Friday, 5 December 2014

6 days of Christmas (Sandwiches) - day 6

Pret A Manger has nailed it. This beauty was near perfection. The turkey was so deliciously moist it took me by surprise, especially after days 1-5 I had began to think all turkey should be dry and (largely) flavourless. The cranberry sauce was great and on par with Tesco's, the stuffing was like the stuffing mum makes (that isn't a your mum joke) and the real kicker were the crispy fried onions which added, wait for it, texture! Wonderful stuff.


Description: Turkey, pork stuffing, onions, wholemeal bread, cranberry, spinach
Location: Pret A Manger
Accompaniments: Some overpriced juice
Companion: None
Rating: 9/10

6 days of Christmas (Sandwiches) - day 5

Ah Waitrose, trust you to have such a middle-class offering this Christmas: the Three Bird Roast Wrap. I had high hopes for this, expecting a Heston Blumenthal surprise in the middle (liquid nitrogen balls or a duck basting itself in its own juices). But alas, it was merely a souped-up chicken mayonnaise wrap. Three birds? There was some darker meat in there which I think was duck but, to be honest, the mayonnaise drowned out most of the meaty flavours. The meat was on a whole succulent but I could not taste the cranberry at all. Average.


Description: Turkey, chicken, duck, cranberry, mayonnaise
Location: Waitrose
Accompaniments: Coke Zero
Companion: None
Rating: 6/10

6 days of Christmas (Sandwiches) - day 4

I generally enjoy Tesco Finest sandwiches and this Tesco Finest Turkey Feast was not too far off the mark. The turkey was, again, not great but it was buoyed by the supporting members. The cranberry sauce had great depth (definitely the best so far) and was more tangy than sweet and well balanced. The bacon was indeed smoked and my only complaint would be that there was not enough of it. The stuffing was also great and melded all of the other flavours well. My main criticism is that the sausage was overkill; you don't need huge chunks of sausage if you have pork stuffing. This made some mouthfuls too meaty and unpleasant and, ultimately, dropped the sandwich down a couple of points. Still, on a whole, enjoyable.


Description: Turkey, pork stuffing, bacon, wholemeal bread, cranberry
Location: Tesco
Accompaniments: Water
Companion: None
Rating: 7/10

6 days of Christmas (Sandwiches) - day 3

Surely it can't be that hard to make a decent Christmas sandwich. Well, apparently the people at Co-op have no idea. It was almost as if the creators were trying to make a bad sandwich - here's a list of the five worst points (and there are more):
  1. Dry turkey had a weird a-few-too-many-hours-left-out-of-the-fridge vibe to it
  2. Cranberry was almost like strawberry jam - sickly sweet
  3. The mayonnaise was like salad cream
  4. Bacon was dry, stringy and chewy and lacked any smoky flavour
  5. Stuffing was paste-like and tasted of nothing except salt.
Rubbish.


Description: Turkey, pork and sage and onion stuffing, bacon, cranberry, mayonnaise, wholemeal bread
Location: Co-op
Accompaniments: Water
Companion: None
Rating: 1/10

6 days of Christmas (Sandwiches) - day 2

M&S again - but this time the healthier option. To be honest, they needn't have bothered. No one wants a healthy Christmas sandwich - Christmas food is pretty much the antithesis of healthy cuisine, with it's over-the-top portions and waistline destroying calories. And it showed through in this lacklustre sandwich. First of all, when unpackaged, it felt limp. It was the type of sandwich which flops around in your hand whilst the filling depressingly dribbles out. Flavour wise, if wasn't much better: The butternut squash was the texture of baby-food and the taste was off-putting. The turkey in this one, compared to day 1, was bone-dry. I can't remember much more about it. Disappointing.


Description: Turkey & roast butternut squash stuffing, lettuce, wholemeal bread
Location: M&S
Accompaniments: Water
Companion: None
Rating: 3/10

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

6 Days of Christmas (Sandwiches)

Because my mailbox is swelling from adoring fans of my blog, I have decided to do a Christmas special edition. This will involve me doing the same thing (eating and rating sandwiches) but in the lead-up to Christmas. All the sandwiches will be Christmas sandwiches so inevitably that will mean a lot of turkey. Unfortunately my metabolism is not what it once was therefore I have to spread the consumption over a few weeks rather than 6 consecutive days, hence why I'm starting in November.

So, here is the first; the Marks & Spencer Turkey Feast. And, for my first one, it was a very good sandwich - I expect nothing less from M&S. The bread had flavour (something which is lacking in many shop-bought processed sandwiches) and a soft springiness which felt oddly comforting. The turkey, although substantial and surprisingly flavoursome, was not as moist as it could have been. Regardless of this the mayonnaise and cranberry prevented it being too dry. A few rashers of bacon added smokiness and the pork and chestnut stuffing added depth. The whole thing worked well together and reminded me of leftover Christmas dinner sandwiches - which I guess is the point.




Description: Turkey, pork and chestnut stuffing, bacon, cranberry, wholemeal bread
Location: M&S Fulham
Accompaniments: Salted crisps, Coke Zero
Companion: None
Rating: 8/10