Thursday, August 16, 2018

"Ban on Jews" -- A 1933 antisemitic beach edict in Long Branch reminds of Toronto's past on the anniversary of the Christie Pits Riot

The only known photo of the 1933  Christie Pits Riot
Today is the 85th anniversary of the Christie Pits Riot, a pivotal moment in the fight against fascism and Nazism in Toronto and Canada in the early 1930s.

The riot saw Jews and Italians take direct action in self-defence against a Toronto "Swastika Club" that was displaying swastika banners and inciting hatred during a baseball game in the Christie Pits park.

Their courage in standing up to these racists helped to stop the growth of Swastika Clubs and represented a serious setback for the city's fascists and Nazis at a time when antisemitism was dangerously on the rise.

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This terrible history of overt antisemitism in the city and country is mostly forgotten now, though a close friend of mine came across a striking example of it in newspaper archives that occurred within my own community, Long Branch, also in 1933.

Long Branch is now a fully developed part of Etobicoke, a suburb of Toronto that borders Mississauga in the west of the metropolis.

But in 1933 it was a separate, sleepy community that had many cottagers and summer vistors in it due to its lake front aspect and its famous beaches.

As the Globe and Mail article relates, the municipality of Long Branch decided to ban all Jews not from Long Branch (and there were likely not many of those) from its beaches. Despite the obvious racism at work the town's Deputy Reeve Charles Brock tried to claim it had nothing to do with race!

This history of racism and resistance resonates again now especially with a US administration openly sympathetic to white supremacist narratives,  the rise of the far right across Europe and the growth of homegrown fascist and racist groups in Toronto and Canada.

Today these groups and regimes often primarily target Muslims and people of the Islamic faith, though their broader racism and antisemitism is rarely far from the surface. As many right wing politicians pander to Islamophobic narratives, scapegoat immigrants and refugees and call for banning certain types of dress or even denying access to public services and spaces to those who wear them, it is important to remember the long and awful past such thinking has.

Boycott the CNE! Solidarity with IATSE 58!

Every year The Left Chapter does a roundup of all of the new foods and attractions at Toronto's Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) which starts again tomorrow. But we won't be doing one this year and we are encouraging all of our readers to boycott the annual event until the city ends the lockout of IATSE 58 members.

Please do not cross their picket lines to attend the CNE.

As their petition called "John Tory: Save the CNE!" states:
It’s been almost a month since ExPlace locked out the 400 members of IATSE Local 58 from their jobs on the grounds. In that time, they’ve brought in replacement workers from Quebec and the United States to do jobs that should be done by Torontonians. And these workers have been careless with safety on the job – even wearing flip-flops to unload trucks! – meaning that it’s only a matter of time until someone gets hurt.
Local 58 has spent the last several weeks picketing outside ExPlace and at City Hall, and still the Board of Governors refuses to bargain in good faith. The picket lines will be out for the CNE, too, if this contract isn’t resolved, leaving people with the unenviable choice between skipping the Ex or crossing the Local’s picket line.
Luckily, Mayor John Tory has the power to end this lockout and let Local 58 get back to work. Add your name to tell Mayor Tory to meet with Local 58 and save the CNE!
Please sign the petition!

You can also support them by joining them in solidarity tomorrow at a CNE Opening Day Picketing event.

Show that you are opposed to the city's attempts to undermine the union and to allow contracting out in a race to the bottom in wages and services.

Support IATSE 58 by not crossing their picket lines and by staying away from the CNE until they are no longer locked out.

Doing Chicken Wings on the Charcoal BBQ

Today we are going to take a look at what I think is the best technique for doing chicken wings on the charcoal BBQ. This method produces smokey wings with a nice char and texture, but avoids common problems when doing wings on the BBQ such as burning or the skin sticking to the grill / grill pan. 

You can use this method for wings that are simply tossed in a seasoning blend, or for wings that have been sauced or marinaded. It works either way. You could also toss wings in seasoning and then serve them with a commercially prepared or a homemade wing sauce such as the classic Buffalo Style Chicken Wing Sauce or a Spicy Mayo.

One great way to prepare them is to do your wings jerk style by following the marinading and jerk sauce preparation instructions in our post Charcoal BBQ Jerk Style Chicken and then using the wing grilling technique outlined here.

For this post I used both a commercially prepared seasoning blend and wing sauce. I also made around 3 lb. of wings.

