Taking A Big Bite

Day 12 - Taking A Big Bite - Sandwich Watercolor #doodlewashMay2018 Doodlewash

When it comes to lunch, our art challenge prompt for today, one of my favorite smile makers is a big ole sandwich. I love all types of sandwiches, even though, with regard to nutrition, that sad sprig of lettuce and tiny tomato slice isn’t likely to provide enough fiber for a meal. This is a grilled chicken sandwich as I don’t often eat red meat or much meat at all. And if I’m eating out, this is usually paired with a pile of french fries. Another definite smile maker. Despite my love of sandwiches, many are incredibly difficult to eat. One bite can send things squirting out in all directions. Or upon biting in, a series of ingredients decides to use this as their chance to escape all at once. Not to be dismayed I just try taking bigger bites until I look a bit like the hungry Beast devouring a deer, ashamed to be discovered by a shocked Beauty coming around the corner. A bit of an exaggeration to be sure. A sandwich is nowhere near the size of a deer. But I still enjoy them thoroughly.

A few weeks ago, Philippe and I were shopping at Trader Joe’s just before a Sunday lunch. He seemed to be in a bit of a trance and was carefully selecting ingredients. “I’m excited to try my sandwich,” he said simply. And when I asked him exactly what kind of sandwich it would be, he just gave me a mysterious glance. I let him have his secrets, but did confirm that referring to it as his sandwich didn’t mean I wasn’t going to be privy to the unveiling. He said he would share it, so I was anxious to see what he came up with. The resulting sandwich was essentially a BLT, but with extra tomato, arugula, organic turkey bacon, avocado, an egg, and some homemade aioli. It was, in a word, scrumptious! Even though it nearly exploded on the first bite. Since then, I’ve consistently requested “my sandwich” be on the Sunday lunch menu. It’s actually the entire menu as it’s the meal in itself. I’m sure we’ll tire of it, but for now, it’s become a lovely little tradition.

As a kid, I preferred a grilled cheese sandwich, the easiest kind of all to eat properly. Paired with a bit of tomato soup, it was the perfect meal. And I do still enjoy it today. But as I’ve grown up, I’m not shy about trying new sandwiches and just jumping in with glee. It’s how I approach pretty much everything in life really. I can be rather gluttonous when it comes to trying new things. It’s just such a joy to experience them, but the real fun of the adventure is to see if anything might actually work out as I intended. Even when things get a bit messy, I’m still happy to have tried them. Looking back, I’m not sure anything in life has ever worked out exactly as I envisioned it. Many times, it’s turned out even better than I imagined. So you’ll always find me gleefully going back for more and finding new crazy things to try next. If I ever find myself uncertain, I don’t sweat it. I’ve learned that it’s always best to start anything new by simply taking a big bite.

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  1. June Hadaway 1 week ago

    Oh my, a nice sandwich for sure. I know what you mean. They can be pretty messy. I have started using a fork with mine. Just not the same though. Lol

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks June! 😃💕haha! A fork seems to be the best option these days! But still a lovely experience!

  2. Sharon Nolfi 1 week ago

    Fantastic painting of what looks like a delicious sandwich! You are lucky to have such a great cook in-house.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 💕 Yes… I’m totally spoiled to have such a great cook and I’ll freely admit it! hehe

  3. Sandra Strait 1 week ago

    “Soup and sandwich, soup and sandwich, have your favorite Campbell’s soup and sandwich! Any time or weather…..soup and sandwich go together!” – sung to the tune of ‘Love and Marriage’. Were they still playing this on the TV in your day? Your sandwich (both the painting and the description of Philippe’s creation) have me drooling. It’s not a pretty sight, so I better go find a napkin. And maybe a sandwich…

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      hehe… yes! Still playing that show and that tune is firmly embedded into my memory! 😃💕And we just had the “My Sandwich” today and it was once again… amazing! 😉

  4. Mary Roff 1 week ago

    Delicious looking sandwich! With fries? Perfection!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Everything is made better with a bit of fries! hehe

  5. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 week ago

    Sometimes a sandwich is still a fork and knife culinary adventure. As for ingredients dripping all over the place – it’s the reason most of my clothes are heavily patterned – that, and little painty hands tapping my shirts, their owners saying, “Mrs. Pratt, the red paint spilled.”

    Your chicken sandwich is looking mighty tasty right now – can’t wait for dinner. The secret to more fiber is salad on the side, not fries. And a big slice of cheese cake for dessert. I’m not reformable. Hee hee hee.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 hehe… yeah… I have many clothes that are forever altered by sandwiches. I feel it adds character. And yes, these days I do usually opt for salad on the side, precisely so I can justify dessert! LOL

  6. Gee 1 week ago

    Very nice articles. Sandwiches were an awesome invention lol

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, Gee! Glad you liked this! 😃💕 Yay for sandwiches!!

  7. Julia Proulx 1 week ago

    Sandwiches are beautiful, Sandwiches are fine…here’s a song that still gets sung by my daughter and I, even if we are chronologically adults. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laKEcYUD77k Charlie, your wonderful painting and memories brought this to mind again.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Aww thanks so much, Julia! 😃💕 And what a fun song!! Love it! Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. jansiking 1 week ago

    I love your attitude and descriptions, as well as your delicious looking sketch!!!!

  9. SnehLata Maheshwari 1 week ago

    Delicious and perfect colours

  10. Jacob 1 week ago

    Ooh, it doesn’t half look tasty! It’s nearly the time of year when I treat myself to a burger, and go about it in a similarly uncouth manner. Yum!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      hehe! Yay to the occasional burger… I still love to dig into one of those. 😃💕 It’s totally uncouth when I do, of course, and totally a wonderful experience. You should have that burger soon!!

  11. Lisa 1 week ago

    Nothing like a good sandwich! Just don’t put liver on mine!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 hehe… no worries there… I don’t like a liver sandwich.

  12. Sandra Gilbert 6 days ago

    I love your enthusiasm. And grilled cheese sandwiches. They were my dad’s favorite and one of the first things I learned how to cook.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 days ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 And me too! They were actually the fist and probably last thing I learned to cook. Still can’t really cook a thing. 😊

      • Sandra Gilbert 5 days ago

        LOL, oh I can cook, I just don’t overly enjoy it. Luckily my husband does.

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