Saturday, 11 July 2009

Tuna and Sweetcorn Sandwiches

Most students may find their university canteens or cafeterias quite expensive, and so they resort to packing food from home for lunch. Sandwiches are popular because they are easy to prepare and do not require reheating before consumption. A problem with making sandwiches though is that the supermarkets tend to sell the ingredients in larger portions than needed to make one meal's worth, and if one is not careful one may end up eating the same thing for several days.

Tuna and Sweetcorn is the focus of today's post as it tends to be a common filling, but is useful for other purposes too, like pasta. The idea for this post (and this blog!) came from the MoneysavingExpert Forums; they've also pointed out that the Sainsbury's Basics mayonnaise is not very good and suggested cream cheese as a substitute. Given that a jar of mayo will take some time to finish, and my flatmates already have their own jars and will most certainly not touch the Basics one, I've decided not to include it in the post for today.

Making the filling isn't exactly rocket science (just blend the cream cheese, sweetcorn and tuna together), so we'll go straight to the photos.

Overall, I've had no qualms with today's recipe. The sweetcorn was a surprise; I was getting firm whole corn kernels and nothing less. My only major gripe would be with the carbohydrates for this. The texture of the wholemeal bread feels more like white bread, without the visual presence of wholemeal.

And now, costing. Since this is the first post, I'll give a brief explanation of the table. Price per Unit is the price you pay to buy, for example, one can of tuna. The trade-up premium is the extra amount of money you have to pay to buy the next better item of identical serving size, unless otherwise noted. The benefits of the trade-up are in the column after that.

Prices correct as of time of this posting.

DescriptionPrice per UnitNo. of servings
Trade-up Premium
Trade-up Benefits
Canned Tuna£0.59

Tuna with brine or sunflower oil
Canned Sweetcorn£0.344+£0.07
+12g in extra drained weight.
Cream Cheese£0.454+£0.06
Black Pepper or Chive flavour
Bread Loaf£0.5022 slices
More moist bread, option to have long-life bread, varying slice thickness. Recommended.

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