Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Chicken Sandwich (ANN’S Style)

Recipe No: 9
Back in the days when I was a college student the week after the second Saturday used to be the most extravagant week. As hostel inmates we were allowed to go home only once in a month and that was the second week of every month. After spending the weekend at home we all will be back on that Monday with the pocket money for the whole of next month. So to ‘celebrate’ the short living richness once in that week we will go out to eat from ‘Ann’s’ which was the most expensive bakery around there. Most of us will have a chicken sandwich for Rs 10 and a mango juice for Rs 5. So the extravagant eating will make us 15 Rupee poor. But as the month progresses the ‘richness’ will deteriorate slowly but steadily. Once more during that time we will go out …But where? To 'Best Bakery' of the less expensive ones and will have a chicken puffs for Rs2:50 and lemonade for Rs 1:50, a total being 4 rupees.

Apart from all these, we all enjoyed those days and the thoughts alone bring a bunch of bliss in life, together with a sadness of reality that those days will never come back. Even though the days have gone by, the tastes haven’t. Here is my take on that ‘Ann’s Sandwich’ which was once an extravagance in life.
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  • Hot dog buns………………12 no.
  • Chicken roasted and shredded…..2 cups
 (Roast whole chicken breast rubbed with salt, pepper and oil in an oven at 350°F/180C
till done about 20 to 25 minutes. You can also use leftover Rotisserie chicken. I don’t prefer boiled chicken as it doesn’t have so much flavor)
  • Cabbage shredded……………………..2 cups
  • Carrot shredded…………………………1/4 cups
  • Onion chopped into small pieces….2 tablespoons
  • Tomato chopped………………………..1/2 medium (remove seeds if you can)
  • Mayonnaise……………………………….1/3  to ½ cup (Depending on your taste)
  • Crushed black pepper………………….1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt……………………………………………as per taste
  • Butter ……………….As needed
  • Wax/ Parchment paper and toothpicks for presentation.
Method of Preparation
  1. Mix together Chicken, Cabbage, Carrot, Onion, Tomato, Mayonnaise and crushed pepper.
  2. Taste and if it needs salt add it. As mayonnaise contains a lot of salt, don’t add salt in the first place.
  3. Open the hot dog buns taking care not to separate it. Apply butter on both sides.
  4. Put as much filling as you want and wrap a small strip of wax or parchment paper around it as secure with a toothpick.
  5. Serve at room temperature.
Notes: This is a good recipe to use the left over Rotisserie chicken.
It’s very good for outdoor entertaining and picnics.
You can make the filling hours or even a day before and assemble it when needed.

Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and 
serve it to your family with love….

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Unknown said...

this was yummy,everyn try tis,its easy

Findingmyvoice said...

Perfect and I too remember the short richness!! It is very tasty and hope all will try it out!!

Unknown said...

Asha, I made the sandwich yesterday and it turned out good.It's really easy and yummy.Thanks for sharing the recipe.Everyone out there try this out..:)

Liz said...

This was the first one I tried from your blog (after being referred by a fellow reader!) This is one recipe that can never go wrong. We all thoroughly enjoyed it.
Just to let you know my thanks and appreciation...

Asha said...

Thank You so much....

Jaisy James said...

yes u r right asha i too have some good old days at assumption college and anns bakery. me and my friends will go to anns once in a month to had this chicken sandwich with coca cola was our fav.... still that taste is in my tongue...i never get that taste from any other bakery...urs chicken sandwich looks superbbb...

sojo said...

Asha, When we visited Mount Horeb and Mount Sinai, I packed this for lunch.... (my parents,me, hubby, kids and driver)... it was a super duper hit..... it tasted just like Anns.... The Egyptian driver has asked for recipe..... :)

Asha said...

Thanks Sojo... thanks a lot... Give the driver my blog name...he..he...

The Girl said...

I was just thinking about Anne's the other day! Esp their cutlets! And their chocolate cake- absolutely the best! So nice to come across this post! :)

Unknown said...

Just referred your blog. it was amazing to visit and all the information you shared wast extremely useful to anyone. I am really happy if you can share chicken pickle recipe.

Mary Anna said...

Asha! this blog is AMAZING! Keep writing. I’m definitely going to try many of your talented recipes for sure! Esp. This one!! Thanks for sharing!

Vishnu Nair said...

I am not sure if this item was called as Chicken sandwich. Was it referred to as Chicken roll by Anns?

bhavesh said...

A delicious and easy to make chicken sandwich i have ever tried. Thanks for sharing this recipe. My entire family love this chicken sandwich.

jawahar s said...

I made chicken sandwich recipes which came out well..

The Post Reader said...

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