First, I put all the wings in a large freezer bag and added Cool Runnings Caribbean Spice and Roasted Garlic seasoning, tossing the wings with the seasoning in the sealed bag until coated to taste. Again, you can use a homemade seasoning blend or any number of other variations such as Montreal Chicken Spice.

After seasoning the wings I poured a full bottle of Cool Runnings Hot Chicken Wing Sauce into the bag, sealed it and made sure the sauce was all around the wings. the Cool Runnings sauce is one of many available premade and I like its spice level and overall flavours.

Place the wings in the freezer bag in the fridge to marinade for one to two hours minimum.

When your charcoal BBQ is ready to go take the marinaded wings out of the bag and place them directly over the coals on the grill for around a minute to a minute and a half a side. Depending on how many wings you are doing you may have to do multiple batches. 

Watch for flare-ups and burning. You want a little bit of charring but not burnt wings!

Meanwhile, prepare a large aluminum foil pan by placing a layer of romaine lettuce across the bottom. The lettuce will prevent your wings from sticking to the tray. Place your grilled wings on top of the bed of lettuce arranging them so that they are, ideally, not too crowded and in a single layer. You can either discard or pour any remaining marinade over the top of the wings (I always do the latter) as in this case doing so is safe as you are cooking the wings for considerably more time. 

Place the tray right onto your grill above the coals. 

Cook the wings for 40-45 minutes or until done, flipping the wings once halfway through. You want to cook the wings regulating the heat by doing them approximately 10 minutes with your BBQ's lid down (flue open) and 5 minutes lid off. 

When done place the wings on a large platter discarding the lettuce. 

You will find these wings moist with that great charcoal BBQ flavour. Serve with all the things you usually want wings with; friends, cold beer or vinho verde, more sauce on the side, etc.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Demand that Facebook #BringBackteleSUREnglish

Telesur English has been an essential source for Latin American and international news and information that came from a leftist and anti-imperialist perspective.

The Left Chapter has shared countless articles and videos from Telesur. Yesterday, for example, Telesur provided news of a plastic ban in Dominica, a mass rally by Arabs and Jews in Israel against the "nation state" law, the death of Marxist Economist Samir Amir and more.

Facebook has provided no justification for this action as there cannot be a legitimate one. The move is anti-democratic and is clearly aimed at silencing voices that do not parrot mainstream American imperialist narratives about countries like Cuba and Venezuela as well as global developments generally.

This comes in the wake of a temporary ban of the Facebook page Venezuela Analysis, also without explanation, and can only be seen as part of a disturbing pattern.

This action by Facebook must be unequivocally condemned and the immediate restoration of the Telesur English page demanded.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Corbyn blasts Netanyahu's false attacks on twitter

Over the past few weeks Jeremy Corbyn -- the UK's leftist leader of the Labour Party -- has been the target of an unprecedented, disgraceful smear campaign seeking to portray him as an antisemite. 

As Gideon Levy wrote about this in the Israeli paper Haaretz: 
Corbyn is a brave man. He voted in parliament 553 times against his party’s position, and yet he took its leadership by storm. He voted against the war in Iraq, against nuclear weapons and against British rule in Northern Ireland. He was active in Amnesty against Augusto Pinochet, and was arrested in anti-apartheid demonstrations in South Africa.
With such a conscience and courage he wouldn’t have gotten anywhere in Israel, apart from Breaking the Silence. In Britain he has a good chance of being elected the next prime minister. Nothing lights up the imagination and inspires hope more than that. Anyone who wants to see the world take action against the Israeli occupation should dream of Corbyn.
Corbyn has been declared the next enemy of the Jews. Viktor Orban is a righteous among the nations; the American alt-right is the rock of Israel and its savior; Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines’ leader who called to kill millions “like Hitler,” is a welcome guest in Israel – and Corbyn is the enemy of the people.
The Jewish establishment in Britain and Israeli propaganda have taken out a contract on him, to foil his election: He’s an anti-Semite, Labor is anti-Semitic, Jewish life in Britain is in “existential danger,” no less, as three British Jewish newspapers cried out in a joint editorial.
This campaign took a new turn today as Israel's extremist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacked Corbyn on twitter attempting to twist what occurred at an event in Tunisia in 2014.

