December 15, 2005

A significant change of subject… bread!

In a departure from the recent serious topics adorning my blog, one of my favourite things: FOOD

When munching on some delicious white cranberry-filled bread yesterday (kindly provided by Warwick Hospitality for our Proteomics course) the conversation switched to bread and the eternal debate between brown and white: which is nicer? Do people who eat brown do so just for their health? Is the bread type filling-specific? Particularly potent was the fight about bacon sandwiches: should they always be made with white???

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  1. Bacon sarnie, always white, can't be anything else.

    Many other things can go with either, but a decent ham sandwich can only be made with a nice granary loaf.

    And jam sandwiches will never work with brown bread, the bread tastes of too much.

    Oh, and that cranberry bread was very tasty.

    15 Dec 2005, 10:09

  2. Thats intersting 'cos i'd say completely the opposite – i like bacon sarnies in brown bread and love ham sandwiches in white but i do agree that jam sandwiches just don't work with brown bread!

    15 Dec 2005, 10:23

  3. Brown!!

    But bacon must be with white.

    15 Dec 2005, 10:25

  4. Interesting.
    See – it depends if you're talking about granary/wholemeal, seeded, or plain brown…

    I make my sandwiches with seeded because it's healthier.
    I have bacon sarnies with white normally, but don't have a huge problem having them on something brown (any of the above) if that's all I have…

    Jam etc has to be on white – it's just not right on anything else.

    Brown bread, however, is just plain wrong. If you're going to be "healthy" at least having something with seeds or grain which is actually better for you, rather than something which is effectively white bread except they haven't bleached it…


    15 Dec 2005, 10:34

  5. I agree with Lorna for bread choice, but take note: Warburton's Seeded Batch is 4.5g of fat per slice!
    In addition, toasted bread should ALWAYS be white.

    15 Dec 2005, 14:41

  6. White bread, especially non-toasted toast bread, is the devil. Bread should taste of something, a quality white bread, in my opinion, lacks. That said, I shall reveal another thing that I might use next time when asked "Tell me something interesting about you." Despite my dislike, I can eat a slice of untoasted white bread in 48 seconds, without the aid of any liquid and without remnants in my mouth. I can also eat three slices in under five minutes in the same conditions. Anybody up for a challenge?

    15 Dec 2005, 15:19

  7. Noooooooooooo – 4.5g per slice?! I shall change my bread at once…
    (that's an awful lot – are you sure?! I'll be checking my labels tonight)

    Jonas – white bread is fantastic as long as it's decent tasty stuff like Asda in-store-baked Tiger bread, which kicks ass.
    …non-toasted toastie stuff can be pretty rank though.

    …and I might be up for a challenge – I eat bread pretty quickly, as I do love the stuff… I'll think about it.


    15 Dec 2005, 16:04

  8. Well yes, I think so, I was shocked!

    15 Dec 2005, 16:59

  9. Justin

    I'm afraid I'm a white man myself. But it has to be nice bread – proper baked bread. I can't stand almost any bread that comes ready packaged even if it is Hovis or whatever. I would much prefer brown to this. I just hate the taste and especially the texture when you put it in your mouth – it just forms a slimy-gloopy-sticky lump as if it is reverting to some pre-"cooked" state. Not like real bread which you can just bite through and is normal.

    And another thing, you have to cut it yourself. That way you can have thick for toast and thin for sandwiches. In fact whatever you feel like rather than precut which is too thin for decent toast and too thick for good sandwiches.

    There you go. Rant over.

    15 Dec 2005, 18:11

  10. Oh you should definitely cut it yourself.
    That said, I use sliced for my sandwiches because I'm a) asleep and b) in a rush in the mornings…!


    16 Dec 2005, 09:57

  11. Paul Hunter

    Once again Sarah, I have to compliment you on an excellent topic choice! I'm surprised no one has mentioned the new-fangled craze of 'best of both' or varieties on this theme. All the goodness of brown, but all the softness of white…or so they tell us in those spawn of satan things called 'adverts'. What do ya reckon??!

    16 Dec 2005, 16:40

  12. I know it's a while since you put it up, but I somehow missed this important discussion!

    I always go for brown bread in a variety of types. I like stoneground wholemeals generally, and try to avoid the ones with hydrogenated fats in them. I also think some organic wholemeals have delicious flavour. In particular I like Cranks Honey and Sunflower seed organic stoneground wholemeal :)

    But then again, I also enjoy the occssional crusty white loaf, so I can have it in phat chunks with butter :D

    Although I generally despise sliced bread, I do buy it for sheer convenience sometimes…

    At the mo, I tend to be buying Sainsbury's granary bread. I love the seeds and things; they add so much flavour.

    16 Jan 2006, 12:55

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