I see it as a step up from the cheese sandwich I have to have if away from home – veggie options are rarely more exciting – plus it has a ceremony about it. Morning toast can be a couple of slices dropped into the toaster and walk away while making a cuppa. But cheese on toast requires the grill and for you to stay nearby making it a slightly needy but still a perfectly manageable quick dish. It's my reason to slow down in the middle of a busy day. I can't make a call, send an email, etc and make my cheese on toast. (Well, I sort of can but it's never as good if I don't give it my full attention.)
While one side of the sliced loaf browns the cheese can be thinly sliced, or grated if I have more time. And sometimes I prepare 'extras' to add such as sliced black olives, cherry tomatoes or I might consider a splash of tomato ketchup to add some colour. There are many more variations but simplicity is usually best, isn't it?
The Hay Diet is a food combining regime where you can't eat protein foods with carbohydrates at any one meal. Apparently, because your body processes these foods differently by keeping them separate your stomach can digest food quicker and easier this way. But my first thought was, 'How could I live without cheese on toast?'
Then there's the Atkin's Diet that deprives people of carbs based on the theory that those who are overweight eat too many carbohydrates (and not on the theory that they simply eat too much). So protein levels are upped along with fat levels. That's great for cheese lovers but not for anyone who ever wants to eat a sandwich ever again.
These 'fad diets' and many others have tried to separate sliced bread and cheese but they won't succeed in my household as cheese on toast rules.
As a vegetarian, my culinary options are limited but when you have something as simple and effective as cheese on toast – or 'grilled cheese' as my American friends like to call it – you don't need to fret. It works best as an open sandwich although I'll order a toasted sarnie at a cafe, if necessary.
I've never written poetry to my food but this blogger has. And that's what makes cheese on toast so special.
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