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a real big pita sandwich

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My better half & I started dealing w/ our vast accumulation of books, DVD & CD … in order to prepare our planned move. These objects are sneaky little bastards, always. They represent memories, they are precious to your heart, they don’t need too much storage space – well …

I always have scruples to discard any of the bunch. However, once in a while it’s necessary to clear out – especially when planning to move. So we started w/ generally dividing the objects into “stay & go”.

Concerning CD: I remember to have bought the last CD about 10 years ago … or even earlier. Since then I’ve only downloaded any CD to my notebook, my phone, my music player.
… soon afterwards I started w/ a music app. So the CD part finally was quite easy.

DVD are somehow more complex because the streaming possibility isn’t so elaborate until now. Nevertheless it’s easy to pick out any mediocre movies & series (my personal estimation!).

The most difficult challenge are books – although since about 10 years or so I prefer reading ebooks. There are so many memories … However, I asked myself more than once: will I ever read this book again?

Finally the 1st phase was done!

Our next approach was to check “go” objects if any of the commercial resale companies is interested in buying. Fortunately there are efficient online apps for checking. So the next step is packing boxes for mailing … The rest of this pile found its way into local help organizations.

Fine. However, it took us some weeks to reach the point where we could pack the “stay” objects into moving boxes.

Sometimes when busy w/ the books/DVD/CD business, time flies & you get hungry … Our trusted bakery provides some sort of pita sandwich: a delicious affair … & you only need to go there (i. e. drive there) in the morning & grab some pita sandwich. (Usually later when approaching lunch time they are sold out!)

However, some day I decided to prepare our very own pita sandwich!

What do we need?

  • a really fluffy pita bread
  • lettuce
  • spring onions
  • tomatoes
  • eggs
  • tune
  • ham

… and a dressing based on Greek yoghurt.

Some preparations have to be made:

  • slicing the pita bread into halves & cutting each half onto 2 parts
  • cooking the eggs & slicing them w/ a egg slicer
  • chopping the lettuce
  • chopping the ham
  • chopping the spring onions
  • cutting the tomatoes into slices
  • pulling apart the tuna
  • mixing the dressing out of Greek yoghurt, oils, anchovies, sweet French mustard …

My pita bread was about 30 cm in diameter & about 3 cm thick. (The ready-to-eat filled pita bread in my trusted bakery is smaller: about 25 cm in diameter … when cutting the sandwich into 4 parts it’s fine!) I soon realized that this filled pita sandwich will deliver 8 pieces – proper pieces! Therefore I planned the amounts of the ingredients.

Let’s start once again w/ cutting the pita bread. We start w/ 2 halves:

  • adding dressing – generously
  • adding lettuce
  • adding more dressing – generously
  • adding tomatoes
  • adding spring onions
  • adding tuna to one half & adding ham to the other
  • adding the eggs.

Finally the rest of the dressing marches onto the 2nd part of the pita bread. Then just fold it up.

… & cut it into 8 parts!


a real big pita sandwich
Prep Time30 minutes
Servings: 8
  • 1 pita bread (Ø about 30 cm & about 3 cm thick)
for the dressing:
  • 300 g Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon oil
  • 4-5 tbsp olive oil
  • 3-4 anchovies (in oil)
  • 1 tbsp sweet French mustard
  • salt & pepper (to taste)
for the layers:
  • 1-2 heads of lettuce
  • 1 big tomato
  • 1-2 spring onions
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • 120 g tuna (1 can / light – only very little oil)
  • 120 g ham
how to:
  • Mince the anchovies.
  • Cook the eggs for about 10 min.
  • Mix all the ingredients for the dressing w/ an egg whip & set aside.
  • Trim the heads of lettuce, chop the lettuce leaves & set aside.
  • Chop the spring onions.
  • Cut the tomatoes into thin slices & set aside.
  • Loosen up the canned tuna & set aside.
  • Chop the ham & set aside.
  • Peel the eggs & cut them into thin slices.
  • Cut the pita bread into 2 halves & cut each half open in the middle.
  • Add about ⅓ of the dressing on the pita bread halves – the bottom pita layer.
  • Add the salad mess.
  • Add another ⅓ of the dressing.
  • Add the tomato slices.
  • Add the chopped spring onion.
  • Add the tuna to one of the halves; add the chopped ham to the other one.
  • Add the egg slices.
  • Add the rest of the dressing to the top pita layer.
  • Close the sandwich w/ the top pita layer.
  • Gently press together & cut into 8 pieces.
Heads of lettuce: It depends on the size of the heads of lettuce. If you get a big one you’ll need only 1 head of lettuce.
Spring onions: It depends how much you like spring onions … You may also work w/ 3-4 spring onions …
Tuna: A can is 120 g of tuna. I worked w/ about 100 g …
Ham: If you like you may work w/ 100 g …
The pita sandwich is fine when served just after assembling.
You may store the pita sandwich, resp. the left-overs)  in your fridge for some hours or even overnight. The pita sandwich gets a little more dense, but is always delicious.