Wacky Sarmies

  Now here is a page where you can really add your bit! I was having my fav banana and cinnamonsugar sarmie (sandwich) this afternoon and started to wonder what else one could put on bread! So please email me and tell me about your fav sarmie filling, try and make it interesting and "different"!  I will start off with a few of mine!

Scroll down for the "dunking" section

...and if you happen to have a digital camera, send me a picture of your sarmie!

Where you see a number in red it will be the degree of wackiness that I allocate, 10 being the wackiest!


Doreen made us some orange preserve (lemoenkonfyt).

The way to eat this is to have some fresh buttered bread, then place a chunk of the preserve plus some of the syrup on a plate, cut off a small piece of the preserve, place it on a square of bread, dip the bread in the syrup and ENJOY!

See the attached pic, all that was missing was some whipped cream!
click below to see bigger image



Lorraines Concoction

  My daughter, Lorraine made this sarmie for us for lunch. We are both on a Weigh-Less diet, so the sarmie consisted of two slices of brown wholewheat toast, with the following topping: chopped spring onion, finely diced cucumber, finely diced pineapple, diced gherkin, finely chopped chicken pieces, lettuce, grated low fat cheese and low oil salad dressing! Here it is, below!  

  Jul 14, 2003
Peter, Johannesburg, South Africa

Sliced banana and cinnamon sugar
Peanut butter and cheese
Toasted bacon and banana
Toasted mince and pickles
Cheese and tomato sauce (ketchup)
Bread with butter and apricot jam, topped with mashed potato! (KFC works just great with the gravy!)
Bread and butter with gravy poured over, eat with knife and fork
Vetkoek with slap chips as a filling!

  Jul 14, 2003
Linda, Vancouver, Canada

Peanut butter and bacon (8)

  July 14, 2003
Marisa in Italy

Here are some of my fav sarmies:
cooked ham, mayonnaise, fresh tomato slices, lettuce leaf and a sprinkle of sesame seeds...(Doreen says yummy!)
or how about...
a gorgonzola cheese, tomato slices, lettuce leaf, praga raw ham and some tabasco sauce, nicely warmed up sarmie

I do love a peanut butter and honey sarmie ....yum now I'm STARVING :-))

  Jul 14, 2003
Annie in
Morton, Illinois

Italian Panini's ( pronounced: Pa nee nee)

1 long loaf of sweet Italian bread (or regular Italian if sweet is not available)
1/3 lb(or more) of thin sliced smoked ham
1/3 lb(or more) of thin sliced Italian beef
thin sliced onions
thin sliced green pepper
Italian seasoning (dry)
Cream cheese
Butter or margarine


Slice the bread end to end length wise, then cut each half in half so you have 4 equal pieces to make 2 sandwiches.
Butter the cut side of each slice of bread and grill till golden brown. Remove from heat. In a separate skillet, add onions and peppers and barely cook thru, just enough to heat them. Add ham and beef and toss lightly till meat is warmed thru, hot but not over cooked. Spread a good amount of cream cheese(2 Tablespoons per slice, depending on taste) on 1/4'ed grilled bread, sprinkle cream cheese with Italian seasonings, and then add on the warmed onion, peppers, ham and beef. Make into 2 sandwiches. Garnish with a dill pickle spear.

HINT: You want the onions and peppers crispy (tender crisp for you advanced cooks). You do not want the onions and peppers to be limp. Coat all four slices of grilled bread with cream cheese and Italian seasonings.

LAST THING BEFORE SERVING: Spit on them!!! Give the Italian Blessing and serve. JUST KIDDING!!!!! Peter said to make it interesting and wacky so that is about as wacky as it gets with this boring little Italian sandwich recipe. NO SPITTING!!!! It was a joke! (but if you Do spit, it gets 10 for wackiness!)

  Jul 14, 2003
Wia, Pretoria, South Africa

Living alone for a long time almost made me an expert on Sarmies! I love to experiment with various kinds of breads and crackers and have a special affinity for rye bread. So here we go with a few ideas...

1. Ordinary brown bread (we know it as "government bread") calls for a sprinkling of butter topped with avocado and a generous sprinkling of grated biltong on top.

2 Rye bread first toasted lightly to make it nice and crisp then butter it lightly and add a layer of fine tuna, - next - thinly sliced tomato and last a slice of mature cheddar cheese. Put under the grill to melt the cheese. This one can be varied by using crumbled Feta or a thick slice of Halumi cheese in stead of cheddar. OH yes and also add some finely sliced onion. (0ptional)

3. Not really your traditional sarmie but two buttered rye crackers with a thick slice of cheddar cheese makes a very nice sarmie to take along for lunch!! The crackers stay crisp and the cheese is yummy but must fill the sarmie well and must not be too thin! Enjoy!!

4 And have you ever tried fruit like guavas, pineapple, fresh peaches on rye or whole wheat bread?  (7) Another of my favourites is sultana grapes with buttered brown "government " bread.


  Jul 15, 2003
Pat, from Rosebud, Australia

Rosebud by the beach pita bread..
Take one pita bread and sprinkle with grated TASTY cheese..zap in the microwave for 30 seconds.
Remove from microwave and add shredded lettuce and Tzadziki sauce and wrap it up.
  Jul 15, 2003
 in the UK, ex Zim and SA

Okay here is one that originated when the cupboard was bare, and pay day the next day !

Oxo spread with mayo. ( in hind sight use the mayo as marge) Especially tasty with tomato.- Only if the tomato does not have any fuzz on it !!!
 Oxo spread and syrup ??? No lies my sister eats it often ! (10)

Another one that may sound boring, but is not : Tomato and onion, lots of black pepper, and a nice crusty white bread. (Agreed - Peter)

Best yet : A triple decker (for the day after payday) (Do you work in a bank, Sharon? When I did our month was always split into BP (before payday and AP, after payday! - Peter)
A bacon, chicken, avo and of course mayo ! ( These are best eaten with a bib, as the mayo and avo can get squishy ) Add lettuce as an after thought, that way you can have two !!

Really weird ? Peanut butter and celery ! (10) Contributed by a once pregnant daughter !

All of the above to be eaten between the bread of your choice.

  Jul 15, 2003
Connie from Humble, Texas

My favorite is not really a sandwich, but could be considered one. Two pieces of toast, heated canned asparagus, with cheese sauce poured over it. (9 for the asparagus)
Cheese sauce: Three tablespoons of butter, melted in sauce pan, add two tablespoons of butter (real preferred) add one cup milk, pepper to taste. Simmer and stir until thick.

Hot roast beef, on two slices of wheat bread that you have spread mustard on (lots) then add hot roast gravy. Eat with a fork. (Yummy - Peter)

Sliced avocado, tomato, bell pepper & cucumber on wheat bread with mayo.

Crunchy peanut butter, or regular, on bread with strawberry preserves.

Hard fried egg, lettuce, tomato, ham or bacon with mayo. You can make it a triple decker.

  Jul 15, 2003
Andrea from South Orange, NJ

Here are a couple of my favorite Sarmies

1: Cream cheese and Strawberry jam (or jelly) on rye.

2: Peanut butter and chocolate on white bread (8)

3. Peanut butter with marshmallows on white bread (8)

  Jul 16, 2003
Maggie in Melbourne, Australia
I love:-

Aussie Vegemite and tasty cheese
Peanut butter & honey
Cheese and Raspberry Jam
Ham, Cheese, Tomato & Beetroot (the beetroot gets 8 for wackiness)
Canned Tuna and Mayonnaise
Hot potato chips in a Sarmie (yum) in England this is called a Chip Butty
Twisty Sarmie
Packet of any crisps in a Sarmie (I love doing this-Peter)
  Jul 16, 2003
Gail in Missoula, Montana

Hi pete,

Here in the US we (I) like what we call BLT Bacon, lettuce and tomato
on buttered with mayo bread or on toast with butter and mayo.
Another I like is sliced radishes.

John is crazy, he eats mayo on the bread with peanutbutter and horseradish. (10!)
or grilled cheese , mayo, and onions yuk!!
No wonder he has a bad stomach.
This for real he actually eats this stuff
  Jul 15, 2003
From Tint in Sao Paulo, Brazil

My alltime favourite? Peanut butter and marmite!! But then I love cheese and jam too lol I do eat some 'normal' sarmies too. You may be interested in a local favourite tho... its called a Romeo and Juliet. Normally, its just the 'queijo minas' and 'goiaba', but some folk do put it on bread. Queijo Minas is a soft, white, bland (sort of solidified cottage cheese) type of cheese. The 'goiaba' is guava that's been made into a jelly-like paste that you slice. The favourite way of eating Romeo and Juliet is as is.... a slice of cheese with a slice of guava. Now, you can buy the 'mixture' to put on bread.

There you go..... anything else? :)
  Jul 16, 2003
Gip Moore, North Pole, Alaska

Peanut butter and mayo on two slices of white bread (8)
Peanut butter and bacon sandwiches

Carmen Moore, North Pole, Alaska

Smashed baked bean sandwich! You mash up the baked beans and spread it on bread!
Sardines mushed around with mustard and onions and sweet pickles(sounds lekker! - Peter)
  July 16, 2003

Hard boiled eggs chopped with dill pickles,onions, black olives and mix with a dab of mustard and miracle whip ....lots of pepper and little salt....can add celery also....spread on toasted bread of your choice.

Butter and sugar on fresh warm bread.

Fried egg with yoke broke and fried green tomato slices on dill rye bread....

