When I was small, we would often visit the coastal town of Port Edward during the winter holidays. I remember one of Mom's treats on these holidays, was to buy some kind of special bread, which she would slice open and fill with all kinds of goodies. It would then be wrapped in foil and placed in the oven for those flavours to blend and bake through. This treat became known as the 'Port Edward Special' in the family and the tradition still prevails. In today's blog I share some ideas for building your own Port Edward Special.


You can choose your own favourite cheeses to add. I opted for a moulded Camembert.


I would also use butter, mustard and tomato paste.


Some pitted olives, ham and grated cheddar cheese.


Half an onion is finely chopped.


I start with the wholegrain goji loaf, I shared with you in the previous blog, but you can use any special bread of your choice. I used the bread as it came hot from the oven, which is an added bonus when baking your own bread.


I divide the loaf in three slices horizontally. Each slice is lathered in butter.


2 sides are spread with mustard - the bottom and the top parts. The middle part does not get mustard.


I spread tomato paste on the middle part.


The Camembert is spread over the bottom part of the bread.


Half of the chopped onions is placed on top.


This is followed by half of the olives.


A layer of ham follows.


The middle part is place on the bottom and buttered on the reverse side.


More tomato paste is added.


The remainder of the olives are added.


The rest of the onions are added.


This is followed by loads of grated Cheddar cheese.


Another layer of ham follows the cheese.


The top is replaced on the sandwich.


With the shiny side facing up, place the loaf in the center of a sheet of foil.


Wrap neatly and place in a preheated oven at roughly 200°C for about 30 minutes.


Remove from the oven and allow the loaf to sit in its own steam for a while to soften the crust a little.


Remove the foil to reveal the deliciousness.


Slice and serve manageable chunks. Experience has taught me that my idea of a manageable chunk varies greatly from that of a teenage boy, so you need to decide for yourself what that is.


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