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The Purple Crunch
Lettuce, Cucumber, Blackcurrant Jam, Tomato Sauce
Goes Great With:
Tea and a good book.
Like the best creative food, The Purple Crunch was the
product of a lack of proper food in the kitchen. Nevertheless, there was, on
this occasion, bread, which is often the backbone of such peripatetic
kitchen creations. The alternative “active” ingredient to blackcurrant jam,
marmalade, had suspicious green bits forming
at the top of the jar, which made the blackcurrant jam clear frontrunner for
The taste test proved surprisingly fruitful (or unsurprisingly depending on
which way you look at it). The lettuce and cucumber provided the “crunch”;
texture that ensured that the sandwich would definitely not crumble in spite
of the superfluous amount of tomato sauce on board. A sweet taste
masks the lack of a “star” ingredient
such as cheese or ham. What was also surprising about it’s flavour was the
marginal impact of the jam, primarily due to its presence being
counterbalanced by tomato sauce. What the eater is left with is a pleasant
jam aftertaste, which is not easily identified mid-bite.
Overall, the sandwich is not the taste revolution that may have been implied
by the successful fusion of the seemingly
incongruous ingredients. Rather, the blackcurrant jam is an
understated bystander that subtly sweetens the taste, while admirably
concealing the lack of mainstream ingredients.
Production Considerations: Due to a tendency for the blackcurrant to
be somewhat contradictious to lettuce and cucumber, it is important that the
right amount of tomato sauce is squeezed into the sandwich in order to
provide a balancing taste to the jam.
Best Points: Decent composition. The subtle taste, the surprisingly
complimentary relationship between blackcurrant jam and tomato sauce. An
impressive substitute if there is no cheese or meat filling available.
Worst Points: You know you need to go shopping if you’re resorting to
Score: 5 Bites Tasty