Artichoke hearts mashed and mixed in Ageago cheese on dark rye bread....
  Jul 17, 2003
Rentia from  Millington, NJ

2 slices toast
apricot jam
chopped onion
fried egg
Spread jam on toast, sauté the onions and fry the egg on top of the onions. Place egg on one slice toast, season with salt, cover with the other slice...YUMMY! (Agree-yummy-Peter)
  Jul 17,2003
Linda in Point Roberts, Washington, USA

I get hungry every time I visit your new page and couldn’t resist throwing my hat into the ring…

Make a Denver omelet – in my world this means eggs and whatever you feel like adding (green peppers, cheese, onions, tiny tomato bits)

Put between two pieces of toast, covered with Peanut Butter (the peanut butter gives it an
8 for wackiness!)

Voila! Enjoy.


  Jul 17, 2003
Felicity in Anchorage, Alaska

About the wackiest sarmie I have come across is the favorite of the three year old of another ex South African couple that live here in Anchorage. His favorite sarmie is white bread spread with peanut butter and purple colored sugar granules sprinkled on top. (It has to be purple and if they run out of that he might settle for orange)
  Jul 17, 2003
Colleen & Noel, Runaway Bay, Queensland Australia

Noel's favourite sarmie is: toast garmed with butter, jam, and smothered in whipped cream! (eaten after breakfast) I love mashed potato sarmies (must be fresh bread)(agree-Peter)
  Jul 18, 2003
Diana, Oxford, UK

We used to eat lard sarmies when we were kids, you spread the lard onto fresh bread with a sprinkle of salt and a dollop of tomato sauce. (I remember, the lard was really lekker with pepper - Peter)

or how about peanut butter sarmies with slices of onion...this really is lekker. (8)

or fresh tomato slices covered with tomato sauce.
  Jul 18, 2003
Amanda (London)

Not sure if this is wacky enough but my favourite sarmie is beetroot and cheese!
(yup, 8 for wackiness!)


  Jul 20, 2003
Gabi from Melbourne, Australia

I was just reading your wacky sarmie page and got thinking about my fave sarmies........Mine would have to be crunchy peanut butter and raspberry jam and chopped or mashed banana on multigrain bread, followed closely by toasted wholemeal bread spread with eggplant dip, bottled mexican salsa and sour cream. YUM!!!!!!!!!! Try them and see for yourself!

  Jul 22, 2003
Wendy, from Tel Aviv,Israel.

My wacky sarmy is my favourite breakfast:
Fresh breadroll (better than bread for preventing spillage), mix honey and garlic butter and use this as butter. Add creamcheese (full fat of course!) Top with a soft fried egg, Lots of salt and pepper. (Sounds yummy - Peter)
On my spicy days I like to add sliced pickle, or just some underripe tomato.
Here this is considered quite strange, and I am always asked if I am Pregnant! But then again, these guys think it's weird that I cover my spaghetti bolognaise with tomato sauce!

  Jul 22, 2003
Maggs from Sydney, Australia (formerly Cape Town)

I thought I'd let you know of my son's wacky sarmie. This was a few years ago butwhen he was at high schoolthe canteen sold sausage rolls between two slices of bread!!! Oh, and don't forget the ketchup!!! A very popular'sanger' with the kids.
  Jul 23, 2003
Kathy from Atlanta, GA, USA

Okay, I don’t think the beetroot contributions at all wacky, but they do look strange when they bleed into the bread – my friends at school always commented about my sandwiches until they actually tasted them, and beetroot and cheese is way up there with the best of them.
Also a winner is beetroot and egg, and cheese too. (8)

Try this though: chop up mint, geranium and nasturtium leaves together, sprinkle with salt and apple cider vinegar and eat on buttered whole wheat bread. Even better with avo mixed in. This was my grandmother’s specialty, and tastes surprisingly good.

Also, peanut butter with sliced guavas on bread – yum. (7)

A note on the cream cheese and jam recipe – needs to be on fresh soft white bread – like eating cake!

Then my all-time favorite: fried egg, cheddar cheese slices, HP sauce and tomato slices. (agree-Peter)
  Jul 24, 2003
Beverly from Gauteng

My wacky sarmie is:
fishpaste and jam
  July 25, 2003
Francois from Mauritius.

Seafood sarmie ? :-
2 slices white bread, raw egg, tin sardines [dump oil], dash tabasco, black pepper, mixed herbs...blend all excluding bread. Butter this mix onto bread, grate cheddar or parmesan and toast in griller...accompanies well a white wine!
  July 25, 2003
Melissa from Uithuizermeeden in the Netherlands
I want to share a favourite sarmie with you.

Take 2 slice of white bread. Spread the first with butter and mustard. The other with mayo. Then you pile on the slices of ham, a slice of cheese, a couple of spoons of a finely diced potato-salade (not the course kind) and top it of with sauerkraut. It's a bit tricky to eat but alsolutely delicious!!

I think I'm going to make one right now.

Hope you enjoy them..........

  Jul 27, 2003
Pat Goltz, Arizona, USA http://www.seghea.com/

We have a kind of sarmie here that is distinctly Mexican. Take a corn tortilla (flat bread), fry it in oil and mold it to make a u-shape. Fill with beef or chicken mixed with salsa (cayenne pepper and other interesting spices in a sauce). Add any or all of the following: onions, tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, cheddar cheese, sour cream. Delicious! It's called a taco. ( I always wondered - Peter)

My favorite is peanut butter and honey.

  Aug 7, 2003
Maddy in UK (ex SA)

You mix up mashed potato, tin of sardines and grated cheddar cheese. Spread the mixture on two thick slices of warm home made white bread. This became a institution after my pregnancy.

Also try lemon curd and mayo on white bread. My 4 yr old loves it.

My husband is a chef but if he is hungry all he wants is baked beans topped with cheese on bread.

  Aug 7, 2003
Cheryl Heilbron, Toronto, Canada

This is not a sandwich but my husband has french toast with syrup and Worcestershire sauce - I cannot imagine what this must taste like but he says it tastes good. He also eats yogurt with Worcestershire sauce. In fact, he eats everything with Worcestershire sauce.
Thanks for your newsletters - I really enjoy them.

  Aug 7, 2003
Kim, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

My fav if you enjoy the "sweet & sour" taste.

1 pc Toast
Add jam (strawberry, apricot, mixed fruit etc)
and top with Mayonnaise (7)

absolutely delicious.

  Aug 12, 2003
Dave, Port Elizabeth, SA

I haven't seen it here yet, you are all missing the bestest wacky sarmie ever. ( Iagree, this gets 10 for it's bestestness! - Peter)

¼ White and Chips.

1 packet slap chips from the Fish and Chip shop (lots of salt and vinegar)
¼ white bread (very fresh, just cool enough to hold is best)

Make a pocket in the ¼ white, smear with butter and stuff it with the slap chips.

This is best eaten with a ½ liter of fresh milk. Take a bite, chew 3 times and take a sip of milk from the bottle. Continue to chew as noisily as you like. It's lekker!
  Aug 12, 2003
Juliet, ex Durban, now Australia

Your Wacky Sarmies had me laughing because a lot of my Aussie friends can't believe some things we used to put between some bread. My favourites from back home was fresh white bread with condensed milk. I also like sandwich spread (which you can't get here) but I used to slap it on bread almost everyday after school. Left over frikkadels on fresh white bread with hot mango pickle was also a favourite.

My alltime favourite memory though is my grandfather making toasted cheese and egg sandwiches on a Friday night.

butter both sides of 2 slices fresh white bread
in a fry pan, fry an egg lightly with butter
while the egg is frying add some onions in the pan until soft

put the first slice of bread in the pan
add the egg and onion on top
add salt and pepper
add cheese and the second slice of bread
check underneath and turn over when golden brown, repeat on other side, by now the cheese should be melted

you can add tomato sauce if need be but I like it plain.

Not too wacky but delicious all the same.
  Aug 15, 2003
Adele, Canada

Hey Pete,

I was going through your wacky sarmies page and had to agree with Dave from PE. Slap chips in 1/4 white is delicious. In Durban we used to call it surf dudes lunch.

If you can not afford slap chips, try crisps and bread rolled around a lunch bar. Bread is best hot and fresh. forget adding butter, after a night on the town, you don't have much money left and then we would buy a 1/4 loaf, pull it apart so we had 4 slices and the bottom crust. Layer some chips and place a lunch bar (or your favorite choc bar) and roll up. Eat like a hot dog. :-))))

Another favorite is with Provitas and ice cream. (any flavour) They make real yummy frozen "healthy" biscuits. You could use frozen yoghurt too. I would not make the sandwich I would use the ice cream as a dip, great when pregnant.

Hot white bread well buttered and soaked in the drippings of a good roast is also very unhealthy but oh so mmmmmmmm!!!!

Fried Banana, and Cheese with mayo and Worchester sauce is good too.

I am now too hungry to type further, so happy eating.....

August 29, 2003
Duane Angela in Muscat, Oman

 Homemade apricot jam on whole wheat bread with cold sliced butter.
(if the ww bread isn't available, it helps greatly to make your own yeast brown bread. That perks up the bought apricot jam no end).
The above with a slice of cheddar under the jam.

If you are so lucky as to have basil growing easily, which we are at the moment, then :
Fresh pesto on slightly warmed arabic bread (rolled up).

On soft whole wheat bread: salted butter, Mrs Ball's Chutney (ordinary or sterk), grated cheddar and fresh onion rings.

And of course, peanut butter and apricot jam on heavy white bread!!!

Sep 23, 2003
Ben Jewett, head chef Flanagans Irish Bar BERMUDA .. benjewett@hotmail.com

hi there PETE just thought i would add a sarmi to your list
1 egg
2 slices of your favourite bread
chopped parsley
cracked pepper
roasted peppers
cheddar cheese
sliced tomatoe
pesto sauce
hot sauce(tobasco or hotter)

1 mayonnaise hot sauce mix together, spread on bread place on cheese,   tomatoe, roasted peppers, ham, then in reverse, peppers, tomatoes, cheese. Top with second slice of bread.
2 whisk egg ,add pesto sauce chopped parsley, cracked pepper.
3 dip the sandwich in the egg both sides and then place in a hot frying pan with a touch of oil
4 brown both sides and serve hot ...

