What’s in the Buffet Pantry: A Local Produce Guide to Crafting the Ultimate Sandwich
One of the silver linings in a worldwide pandemic is that otherwise locked-behind-doors produce and purveyors are now open to the public – restaurant-quality stuff, direct to consumer (literally, most are delivering). We’ve rounded up the best produce, pantry items, dairy products, seafood, drinks and more available in Sydney, so you can make the best sandwich ever from the comfort of your isolation kitchen.By Molly Urquhart
Why is it that taking a sandwich to work for lunch is never a viable option? Answer: there is a 1000% chance it’ll get soggy-as, losing all integrity. Let us not even discuss the difficulty of finding a sandwich-optimised, public-transport, bottom-of-the-tote-ready vessel. Not easy. Switch to that work-from-home life and eating a sanga for lunch is well-and-truly back on the table, and we’re so glad. To help you assemble yours we’ve curated a list of our fave local producers, products and more that’ll take that sandwich from drab to fab.
The Outer Layer:
TOL is whatever you choose to cover your sandwich’s innards. I guess typically it’s bread, but it could be a white corn tortilla, or perhaps it’s a loaded focaccia on your lunch plate, we never judge. The main point is, it must be soft yet sturdy to hold the goodness within.
A good sandwich needs a little something rich in the middle. Maybe it’s a mayo, maybe it’s a healthy slab of Maffra cheddar, you do you. Make it OOZE. Ooze is often achieved by a rich element, people.
The choices are endless! Salad, crunchy, leafy, crisp, cheesy, pickley. Add preserves! Crunchy veggies! Small pickled fish! Ferments! So many options, so many opportunities to have a sandwich (e.g. breakfast, lunch, dinner, post-dinner). Add FLAVOUR.
To wash it down...
It goes without saying, a sandwich is only as good as the tableware it’s eaten off or among. Well, not really, but looking at a lovely bunch of flowers or pinching your toasted cheese sanga off a hand-painted plate is surely going to elevate your experience by at least 23% (source: Buffet et al., 2020).
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