It's no secret that I take my sandwiches very seriously — so much so that it elicits comments from co-workers. Partly that's because I usually eat the same sandwich every day, but I don't make it at home. That would be soggy! Instead, I carry all the ingredients to work and make the sandwich there. The key to this process is my sandwich condo.
First of all, I have to give credit to my co-worker Barbara for coining the phrase. She observed my daily sandwich ritual and sent me a photo of her own sandwich condo, available at the Container Store, and said I had to buy one. So I did. For assembling sandwiches at work, there is no better gadget. This double-decker tupperware has a large compartment with a flip-top lid, where I put my lettuce, bread, cheese, turkey, and tomato if I have it. There are then two smaller compartments where I put my other sandwich ingredients: sprouts, sliced cucumber, and, on a good day, avocado. Across the divider, I transport the side dishes: carrots and celery, or fruit for my summertime breckie. Here it is all closed up, ready to go in my giant purse: When I get to work, I retrieve my mustard from the fridge, lather up a slice of bread, cover it with turkey, cukes, and cheese, and toss it along with the other slice in the toaster oven. When it's nice and toasty, I top the cheese with lettuce and sprouts for a perfect hot lunch. A bit obsessive? Sure. But then again, I do have a sandwich blog.