Sep 30, 2003
Anita - Pretoria - RSA
What about a sarmie with lard (spread it on like butter - only thicker!) and syrup?
Yum.  PS. Lard must be fresh - otherwise it is terrible!

  Oct 26, 2003
Michelle, ex Rhodie, ex South African, currently living in UK

Hi Pete and everyone!

Well, this is not a sarmie that I have eaten, but I thought it was one of the wackies ever!!!

crisps (any flavour) on lightly toasted bread with vinegar and salt on the crisps, (yes, they need more!!) and then baked beans on top of that, topped by another slice of toasty bread - APPARENTLY, this is heavenly! (I agree with you, Michelle, I love to add crisp chips to just about any sarmie I have, really makes a nice difference! - Peter)
  Oct 31, 2003
Abbi in the U.K (but a Cape Town girl at heart!)

A friend of mine like to eat bread with butter, jam, melted cheese on top, then cover the whole thing in gravy!!! (very odd).

My aunt used to eat Marmite, peanutbutter and cheese sarmies..!!!!

My fav though isn't that strange: bacon and brie or avo, mozzarella and salsa sarmies! yummy!

  Nov 12, 2003
Paul, Frankfurt Germany
After reading your page it took me back a few years. After a great time at the Cassledale Hotel (Springs, Gauteng), I got home to discover I had the munchies.
In the drunken haze I thought banana, mayo and the spicy Redro would seem like a good idea. Nowadays I just leave out the Redro.
  Nov 12, 2003

When we were students we would get home on Friday afternoon and prepare the
feast of the week:
Cook a portion of boerewors in the microwave. (Has to be microwaved so you  get all that yummy juice)
While that's cooking fry an egg. Yolks must be soft and runny. Butter a thick slice of fresh bread. Add a thick layer of mayonnaise. Now put the fried egg on top of the mayonnaise. Break the yolk and now slice the boerewors in half lengthways so that it fits on top of your egg. Pour the juices from the boerewors over the top, Yummy.
  Nov 21, 2003
Kim in Philadelphia USA, ex Durban

My favourite sarmie is fresh white bread spread with Peck's Anchovette, Trim mayo (best tasting mayo in the world IMHO), and sliced onion .

Another one I like is white bread, chutney, sliced Tussers or cheddar, sliced jalapenos and salt & vinegar or plain salted chips (crisps). It is an interesting mix of textures when you bite!
  Nov 24, 2003
Peter Freling - Netherlands

Hi there, as an ex safrican now living in Holland ,here is something you might enjoy......

Take a goodsized chunk of french loaf (fresh or otherwise) ..split length-ways .Fry in hot fryingpan with olive oil. Rub toasted frenchie with piece of raw garlic followed by raw tomato. Alternatively sprinkle with olive oil and garlic or italian spice mix.

Also try fresh white bread with peanut butter and chocholate sprinkle spread or soya sauce.
  Nov 25, 2003
Adél from Cambridge, Canada

I often visit your site for good ol' South African recipes and came across the Wacky Sarmie page. I just had to add my Wacky Sarmie:

Two thick slices of fresh white bread
Butter on both
Add a thick layer peanut butter to one slice
Fry and egg and add on top of peanut butter
Add some Mrs. Balls Peach chutney, tomatoe sauce, and mustard
Close up with the buttered slice and enjoy!

I hope you get a kick out of this one because it's delicious!

Thanks for all the cool recipes!

  Dec 2, 2003
Lydia Segal (now in Toronto - formerly from Cape Town)

The second time I made this stew I found that using a pressure cooker cut down the time requirement and kept in a lot of the flavour. It also prevents shrinkage, so that rabbit is an unnecessary expense. I also found that a pinch freshly grated nutmeg added a touch that I am
sure you will find delightful.
  Dec 30,2003
Anita, Vaalie in Silicon Valley, California

So, I once dated a guy from Jo'burg who loved apricot jam and Miracle Whip sarmies (open or closed, you decide).
My hubby, a British American, loves slapchips on white bread, drenched in curry sauce (the kind you get in English chip-shops)
My personal fav is strawberries on warm buttered French loaf, sprinkled with sugar. Reminds me of a family holiday in France, so it's tasty AND nostalgic.
  1 Feb 2004
Kiti in New Zealand

I have to tell you Peter, beetroot on sarmies is very common here in NZ. We used to pick off the beetroot off our hamburgers in the beginning (less than 2 years ago). Now we buy tinned beetroot to put on our home-made burgers!
Our fav beach sarmies would be breadrolls, butter, bananas and chips (wish we could get Simba over here - oooh to have Tomato sauce chips again for this!). Wash it down with Lift (lemon soda over here, made by Coca Cola) or Vanilla Coke. Would be nice if one could get Cream Soda, the real green stuff with bubbles like in SA, but not available here <sigh>.
  18 Feb 2004
Yvonne, a 'banana girl' from Durbs, temporarily in Flower Mound, Texas

My husband, Steve, loves a slice of white bread, covered in condensed milk and sprinkled with - here it comes - SUGAR!!!!! Says it is deliciously crunchy!!  ( I like to sprinkle sugar over peanut butter on a sarmie, also love the "crunchiness" - Peter)
  18 Feb 2004
Joanne Craik , South African in London

Lightly toasted fresh white bread, buttered with the real thing and then sprinkled with white sugar and ground cinnamon. If you want to be decadent drizzle some maple syrup over it.
  24 Feb 2004
Pam in Australia
Your site has a 'banana and peanut butter' sandwich and a 'bacon and peanut butter' sandwich. I cannot believe that it does not have my favourite ' banana, bacon and peanut butter' sandwich. - yummy
Another favourite is 'bacon, avocado and feta cheese'and another is 'fishpaste (anchovette paste) with trim mayo (or salad cream as a out of south africa alternative)'
  26 Feb 2004
Cindy Davies, London, UK
Fresh white bread with warm beetroot and mayo.
White bread with sardines and peanut butter. 
  28 Feb 2004
Samantha, Gauteng
Reading your wacky sarmies page here are two strange combinations. A friend's sister eats fishpaste and strawberry jam. And a friend's 6 year old loves polony and syrup. Also my sister has a work colleague who eats cheese on a chelsea bun. (He says its a British thing I don't know where he gets that idea?)
  29 Feb 2004

Peanut Butter Toast
1/2 cup peanut butter,
3/4 cup boiling water,
4 slices bread, 1/2 inch thick,
3 tablespoons butter
Blend the peanut butter and boiling water together. Toast the slices of bread. Dip the toast into the mixture and fry quickly in the butter in frying pan.
  29 Feb 2004

Just made a sarmie with the following filling: hard boiled egg, sliced, grated cheese and marmite

  3 March, 2004

from SwedenA really great sarmie for a hang over is: Toast with marmite and avocado. Sprinkle fresh ground pepper and aromat.....mmmm it kinda fixes that "naar" feeling.
  8 March 2004
Sue van Strijp-Crear
When I was pregnant with my first born (now 14) I went thru a sarmie craze using the following: Make some toast; then put home made quince jelly (my own) with sliced tomato on top and lots of salt and pepper - absolutely divine. Another one that we were taught in Home Economics (matriculated in 82) @ Queenstown Girls High School - EC - RSA - Peanut butter and salt and vinegar chips; OR Peanut butter and crispy cooked bacon - YUMMY Brothers used to love putting condense milk on their bread, sprinkling sugar over that, shaking remaining sugar off and EATING - fantastic, all that crunchy sugar with the sickly sweetness of condense milk - makes your teeth curl. Does anyone remember chocolate sprinkles or Vermicelli - used to get in SA back in late 70's maybe early eighties - we used to love this sprinkled between two slices of fresh bread - sooo crunchy
  11 March 2004
Lily from Oregon, USA in the beautiful Northwest.

Toasted wheat bread, top with peanut butter, a slice (ring) of pineapple, curry powder,
a TB of Hawaiian Pear Chutney, sharp cheddar cheese slice

Broil in oven until cheese melts....yuuummm!
  12 March 2004
Debbie, Zimbabwe

My favourite sarmie in all the world is a slice of toast and then you spread some marg, some peach jam, slice a banana, on top of the banana place a soft fried egg, sprinkle with cheese, return to grill to melt cheese. You can leave open or close with another slice of toast.
I also love hot mashed potatoes with salt and pepper and a soft fried egg, sarmie.
  19 March, 2004
Scott, from Ohio, USA

This has always been a favourite of my kids
Cut a banana in half, rub a lillte lemon on each half, then spread on some mayo and add some chopped peanuts. Top off with a little cinnamon or cinnamon sugar combination
  23 March 2004
Pieter, Angola

In the Cape the fishermen had a simple sandwich, Pilchards and Condensed Milk between 2 thick slices of brown bread!
  27 March 2004
Jenny (Devon, UK)

My favorite sarmie is marmite & banana, any bread, tho I prefer granary.
  9 April 2004
Laura Brown - Japan

Nice fresh bread (any kind, but fresh white is better than the pre-packaged, sliced type). Dijon mustard (the one with whole mustard seeds in). Cheddar or gouda cheese. And RAISINS!
Sounds weird, but is really yum!

  14 April, 2004
Ann Sotillo, Spain (ex-Pietermaritzburg)

My mom was the sarmie queen and we would always look forward to lunchbreak! Some of her best: sliced fresh peach and cheese; pickled onions and cheese; onion and mustard on wholewheat (my favourite).
  3 May 2004
my 8 year old friend Angus invented these and they are good!!!!
peanut butter, banana and m&m's...

3 May 2004
Leigh - Centurion, South Africa

Hi Peter. Here are some of my favourite sarmies.

