(Almost) According to Sainsbury’s: Bread and Ham Pudding

As with odd lengths of threads left over from cross-stitch kits, it’s impressive how collections of recipes and recipe books gather. And then usually gather dust.

It must be admitted that most of my collection has something to do with chocolate, but I have also managed to collect a large number of those give-away recipes that supermarkets use to inspire or to get you to buy some new and expensive ingredient.

Some of you may remember back before I was Gainfully Employed full-time, with my series of Delia recipes. Sadly, I have not the time to bake every week, and it is difficult to balance the desire for cake with the desire not to get too fat (because I’m too lazy for exercise), so I haven’t made any Delia cakes recently (but watch out for the Christmas cake in a month or so). But I thought that the (Almost) According to…series might be revived, for these other recipes, since most of them are main meals, and Mark and I have finally decided to try them all and (oh shock! Oh horror!) get rid of the ones we don’t like. And those we do, can be written into a recipe-journal, and the original also got rid of.

This week, a savoury take on the good old Bread and Butter Pudding.

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Served with salad, as per the suggestion, but without artful placing. Because Life’s too short.

It’s quite simple: layers of bread and ham, with a handful of spinach, slices of mozzarella, and maybe slices of tomato, drenched in a milk and egg mix (4 eggs to half a pint of milk and seasoning to taste).

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Okay, I’ll be honest, we used chicken, not ham, and skipped the tomato. Neither of us are particularly keen on slices of tomato.

And then bake for about half an hour.

As meals go, we gave it a 5/10. It was all right, a bit bland, a bit too much like omelette and bread mush, but omelettes taste better, and not nearly filling enough for an evening meal. It might have been better if the bread had been buttered, and it’s an excellent way to use up bread, milk and eggs, but our final verdict was that it isn’t good enough to make its way into the recipe book.

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