Fresh Chorizo Sandwich with Tomato Salsa (and some pics from our garden)

28 July 2005

Although we’ve had disappointing weather recently, we are trying to use our DIY re-done garden as much as we can. I thought I’d take some photos (including our naughty cat) while the weather is still nice, the one on top is the Japanese maple tree that our generous neighbour friend Peter gave us.





Last week, after I enjoyed the exhibition of Frida Kahlo at Tate Modern, I managed to pay a visit to Borough Market – which is close enough to enjoy walking along the Thames from the museum. Probably the most famous sandwich in the market – with juicy fresh chorizo sausages sold by excellent Spanish foods supplier Brindisa – has been my favourite for a long time. Although I can get hold of those sausages even at my local deli, I still enjoy having them when I go there (and I don’t mind queueing up while watching the flame grilling!)


I like making this sandwich at home too, I adopted a recipe from the book Tony & Giorgio (which is from the off-beat TV cookery programme with Giorgio Locatelli and Tony Allan). Make tomato sauce first. Grill the sausages on a very hot griddle – you’ll have lots of juice coming out from them. After they are cooked, put the bread (I like using ciabatta or sourdough) on the griddle to mop up all the goodies from the chorizo. Serve with rocket leaves and the tomato sauce with a squeeze of lemon juice. You can add sunblush tomatoes too, I love using my oven-dried tomatoes for this recipe. You can use cured sausages of course, but bear in mind they won’t be as good as fresh ones.

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  • such a pretty kitty!

    Posted by rae | 28 July 2005 #
  • Yum - That sounds like a damn good sandwich. I am currently on a Do you mind if I use this recipe in the not to distant future?

    Posted by saffron | 28 July 2005 #
  • Woops. Dont think my html commenting worked very well. Sorry! I mean to say that i am a mission to find a favourite sandwich. And I would like to include this version one day soon...

    Posted by saffron | 28 July 2005 #
  • Oh Keiko! You must be a kind of psychic! How coincidental that you should post some pics about your garden when I was just thinking of how much I’m looking forward to planting mine! And the japanese maple!! That is the one tree that my husband wants to plant in our yard FIRST.

    Thanks for stopping by. Everything is kind of crazy much to do, not enough time.

    Cute kitty!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by rowena | 28 July 2005 #
  • Hi Keiki,

    The pictures of your garden are beautiful....and your cat! Looks like he’s (she’s) up to something!

    Posted by Reid | 28 July 2005 #
  • Oh your Kitty is so cute!
    I will include the link in this weekends WCB #9!

    Posted by clare eats | 28 July 2005 #
  • Hi Keiko - your site is visually stunning! That chorizo sarnie sounds like a real treat, but pictures of your garden are really gorgeous. Doesn’t look like London at all - so calm...

    Posted by Pille | 29 July 2005 #
  • keiko you’re great! i just sigh but do nothing else looking all those beauty
    can i ask model of yuor camera which brings us all those loveliness through your resourceful hands?

    Posted by hera | 29 July 2005 #
  • Hi Keiko
    I have added you to this weekends cat blogging. Here is the permalink I am so glad that "naughty kitty" will be joining in!

    Posted by clare eats | 29 July 2005 #
  • Hi there,

    Rae - I believe you’ve got a kitty too?

    Saffron - that’s fine, your BLT looks delicious too!

    Rowena - hope everything is going fine (and Maddie is happy too...)

    Reid - yes, he is *always* up to something!

    Clare - thanks for letting me know, looking forward to seeing other lovely cats too (I’m sure they are not as naughty as my cat...)

    Pille - thank you, but we don’t live in London any more, we’re getting used to the country life in Suffolk now :)

    Hera - thanks for your note, I use Minolta A2.

    Posted by keiko | 29 July 2005 #
  • hi keiko, your garden is simply stunning. and your kitty utterly adorable. what an exquisite setting for alfresco summer meals! re:rococo book...hesitated because, yes, a few of the recipes seemed a little too adventurous ;)

    Posted by Joycelyn | 29 July 2005 #
  • Your kitty looks so cute. He looks like he is eyeing the flowers, the bee trying to determine what to do next in your garden.