Fish paste and atchar on brown bread
Liver pate, cream cheese and gherkins on rye
Cream cheese sprinkled with aromat on rye
French toast with Bovril, fried banana, fried tomato and bacon
Bovril with cheese spread on a bun
Bovril with mayo on toast
Toasted Bovril, cheese and tomato toasted in the oven

Actually, Bovril with everything!

May 6, 2004
Annie from Potchefstroom, South Africa

Slice a long breadroll on the top lengthwise, but not all the way through. Spread with garlic and herb butter (make your own by mixing a generous amount of Ina Paarman's dried herb and garlic seasoning with butter). Warm in microwave oven or under grill till heated through and butter melted into the roll. Add mashed avocado pear, lemon juice, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Top with a thin grilled smoked cheese pork sausage or crisp bacon. Enjoyyyyyyyy.

May 10,2004  

Take a slice of toast, cover with mashed avocado pear (seasoned with salt, pepper and vinegar) Drain oil from a tin of sardines and mix sardines with chopped onion, spread the mix over the avocado. Cover with cheese and grill till cheese has melted.

May 10, 2004  
Ellen A
I grew up in Brooklyn, NY and my mother used to toast two slices of white bread, slather one with cream cheese (Philadelphia brand if possible) and then top with walnuts and other slice of bread. It was delicious then, and is still delicious today!!! A great memory.

My daughter is now living in Franschhoek, South Africa, so I love to look at South African web-sites from far away Long Beach, NY!

May 26, 2004
Leigh - UK (Ex Zimbo)

Boiled eggs (soft) and fishpaste on hot toasted white bread. Or:
Bacon and marmalade on any bread

May 31, 2004
Debra Reid

I'd like to add my favorite of all favorites, its simple, but quite a unique taste sensation that is definitely not for the faint hearted.
I recommend that it be prepared on warm toast -
Marmalade, Blue cheese and Peri-Peri sauce!!!!
Aaah - DIVINE!!!

June 1, 2004
Pamela ,Port Elizabeth, RSA
My all time favourite is fresh government white bread, toasted then spread with butter, peanut butter and then tomato sauce. YUM!

June 3, 2004
Karin Schoeman

This is real. My son actually eats this.
The usual 2 slices of buttered bread with peanut butter and syrup, but then comes the topping. Pepper and Aromat. He loves this.

June 23, 2004
Anmarie, South African in the UK

1. marmite, cottage cheese and honey (esp. good with rice cakes)
2. butter bread, spread with apricot jam, put scrambled egg on (with salt & pepper to taste) and top off with some tomato sauce/ketchup (you could add some grated cheese).
3. apricot jam, mayonnaise and sardines

Jun 30. 2004
Jenny Wozniak,Sacramento, California, USA

My mother's favourite is mashed sardines on white bread, with condensed milk poured over! I can't even watch her eat it!
My brother is even worse (it starts out sounding relatively normal, but it isn't!): peanut butter, apricot jam, sliced banana, lettuce, cheese, chutney, tomato slices, marmite and fish paste. If he's in the mood for something sweet, he simply adds golden syrup to the mix.
Between the two of them, how could I possibly compete? My personal favourite is fresh, crusty white bread, thickly buttered, with thinly sliced fresh garlic and lots of sliced/chopped/grated biltong. A bit of crumbled blue cheese added is great too! Add a glass of red wine and a sunset, and as far as I'm concerned, it doesn't get much better than that.

Jul 19, 2004
Ianthe, Brighton, UK
My fave sarmies are:

Peanut butter, cheese & jam
Peanut butter & lettuce
Peanut butter & dates (one my mum used to make me for school lunches!)
Ham, pickled onions & crisps

You can't beat a sarmie with crisps in and I'm not at all fussy about what kind of bread I use.

As you can see, I'm a bit of a peanut butter freak.

Aug 3, 2004
Leticia, Boksburg

I went to Veld School in Groot Marico in the mid ‘80’s and it they would give us boiled eggs, brown bread (no marge) and mixed fruit jam for breakfast. NO SALT. We used the mixed fruit jam on the bread with the boiled egg and it was great!!

While I was pregnant I ate brown bread with ginger snaps which were slightly moist (leave out of packaging overnight) and lots of marge. I’d put the cookies on the bread with marge and squish it all together – DIVINE.

Also, snackwiches with lots of cheddar cheese and jam – when it’s all heated it gets gooey and delicious!! Let them cool though, as the jam will burn you!

My dad used to bake fresh bread on a Sunday and in summer my mom and dad would make bottled peaches. While the bread and peaches were still warm we would eat them together – absolutely heaven!

What a memory!

Aug 4, 2004
Leoni van Loggerenberg

My wacky sarmie is peanut butter and crispy, finely chopped bacon on fresh wholewheat bread - simply delicious! You can also do bacon and prunes. These sarmies are made all the more delicioius and tasty if you use real butter. I also enjoy things like marmite and syrup. Having grown on up on a farm, my Mom used to make kastaiings (pork or lamb fat cubes fried to make lard) and those crispy bits of fat with freshly baked farm bread were to die for!

Aug 21, 2004
Mags in New Zealand

At boarding school (Queenstown GHS, '66) we relished hot chips and vinegar dipped in dishes of parlour ice-cream - not a sandwich, I know - but fills your other crit. (chips dipped in ice-cream??? eiishhhh - Peter)
My uncle loved sardines and condensed milk - something about that generation of boarding school, I think.  When desperate (all the tuck boxes empty) we found that ouma rusks dipped in tomato sauce were fine.
And at Roseneath hostel, the general favourite was toast spread with marmite and marmalade - don't dis it till you try it!
And here in NZ - where, even in the very deep south, we are able to buy Mrs Ball's, Provita, Nederburg, fanta grape, cream soda et al, my teenage sons, who were always hungry, found that a solid minced meat pie and tomato sauce between two thick slices of bread and butter "hit the spot".
And what about the better sandwiches? A slice of fruitcake and tasty cheddar cheese (or two slices of cheese, or two slices of cake - your call)

Dates and cheese, cream cheese, mashed with mint, spread on thinly sliced brown bread, and filled with cucumber slices, lettuce and salt and pepper.
AND lettuce and marmite! OR Bovril for that fussy one.

Aug 22, 2004
Marilyn & Brian in Colchester, UK (originally from Pietermaritzburg)

When we were first married we invented our own favourite open sandwich - thickly cut end crusts of newly baked (still warm) white bread with butter and loganberry jam with dry Horlicks liberally sprinkled on top. (The idea evolved from our favourite ice cream sundaes - vanilla ice cream with jam & Horlicks or alternatively with Bingo chocolate sauce and Horlicks, which
used to be served in the OK Bazaars milk bar in Pietermaritzburg.
Does anyone out there know whatever happened to that wonderful Bingo sauce?

Aug 31, 2004
Cheryl Byars, Denver, Co.

Peanut butter and Syrup
Peanut butter, Banana, Mayo,& Lettuce on any type of bread or crackers

Sep 1, 2004

My brother loves to make Vienna and syrup sarmies, my favourite is popcorn with Marcel’s English Toffee frozen yoghurt on any bread of your choice, delicious, don’t knock it before you try it, it’s lekker!

Sep 2, 2004

Toast your bread on both sides. Take tinned asparagus spears and cover toast, cover that with sandwich spread and then cover that with grated cheese, put under the grill to melt and eat with knife and fork. It gets pretty messy !

Sep 7, 2004

1.Pumpkin that's left from lunch or supper. This must have some sugar and cinnamon in too.

2.Baked beans on fresh bread or rolls or even on toast goes down very well. Try and make a 'cowboy stew' with this too. Just fry a little mince and a can or two baked beans to it. This can even make a light meal.
3.Now here is another great one. Grated beetroot and curried fish. One of the colored girls that used to work with me in the office used to have this for lunch and the rest of us just had to 'swop' for these!
You fry some onions with your curry powder in a pot and add some pilchards to it.(Use those in tomato sauce but remove the bones from it) This curry fish needs to cool down before it is added to the sarmie with a layer of beetroot on top.
4. At some school camps we used gto have some sarmies at 'coffee breaks' before bedtime. They had apricot jam and grated cheese on. This is a good combination too.
5.Another great filling is also some vegetable or mango pickle with cold meat.

Sep 8, 2004
Corlia Spittal - East London

Mix Marmite and margarine till it spread easily, spread onto slice of bread and spread syrup over that. Close the sarmie and spread creamcheese on top!

Spread stywepap with a mixture of garlic and cheese spread!

Sep 10, 2004
Natasha from Layton, Utah. U.S.A.

This is my favourite sarmie..... You take half of an avocado and mash it up with some vinegar. mayo, salt and pepper. A couple slices of tomato. Then you take a slice of whole wheat bread and smear it with a nice helping of marmite, add the avocado and tomato....sprinkle with a little more salt and pepper and for extra flavour add about 1/2 teaspoon grated parmesan cheese and top with slice of bread!!!
I call it my, my, my marmalisious sarmie!! You have to try it.

