There is something pretty special about rituals, especially ones that fall on the weekend.
Growing up, Saturdays were always packed full of activities and jobs to tick off the list. In netball season we lived at the courts where my sisters and I all played and my dad umpired, then come off season we would be busy fitting in grocery shopping and mother daughter hair cut sessions.
Sundays then, and even more so now, just scream out for a slower pace.
When I was little, my parents didn’t have a lot of money, which in my eyes now was a blessing. They couldn’t afford to take us to Movie World or the cinemas on a regular basis so they would keep us busy by organising picnics to the duck ponds, bush walks and magical mystery tours. We did things as a proper family and bonded over beautiful moments like the hilarity (and panic) of getting stuck in a tree you thought you were brave enough to climb.
On the weekends we didn’t venue out we were left to our own imaginations to play at home. In summer we would spend the day in the pool and when it got a little cooler I was content spending most of my day in my room with my excessive Barbie collection.
Whatever we were doing, we always ventured out and had lunch together which sometimes involved the simple pleasures of a fresh loaf of white bread and crunchy, salty hot chips from the local fish and chip store.
Chippy sandwiches always take me back to those beautiful slow paced Sundays where we would crowd around that giant square of grease stained paper like seagulls, picking out the best crispy pieces of potato to sandwich between the soft give of a fresh loaf, carefully sliced by my dad.
Although I’m still a little impartial to a white bread chippy butty, this version is a little more grown up and a lot more nutrient dense.
When searching for a bread recipe to take this important place in recreating this childhood favourite, I couldn’t stop thinking about the ‘Life Changing Loaf’ which is making rounds around the blogosphere for sometimes now.
I’m not sure about its life changing claim, but its pretty close.
Sumac roasted open chip sandwhiches with apple cider vinegar reduction
For the bread:My New Roots Life Changing Loaf
For the potatoes and apple cider vinegar reduction
4 small potatoes, scrubbed and skin on
1/2 tsp sumac
2 tsp fresh parsely, finely chopped
Pinch sea salt
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (with ‘the mother’)
Lemon to serve
1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees
2. Slice potatoes into the chunky wedges and steam for 6 minutes or until slightly tender
3. Toss wedges with sumac, parsely, sea salt and a drizzle of oil and arrange in a single layer on a baking tray covered with baking paper
4. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden, turning halfway through
5. To make the apple cider vinegar reduction place the vinegar in a smal saucepan over medium heat and simmer until it has reduced by half, then mix in a pinch of sea salt
6. To serve, top a slice of bread (toasted or fresh) with wedges, a drizzle of vinegar and a squeeze of lemon