But Corbyn was having none of it and forcefully responded pointing out that "what deserves unequivocal condemnation is the killing of over 160 Palestinian protesters in Gaza by Israeli forces since March, including dozens of children".

He also noted that tens of thousands of Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel had demonstrated this past weekend against the introduction of the new, racist, Apartheid-style "Nation State" law discriminating against Israel's Palestinian minority. 

Full solidarity with Corbyn. It is the outrageous and unfounded, anti-democratic attacks smearing him that must stop. These slanders are aimed at distracting from the ongoing, war crimes and violations of international law being committed by the state of Israel. 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Hothouse Planet, Saudi Arabia, Missouri Voters Stop "Right-to-Work" & more -- The Left Chapter Sunday Reading List August 5 - 12

This week's list of articles, news items and opinion pieces that I see as must reads if you are looking for a roundup that should be of interest to The Left Chapter readers.

This list covers the week of August 5 - 12. It is generally in order of the date of the article's release.

1) Planet at risk of heading towards irreversible 'hothouse' conditions, new report says

Thomson Reuters 

The world is at risk of entering "hothouse" conditions with average temperatures 4-5 C higher even if emissions reduction targets under a global climate deal are met, scientists say in a new study.

Read the full article.

2) Temperature in Portuguese capital hits record 44 C as heatwave sears southern Europe

The Associated Press

Lisbon broke a 37-year-old record to notch its hottest temperature ever as an unrelenting heat wave baked Portugal and neighbouring Spain.

Read the full article. 

3) Lion Numbers in Dramatic Decline, Habitats Under Threat


Today, World Lion Day, comes amid the unforgiving hands of modernity. Habitat loss, prey base depletion, people killing lions in the name of defending livestock or protecting human life and the insidious canned lion and lion bone trade have dramatically decreased the species' population.

Read the full article.

4) Argentina's Senate Rejects Legalizing Abortion, Dashing Hopes Of Rights Advocates

Scott Neuman, NPR

The Senate in predominately Roman Catholic Argentina has rejected a law that would have legalized abortion, rebuffing a grass-roots abortion-rights movement.

Read the full article.

5) Brock Turner Has Lost His Appeal And Remains Guilty Of Sexual Assault

Claudia Koerner, BuzzFeed

The former Stanford University student who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman outside a fraternity party in 2015 lost his appeal Wednesday.

Read the full article. 

6) What are the responsibilities of pro-feminist men in the Michael Kimmel case?

Robert Jensen, Feminist Current

Prominent sociologist and pro-feminist, Michael Kimmel, has been accused of unethical conduct. What should the response of academics and activists who identify as pro-feminist or feminist be?

Read the full article. 

7) Baffled Experts Say Trump Is Completely Clueless On California Fire Policies

Jim Dalrymple II, BuzzFeed

As wildfires continue to burn hundreds of thousands of acres across California, President Donald Trump has decided to weigh in, seemingly blaming the state's water policies for the disaster, in tweets that have perplexed experts who say those policies have nothing to do with the fires.

Read the full article.

8) Doctors are furious at Italy’s populist government for approving a dangerous anti-vax law

Tim Hume, Vice News

Doctors in Italy reacted with outrage Monday after the country’s new populist government approved its first piece of anti-vax legislation late last week.

Read the full article.

9) In post-election Italy, violent racist attacks becoming routine

Ylenia Gostoli, Al Jazeera 

Minorities including a one-year-old Roma child shot following far-right gains, but discrimination often unacknowledged.

Read the full article.

10) White cop who fatally shot unarmed Hispanic man five times will face manslaughter charges

Tess Owen, Vice News

A Pennsylvania police officer who shot an unarmed man five times in broad daylight outside an amusement park will face voluntary manslaughter charges, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Read the full article. 

11) Judge: App User Accused In Planning Charlottesville Rally Can't Keep Identity Hidden

Camila Domonoske, NPR

A federal judge in California has ruled that a confidential messaging app must release the identity of a user who is accused of helping plan violence at a white nationalist rally last year in Charlottesville, Va.

Read the full article. 

12) Ed Sadlowski – Remembrance of a life even bigger than the man

Paul S. Kaczocha, People's World

I was barely 21 when I first met Ed Sadlowski. Al Samter, a U.S. Steel coke oven worker with a long history of struggle in the mill and the union, asked me if he could bring Ed over to talk to me about his campaign to run for director of District 31 of the Steelworkers. At that time, there were over a million steelworkers in the union.  The district which covered the Gary-Chicago area, District 31, was the largest.

