I’m not going to lie, I have a severe case of the Grumpy Mondays. I woke up tired and grumpy and have no idea why. Maybe because it’s so nice out and I had to drag my butt to work when I’d much rather be laying in the park soaking up some of this fantastic sunshine that Vancouver’s been getting.
Vancouver has been going through the biggest/bestest heat wave. It’s been SO hot here, at around 35°C (95°F). It’s been fantastic, but very rare for Vancouver so
I’ve basically been a lazy blob it’s been a bit of an adjustment. I love the heat, but my apartment lacks any AC and it’s been a little uncomfortable sleeping at night (there’s only so much a fan can do).
When it’s this hot, meals need to be light, refreshing, and made without the oven! There’s no way turning on an oven in my tiny apartment would be a good idea in this heat. I think my kitchen would actually melt.
I made these simple paninis the other night, and they are really good and easy to make. You can use a panini press or BBQ, since they only need to be heated briefly until the cheese warms up. I whipped these together using some pantry/fridge staples and the result was a creamy, fresh sandwich with all the right flavours.
This sandwich packs in some avocado, turkey (I used lunch meat), goat cheese and, surprisingly, jam. I realize that may sound strange, but it’s actually really good. It gives it a bit of sweetness and tastes really good all melted in with the goat cheese and avocado. If I’m still a grumpy mess this evening when I get home from work, I’m definitely making these again. How could I possibly stay grumpy after something like this?
|Turkey & Jam Paninis with Avocado & Goat Cheese|| |
- 4 slices bread (a grainy bread is delicious here)
- 2 Tbsp butter (optional)
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 3 Tbsp jam
- 4 slices turkey breast
- 2-4 Tbsp goat cheese, crumbled
- Heat a panini press or grill to medium heat.
- Spread a thin layer of butter on the outside of bread slices, if using. This makes the outsides a bit crispier but is not necessary.
- Assemble sandwich by layering avocado, jam, turkey and goat cheese. Place on panini press, close and cook for 3-5 minutes until bread is crispy and cheese has melted slightly (if grilling, flip half way through to crisp both sides). Slice and serve.