Saturday, October 10, 2015

Saturday Sandwich 78: Ham and Mustard

A simple classic this week and one that we've eaten plenty of times before. We usually have regular sliced ham and this time it's ham from a roast ham joint.

Ingredients: ham joint, mustard, bread rolls and brown sugar.

Mix together mustard and brown sugar and rub it all over the ham joint. Roast the ham in the oven until it's falling apart (about 3-4 hours). Fill a bread bun with pieces of ham and add mustard to your taste.

JD and I picked at bits of the ham as we were making the sandwich. It was hard not to because it was hot out of the oven, smelled deliciously of sweet mustard and had the most fantastic soft texture. The minute we put it in a bread bun the magic disappeared and we were left with a ham sandwich without much taste. I don't know what happened but this sandwich just wasn't that great. Ham and mustard is a classic combination that works well but the ham just lost it's mojo for us this time. We'd have enjoyed the ham more stood up in the kitchen picking it off the joint and dipping it in the cooking juices. Still, it wasn't a terrible sandwich and I did enjoy the soft bread roll with the soft chewy ham inside.

Ratings: JD - 2, Emma -3

Coming up Next Saturday - Man'oushe

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Things To Do When You Don't Have TV - A Beetle Drive

You might remember from a previous post that we don't have TV. We do watch TV on Netflix and sometimes catch-up services but not that much. So we're always finding different ways to entertain ourselves.

When I was at Primary School I remember us having a couple of Beetle Drives and I thought they were fun. So I decided to hold one for my family. I put up a poster to advertise it.

The best thing was that none of them had any idea what a beetle drive was. The kids googled it but JD wanted to wait and find out.

On the day I confused them further by having a woodlice race to start off the fun. Woodlice aren't very disciplined. :D

Then down to the serious business of playing beetle. You roll a dice and draw a beetle part based on what number you roll. The winner is the first person to complete a beetle drawing. JD, Leigh and Erin were all very creative in their beetle designs.

There was talk of cheating because I somehow managed to win the first three games. Erin won the fourth and we totalled up how many beetle parts we'd all drawn.

Emma - 42
Erin - 30
Leigh - 27
JD - 24

I won! :D

Everyone got a prize and said they'd enjoyed playing (even the woodlice enjoyed it). Plus there was pie and punch. Pretty sweet! :)

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Saturday Sandwich 77: Lomito Sandwich

The Lomito is a South American sandwich which often has a variety of fillings. It has one of my favourite things, a fried egg. :)

 The first thing to make was this sauce made up of garlic, shallot, chili, herbs, red wine vinegar and lime juice.

 Fry a couple of steaks.

On a toasted bread roll layer up the steak, sliced cheese, sliced ham, a fried egg, onion and tomato then the sauce on the top.

It was a pretty nice sandwich apart from that steak is difficult to bite into in a sandwich. The fried egg was great along with the cheese and onion but the ham seemed superfluous when paired with the steak. Also, steak on a sandwich is better cut into slices or chunks, not just a whole piece of steak as on this sandwich. After having so many sandwiches, either we've become sandwich snobs or we've come to one of the ultimate truths about what makes a good sandwich: less ingredients. This had 8 ingredients, and would likely have been better with half that number.

Ratings: JD - 2, Emma - 2

Coming Up Next Saturday: Nothing, we're having a break from sandwiches because we're going out to eat. What a life we lead! :D

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Lovesick? or Actually Sick?

I feel worried for young people these days. Song lyrics have always exaggerated the symptoms of love and  in the 1950s Peggy Lee claimed love gave her a Fever. Fever when you kiss me, fever all through the night - pretty bad if you don't realise you could actually have Glandular fever which lasts 2-3 weeks.

Nowadays songs have a host of dangerous symptoms misleading our youth. Olly Murs is encouraging kids to ignore arrhythmia with Heart Skips A Beat and  Kelly Clarkson thinks it's clever to make light of Stroke symptoms in Heartbeat Song with the lyrics "I've got pins and needles on my tongue anticipating what's to come". Disgusting!

