The Humble Sandwich – budget fillings

These days, the sandwich tends to be the unpopular friend at the party. With the rise in food allergies, Gluten intolerance, the level of unnecessary sugar and other preservatives in bread, people are looking elsewhere for ideas for lunch. But I can’t help feeling a little sorry for the humble sandwich.

The Humble Sandwich

If you are one of the few who still enjoy a sandwich, then you’re quite possibly also looking for new filling ideas to keep them interesting. I was looking through an old recipe book* I bought way back in the 1990’s for some inspiration totally unrelated to sandwiches the other day when I came across this list. Some combinations I would never have thought of, but I’m working my way through them. These are great for the budget conscious and are particularly focused on those of us who love Marmite/Bovril, Peanut Butter, sliced or grated cheese or even cheese spread. Recently there has been an increase in the manufacture of non-peanut spreads, like hazelnut or cashew nut butters, and although delicious, they can be pretty pricey.

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School Holiday Fun

Today I got to spend the day with my little man at home. Together. Just the two of us. Ok, so we had a couple of errands to run this morning which we got out of the way nice and early, but then we had the rest of the day to ourselves. Term time means racing between school and work, work and school, school and afternoon activities, preparing dinner, the occasional evening activity and eventually flopping onto the couch after 8pm to have it all start again the next day, so today was pure bliss.

Toys everywhere

So what to do…….his idea of fun was to spend time on Xbox as he’s been at holiday programmes all week so far and needs time to do what he enjoys. My idea of fun was putting on a movie, grabbing a bag of snacks and snuggling on the couch together. It’s raining after all, and who doesn’t enjoy that? Except that when he was little-er it was easier to plan an activity and coax him into doing it while having fun. I could be silly or funny or even use a little subtle bribery, but nowadays, he sees through that and it’s not really how I want to be interacting with him anymore. So how do you get to enjoy time with your kids when they’re a little older and have their own plans? We ended up having a bit of a “discussion”. Continue reading