Sunday, May 3, 2015

Saturday Sandwich 59: The Reuben

We've had this sandwich before a few years ago but we made it with pastrami because we couldn't get salt/corned beef. So this time we made some salt beef.

Ingredients: Salt beef, thousand island dressing, sauerkraut, gruyere, rye bread and butter.

Take two slices of bread and butter them. Place them butter side down into a hot frying pan to toast. Spread with thousand island dressing then add the sauerkraut, cheese and beef.

Top with another slice of bread spread with the dressing and press down.

Flip over to toast the top slice of bread. Press down with something heavy like a pan until the bread is crispy.

Slice in half and eat!

This is a really delicious sandwich. The salt beef on it own was fantastic. Really soft and salty, so impossible not to eat while I was breaking it up after cooking it. The tang of the sauerkraut and the smooth, sharp tasting cheese go really well together. The previous sandwich we made had a different sauce to thousand island dressing which I think I preferred but it gave some moisture to the toasted rye bread at least. Very filling and satisfying sandwich.

Ratings: JD - 4, Emma - 4

Coming up next Saturday - English Tea Sandwiches

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Life Hacks Tested

My daughter Erin loves watching Youtube videos of Life Hacks being tested so when a friend (Hey Brittnnie!) started a Life Hack testing group on Facebook I was quick to join. The aim being to see if these Life Hacks actually work or not.

Since then we've done a few tests that I'm going to share here too.

We tried this and I'm not convinced. Supposedly doing this will make your drink colder quicker. We did one with a wet paper towel and one without. They were both about the same temperature after 15 minutes in the freezer which was not quite cold enough.

Verdict - FAIL.

We tried this one because our daughter Leigh loves Oreos. We had a few incidents of putting the fork in making the Oreo break in half but apart from that it was a success. You can dunk an entire Oreo at once which is nice.

Verdict - PASS.

This is a great tip. Hulling strawberries is really easy and unmessy this way. I used to work in a bakery where they used tons of strawberries in the summer so everyone had to occasionally help out hulling them. Your fingers would be red (and grossly sticky) after doing just a few. I'll use this method from now on.

Verdict - PASS.

More Life Hack tests coming up as we do them.

To view the Facebook Group go here --->

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Saturday Sandwich 58: Breakfast Bacon, Cheese and Bubble Roll

We were nowhere near organised enough to be having this for breakfast so we had it for lunch instead. I made the bubble part earlier, boiling potatoes and cabbage then mashing them together with some mustard and chopped spring onions. Form into a patty shape and they're ready to be fried.

Nearer lunch time we fried some eggs, grilled some bacon, toasted the bread buns and fried the bubble patties. Then you just assemble the sandwich and it's ready to eat.

Everything was easy to make except the bubble patties. We're notoriously unsuccessful at frying any kind of potato-based patty. It resulted in them being a bit soft and falling out of the sandwich as we ate it. Overall though the sandwich was great. Bacon and eggs go well together and the mustardy flavour of the bubble patty added a nice spiciness to the sandwich. Toasted bread buns give a lovely texture to the sandwich too.

Ratings: JD - 3.5, Emma - 3

No Saturday Sandwiches for the next two weeks as JD is visiting his family in America and doesn't want to miss any sandwich action. :)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Family Board Game Review: Guts of Glory

This game is set in a Post-Apocalyptic world where food is scarce. You have a mouth board and each turn you must eat something by chewing it with chew tokens to survive. Some foods give you Glory leading you towards the goal of 7 Glory points.

There are food cards split into either food or condiments. They're all really unlikely foods. Leigh's favourite is the cute little tapeworm.

It's a quick game to set up and took about 3 minutes. It's a simple game to play and fun. Kind of gross with all the spewing unwanted food from your mouth into someone else's but that adds to the quirky charm of the game.

I like the little weird guys you move along the Glory track (displayed below on my mouth).

The game is quite quick to play. This game took us 35 minutes but we were teaching Leigh how to play. JD and I have played games that took about 15 minutes.

It's basically a card game where you have to get rid of your cards quickly (to gain glory points) and also sabotage your opponents (to stop them getting glory points).

Erin lost interest quickly when we played so I'd say this game is more suited to teenagers and adults (or younger kids with a better attention span who wouldn't rather be on the Xbox).

Leigh said she enjoyed playing it because she won and she thinks it's funny that there's only one reasonable food item in the whole game (a Twinkie).

