Making this sandwich resulted in a fight between me and Chase. You might be wondering how people can get into a fight about smoked salmon and ricotta sandwiched between two pieces of bread, since there’s absolutely nothing about that that isn’t just delightful, but it all comes down to some poorly timed texts and Ralph’s stocking some weird varieties of bread. Also, Chase and I probably shouldn’t talk to each other before we have our morning coffee.
Chase was out running errands early in the morning and I asked him to pick up a French bread baguette on his way home. Simple enough. Then, since I figured there was no way this could possibly go wrong, I hopped in the shower, only to discover when I got out that he had sent me a text asking if I wanted the “crunchy French baguette” or the “sweet French baguette.” Okay, I’ve heard of different varieties of baguettes like, “wheat,” “sourdough,” or “multi-grain,” but who the heck distinguishes their bread by crunchiness and sweetness? Seriously Ralph’s, get it together.
At any rate, sweet bread and smoked salmon sounded gross, so I texted Chase that I wanted the crunchy bread, but since he sent the original text over 15 minutes ago, he had already made a decision himself and was now moments away from walking in our door. And, since he’s a Southern boy and assumes that more sugar is always the solution, he had the sweet baguette in tow.
I’m not sure if it was the stress we’ve been under recently, or the fact that we’re both between gigs for a couple weeks and have therefore been cooped up in our apartment a day too long, or the fact we hadn’t had our coffee yet (probably the real reason), but when I asked him to go back and get the other baguette, a World War III argument ensued over whose fault it was that Chase had come back with the wrong bread. Oddly enough, we never actually blamed each other directly, but kept arguing as to whether it was the fault of the phone sending a delayed text message or that Ralph’s sells stupid varieties of bread.
Question – is it actually a fight if we aren’t blaming each other? What if two people are just standing in a room and yelling sort of toward each other, but not directly? Like, what would you call an incident that’s more, “I’m really frustrated and want to yell and you just happen to be the person that’s always hanging around me, and maybe if you busied yourself elsewhere you wouldn’t be getting yelled at, which means this is all your fault anyway, which makes my yelling justified.” Oh right, it’s called marriage. They just don’t included that in standard vows.
This all culminated when Chase stormed out to go back to the store, then returned and we were both pretty sheepish by this point since we realized that we had just yelled at each other with no purpose intended. So, I took my “crunchy” French baguette and made smoked salmon sandwiches that were just fabulous. Of course, I made coffee for us first. That is a mistake I will never make again, along with trying to do difficult things first thing in the morning, like buying bread. Lessons learned.
Smoked Salmon Sandwiches with Lemon Ricotta
Makes 3-4 sandwiches
1 long french baguette
8 oz smoked salmon
1 cup ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons lemon zest
1 cucumber, sliced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
In small bowl, combine the ricotta, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Set aside
Divide the baguette into either 3 or 4 segments, depending on how long it is and/or how large you would like your sandwiches to be. Slice the segments in half. If they are especially doughy, use a fork to scrape out the dough in the center of each slice.
Spread the ricotta cheese onto one half of each sandwich. On the other half, layer the smoked salmon with sliced cucumber. Combine the two halves and you have a delicious sandwich, for home or out on a picnic.