Sep 20, 2004
Dean Lemon, Centurion, SA

As a kid, I used to eat Fish paste & Marmite sarmies, Marmite & jam or syrup or honey.
In the military, my favourite was beetroot & peanut butter sarmies.
Lately I eat cheese melted over toasted bread, (1 side only with the ingredients on the 'untoasted' side) This firstly requires either marmite, peanut butter or Coleman's Hot English Mustard. Thereafter comes the normal sliced onion, tomatoes & garlic, with the (Thick) cheese on top. Once grilled, this is dabbed in tomato sauce & "Dave's Insanity Sauce" (Ringsting)

Oct 7, 2004
Bjørn Krauer, UK
I used to try and revolt my little sister when I was baby sitting her, thinking up all kinds of concotions to either eat out of a bowl or else put on a sandwich, a few of them stuck... Have you tried mexican Chilli Chips with Caramel, Simba/Nestle is the best combination, this can also be eaten on fresh wholeweat bread with a thin layer of butter, else try left over bolognaise mince with grated cooking chocolate and a shot of tabasco, hmmmmm. Another favourite was pineapple and cheese , piccalilly and cheese, and the old standard apricot jam and cheese toasties, just let them cool off first. I am an ex Namibian living in the uK and missing all the lekker food

7 October, 2004
Louise Norbury - Canada
White bread with ham and cheese and then dipped in an egg mixture like French Toast and fried until golden brown and cheese is melted. You can actually do almost any filling in this and it is tasty. Sometimes I do sliced leftover breakfast sausages inside and then I dip it in corn syrup. mmmmmmm

10 October, 2004
Marius from Newcastle South Africa.
A nice treat is a bread roll or bun with crisp chips (roasted beef is excellent!)
My brother and I also used to eat ice-cream on our sarmies as young 'uns. Another good one is fried egg on a slice of bread or toast, topped with apricot jam (jello) or syrup and real hot chilli sauce.

18 October 2004
Kobus Knoetze

Typical student food:
Toasted cheese, onion & apricot jam
Toasted cheese, bacon & banana.
Toasted banana & peanut butter.

"Student toasting - Café style" - butter bread on outside and fold into single sheet of tinfoil, use heated clothing iron and leave on top of tinfoil folded sandwich, turn sandwich and toast other side.

12 November 2004
Pam Bergmann
My favorite would have to be:
Sliced ripe tomato, mayo, salt & pepper on toasted white bread.
It gets messy, but not so much when you toast the bread.
Another one would be sliced banana and mayo.

15 November 2004
Trish Lenz
This is my favourite toasted sarmie. Spread some pate' on the toast then fry mushroom and bacon add this to the toast very yum I use to have this at a restaurant in Bedford Centre called Gobbies Kitchen she did all sorts of off the wall things on her menu.

25 November 2004
Trevor (Durban)
I just made the nicest sarmie today:
1 slice of bread, Butter, Marmite, Cream cheese, Petrochilli, A peach
For those who don’t know, Petrochilli is like a chilli relish, its made from chillies, onions, garlic, olive oil and spices. Its VERY hot!!!

Toast the bread, and butter generously. Apply some Petrochilli. Then smear on marmite and then cream cheese. Cut the peach into slices and layer on top. Enjoy! Its heavenly!

Nov 30, 2004
Jacquie Bate

I just did a quick scroll through, and I might have missed it, but no-one's mentioned the "Telkom Special" - we used to get these from the corner cafe in Windsor West (Jhb)

use a 1/4 loaf white bread sliced into two
fried egg,
slap chips with a sprinkling of salt & pepper,
sliced vienna (or bacon if you pay a bit more)
slice of cheese,

dollop of tomato sauce
gherkin, sliced (optional)

It was big enough to share with a mate :-)

My fave sarmie at the moment (I call it the "barely legal" sarmie) is this:
FRESH white bread spread with creamed cottage cheese and topped with sliced banana and chopped dates.
Enjoy :-)

Nov 30, 2004
Jo, UK ex South Africa

I grew up in South Africa but have lived in the UK for about 16 years and have to admit that no one does ‘wacky sarmies’ quite like the South Africans!

I loved marmite and lettuce, cheese and jam and my all time favourite was peanut butter and golden syrup on very fresh white bread. Comfort food I call it!

Try this take on a jam sandwich: make a jam sandwich (minus butter) and trim off all crusts and cut into quarters. Dip into a batter mix and then fry. Dip in sugar and eat hot. sooooooooo yummy! (My mother in-law, who invented them, calls them Sweet Dreams)

15 December 2004
Stokey Sue, Stoke Newington, London, UK
Here are my favourites - all of which I have eaten repeatedly
1) Marmite, lettuce, and cheddar cheese in white bread (must be Marmite not Vegemite, and must be real strong cheddar not a substitute. Soft butterhead lettuce is best)

2) Cheddar, sliced bullet chillies, and salad cream (don't know if salad cream has escaped from the UK, it's a bit like mayo which would do at a pinch)

3) Peanut butter (preferably crunchy and unsweetened) and dill pickle (I always think that peanuts only work in savoury, not in sweet mixtures)

15 December 2004
Janet, South African now living in Texas
A family favourite of ours on a Sunday night after Church was as follows:
Take bread and brown the one side in the oven
Turn over and put a thick piece of ham, then a fried egg and finally top it off with cheese white sauce (which you cooked in advance). Then put a bit of cheese on top of that and brown in the oven.
The cheese white sauce is supposed to cover the bread and make a royal mess but when eaten with a knife and fork - absolutely marvellous.

14 March 2005
Bud, In Weatherford, TX
My first trip to SA in 2000, My Lady Vriendin made a Sarmie that is today still my favorite. Start with any style loaf bread sliced down the middle. Can be toasted. Liberally soak both sides with good olive oil.
Then heavy with Fish paste,  horseradish mustard, cheese, cucumber slices, lettuce, onion, maybe green olives, and seasoned to taste [usually black with pepper?] Have added/substituted thin slices of ham, for a change up.
Beetroot as a side colouring. Every time I return and enjoy South African Food, this is one of the first things I ask for? Couple of big bites, eat the rest with a knife/fork! Lekker. Doesn't taste as good here in Texas?

Peanut's & Banana's? Save that for the desert over good SA Neapolitan
Ice Cream.

23 March 2005
Barbara - Athens - Texas ex Cape Town

My cupboard in Texas always have three major "must haves", potatoe crisps. cheese curls and Bacon Bits (salad topping)
lettuce,bacon bits and cheese curls.
bacon bits and fig preserve,
fig preserve, bacon bits and creamcheese
cheese curls,lettuce and polony or ham
lettuce, cheese curls tomatoe,polony, butter mixed with bovril or marmite top with Mrs Balls or atjar pickles (green mango)
In fact all of the above make wonderful" mix and match" sandwiches on any kind of bread.
Ever tried cabbage salad any kind of cold meat and raisans/currents chopped walnuts or any kind of nuts available - try it dont' knock it!!!
Finely grated biltong on a spread of thick butter and marmite - lettuce and option - great.

21 April 2005
Tracy R. South Africa
The best sarmie for me is popcorn, that is still hot on a slice of fresh white bread with thick Rama margarine on it. Delicious.

5 May 2005
Zay - Belgium

MY all time favourite is the Fling sarmy. And since Flings is Proudly South African we don´t get it over here but Dorito´s is a good alternative, So the idea is to stack the one slice with Flings and then spread the other slice with mayo.Yuummmmyyyyy....


5 May 2005
Koos, Potchefstroom
Hi Peter

I tried the following sarmie one day and it has become one of my favourites.
1)Sardines and condensed milk on a slice of fresh white or brown bread.

Other combinations are:

2) Peanut butter and tomato sauce
3) Beetroot and mayo
4) Syrup and Milo
5) Butter and sugar 
6) Bovril and peanut butter
7) Bovril and syrup
8) Pineapple and mayo / Banana and mayo
9) Banana and syrup
10) Cream and syrup

I am looking out for your comments.
(my scores in red, with 10 as max - Peter)

5 May 2005
Mandy - Gateshead, England formerly of Joburg

My favourite "sarmie" has to be a salt and vinigar crisp, sprinkled with flake chocolate, topped with another crisp.....hmmmmmm!!!!

5 May 2005
Meagan Pascoe, SA

Fish Paste and Hot English Mustard on Wholewheat Toast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5 May 2005

Thanks to all for sharing ideas and brightening my children's lunch box. My son's favourite, brown bread roll with mayo and tomato Fritos chips. Samoosa drizzled with white vinegar and sliced banana on any bread is great.

16 May 2005
Emil from Cape Town ex Margate

Hi two classic South African sarmies are:
1 Tin Chilli Pilchards in tomatoes sauce mixed with diced onion and spread on two slices of fresh white bread lots of butter
What about the good old 1/4 bunny chow, centre removed and filled with a nice hot mutton curry. No knife, fork or spoon just fingers

6 June 2005
Michelle Delport
Cheese and apple sandwiches
Strawberries on white bread with butter. Sprinkle with a little sugar.
Mince with pinapple, banana, coconut and chutney.

6 June 2005
~ Petal (Ex Pretoria, SA now in Colorado, USA)

Peter, I enjoyed your Sarmies and Dunking page! What fun! I must say though.. the celery and peanut butter thing... it's a wonderful snack here in the USA. You take a washed celery stick and fill the hollowed out part with peanut butter and enjoy! Sounds gross but it's really wonderful and done all over the place here! You already have my kids' wackiest sarmie - peanut butter and cheese. When I was growing up (in Pretoria) my older sister's would make a "rainbow sarmie." They would take out everything we had that was possible to put on bread and then start off with a regular sarmie with one of the items, and then spread the next thing on top of the top slice of the original sarmie and just keep on piling it on, 'til they had about 7 slices of bread and six different spreads or whatever. Then they would cut about 1/4 inch sections and the result was definitely rainbow like and the taste very interesting! LOL. Sure was fun though. We had all kinds of combinations, Cheese, Fray Bentos, Jam, Peanut Butter, Mayo, Syrup, Fish Paste, you name it, it was on there!

Anyway, on to the dunking - our family dunks a lot of goodies! I make rusks and of course you HAVE to dunk those! Then we get Marie biscuits from a local store here, yep, dunk! Oreos are wonderful to dunk, but in milk! (Oreos are chocolate cookies, two of them with a creamy sweet filling sandwiched inbetween.) And any kind of cookie, sorry, I mean BISCUIT! is dunkable. Now you want to hear something really weird? The Americans here have these hot beef "sandwiches" which is really layers of hot sliced roast beef on a bun and then they dunk those in coffee! Eewwww!!!!! LOL! Never tried it because seeing it on a TV commercial was enough to put me off for life!!!

