Umami to husband: Dear, please take out the sandwich toaster from the pantry.
Husband: *goes and brings back the single slot toaster circa 1995*
Tra la la la......here we go:
Ham, cheese and a fried egg in between two slices of sandwich bread. Place sandwich on toaster, clamp the device, and wait till the orange light goes off. Scrape the sandwich and all that gooey melted cheese off. Blow on it for 10 seconds, otherwise the lava-like cheese will burn your tongue. Francophile husband calls this sandwich a Croque Madame.
The ham was a smoked pork loin from the deli counter at Isetan supermarket. The cheese, well there were two types, one was the remains of the wonderful Kapiti Aged Cheddar from last Friday's dinner. The other was a packaged Emmenthal... the lady at the cheese counter at Isetan supermarket refused to let me try the Swiss and French Emmenthal in the cabinet, and yet she could not tell me the difference between the two, so I was peeved and got instead a package of Arla from the dairy section... Arla is a Danish brand and it is quite tasty! Emmenthal melts better, the cheddar liquefied pretty quickly.
The fried eggs were presumably flu-free.
The bread was Gardenia, the type that becomes cardboard the minute the butter knife touches it, but in this case it served exactly my purpose, i.e. it will brown easily and will not get in the way of the fillings.
20 minutes later: as Umami was chomping on yummy sandwich and drinking chrysanthemum tea brewed with rose hips::
Husband: Dear, I think we also have a two-slot toaster. Remember the waffle iron I gave you for Xmas? It has a sandwich attachment too!
Umami: * roll eyes and sigh dramatically" Aiyah!!! Why didn't you say so?