As if that wasn't bad enough now there's a song called Can't Feel My Face by The Weeknd  instigating teenagers everywhere to expect face numbness when they're with someone they feel attracted to. In actual fact it's a symptom for multiple sclerosis and needs to be taken quite seriously. I like a catchy song lyric as much as the next person but won't somebody please think of the children.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Saturday Sandwich 76: Coronation Chicken

Invented in 1953 to celebrate the Queen's Coronation this sandwich is now mostly found as a pre-packed sandwich variety I usually avoid because it has sultanas in it. This recipe has no sultanas to be seen though, hurrah!

Ingredients: chicken, onion, mayo, yoghurt, mango chutney, bread, curry powder, lime and sliced almonds

Saute the chopped onion and the chicken with a tablespoon of curry powder.

 Mix yoghurt, mayo, mango chutney, lime juice, salt & pepper to make a dressing. Mix the chicken/onion and dressing, throw in a few almonds and sandwich between two slices of your favourite bread.

I was surprised how great this sandwich was. The curried chicken was delicious and the dressing made for lovely moist sandwich. A bit too moist really making it a bit drippy and messy, still great though. All the flavours in the dressing went well with the chicken, especially the mango chutney. I imagine everyone thought this sandwich was quite exotic in 1953. A nice twist on a chicken sandwich I'd eat again.

Ratings: JD - 4, Emma - 4

Next Saturday - Lomito

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Saturday Sandwich 75: The Cuban Sandwich

The Cuban Sandwich comes from Cuba and has been popular in southeast America where Cuban immigrants settled to work in cigar factories. Sadly we couldn't get any Cuban bread so we had to settle for paninis instead.

Ingredients: roasted pork, ham, swiss cheese, gherkins, mustard and paninis

The pork needs to be marinaded in orange and lime juice with garlic, onion and salt & pepper overnight and then cooked the next day to be ready for the sandwiches.

Open the paninis and put mustard on each side. Fill with the roasted pork.

Add the ham, cheese and gherkins then fry in butter in a pan. Use something to press down on the sandwiches so they get toasted. Cut in half diagonally and eat.

This is possibly the best sandwich we've eaten so far. The roast pork was unbelievably delicious on it's own and it was hard not to eat it all while we made the sandwiches. Gherkins and mustard are a classic combination that add a tasty tang to the sandwich. The paninis were crisp but not too thick so you could enjoy the fillings. The cheese was melted perfectly and went well with the juicy roast pork. The pork was full of flavour from the garlic and citrus juices added, even the fat was delicious. So delicious that JD had it in his sandwich too. The ham didn't add much to the sandwich and could've been left out. It's one of those instances where taking the time to marinade and cook the pork is just so worth it. It makes this sandwich.

Ratings: JD - 5, Emma - 5

Next Saturday - Coronation Chicken Sandwich

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Saturday Sandwich 74: Picnic Loaf

This one looks like a good one, an entire loaf of bread stuffed with meat, cheese and vegetables all ready to take on a picnic. We're not actually going on a picnic but we're eating this picnic loaf anyway :o

Ingredients: loaf of bread, pesto, salami, mozzarella, peppers, courgette, sun-dried tomatoes, oil and garlic

Slice up the peppers and courgette. Put them in a bowl with a teaspoon of minced garlic and a slug of oil. I feel strongly that anything to do with food shouldn't be called a slug.

 Hollow out the loaf of bread to give you a cavity for stuffing food into it.

 Put a layer of pesto on the bottom of the loaf and then start layering up the other things.

 Saute the vegetables until soft and then add them to the loaf. Finish layering and replace the top.

Wrap the loaf in clingfilm and put your handy kitchen skull on the top to press it down. Leave for an hour or so at room temperature.

I was pleased to make this sandwich because I like all the ingredients. Usually these sandwiches with lots of ingredients have something like olives or capers in them. I really liked the taste of the peppers with the mozzarella. It was a hard sandwich to eat, the top wasn't secure and kept coming off. It's a nice way to eat all the food groups at once though. JD wasn't keen on it being room temperature and said it'd be better cold or hot even.

Ratings: JD - 2, Emma - 3