3 survival meals made with leftovers and bread

I call this slightly tongue-in-cheek post the Vagabond Edition of my continuing bread story. smirk

Anyway, if you’re in strict budget mode these are some meals with bread that you can go with and it’s still quite tasty…in it’s own way. ;)

1. Bread with ketchup / chilli sauce

bread ketchup

I read Roald Dahl’s first biography – Boy as a kid and there’s an anecdote about his growing years inside. He and his mates ate sandwiches with just a dash of ketchup to give it a bit of flavor while one greedy individual had his full of pork and wouldn’t share. I distinctly remember the meat being bigger than the sandwich.

I did this with those small leftover single serve packages of chilli sauce I found at home. You can eat it with the same packets of ketchup too. It tastes rather good actually, especially if you have an egg to nibble on.

I had sandwiches with a fried egg and chilli sauce when I was in primary school and those were my absolute favorite! This reminds me a bit of that. ;)

2. Bread heaped with Milo / Ovaltine / any powdered malt drink

This is again another one from my childhood…and it tastes fabulous, but rather messy.

bread milo

It’s for those times when you’re sick of dunking it in a hot malt drink and wants a different texture. The trick we used to make the powdered drink “stick” to the sandwich is sweetened condensed milk as a kid.

However, I found that kaya works too and the grainy texture of the powdered malt drink is delicious on bread! :)

3. Bread with wine

People have been eating this for well over at least two thousand years…B.C. time. Jesus himself gave the last supper with bread and wine (albeit his was unleavened bread to conform with Jewish traditions at that time).

bread wine

Just generously anoint the bread with wine and savor it.

It’s surprisingly delicious! The wine is one I haven’t even tasted myself, it was opened ages ago and I was half afraid it had turned into vinegar! It hasn’t. It works best with red wine, chilled. The dates are correct, Anno Domini means Year of our Lord but He was born long after 1 A.D. – there’s a dating mistake somewhere along the line during the switch from Before Christ to AD, it’s 6-7 years off.

I reckon it’s a fitting one for Sunday too with the Eucharist and all that. :D

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36 thoughts on “3 survival meals made with leftovers and bread

    • Well, there was a dating problem back in the old days, Jesus was actually born around 6 A.D. or so…a bit ironic eh? :)

      It’s just an issue of old monks messing up the dates, it happens a lot, remember this was 2,000 years ago so problems like dating is a common one. Check this article out:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anno_Domini

      It’s by no means an exact science, especially when it’s so far back. The standardized GMT time wasn’t even available until late 1970′s.

      Cheers mate and hope that helps! :)

    • Heh! You know, I’m going to start to cook a huge batch of rice and do a “rice story” to go with my “bread story”. :)

      Both are equally cheap and you can do multiple variants of it, including weird and wonderful ingredients, which is the way I like it.

      I even have a can of silkworm pupa left from Korea in the pantry, the ones like this:
      http://sixthseal.com/2009/10/beondegi-korean-silkworm-pupa/

      I bet it’ll be good in fried rice. Haha!

      I also have a bottle of super spicy hot sauce that I haven’t opened yet, it clocks in at almost 120,000 SHU (Scoville heat units)!

      I think it’ll be a great project to undertake, a good change from bread but I still like eating bread – it’s my main meal each day. Heh.

      Cheers buddy! :D

  1. I think we share a common bond here, HB. Yours truly is a big fan of the breads. =D

    BTW, have you tried eating grated garlic with oven-toasted bread? Had that yesterday as a quick meal before Mass, and it was surprisingly filling.

    • Hello Ciana! :)

      Yeah, I eat bread almost every single day. Heh. I live alone but I buy *two* loaves of bread every time. I get all brands though, I’m not particular but I like the heavy multigrain/wholemeal ones. I don’t buy white bread, prefer the texture of the former.

      My microwave broke down unfortunately and I don’t have an oven. It sounds really good though and I bet it’ll be very easy to make! Thanks for the tip! :D

      Now all I need is to get a convection oven (can’t fit a regular one in my studio).

      It sounds like a good recipe! I think I might try it with raw grated garlic first too. Heh.

      Cheers! :)

      • Convection oven (like the one I’m having at home) is pretty pricey. 1k+ and upwards.

        A word of warning, though. I’ve done it with raw grated garlic and it left my breath tainted. >.< You might want to have some sweets or chocolate in hand…

        • Must be a really good model you’re using there. :)

          I’ve seen some for much less though, would be worth getting one for the long term.

          Haha! Well, I don’t really mind as long as it tastes good.

          Cheers Ciana! :D

    • Bread with ketchup eh? :)

      Yeah, I’ve seen people eat that too and it always reminds me of Roald Dahl’s book – Boy.

      I reckon it’ll be good in a pinch, that’s how I ate mine anyway. It tastes even better with a fried egg, or if you don’t want the mess, a boiled egg would do too, but not as good as a fried one.

