Cheap eats and a contest

Over at Sancte Pater we find this from the Beeb:

Britain’s ‘cheapest’ lunchtime meal was unveiled by scientists on Wednesday – the toast sandwich.

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is reviving the mid-Victorian dish, which, unsurprisingly, consists of two slices of bread around a slice of toast.

The society is so confident in the repast, it will offer £200 to anyone who can create a cheaper alternative.

The meal, costing 7.5 pence, was first promoted by Victorian food writer Mrs Beeton.


Easy peasy lemon squeezy… I have the an even cheaper offering.

The Open-Face Toast Sandwich!


How about the Toast Wrap, with a lettuce leaf around that piece of toast?

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  1. r.j.sciurus says:

    Toast sandwich, 86 the bread.

  2. How about the good old American jam sandwich: take two pieces of bread and jam ’em together.

  3. pseudomodo says:

    I remember mustard sandwiches and ketchup sandwiches…

    I also remember chip beef sandwich which was a slice of chip steak between two slices of bread. Come to think of it, the slice of chip steak was more like a membrane rather than a slice…

    These were round, paper thin pieces of meat that came frozen. they were so thin they could have been measured in nanometers.

    We thought at the time (50’s) that they were called chip steak because they resembled a cow ‘chip’.

    They were not merely thinly slices beef. it wou;d have been impossible for even a deli slicer to make then that thin. Rather, these were produced from micro shavings of beef much like paper is made. I think you may get the picture.

    We would get one slice in a sandwich. I kid you not it looked like it was spray painted onto the bread it was so thin. It had to be cheaper than the bread itself.

  4. irishgirl says:

    Ketchup sandwiches….oh my goodness, does that take me back. I remember bringing those for lunch when I was in grade school (early 1960s). Yeah, I was pretty weird with my food choices back then.
    pseudomodo: is that the same chip beef that goes into creamed chip beef? If it is, all I can say is, ‘EWWWWW’.
    ‘Nuff said…..

  5. Random Friar says:

    I’m on a low-carb diet, so I’ll take the sandwich, hold the bread.

  6. Liz says:

    Are ramen noodles cheaper than that?

  7. ppb says:

    I remember having potato-chip sandwiches (yes, potato chips surrounded by bread). They had an interesting contrast in textures.

  8. Mary Jane says:

    Peanut butter tuna fish…heard that once…yuk.

    Personally, I like sourdough with mayo and tomatoes. MMM.

  9. AnAmericanMother says:

    Poke sallat. Free. Yucky, but free.

  10. bookworm says:

    My daughter (who turned 16 today :-) makes mustard sandwiches with regular bread and round buns and ketchup sandwiches with hot dog buns. I like peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches, a taste I inherited from my mom — it’s actually pretty good and not as weird as it sounds.

  11. Patti Day says:

    I liked chunky peanut butter and home made seafood sauce (made from ketchup and bottled horseradish), and as bookworm says, it’s not as weird as it sounds.

  12. Precentrix says:

    I recently saw a book on the subject of “edible stuff that’s just lying around, y’know, growing out of the ground”. Well, clearly that wasn’t the title ;-). Any salad made from that stuff’d be free, though.

  13. RichardT says:

    FrZ said: “I have an even cheaper offering – The Open-Face Toast Sandwich!”

    Nice try, but I’d guess you only get the 200 pound prize if your cheaper offering has as many calories as the Royal Society’s.

    Otherwise I’d say forget the sandwich, just lunch on a pot of green tea (cue Mystic Monk plug…)

  14. JonPatrick says:

    As a kid, being of English extraction, and in an age that was blissfully unaware of the effects of saturated fat on cholesterol levels and artery walls, we used to eat bread and dripping, which consisted of bread smeared with what ended up at the bottom of the Sunday roast pan, essentially free but tasting very good.

  15. Well, if you don’t fry with it you may as well eat it. Dripping’s not any worse than butter, and better than all that freaky oil stuff.

    We ate bread and dripping occasionally, as a treat. Usually it went into the empty milk carton or onto the dog’s food. (Although some of our dogs got indigestion from that, which more or less ended the practice for them.)

  16. irishgirl says:

    ‘Bread and drippings’-how very British!
    When I have one of the small steaks I get from Aldis (can get a lot of food for a little money there), I put gravy on the cooked meat by putting water into the drippings of the pan. Then I put my piece of bread in it after eating the meat, slice, then eat.
    I also add steak sauce for more juice as well.

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