Bloomsday: Herby Cream ‘Cheese’ Summer Sandwich


On 16 June, Bloomsday is celebrated across the world to honour James Joyce and his famous novel Ulysses. It follows the life and thoughts of Leopold Bloom as he walks through the streets of Dublin city on 16 June 1904.

Our family business began on Dublin’s Marlborough Street in 1986, with an appreciation for all things weggebobbles and fruit.

This week, to mark Bloomsday, we created our own version of the vegetarian lunch that Bloom ordered in Davy Byrne’s pub on Duke Street:

“Mr. Bloom ate his stripes of sandwich, fresh clean bread, with relish of disgust, pungent mustard, the feety savour of green cheese. Sips of his wine soothed his palate … After all there’s a lot in that vegetarian fine flavour of things from the earth.” Ulysses, Episode 8, Lestrygonians.

Our herby cream ‘cheese’ sandwich, with fresh juicy ripe apricots and slightly bitter greens, is a plant based twist on the classic Gorgonzola and mustard that Leopold Bloom enjoyed. 

We served ours up with some raspberry and rosehip Synerchi Kombucha rather than a glass of red. Refreshing, summery, and a deliciously simple lunch to whip up this week.

Herby Cream ‘Cheese’ Summer Sandwich

Servings – 1 

Preparation Time – 5 minutes



  1. Mix together cream ‘cheese’ and basil in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt and black pepper.
  2. Spread most of the cream cheese on one slice of bread and just a smidge on the other so that the sandwich holds together.
  3. Lay your apricot slices on top of the thickly spread cream ‘cheese’, add your rocket, place your remaining slice of bread on top, slice, and go sit somewhere comfortable (ideally in the sunshine) to enjoy.

So to all the Nutarians and Fruitarians, lovers of stories and words, Happy Bloomsday. We hope you enjoy the sambo!

Our Sandymount store (pictured above) this week celebrating James Joyce and his novel Ulysses. Thank you to Brian from Books on the Green and Kevin from Daly and Manning Opticians for helping us create this display.