... but it's so much more.
Food is so fabulous! I never tire of finding new ways to combine ingredients. Take the Pan Bagnat sandwich of southern France, it's tuna fish, hard boiled egg, dressing, tomatoes, cucumber, onion and basil. Pretty basic, no?
But what a flavor sensation!!! Wonderful. I heard about this sandwich on The Splendid Table. A food writer named Melissa Clark talked about it being the perfect picnic food and fun to make. The sandi is assembled then wrapped and pressed into submission.
Cut a crusty round loaf of bread in half. Scoop out some of the innards.
Add the vin to a sliced (pitted and peeled) cucumber. Spread on the lower half of the bread. Top with a drained can of tuna fish, tomato slices, red onion slices, chopped olives, and one or two peeled and sliced hard boiled eggs.
Pressing melds the flavors of this dish, no one single ingredient stands out. It's just a perfect, juicy combination of flavors.
I could so easily imagine taking this sandwich, some pickles, a couple of beers (or a nice, dry white wine), and fruit on a picnic.
Addendum: the following day. I just had a dream about this damn sandwich. In my dream I was calling it a Salad Nicoise sandwich and cutting little wedges of it for people.