February 07

Sochi Sliders!

Sochi has hardly been a shining beacon of hostdom, but Let’s Lunch* has made the Winter Olympics its theme for February, so to get in the spirit of things, I’m humming the Olympic theme song, like I did before I ran the torch for the Salt Lake City Games in 2002 …

sochi torch

… and I’m keeping focus on the athletes who trained four years to get to this stage.

So my Sochi-themed sammy is a Sochi Slider, in tribute to all those lugers, bobsledders and skeletoners.

sochi sammy 2

The filling starts with a pork loin filet (lean meat to rep the Olympians), flash-fried with a little salt and pepper.

sochi sammy

Then I topped that with garlic– and lemon-sautéed rainbow chard (in support of all the LGBT athletes, their loved ones and fans):

sochi chopped chard 2

I squeezed lemon juice and sprinkled fresh lemon zest onto the chard after separately cooking the leaves down with olive oil.

Everything was sandwiched on Russian-inspired sourdough three-grain mini-buns. The “Russian-inspired” part is the addition of wheat, rye and ground coriander seeds.

Jessica tried the full-pork version:

sochi jessica

And April tested it out vegetarian-style:

sochi april

April wanted a second slider sans pork. “This is good!” she said.

“I don’t just like it, I love it,” said Jessica, who took an extra roll home to eat later.

Jessica’s lesson for the week comes from something she read from Anaïs Nin: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Love this, and how it speaks to what the Olympic stage is for.

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*Let’s Lunch is a growing global group of friendly, fun food bloggers that meets monthly for a virtual lunch date via Twitter (#letslunch) and shares posts on a new topic each time. Here are the other Let’s Lunchers’ posts!

Annabelle’s Saganaki (or Flaming Cheese) at Glass of Fancy
Betty Ann’s Ham and Pineapple Garlic Rice at Asian In America
Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan’s Solyanka a.k.a. Russian Beef Soup for the Olympic Soul at A Tiger In The Kitchen
Cheryl T.’s Vegetarian Poutine at Miss Cheryl Tan
Grace’s Coconut Hot Chocolate With Kahlua at Hapa Mama
Jill’s Go-For-The-Gold Honeybell Chess Pie at Eating My Words
Linda D.’s Meyer Lemon Cake at Free Range Cookies
Linda S.’s Guinness Stout Ice Cream at Spice Box Travels
Lisa’s Hot Borscht at Monday Morning Cooking Club
Lucy’s Russian Tea at A Cook And Her Books
Mai’s Chocolate Guinness Whoopie Pie at Cooking In The Fruit Bowl
Margaret’s Olympic King Cake at Tea and Scones
Nancie’s Kotleti a.k.a. Russian Hamburgers at Nancie McDermott