Read the full article. 

13) Leader of Alternative Program for Coca Crops Killed in Colombia


Alfredo Alonso Ruiz Higuita was shot dead Saturday in Aguas Lindas in the town of Taraza, province of Bajo Cauca in Antioquia, reported human rights organizations, alleging he would have been assassinated after he refused to pay bribes.

Read the full article.

14) Three More Colombian Social Leaders Murdered in 48 Hours


In just 48 hours, three more social leaders have been murdered in Colombia – including a 70-year-old youth education leader in Santander de Quilichao.

Read the full article. 

15) Missouri Blocks Right-To-Work Law

Scott Neuman, NPR

Voters in Missouri have overwhelmingly rejected a right-to-work law passed by the state's Republican-controlled Legislature that would have banned compulsory union fees — a resounding victory for organized labor that spent millions of dollars to defeat the measure.

Read the full article. 

16) How “right to work” went down on the ground in Missouri

Al Neal, People's World

Election Day, August 7, 4:30 a.m. Aside from the few city buses making their early morning stops, the streets were quiet. Daylight was still an hour away. Rainfall was expected most of the day. Across the city of St. Louis—and the entire state of Missouri—union and non-union households were stirring. Outside my third-floor window I saw bedroom lights flickering on and could almost smell the coffee brewing.

Read the full article. 

17) Hamilton woman can't afford rent, stuck in lease after province scraps basic income

Laura Clementson · CBC News 

Her income doubled. She signed her first lease. She was a step closer to having her children live with her and getting her life on track.

Read the full article. 

18) Chicago has no “shortage of values,” what it lacks are resources

Michelle Zacarias, People's World

At least 72 people were shot in Chicago, 13 fatally, after a particularly violent weekend. Thirty people were reportedly shot within just a three-hour time frame, and police are still searching for suspects involved in the multiple shootings. Fatalities included a 17-year-old girl, a 17-year-old boy who was gunned down while riding his bike, as well as number of people attending a block party in Lawndale.

Read the full article. 

19) This Alberta First Nation community is the only one left in the province with an unaddressed long-term boil-water advisory

Ameya Charnalia, The Star Edmonton

A patchwork of transmission lines and trucks ferry water to around 250 households in Kehewin Cree Nation.

Read the full article. 

20) Video Shows A Nashville Police Officer Fatally Shooting A Man Who Was Running Away From Him

Tasneem Nashrulla, BuzzFeed

Tennessee authorities are investigating the fatal police shooting of Daniel Hambrick, a 25-year-old black man, who was seen running away when he was shot and killed by a Nashville police officer, according to surveillance video.

Read the full article. 

21) Puerto Rico acknowledges Hurricane Maria likely killed hundreds

Al Jazeera 

Puerto Rican officials have quietly acknowledged that last year's devastating Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people, far more than the official death toll of 64 that was previously reported.

Read the full article. 

22) Judge orders government to turn around deportation plane

ACLU, People's World

A federal court has blocked the deportation of immigrants fleeing domestic violence and gang brutality who brought a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union and Center for Gender & Refugee Studies.

Read the full article. 

23) NFL Players Renew Anthem Protests As Preseason Starts

Scott Neuman. NPR

Several NFL players knelt, raised fists or simply refused to take the field during the playing of the national anthem as a controversial protest against police brutality dragged into the 2018 preseason.

Read the full article. 

24) Militarism marches on: Congress defense budget bigger than Trump requested

Martin Hart-Landsberg, People's World

Republicans and Democrats like to claim that they are on opposite sides of important issues. Of course, depending on which way the wind blows, they sometimes change sides, like over support for free trade and federal deficits. Tragically, however, there is no division when it comes to militarism.

Read the full article. 

25) Brock to vote on stripping ex-prof of title after racist tweets

Grant LaFleche, The St. Catharines Standard

Brock University is distancing itself from a retired political science professor whose social media accounts shared racist and derogatory messages aimed at Indigenous people this week.

Read the full article. 

26) Saudi Arabia's human rights nightmare continues with bombing of school bus in Yemen

Alex Lockie, Business Insider

Saudi Arabia's spokesman for the Gulf Arab coalition fighting against Houthi rebels in Yemen had to defend the bombing of a school bus full of children.