    Posted by boo_licious | 29 July 2005 #
  • Joycelyn - adventurous is a better word than wacky ;)

    boo_licious - I must say that he is the naughtiest cat I’ve ever had!

    Posted by keiko | 30 July 2005 #
  • Keiko, those sandwiches are right up my alley. I am a sausage fiend, and this is the perfect time to grill a few up, mop up their juices with good bread, and roast a few tomatoes. Mmm. Have a great weekend.

    Posted by Molly | 30 July 2005 #
  • The lovely boys and girls at Brindisa have been my saviour! When I was little my pa would make me smuggle the chorizos through customs in my clothes.

    Posted by Monkey Gland | 30 July 2005 #
  • Keiko-san

    Wonderful garden! I wish to have a tea at there...

    And I should try to make Giorgio’s recipe also.

    I think Maya is getting big?

    Posted by Sagami | 31 July 2005 #
  • Ai, Keiko...your garden is beautiful! Too bad the weather’s been so cold and overcast this summer. Please make sure to post a photo of your maple in the autumn...I bet it will be gorgeous!

    Posted by Moira | 31 July 2005 #
  • Molly - I’m not really a sandwich person, but this one is special - I guess you can get fresh chorizo easier in the States?

    Monkey Gland - I’m glad you are a Brindisa fan too ;) I wouldn’t blame your dad, it is *that* good!





    Moira - I’m so happy you are back... The maple started changing colour already, it makes me homesick.

    Posted by keiko | 31 July 2005 #
  • Well, I’m late to the comment party as usual. I really like the top photo of the garden, very simple, yet extremely effective of setting a peaceful mood. As usual, the photo of the sandwich is absolutely fantastic. Very nice plating and composition.

    Posted by Smoove D | 31 July 2005 #
  • Cute kitty and beautiful garden! I love the top photo, too.

    Posted by obachan | 1 August 2005 #
  • Smoove D - thanks for your kind note as always. It’s only a small, DIY garden, but it’s becoming our favourite space in the house.

    Posted by keiko | 1 August 2005 #
  • Obachan - thank you, I’m hoping we’ll have nicer weather in August.

    Posted by keiko | 1 August 2005 #
  • Sorry, Keiko. You see, I’ve been so distracted by your beautiful pictures that I missed the no-longer-in-London bit:) Sorry for my absent-mindedness..

    Posted by Pille | 1 August 2005 #
  • OMG< that lavendar! I must have some of that lavendar! The spanish stuff with the purple flowers and white tops, what is it? I collect herbs and haven’t ever seen that coloration before.

    Posted by kitchenmage | 1 August 2005 #
  • Pille - don’t be sorry, I still go to London quite often and miss it when it comes to shopping :)

    Kichenmage - I’m sorry but I’m not sure if the lavender was Spanish or French...

    Posted by keiko | 2 August 2005 #
  • I love the pictures. give the cute cat a hug from me!

    Posted by Mathilde | 10 August 2005 #
  • Hi Mathilde - I gave Maya (the naughty cat) lots of hugs, thank you ;)

    Posted by keiko | 17 August 2005 #
  • Hi Keiko,

    Just hopped over to your site from Kuidaore. Boy, is this a true eye candy or is this a true eye candy!

    Adore your pics,saliva drooling on my keyboard as I type now.

    Just wondering if you would so kind as to post/email your recipe for the above oven-dried tomatoes?

    Many grateful thanks!


    Posted by celine | 30 September 2005 #
  • Hi Celine - I’m sorry I didn’t get back to you earlier, for some reason pixelpost didn’t tell me that I had a comment from you! Thanks for your kind words, you can find the recipe for the tomatoes here - hope you’ll enjoy it!

    Posted by keiko | 8 November 2005 #

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