20 June 2005
Lew Horsten - Edgemead Cape Town

Maybe not so wacky but Great from childhood.
Two slices of fresh bread not the sliced variety.
Thick butter and Tomato sauce must be All Gold and I don't work for them!
Wash down with a good mug of Coffee.

21 June 2005
Anji Pretorius

Fish Finger sarmies are delicious !!!!!!!
Here in the UK, they eat sarmies without butter, so you always have to ask for butter to be put on. Strange, but true!!

3 August 2005
Sunet - Port Elizabeth

My favourite sarmie is lightly toasted rye bread topped with cottage cheese and sliced pineapple.

21 August 2005
Iris Turner

No joking! I know it sounds weird, but just try it, I did and its really good. Take two slices of bread, toast them now spread peanut butter on them, slice a large fresh tomato, take a slice and salt to your taste on both  sides, Now lay it on the toasted bread with peanut butter and place the
other slice of toasted bread with peanut butter on top and complete the sandwich.


Its also good with coffee, I thought it was crazy to but I give it a try, its really delicious!!!!!

24 August 2005
Mike Renard, Norrtälje, Sweden. (Ex Port Elizabeth)

1. Wholewheat Toast with whipped cream and strawberry jam.
2. Bacon, onion, cheese and tomato (Toasted) - in my opinion the best in the world. Goes very well with red wine!
3. Crab, mayo, lettuce, chopped leek and tomato. (White wine!)

30 August 2005

Joanne Rischbieter , Surrey

This is delicious but sounds a bit weird...you've just got to brave and try it! Firstly toast your bread, any bread. Give it a good coating of marg, cover that with a good layer of marmite. Then you need a mixture of chopped up hard boiled egg and mayo. Cover your marmite toast with the egg and mayo and enjoy! (Hint: egg must be hard boiled but not rubber and don't use to much mayo).

Another tangy one is peanut butter and mayo on brown bread!

5 September 2005
Mike Renard, Norrtälje, Sweden. (Ex Port Elizabeth)

1. Wholewheat Toast with whipped cream and strawberry jam.

2. Bacon, onion, cheese and tomato (Toasted) - in my opinion the best in the world. Goes very well with red wine!

3. Crab, mayo, lettuce, chopped leek and tomato. (White wine!)

7 September 2005
Candice, UK

The one sarmie I would sometimes make after a hectic day at school back in the good ol' days in South Africa was white bread with peanut butter, a layer of vanilla ice-cream with sprinkled Kelloggs Frosties on top. Finish it off with the last piece of bread. It really was a treat. You must try it. No one else will.

Oct 18 2005 
Sam, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Ripe banana sliced on buttered bread (buttered with thick mayo, Trim Mayo is best) on fresh brown bread....devine! 
Thanks for an awesome site! :o)

Oct 26 2005
Adre' Bartis
Hello Peter, You wanted to know about the Gatzby?? Not sure of the origin but its definitely South African.But I think any student worth his/her gold from the Cape Province of cause have put foot in a Gatzby Denn ..........You have the cheap version: French loaf, eggs, polony, tomatoes. lots of chutney............oh the polony must be fried and the chips spiced. (We had this one while on Varsity and no money!!)
The Deluxe one is fried onions, steak, fried eggs, lots of chips spiced of cause), Vienna's, chutney, mushrooms all served on a nice big French loaf.....................totally lekka!!
Try it.................and let me know!!

Nov 11, 2005
Malyssa Hattingh; Johannesburg SA

This is probably not a "wacky" sarmie, but is certainly an alternative to a normal hot dog with a South African twist. If you can braai some boerewors (or grill or fry conventionally). Heat some oil on the stove, but not too hot. Take some vetkoek dough and cut pieces of boerewors. Take some
vetkoek dough and put a piece of boerewors on top. Top with chilli sauce and grated cheese and roll the dough over to cover. Deep fry in the heated oil. An alternative sputnik / hot dog! Delicious.

Nov 24, 2005

One of my favorites comes from school. The boarders had a tradition called the Middy Feast. We all used to meet for a midnight snack every so often, and The Middy Roll was born!

1 Portuguese Roll OR 1 Hamburger (sesame seed roll)
A Smallish handful of crisps (cream cheese works, fruit chutney flavour
is the best though!)
Some Chunky Cottage Cheese
And last but most definitely the most essential, CONDENSED MILK!

Simply, slice the roll in half, spread on the cottage cheese, sprinkle on the crisps, drizzle with Condensed milk and EAT!

Please also consider that the amount of filling you put in is entirely up to you, BUT, it tastes better when it is bursting at the seams!

Thanks, and ENJOY IT!

Nov 28, 05
Morgan Overton, New Mexico

Take a large piece of white bread, then put a LARGE amount of garlic mashed potatoes in a bowl mixed with shredded cheese and BBQ sauce, warm that up, then place all of that mixture on the white bread. Then put in the microwave with cheese COVERING the top of everything. Take out, and eat with a fork.

Kitt Hazelton, Saddle Fitter, Trumbull Mtn. Tack Shop, Inc.

Here are a few unusual sarmies we enjoy in Sandgate, VT:

Peanut butter and cucumber
Tuna fish and potato chips
Sharp cheddar cheese on raisin bread (my husband's concoction - yuk).

I prefer:
- Boiled beef tongue, onion, dill pickle, sharp cheddar cheese and spicy mustard on buttered bread of any kind. (Pretty good even without the tongue.)

- Feta cheese, sliced black olives, alfalfa sprouts and sweet red pepper rings seasoned with oil and vinegar and served on toasted sourdough.

- Bacon, lettuce, sprouts, onion and avacado with Caesar dressing on toast.


Christa van der Merwe, Gauteng, RSA

Sandwich with ham, cottage cheese & chutney
Sandwich with tinned salmon, mayo, lettuce, tamato, cheese (gerkins & peppadews optional)
Toast with Marmite & sliced banana (my gran even mashed the banana and mixed it with butter & Marmite)
Toast with grated Cheese & sliced Paw paw (A favourite breakfast feast I inhereted when I married a Van Der Merwe)
French toast with cinnamon sugar

Dries Pretorius, Port Elizabeth RSA

We like to add the following onto our sarmies: Simba chips BBQ Ribs flavour or any other.
Left over green beans& chutney
 potato salad with finely chopped red onion
peanut butter and maroela jellie(Type of wild fruit)
Beetroot and mayonaise/chutney & grated cheese
grated cheese & braai spice
smoked snoek & mayo
Marmite & syrup(Salt sweet contrast)
Biltong & cheese
Avacado, smoked snoek(type of fish)
Bokkoms(Type of salt dried fish) with grape jam (salt sweet contrast)
Grated cheese and thick tomatoe sauce dash of Worcester sauce.
Two pieces of pot bread no butter just soaked with red prickly pear syrup(Heaven)

Sue (former S.African living in Texas, USA)

Plain sliced RIPE banana on a soft wholewheat roll - great breakfast!
Cucumber & LOTS of Marmite!
Crisps, mayo & lettuce in a white roll (lettuce makes it crunchier!)
Slice of bread smothered in Moskonfyt – YUM!
Hot scrambled egg & tomato sauce between slices of fresh wholewheat bread.
Do you still make snackwiches? My favourite was banana, cheddar cheese & chutney!


Syrup and marmite on white bread
Ham, simba chips(chilli) mango pickles, mayonnaise, sliced tomato and tomato sauce

Brendyn (UK)

Butter bread, sliced fresh tomato, peanut butter and ground pepper and salt.

Charlene, SA 

My most wacky sarmies are:
1. White bread with butter, grilled fish fingers & golden syrup! (Sometimes I just have the fish fingers with syrup on top.)
2. My husband also thinks my Apricot jam, Vienna & Cheese, melted under the grill is weird...?

Wendy,  U.K. Born a Zaffer 

Maybe might not be considered wacky, but my favourite sarmie is Peanut butter and Banana. This must be on the best bread you can get as it adds to the flavour and must be crunchy peanut butter.

Lynn, S Ex SA now Australian  

Believe it or not...........sardines and condensed milk make a delicious sandwich. Another favorite of mine is 2 Marie or ginger biscuits with cheese spread between them, also good for dunking!!

Pat Hasieber 

My grandson (nearly 5 years) loves a tomato sauce sarmie. Two slices of brown bread with tomato sauce, no butter. Another great with him is mustard and tomato sauce between two slices of brown bread or just plain mustard between two slices of bread. He does not have butter on his bread, and the mustard is a mild kiddies mustard.

Francia Neuhoff (Bloemfontein) 

I love to eat sweet & savoury together, so my husband makes sure that I don't get a hold of his sarmies when I'm making my favourite Bovril with Syrup. You simply spread the bovril like you would a normal bovril sami and then you just add syrup on top of it - almost like peanut butter & syrup. You can put jam on instead of syrup too.

The other samie I like very much is cream & biltong. My grandparents used to live on a farm that was one of the choices for breakfast every morning.

And last but not least, have you ever tried biltong and custard on bread - that is very njammie!

Sharyn (x-hilton, pmb - born cape town) now in the UK
- taking comfort eating to new heights (or is it weights) !!!
- bestest sarmie - boerewors and marmalade (the bitterest marmalade that u can find)
- good too - Escort pork sausages (must be them ones) with fried banana & fried onions
-the peanut butter and marmite thing seems to be popular and I thought I was the only one who liked it - see, loads of good taste in SA.

Cindy (South Africa) 
I had a best friend who used to love (and probably still does!!) banana and mayo on a sandwich!!!