Read the full article. 

27) Time for Trudeau to call the Saudi bluff

Yves Engler

As every good poker player knows, sometimes the right move is to go all in.

Read the full article. 

28) What the rich need now is hate, sweet hate

Humberto DaSilva, Rabble

In 2008 the Westworld economy crashed because for Wall Street moral hazard had become a board game. After blowing the biggest bubble ever enticing the guileless with mortgages they couldn't afford, stockbrokers sliced these loans into derivatives that sold like packaged bologna to guileless pension funds, RRSPs, mutual funds, and 401Ks. European banks bought this toilet paper because, though everyone knew it was a casino bet, if it kept going up, you made money. Then the bubble burst and the bailout began. After one little casino was allowed to symbolically collapse, the American usury houses got a trillion-dollar bailout as the last Bush left the building.

Read the full article. 

29) Jeremy Corbyn for U.K. Prime Minister

Gideon Levy, Haaretz 

Jeremy Corbyn is a paragon of a leftist, one who has fought his whole life for the values he believes in. Israelis regard him as a sort of alien – the left here has never been led by an Israeli Corbyn, nor by anyone who can hold a candle to him.

Read the full article. 

30) John A. Macdonald statue removed from Victoria City Hall

CBC News

A statue of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister, has been removed from the front steps of Victoria City Hall.

Read the full article. 

31) Monsanto ordered to pay $289m as jury rules weedkiller caused man's cancer

Sam Levin and Patrick Greenfield, The Guardian 

Monsanto suffered a major blow with a jury ruling that the company was liable for a terminally ill man’s cancer, awarding him $289m in damages.

Read the full article. 

32) Alberta A&W criticized after stopping customer from buying meal for Indigenous senior

Sarah Rieger · CBC News

An Alberta A&W came under heavy criticism on social media this week after a customer said he was told it was the restaurant's policy not to let him buy a meal for an elderly, disabled Indigenous woman.

Kathleen Harris · CBC News 

The Liberal government is moving soon on its plan to give federally-regulated workers paid time off to deal with the trauma and turmoil of domestic violence.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Trade Unions and the Challenges of the 1980s, 10th World Trade Union Congress, WFTU Havana, 1982

Vintage Leftist Leaflet Project

See the end of this post for details on the project.

Leaflet: Trade Unions and the Challenges of the 1980s, 10th World Trade Union Congress, WFTU Havana, 1982

This leaflet consists of the main document adopted by the 10th World Trade Union Congress of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) in Havana, February 1982. The WFTU was founded in 1945 and exists to this day. It is now headquartered in Athens and its website can be found at

The WFTU consisted of trade unions that were often affiliated with or sympathetic to communist parties, the Socialist Bloc and non-aligned, anti-imperialist movements during the Cold War. 

The document deals with the various threats and dangers confronting workers and their movements globally at the time. Despite the at times mitigating influence of the Socialist Bloc and a stronger anti-imperialist movement, many of these issues are very familiar, such as the concentration of corporate wealth and power, attacks on the gains of workers and the terrible disparities between the developed and underdeveloped world. 

Notable quotes include:
Half the world's population suffers from malnutrition and many people suffer from hunger. But capitalism regularly destroys millions of tons of foodstuffs, closes down or restricts the activity of factories just to maintain high profits; capitalism also sterilises productive forces, and mutilates, twists or diverts material or human resources for the profit of national or international monopolies. 
Nowadays it is possible to use the resources of our planet rationally, economically and with the future generations in mind.But this cannot be solved by imperialism and its transnational corporations, which have provided wealth for a minority but misfortune for workers and people. This can be solved only by a working class alliance with all anti-imperialist forces. 
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When The Left Chapter began part of what I wanted to do on the blog was to show and highlight vintage public leftist election/political leaflets and booklets. While many of these have been offered with commentary to date, a very large collection of hundreds of them from several different sources remains and to preserve these often quite rare documents we will be posting them on a regular (almost daily) basis now often without or with minimal commentary so that people may have access to them as quickly as possible as an historical resource.

While these will all be leaflets from a variety of different leftist viewpoints and countries, they are being posted as an historical/study resource and the views or opinions expressed in them do not necessarily reflect the views of this blog or blogger.

All of these posts (as well as posts made to date) will be listed on the page: Vintage Communist/Socialist Leaflets (which is still being updated with past posts).

