Quoting (again) the Bride, first things first. Haven’t been around for long, maybe too long. Her reason was coma for 4 years; mine not so dramatic, but I ain’t ‘quote’ it! Let’s just say that I have tendency to postpone things. But, never too late as they (who?) say! So I am back, and ready to keep on the ‘series’ intended on my last post: Sandwiches inspired by my beloved Quentin Tarantino’s KILL BILL movies.
The last post was dedicated to Beatrix Kiddo, the blood-thirsty-for-revenge Bride. And that revenge was personalized on 5 people (that ended to multiply of course, at least plus -crazy-88 heads!), all ex-members of the Deadly Viper Assasination squad. So the bride makes a list: the brilliant Death List Five. And I’m gonna follow that list too.
First on her list is O-ren Ishii aka Cottonmouth (played by Lucy Liu). Internet says the story so much better than me: “She was born on an American military base in Tokyo, Japan. She is a half Chinese-Japanese American who was the daughter of a military man and a housewife. O-Ren eventually became the leader of a crime organization in Tokyo, where she led the Crazy 88. After a duel in the snow, O-Ren was defeated by the Bride (http://killbill.wikia.com/wiki/O-Ren_Ishii)”.
So, if I made her a sandwich, it would be something blending influences from her heritage origins. At least as these influences are reflected on the eyes of a Greek who has never set foot on any of the lands that inspire them! I say that ’cause I want my (fucking) head in its place.
Therefore (let’s laugh now): she is a woman that takes care of herself (cutting heads for warming up, but the flower is still on the hair!), so we have a both light and healthy sandwich; we have the Asian elements, so we add a pinch of curry (!); and, to my eyes, she is the most likeable of the five (‘tricks are for kids’ co-muttered line, implies intimacy between her and the Bride), so her demise in the snow arena (inspired by 1973 Japanese masterpiece Lady Snowblood ) is both sweet-sour to the audience and the Bride.
So, for her, it will be a grilled chicken sandwich with wholegrain bread, green salads and sweet-sour (exotic!) yogurt-honey-curry dressing. Oh, the yogurt is for MY origins.
RECIPE: O-REN ISHII’S SANDWICH
Ingredients (for 1 Sandwich):
- 2 slices of wholegrain bread
- 1 or 1/2 chicken breast
- slices of lettuce or any green salad
- olive oil
- salt, pepper, curry
For the dressing-marinade (increase dose upon appetite!):
- 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1/2-1/4 teaspoon mild or hot curry powder
- optional: a teaspoon of chopped green onion
To prepare the dressing-marinade, blend all the ingredients together. Leave the green onion for later.
To prepare the chicken, cut it across in slices (I prefer large pieces), spread it with a teaspoon of the dressing, put in a bowl let it stay in the fridge, covered, for 1-2 hours to marinate. Even simplier, avoid the marinate and add salt-pepper and a pinch of curry to the chicken. Add a bit of olive oil to the chicken and grill the slices to a pre-heated pan until ready. Let it stay for 10 minutes to absorb its juices.
Add an amount of dressing (after adding the green onion) to both slices of bread and spread. Add the half-cooled chicken, the slices of lettuce, extra dressing upon appetite, and cover (or not, leave it .. ‘beheaded’)
Optional: Extra green salad as a sider and….chopsticks. Oh, and “Don’t Let me be Misunderstood” (The Santa Esmeralda cover, not The Animals’ original!) as a soundtrack background.
P.S. The chopsticks in the photos are a gift from my friend Claire, who, unlike me, did visit Japan.