John Texas, Australia 
G,day butter the bread then spread with honey, then sliced pickled onion , delisheeeosa

Not so wacky, but tasty and nutritious.

2 slices of your favorite bread
spread with fav. spread (margarine, butter, etc.)
top with peanut butter (we like chunky)
sprinkle with toasted wheat germ from a jar in fridge (the kids called them "crunchies"
slice bananas on top

Enjoy. The kids thought this was real treat.

Pepper Ann ( not kidding on my birth certificate maiden name Robertson ) ( ex zim ) Johannesburg

I have a couple of really delicious sarmies:

Two slices of white bread
Crushed garlic or sliced cloves of garlic
Salt and plenty of ground black pepper

My latest sarmie is a double layer:

Cheddar cheese
Biltong and banana
Three slices white bread , buttered on first slice put the cheese and half of the banana and then a slice of bread and then biltong and banana on the top and close it with the last slice of bread.

This last one needs a really large bread roll
Cream cheese
Cucumber / pickles
Beetroot ( pickled )

Goes down really well with a nice brown cow ( coke and icecream float )

And my mom's fav is pork sausage and marmalade ( I think it stems from boarding school )

Ham cheese and strawberry jam

Toasted tomatoe and fruit chutney

And the last one or I will take up too much space

My sister and I used to make smorgasborga’s ( open Samies ) we used to put what ever was on the plate on a slice of bread when we had “bits and pieces ( any thing from a salad to cold meats and boiled eggs avo and pickles with crisps on top

Maricka Meades - Randburg
For the poor days when you don't have much in your fridge or cupboard...
Raw cabbage and Steers Garlic sauce

Brian Henry
I am a South African,living in the Caribbean......
These are the samies we used to like making.

Peanut butter and sugar
Cheese(preferably sweetmilk) with golden syrup.
Butter & sugar
Bully beef & onions
Cheese & chutney
Peanut / bacon / bananas
Cheese & salt and vinegar chips.

Mrs S Walker, Cape Town

My husband eats this awful sandwich called Yuck. Its an open sandwich, one slice has apricot jam and a fried egg on it and on the other slice is a load of mayonnaise. Then you put the two together and let the yolk mix. I think its awful but he loves it! Been eating it since he was a kid.

Willie Karusseit

Peter, my Wacky sarmie is Peanut butter with Chilli sauce The hotter the better

Loraine Marshall

Hi Peter

Wow, after reading some of the sarmie combinations on your site I realized how tastes differ ... to say the least ... but interesting though. Here are some of my combinations:

Fillings for 2 Slices health, nutty, whole wheat or just plain brown bread - buttered:

1. Thick layers of nutty peanut butter on both slices and in the middle: lettuce, grated carrot with a dash of lemon and grated apple.

2. Cold potato, boiled in skin and sliced, thick mayo on both slices and generously sprinkled with pepper - salt to taste.

3. Peanut butter & banana

4. Oxo, Marmite or Bovril with Apricot Jam, sliced tomato and pepper.

5. Mashed pilchards, finely chopped onion, hot Worcestershire sauce, salt & pepper to taste.

6. Tomato, garlic, & calamata olive paste on both slices, with layers of sliced onion, mushroom and avo, generous layer of grated mozzarella cheese, topped with hot paprika and sprinkles of sunflower, sesame and poppy seed. Grill until cheese has a light brown tint, place plain buttered slice bread on top, leave to cool - or keep sarmie open and copy toppings on both slices.

... and here's the weird one ... only my husband's favourite ...

1. Fresh, buttered toast spread with Oxo, Marmite or Bovril. Prepare ProNutro the usual way, with milk and sugar, add generous amounts of the cereal on the prepared toast and .... enjoy, I guess!

2. My favourite is Milo [powder form] on fresh white bread with thickly spread butter.

Ok, that's my contribution.

Regards & good luck trying the ProNutro Toast!!

Liz, Jeffreys Bay

Hi Peter, wow there are some combinations of sarmie fillings!
My kids regularly went off to school with left-over chicken curry fillings - but even better, cold bolognaise sauce. I only found out years later, that their fellow pupils used to offer money to buy them!


My dad came across Peanut Butter & Crisps sandwiches at his bowls club, the lady who made these sandwiches was quite taken aback that no one else was eating them as they were her favourite.
My 4 year old son’s favourites are cheese & tomato sauce (all gold of course) or just plain old tomato sauce – well he has tomato sauce over everything!.

I like leftovers on bread, be it last nights Spaghetti Bolognaise, Sundays Roast Chicken & Roast Potato, etc. At school I used to buy a packet of crisps at the schools tuck shop put them on whatever lunch my parents had put in for me (e.g Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Gherkins, Cucumber, Sandwich Spread & Crisps! Yummy)

This one comes from by brother-in-law. He once worked for a local security company's mobile patrol section and hence the name "Mobile Special".

Take one loaf of bread and cut it length wise add chips, vinegar, salt etc. like on a sandwich THEN place in a plastic bag and drive over it with an Ingwe ( a Amoured personnel carrier) and enjoy.

Maia , Australia

This is my favourite sandwich filling.
Really good rye bread with a good crust. Spread with :
- mashed avocado, and then
- layers of runny sliced camembert.
Top with generous slices of smoked salmon, capers, black pepper, a squeeze of lemon juice.
Spread a second slice of rye with mashed avocado, place on top of first slice.
Press lightly, cut in half.
Serve with extra slices of lemon, capers, and cornichons.
Enjoy with a very dry white wine, or good champagne or sekt. With a small black coffee to finish.
Bliss!! Not the cheapest sarmie to make, but out of this world, and healthy, to boot!

Melanie, Perthshire, Scotland.

Favourite sarmie is a salad cream sandwich - 2 slices of bread well buttered with a thick covering of salad cream on 1 slice squash the 2 slices together!

Lynda, Witbank South Africa

My fav sarmie is a peanut butter and sliced apple!! (only if apples are crunchy)

Rusty - Port Shepstone

During the 1940's SA and the world experienced a severe economic depression. Flour and all the goodies for making bread were in short supply and cost an arm and a leg.

My mother, as did many others, made mealie pap and poured it into bread pans. Once the pap had cooled and set she then turned the 'pap loaves' out and sliced them as she would normal bread.
We all got pap sandwiches filled with cooked green beans, beetroot fresh fruit or anything else from the previous night's dinner table that could be salvaged to fill sarmies.
To this day I make 'leftover ' and fruit sarmies. The only difference is that I use bread instead of mealie pap.
My kids think I'm weird. Who knows maybe I am.

Sean from Melbourne.
Didn’t read through all the entries but a Chip Boetie must be mentioned.
Soft fried egg with yolk busted and mixed with Tomatoe Sauce and a bit of pepper spread over some slap chips and placed between 2 pieces buttered white bread is the perfect way to end a dinner. Once you’ve busted the egg over the chips (French fries) the skill is in determining how much to leave for the sarmie after eating the rest of the meal!!

As for DUNKING there is the age old “Soldiers” – strips of toast dunked into egg yolk.

Marguerite Thornes, Underberg, South Africa

I ate this sandwich for most of my pregnancy, and still love it lots of years later.
White Roll with avocado, sliced boiled eggs, grated cheddar cheese & lots of pepper – Should be wacky enough!

Felien from Pretoria 

Try white bread with marmite and syrup. Mmmm!!!

Claudine van Wyk

My all-time favourite is a roasted chicken, sousboontjies and pineapple sarmie, on any type of bread. Butter your bread, reheat the chicken in the microwave (the skin must still be crispy though!) and spread sousboontjies, chicken, pineapple and some more sousboontjies before stuffing your stomach.

Jody Harnish, Everett, Washington, USA

Hello Peter!
I was just reading about the sandwiches people eat, and I had to laugh at a comment from a former South African who is living in the US. She said that she had seen an ad on TV that showed someone dipping a beef sandwich into coffee! It's beef broth, not coffee. And it's delicious, but messy.
Here are a couple of my favorite sandwiches --
1. Crispy bacon with two fried eggs and a little mayonnaise or butter
2. Cook a roast using beer instead of water. (That's an old trick from pioneer days. Beer is a natural meat tenderizer, and it adds flavor to the meat.) Season it with Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt and lemon pepper. If you use a crock pot, let it go all day on 'low'. You'll be able to pull it apart with a couple of forks when it's done. Shred the meat and serve on hamburger buns with grilled onions and barbecue sauce.

Clayton Bezuidenhout, Nashville, TN formerly Pretoria

Are you guys kidding me? Does no one remember a good old boerie roll with tomato sauce and mustard or fried onion and Ms Balls not at all wacky but prob he best damn thing under the sun. We have introduced our local butcher shop to Boerie and it has fast become his best seller.

P.S. Sour dough bread with sun dried tomato cream cheese(make your own and add extra sun dried tomatoes), ham and swiss cheese grilled is second only to a good boerie.

Jodi Le Roux ( PMB-SA)

Wow, there are a lot of weird and wonderful combinations on your list, and I saw so many of my favorite childhood staples... cheese and jam, cheese and syrup, cheese and chutney, peanut butter and syrup or jam, I didn't see cheese and marmite though?

Anyway, here are some of my more risque favorites:

fishpaste and cheese (preferably melted in the microwave and eaten as an open sandwich- my best friend and I love this)
savoury mince, cheese and chutney toasted sarmies
egg, bacon, cheese and banana toasted sarmies (this is my mom is the breakfast staple for my mom and I if we go out)
chicken mayo and cheese (toasted or plain - on anything)
Baked beans and cheese(toasted or plain - on anything. I picked this one up in the UK)
smoked chicken, sliced avo, crumbled blue cheese and red onion marmalade(blueberry jam or sweet chilli is good too)
Bacon, brie and strawberry jam(sweet chilli or tomato jam is good too)
cold Lasagne( a girl I used to go to primary school with always had this, she hated it so we swopped... it's delicious)
Mash and bovril or fish fingers.
Potato salad and steak(really great at a braai... you can add potato chips-crisps for the non saffas- for the extra crunch and flavour, and biltong can substitute for steak)
Slap chips, cheese and tobasco sauce
Grilled tomato, mayo, cheddar and spare rib meat(these are nice done open and under the grill, also the spare rib marinade needs to be sweet - my boyfriend loves this)...