JD said it's a fun game and he enjoys the weird foods like the Box of Spiders. He also likes the art style.

Ratings: JD - 4, Emma - 3, Leigh - 4, Erin - 2

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Saturday Sandwich 57: The Dagwood

The Dagwood sandwich comes from an American comic called Blondie where her husband makes these huge sandwiches.

We've been really looking forward to this sandwich all week. It contains many of our favourite sandwich components. I've even been singing about it..."Oh, the Dagwood sandwich is a-comin' on over the hiiiillllll" :D

Here's a recipe if you want to try one --->

So basically it's a huge sandwich layered in between 4 slices of rye bread with cheese, tomato, dill pickles, many cooked meats and topped with olives.

And, turns out, it's impossible to eat! There's no way to get a taste of the whole sandwich at once so you just have to attack it as best you can and kind of gnaw away at it until it's gone.

 It defeated me. I'd had enough of eating it before I'd finished.

It tastes good but it's just too much sandwich at once. JD said a sandwich half the size would've been much better and he's right. There was too much meat (twss), too much cheese and it was difficult to enjoy different parts of the sandwich because of all the tastes going on. It does look great though.

Overall a bit dissapointing, really.

Ratings: JD - 4, Emma - 3

Coming up next Saturday - Bacon, Egg and Bubble Roll

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saturday Sandwich 54, 55 & 56: Sugar, Sprinkles and Fluffernutter Sandwiches

Another trio of sandwiches this week. All sweet sandwiches made with white bread. We had to buy a second loaf of white bread to make them because we don't often buy white bread and the kids had gone mad and eaten it all before Saturday came round.

First up - Sugar Sandwich

As you'd expect it's a sandwich made up of bread and butter filled with sugar. My Mum says she ate these a lot as a kid because it was a cheap sandwich filling. Leigh would love us being poor like that. :D

The adult contingent of the house weren't impressed with these but Leigh loved them. It was just like eating sweet bread and butter. Not really a sandwich at all.

Ratings: JD - 0, Emma - 1, Leigh - 4, Erin - Did not try

Secondly - Sprinkles Sandwich

Same as above. Make bread and butter then add a layer of sprinkles.

This was worse than the sugar sandwich. It was like eating gritty bread and butter. The only good thing about eating this sandwich is that now we don't have to eat it again. Sprinkles have their place but in a sandwich isn't it.

Ratings: JD - 0, Emma - 0, Leigh - 2, Erin - Did not try

Thirdly - Fluffernutter Sandwich

This sandwich comprises of the American sensation marshmallow fluff sandwiched together with peanut butter.

This sandwich was better. It's not as good as a peanut butter and jam/jelly sandwich but the sweetness of the marshmallow fluff does go well with peanut butter. Marshmallow fluff is horribly sickly on it's own and I usually have quite a sweet tooth. It was nice to eat this sandwich after the first two at least. :)

Ratings: JD - 3, Emma - 2, Leigh & Erin - Did not try.

It seems we much prefer savoury sandwiches after this week's efforts. We're both looking forward to having a savoury one next week. :D

Coming up next Saturday - The Dagwood Sandwich

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Community Clean-Up Day

Last Saturday (March 21st) was our local Community Clean-Up Day and Erin suggested we go out and help by picking up litter in our nearby park.

 We set out at about 10am to pick litter. Erin was wearing a rubber glove and armed with a bin bag to fill.

 I thought our area was quite tidy but on our way to the park we picked up plenty of rubbish we wouldn't normally spot without looking. Lots of litter gets stuck in hedges by the side of the road. By the time we reached the park our bags were almost half full.

 JD getting stuck in.

 Me finding yet another can of Monster. The majority of the litter was drink cans, either lager or energy drinks mostly.

 Erin ran off to claim this bounty because we were competing to see who could collect the most rubbish. (It was me \o/)

When we'd finished Erin enjoyed a well-earned 15 minutes in the park.

Picking up litter was quite satisfying. It was nice to feel like we were helping our community by making it look nicer with less rubbish. JD commented that it was more enjoyable than he thought it was going to be. We filled up two and a half bin bags in about 40 minutes. We had to scout about for the rubbish though, mostly it was under hedges and undergrowth or blown into a corner.

Erin wants to do it again but with a litter grabber. I felt proud of her for suggesting it and pleased she enjoyed picking up the litter. She almost spoiled it on the way home by complaining a lot about having to walk back. Haha. :D