I don’t do winter well. I’d take sweltering over cold any day — and the fact that the lowest Sydney winter temps are still significantly higher than the north-east America-land ones I grew up with matters little when I have to get out of bed each morning to an un-heated apartment.
Now Sydney has been gracing us with well above average late-autumn temps this year, but even so we are looking straight into three months of cold before things begin to look up again.
It’s about this time each year I start to twitch and book tickets into the North American summer, but as that trip has already been booked I’ll simply share some colour and warmth from our adventure last year. Welcome to mid-September in NYC.
The Union Square Green Market, held every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, is just one of the 54 green markets spread across NYC.
Run by non-profit organisation GrowNYC the stall holders are all local regional farmers, the produce is stunning and varied, and the people watching is unmatched.
And so it was, in a fit of “I neeeeedddd vegetables”, that I found myself wandering aimlessly among the rainbow bushels and bins, picking up bunches of this and handfuls of that to keep on hand for the duration of our stay.
In the process of carefully filling a market bag a sandwich slowly emerged — inspired by crisp radishes, sweet heirloom tomatoes, pungent cheese and the most gorgeous little sandita cucumbers — I could almost taste it then and there.
It was prepared using only a plastic knife from a local deli and was photographed in the window of the hotel room — a pillow serving as a reflector, a crumbled paper bag for a backdrop and a new little plate as a prop.
Are you surprised? I didn’t think so.
Now please excuse me while I crawl into my fleece pants and ancient hole-in-the-elbow cashmere jumper and dream of rainbows of produce until the temperature rises back to an acceptable level.
End of Summer Sandwich
Farm-fresh produce, layered with pungent bite-y cheese and just baked bread. Perfection.
Serves 1 – 100
- multi-grain bread – crusty on the outside, soft on the inside
- hard sheep’s cheese with cracked peppercorns
- heirloom tomato
Slice and layer as you wish. Eat in the sunshine if remotely possible.
vegetarian // soy-free // gluten-free with gf bread // nut-free // vegan & dairy-free without cheese