If you have any public, vintage leaflets or booklets you would like to contribute to this project please contact us via

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Chatelaine Golden Anniversary Recipe Collection w. Tourtiere, Barmbrack, Plum Chutney, Granola Bread & more - Vintage Cookbook TBT

Vintage Cookbook: Chatelaine Golden Anniversary Recipe Collection, Kay Spicer editor

Publication Details: Chatelaine Magazine, 1978

1978 was the 50th anniversary year of the iconic Canadian magazine Chatelaine. As part of their celebrations of this the magazine released a relatively no-frills, softcover cookbook looking back at many of the recipes it had published over the years. 

What sets the cookbook apart slightly format wise is that as opposed to being organized by the type of dish (i.e. Mains, Desserts, Salads, etc...) it is organized by how the recipe falls within the context of magazine history. 

So, there is the "heritage collection" of classic dishes, the "most popular" recipes and then a section devoted to dishes for "today's palate". These sections are then subdivided by type. The book ends with some suggested menus from among the recipes provided such as what to make for a "Festive Company Dinner", "Children's Party", "Teen-Age Get Together" etc. 

With 250 recipes there are a lot of interesting dishes and, unlike many 70s cookbooks, for the most part the recipes hold up fairly well. A focus on many basics and sauces will also be helpful to those afraid of making such things as mayonnaise, gravy or English muffins at home. There are also some that use ingredients certainly less fashionable now such as pig's feet and chicken liver. 

We look at a variety of recipes here, including a take on how to make your very own frozen TV dinners! 

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Svetlana Savitskaya, Soviet Cosmonaut, born August 8, 1948

Svetlana Savitskaya, Soviet cosmonaut, was born August 8, 1948. After an award winning career in aerobatics Savitskaya was the the second woman to go into space in August, 1982. She docked at the Soviet Salyut 7 space station making her the first woman to serve on a space station. 
On July 25, 1984 she became the first woman to perform a spacewalk when she spent 3 hours 35 minutes outside Salyut 7 on a return visit.
Savitskaya became a People's Deputy of the USSR in 1989 and has been elected as a Communist deputy to the Russian Duma since 1996. 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Italian-Style Hero Sandwiches

The Hero on an Olive Ciabatta loaf

Recently on our occasional Vintage Cookbook TBT feature I profiled 1984's The Sandwich Cookbook. In among the book's many recipes (some better than others) was one for a rather pedestrian version of a Hero Sandwich.

A Hero Sandwich is an Italian style multi-layered meat sub. There are, of course, many variations of it, but most use Italian style cold cuts and cheese, a special sauce and minced pepperoncini peppers.

My take on the Hero incorporates many of these elements though I sometimes like chopped olives in place of (or with) the peppers and sometimes I like to use a homemade anchovy paste in place of the sauce.

Today I am going to do a Hero with instructions on how to make either the sauce or the anchovy paste.

To begin you need to get sub sized or longer loaves of Italian style bread. I used a ciabatta loaf. One nice variation you can do is to use an olive ciabatta loaf. 

Cut your loaves lengthwise down the middle. Place a layer of each of the following, all thinly sliced:

Provolone cheese
Hot Italian salami
capocollo or ham

On the one side the meats...on the other the anchovy paste

Meanwhile slice up some tomatoes and drizzle some olive oil over them. Season them with some coarse sea salt and some freshly ground black pepper.

Place these atop the meat and top these with either minced pepperoncini peppers or chopped olives (or both).

On the other side of the bread either drizzle with the Hero sauce or spread with the anchovy paste.

You make Hero sauce by mixing the following in a bowl:

1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
coarse sea slat to taste

This will make enough sauce for several sandwiches. If you have some left over it will keep in fridge for 3 or 4 days.

You can buy anchovy paste at most large grocers but it is also easy to make. Simply take a can of anchovy fillets in oil, empty them into a bowl and gently mash them while adding a tablespoon or so of olive oil. Use more or less depending on the consistency you like. As you are mashing sprinkle in some red chili pepper flakes as well. 

Once you have drizzled the sauce or spread the paste on the top half, top with roman lettuce leaves and a couple of fresh basil leaves. You can also add minced red onion if you like.

These delicious sandwiches go perfectly with summer, friends, patios and cold beer or an Italian red.


See also: Olive Tapenade Spread with an Italian-Style Sandwich