Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Very Hungry Cheesy Caterpillar !

Every celebration starts with food + smile and definitely ends on a happy note with a "Cheese, Smile" :)))
The happy and cheesy moments give a handful of  pictures to cherish, and a bag full of  memories of the beautiful time spent with family and friends. Revisiting the memories of all the parties I had at my place or have been to reminded of the fact that 'cheese' is our companion at all happy and special occasions in our lives. Cheese is there in the celebration and makes the party look so special, be it an appetizer, a main course or a dessert. 
Couple of years back I visited my sister's place and she gave me an a book on 'Cheese' ! Yes, it wasn't a recipe book as at that time I had little ventures and adventures in the kitchen. The book was on a business fable  "Who Moved My Cheese" by Dr. Spencer Johnson. The book has an amazing message on how to deal with change in your work and in your life. That day I learnt a different perspective of looking at Cheese. It gives a message of being soft and warm to yourself and others and quickly adapting to change. 'Cheese' is a metaphor of what we want to have in personal and professional life @ job, relationship, health, wealth, name & fame :) Each of us have our own idea of what cheese is and we pursue it because it makes us feel happy. If we get it, we feel attached to it and if we lose it, we feel sad and it changes our lives :(
I appreciate the opportunity given to me by the team of Foodbuzz tastemaker program to make a post on 'Kraft Singles' and share my precious memories. I sat back and reflected to realize that a  plenty of cheese dishes roll out in my kitchen every 'day and night.' Perhaps my favorite memories are when I was a kid and used to make a cheese tomato sandwich for midnight snack during the exam days. The recipe is simple yet classic and withstands the present time. The very soft texture of the cheese singles makes it a perfect pair with breads, cookies and soups. I used to make a lot of 'Cheese Cookie Sandwich' to nibble a snack made in no time and satiating hunger for quite a while !
This post of mine is inspired by the famous book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Here we end our circle time, take a break to have a look into"The Very Hungry Cheesy Caterpillar" ! 


Cheesy-Toasty, What-say ?


Ingredients:
Bread Slices: 4-5 (White bread cut into round circles with cookie cutter or lid)
Cheese Slices: 5-6 (By Kraft Singles)
Campari wine Tomatoes: 4
Salt, Pepper: to taste
Roasted peas: just few to decorate
French beans: 2, to decorate
Broccoli florets: 2, to decorate


Lovely ingredients - Kraft Singles & Veggies !


Method:
Cut the bread into circular discs of about 11/2''inches with cookie cutter (can also use cap of any bottle as I did). Cut one big disc about 3'' for the face of the caterpillar.


Nice & Round - Simple !


Arrange the bread discs in a platter.
Similarly cut the cheese slices into circular discs and arrange.
Finally cut the tomatoes discs horizontally with a sharp knife. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


Here we start assembling this project...


Preheat the nonstick pan and slightly spray with cooking oil or butter.
Roast the bread till it becomes light golden brown yet soft to eat.


Here comes the legs & the Head :)


Arranging the Cheese Caterpillar:
Place the bread face first followed by smaller discs and arrange in the format of caterpillar.
Quickly place all the cheese discs on top of the bread followed by tomato discs.
Close the sandwich by putting another layer of bread slices.


Finally the Guy's here - A Very Hungry Cheesy Caterpillar !



Decorate with more cheese triangles and lightly roasted peas. 
The double cheese gave a nice softness to the sandwich, lending it more flavor.
The legs of the caterpillar were made with cutting the french beans into 1/2'' small pieces. 
Eyes are made from kids craft (borrowed the eyes from my son's kit). Else olives can be used.
Finally the antennas of the caterpillar were made from broccoli florets. 


The very edible and hungry cheesy caterpillar is ready to roll out... :)


My caterpillar is all hungry for classic cheese and tomato sandwiches. So I made plenty of them so that  the Sniff, Scurry, Hem & Haw at home amongst ourselves are able to satiate their hunger and enjoy this long weekend ! 






Disclosure: "As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program, I received a coupon for Kraft singles and a stipend."


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