      Cheers mate!

  2. oooo, bread with wine. really cool! strangely i haven’t tried that before, but you’ve gotten me curious. i wonder whether bread would go better with red or white, hmmmm :D

    • Heh! Yeah, I was inspired by the Holy Communion coz today’s a Sunday. :)

      I don’t think it’ll go well with white wine but then again one man’s meat is another man’s poison. I went with red wine coz that’s what they serve at the Eucharist.

      It’s worth a try with both to see which one goes better.

      Cheers Sean!

    • Heh! I wanted to do an entire series on bread – a bread story, if you will. :)

      …also, running a little short on funds coz of bills and such, never hurts to slum it for a bit and save up for more important things.

      I also want to do a series on rice – fried rice with different stuff.

      That would be…the rice story. Haha!

      Cheers mate!

    • Yeah! I know what you mean, my mom taught me how to do a variation of that no-bake pudding when I was a kid.

      We soaked bread (without the crusts – but if you want the crusts, it’s also good) in milk instead of chocolate sauce though.

      It can also be done with cabin biscuits (cream crackers) for a savory no-bake pie made with SPAM / lunch meat that I love as a kid.

      Cheers Vickie! :)

  3. OK..this is hardly vagabond style…dipping massimo wholewheat bread in olive oil and balsamic vinegar should make a nice snack.

    Open a can of campbell soap and have it with buttered bread.

    • Heh! True that mate!

      Thus the tongue in cheek bit ;)

      I have no doubt there will be serious vagabond style later on in the month though as I have important bills to pay and even more important stuff to save up for. :x

      I’ve already done the olive oil and balsamic vinegar bit – doing a whole range on bread, then moving on to rice. It’s the kinda project I like.

      Soup would be good too! I shall make that a theme.

      Cheers for the tip! :D

  4. Bread with Milo is my childhood fav…Nowadays Milo don’t come cheap, I can afford to spread it that way…ahahhahahhaha I prefer dipping the bread in my Milo drinking.

    • Hello Aud!

      Nice! I like it with a fried egg and chilli sauce when I was a kid, that was my absolute favorite back then. Used to pester my dad to get it done to bring to primary school since I was 7 years old before I started cooking myself. Heh.

      Cheers! :D

  5. Dude, thin layer of margarine with a light smear of Bovril on white bread tops them all….but of course at month end when the luxurious Bovril ran out, we resort to soy sauce.

    • Nice! I’ve forgotten about Bovril!

      That would come under savory spreads, used to eat that with toast when I was a kid too!

      Soy sauce on bread – I actually did that already. Haha.

      Cheers buddy! :D

    • Haha! Well, like I said, it’s tongue in cheek. ;)

      It was a Sunday when I wrote this and actually that wine was from ages ago…erm, it’s from the time when I was all emo and shit in the relationship that went wrong earlier this year.

      I never drank that wine but friends would come over and drink it.

      I was surprised it was still drinkable!

      Cheers! :D

  6. Milo! Mine is done with a spread of planta beneath so those milo don’t fall off. Also gives a little bit of salty combination. Another is planta sprinkled with sugar. This one is also good when toast it before planta and sugar. Oh and don’t use fine or sugar icing. They melt right away. You’ll miss the texture of sugar when you bite and chew.

    • Nice! I use kaya to adhere it instead and it gives off a sweet and creamy taste too!

      I’ll love to go with Planta but I’m rather fond of real butter, but Planta does smell good in roti canai. It makes my mouth water to think about it. Heh.

      Oh yeah! I used to do that as a kid too – margarine with sugar! That really brings me way back.

      Yup, we used course sugar too as kids. It was my sister’s favorite.

      Cheers! :D

    • Yeah, it’s pretty good eh, especially if you’ve got down a real heaped spoonful. :D

      Decadent stuff.

      Bread with kimchi eh? I know people who buys kimchi by BULK in my previous office. It’s insane how they love it.

      It would be good as leftovers but I don’t have any kimchi at home.

    • Haha! It was a Sunday and I was really looking forward to see if that bottle of wine has turned into vinegar or if it was still drinkable.

      I bought it really early in the year and now it’s the end of the year.

      It turned out that it was fine after all. :D

      Cheers mate!

  7. Bread with wine sounds interesting! I drink quite a lot of wine but the thought of pairing it with bread never crossed my mind. Haha. It’s not so much of a budget meal though. I reckon even the crappiest, cheapest table wine will cost you more than any bread spread.

    • Haha! True that mate, it was a very old bottle that I bought very early this year and never drank from. It was during my first relationship this year (only have two – the disastrous one at the beginning of the year where I was all emo and the one that I met in Singapore but parted as friends).

      It was a Sunday and there was a bit left and I was wondering if it’s still okay so I experimented with bread. It tasted wonderful.

      Made up for Holy Communion, that.

      Cheers bro! :)

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