I think that is everything... oh, and unless otherwise stated, cheese means cheddar or gouda.

My name is Lia and I'm from Strubens Valley in Roodepoort.

I know most of your sarmies are from all over the world but here are two lekker South African Sarmies, especially for those on diet.
Take two rice cakes ( the diet part ) spread them liberally with butter and top with Bovril and then, here's the twist, slice up a lekker ripe banana and pile it on top of the butter and Bovril and sprinkle with a little brown sugar. Voila!


Take two rice cakes ( again, the healthy bit ) spread with butter and set aside. In a bowl, mix up sliced ripe banana, condensed milk, mayonnaise and lemon juice. This mixture should be nice and gooey. Pile this mixture onto the rice cakes and enjoy!

Alternatively, chuck the rice cakes and just use all the above ingredients to make a banana salad, very morish with braai meat!

Michelle Rees  
I seriously love the following sarmie fillings:
*Thinly sliced roast beef, sliced boiled egg, mayo and finally chopped gherkins
*Chopped green granny smith apple, mayo and atchar
*Marmite, cheese and onion
*Philly cheese, sweet chilli sauce, gherkins and onion
*Toasted peanut butter and banana (so yum it’s like dessert!!)


The very best sarmie you will ever eat is Marmite, peanut butter and bacon.
Do not knock it till you’ve tried it……it will knock your socks off

Louis from Port Elizabeth
When we were in boarding school it was cold tasteless porridge or “Zol pie” for breakfast: -
1 slice of “old” brown bread in a porridge bowl
Spread thickly with “government” peanut butter
Topped with sugar, if a

Flood it with 1 cup of hot coffee (coffee, 1 milk, 3 sugar)
Eat with a spoon.

Carey Thomas - Johannesburg

Hi Peter
Not so sure that my taste is wacky, but I just discovered it and quite enjoy making a sarmie from 1 slice of rye (preferably the Berliner Landbrot from Woolies), smear on it some Hummus (chickpea pate) and sliced gerkins. Quite more-ish.
Thanks for an awesome site!

14 July 2009
I would just like to share a couple of my favorites,

Peanut Paste (butter) and sliced tomato on white bread, YUMMO....
Cucumber, lettuce and vegemite....
Cheese and gherkin...
Salt and vinegar potato crisps with hot roast chicken...
My Uncle used to have butter and celery salt...
Left over fried rice...

Hope you all try these and enjoy, as I am looking forward to trying a few of the suggestions here,

Cheers from Earlsworld,
Debra Daymon



~Dunking is Lekker~


Are you a "dunker" ? What is a dunker? Well, in South Africa the traditional morning drink is coffee, not just any coffee, but real "boeretroos" which is strong coffee made in a percolator from ground coffee beans, the real thing! Now no coffee is perfect without a rusk to dunk into it, real "boerbeskuit", see the pic of me dunking my morning rusk(s). One is never enough, one keeps dunking till all the coffee is gone!


  OK, this is where you come in, what do you dunk? Daughter Lorraine loves to dunk her peanut butter and cheese sarmie. Email me and let me know what you love to dunk. I would also like to know if you think it is polite to dunk in public?

Joanne Craik South African in London
Elegant dunking is good! It is how it is done.

Tracy -ex Zim, Now 100% South African
With regards to Dunking, I was taught to dunk my white bread and bovril in my tea, till the butter melts. Syrup is also nice. And the best is the tea afterwards. Yum Yum! My husband thinks I'm insane. But you are right, nothing beats beskuit or any cookie actually and yes, I do believe it's rude to dunk in public, cookies and beskuit are okay amongst friends, but definitely keep the bread dunking to yourself.

Jenny - - in Sacramento, California (formerly from Cape Town)
Hi there!
Well, I'll dunk just about any solid food in any liquid drink (my daughter's personal favourite is slap chips in chocolate milkshake!)! But with regards to dunking in public - it's not a question of politeness, it's a question of necessity. How else will we ever educate the barbarians? Since living in the USA, my husband and I have taught at least half a dozen adults how to eat with a fork and knife, the joys of cheese and chutney sarmies, as well as cheese and jam (relatively unheard of here!), we have startled our friends when the corks started popping on our homebrewed ginger beer and introduced the locals to the delectable boerwors roll, done on the braai, of course! Trust me, the list goes on and on! One doesn't always realise, until you stand upon a distant shore, what a rich diversity of culinary phantasmagoria you hail from!

Kiti - New Zealand
About the dunking. I have to tell you this story. I made some lovely boerebeskuit... I mean, I really outdid myself, they were long, golden, crispy.... mmmm lekkerrrr. Gave some (dried and fresh ones) to my Kiwi landlady (still liked her then, the old cow). Asked her afterwards how she liked them... she said they were a bit hard with the soup, but the soft ones were okay.

We rolled on the floor laughing. O well... you can take a Saffer out of SA, but....

My hubby is a dunker... he dunks everything, from beskuit to gemmerkoekies. I never liked it though. I am a proud non-dunker.

Adri Sinclair
My comments on dunking: I will dunk ANYTHING, that includes my peanutbutter, marmite and banana sarmies, as well as my pickled gherkin and fig yam (ouma still sends it to me!) sarmie, they all get dunked in my coffee. Klaar gelag!

Doris Allen
Well I read about dunking. That isn't new to me. I love to dunk in coffee anything I can, I'm not sure about peanut butter and cheese but biscuits and butter. Anise cookies in anything I have to drink. As for dunking in public go for it . you only live once. I really enjoy your website Peter thank you.

Peter, Your website is tops!!! Dunk Kit-Kat in tea until the chocolate starts to melt - delicious
I think dunking is fine in public - people are too concerned about what others think.

Thea van Rensburg ex East London now Ireland

One of my great disappointments when we arrive here, no rusks to be seen anywhere. I dunk biscuits that's hard but there's nothing that compares to dunked "beskuit".
So, I discovered your website last night, and I am going to bake my own "beskuit"!

Marilyn & Brian in Colchester, UK (originally from Pietermaritzburg)
When I was growing up, I always dunked my white bread, butter and "Anchovette" sandwiches in sweet tea. The trick was only to withdraw the soggy sandwich and eat it just before it disintegrated and fell into the tea! Then, if I could manage to suck it first before finally biting into it, all the better!! The thought of the taste of tea sucked from a fishpaste sandwich still appeals - trouble is I can't get any "Anchovette" in the UK! Marilyn in Colchester, UK (the dunking took place in Pietermaritzburg, SA)

Mags in New Zealand
Ginger biscuits are my favourites - oh delicious. My children like the KitKat kind - any chocolate finger biscuit (and I think Aus and NZ must have more varieties than I have ever seen) - used as a straw to suck their coffee. Messy!!!!

Rosemary in Texas
We used to dunk rusks or Marie biscuits in tea or coffee. The trick with the Marie biscuits was to dunk just long enough to that the biscuit was really soft, but just before the soft piece fell off into the drink!
We don't get rusks in Texas, but, oh joy, we have finally found Marie biscuits - disguised as Marias in the Mexican section - a little smaller, but still essentially the same. Now my daughter can enjoy the pleasures of dunking!

25 November 2004
Anika Pennsylvania (ex-South African)

Of course dunking is ok in public!
I love dunking slap chips in vanilla milkshakes, yummy!!! Another favourate is fresh cut apples in milk, also, chips/crisps in coke is good, not as good as beskuit or cookies in coffie, though....  (slap chips in vanilla milkshakes???...ewwwww - Peter)

15 December 2004
Stokey Sue
My partner is from France, and like all the French he expects morning coffee to come in a bowl, not a cup or mug, precisely so that he can dunk his bread (buttered and jammed), rusk or even croissants and other pastries in it. It's definitely OK in public - though the first time you see a French hotel breakfast room full of chic Parisians all dunking together it does strike you as bit odd (at least if you are a Brit)

6 May 2005
Charne in Canada

I'll dunk anything!! But rusks, naturally, are the best...chocolate covered digestive biscuits are yummy and Marie biscuits (tea biscuits here in Canada) are wonderful too...or when the bread isn't quite the freshest anymore...dunk it! Tastes great!!
I dunk anywhere, but I do get VERY strange looks when I do. I taught a Sapnish American friend to dunk. She thought I was crazy at first, now she is hooked and even makes her own rusks. :-)

11 November 2005

Try this, get a Nestlé Peppermint crisp, break the end off (about ½cm on each end). Dunk into your hot coffee and drink...First, the coffee is peppermint flavoured, then the choc and peppermint start to melt. Drink until it is completely melted. Stick your finger in and nJoy!

1 March 2007

My 4 Year old son, dips his Nik Naks in Tomato Sauce or Ice Cream.
Kind Regards

20 March 2007
Charmaine from Queensburgh

One of my favourite things to dunk is any shortbread type biscuit in Oros.

Sandy UK (ex Durbanite)

I have a strict dunking protocol - savoury stuff for coffee and sweet stuff for tea! Never do it in public though.

Verna (from Cape Town)

Several biscotti recipes say dunk the biscotti in Marsala, so I guess one can do that in public.
Just make sure you make really hard biscotti or else you end up with a mushy heap at the bottom of your glass.
My Gran used to serve sponge cake cut into fingers to 'dip' into sherry after Sunday church.
Otherwise I'd keep dunking among friends.



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