PBT In An Alien Heartbeat!

My recipe post on Thai Duck Red Curry had Michael at http://alien-heartbeat.com/, commenting the next day…

“Learning to cook by telephone from one’s mother – well, I have to admit, that’s how I learnt some of her signature dishes.” To which I asked, “so what’s your signature dish, Michael?”

Michael's comments eventually led to this post.

Michael’s comments eventually led to this post.

Nearly a week later when I posted Bonjour!, curry tuna sandwich recipe, Michael commented, “btw, you still haven’t revealed the result of your peanut butter and tomato sandwich trial.”

I have been eating out so much there was really no incentive to make myself this unconventional sandwich. And even when I was hungry in the middle of the night, my sparse fridge holds no tomato until now! That post I did on ActiFry, well, I asked Sam Poh to help me shop for some tomatoes for the Mee Goreng experiment. Since then, I have one tomato sitting in the fridge, waiting… for the day I get fresh bread as insisted by Michael. This afternoon, as I went for the second day of the “Volunteers for Dumpling Festival 2013“, I saw a local bakery at Kovan and bought me a loaf of Singapore Bread.

Singapore Local Bread is baked open top. The dark crust are sliced off and hence the shape and colour.

Singapore Local Bread is baked open top. The dark crust are sliced off and hence the shape and colour.

They are very white and soft. They are very white and soft with slight chewy texture.

They are very white and soft with slight chewy texture.

They also take slightly longer time to toast as compared to most sandwich bread. In Singapore, the kopitiam (local coffee shops) toast them over glowing charcoals.

They also take slightly longer time to toast as compared to most sandwich bread. In Singapore, the kopitiam (local coffee shops) toast them over glowing charcoals. But was I supposed to toast them? Michael only said real fresh bread, nothing about toasting them. Hmmm… I shall try both ways.

Peanut Butter Tomato Sandwiches.

Mis en Place for Peanut Butter Tomato Sandwiches.
Hehehe, mis en place made it sound as if there’s more professional prep work to be done.

Looking around the kitchen, I saw that we have bananas too. I took one just in case the PBT didn't work out, I'd still have my sandwich.

Looking around the kitchen, I saw that we have bananas too.
I took one just in case the PBT didn’t work out, I’d still have my sandwich.

The toasts were ready, so's my banana.

The toasts were ready, so was the banana.

This is my usual PB sandwich topping but tonight...

Banana has been my usual PB sandwich topping since 1980s.

I had ordered this in the 80s at a gym. It was considered "healthy" food and it has been in my recipe box since.

I had ordered this at a gym’s cafe then. It was considered “healthy” food and has been in my recipe box since.

Tonight, I'm going to try something different.

Tonight, I’m going to try something different.

This seemed like a big risk and I am contemplating very hard looking at what I had on the bread board:

Just so you know, Michael... I did take a bite.

Just so you know, Michael… I did take a bite.

Heck! I took 2 bites!

Heck, I took 2 bites!

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Hey Michael, you want to know my verdict?

Well, how do I describe the taste of PBT (Peanut Butter Tomato Sandwich)? One word – Ineffable!

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I have never found peanut butter to be oily so it doesn’t do that “offsets the oiliness” thingy for me.

I toasted more bread and

But I toasted more bread because…

PBT, Peanut Butter Tomato Sandwich... Made my Banana paled in comparison literally!

PB Tomato was AWESOME!!! And made my PB Banana paled in comparison, literally!

May 10th, 2013 – on my Bibimbab post, Michael commented, “read this while eating. always a mistake. makes me dissatisfied with my dinner ;-)”

Michael is very humorous, so I do not know if I should believe him when he first suggested PBT. Now, I’m a believer! When Herbie goes to Monte Carlo, my bet’s all in for tomatoes.

Thank you for this recipe, Michael! Another PB sandwich recipe into my box 😉

Happy snacking 🙂

P.S. By the way, don’t the tomato slices look like hearts? Michael says he always leave his heart where he’d traveled and somehow, new ones grow. Now, I know where your new hearts are sprouting from Michael 😉

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14 Responses to “PBT In An Alien Heartbeat!”
  1. drunk ninja says:

    that’s what i thought PBT was but had to read on cuz i was like It can’t be that….!

  2. I think i’m gonna try with candied tomato…….

  3. Sofia says:

    I had never thought of this… hehe

  4. Jessica says:

    Really cool! My mom used to make peanut butter and banana sandwiches, and also peanut butter and bell pepper, but we’ve never tried tomatoes! It’s funny how many things can go with peanut butter—although my students in Taiwan thought otherwise!

    • Sam Han says:

      Hahaha, Michael also suggested with cucumbers. Bell pepper? Wow!

      • Jessica says:

        It’s the crunch and sweetness, I guess. I’ve also heard of people putting potato chips on sub sandwiches for the same reason… The crazy things people eat! 😉

        Personally I’d prefer bell papers or tomatoes to bananas, though. Bananas are too squishy! 😛

      • Sam Han says:

        I have a lot to experiment now. PB Sandwiches are no longer boring, lol… 🙂

  5. Ah, so you liked it! Amazing – I have changed the world 🙂
    Two small points:
    . I use the ‘pure’ 100%-peanut, peanut butters. Most brands (eg skippy) are only 65-85% peanuts. I only use the 70% ones for throwing in hostile situations.
    . I use really soft wholegrain bread. But you are right – toasted is very nice.

    Bananas: I used to make peanut butter, honey and banana sandwiches. Still do if I am trying to pacify a howling child.

    • Sam Han says:

      I have never made nut butters before so maybe one day (when i get a new blender) i would. and yes i loved it! you’ve made me dislike banana on PBS.

      • Tried to make it myself, but only created disaster. And my maid – who had to clean it up – tried to chop me.

        But don’t worry – you can buy 100%. In Australia I use Ambrosia. I also found one in Estonia and Armenia, though not in Sri Lanka or Madagascar (70% peanuts – ptui!). Can’t remember the brand in HK – there is one – but Sng will have one.

        I will have a peanut butter sandwich for lunch tomoprrow in tribute to your post 😉

      • Sam Han says:

        That will be an honour (your lunch tom) 😀 Meantime I have to go shopping for 100% PB or any NB 🙂

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