“I don’t want any of your food Mum, I want crap kids food for my birthday”. I guess I can take that as a compliment. I asked her if she wanted me to make the cake, the eyes rolled (she is so good at that). “Of course your making the cake”.  So this weekend I bit the bullet, invited 11 children into my house and fed them a ton of crap food. Sausage rolls from Lidl, cheap rubber ham sandwiches on white bread with the crusts cut off (under strict orders from Lola). I filled bowls with giant cheesy balls. I must confess that after a couple of glasses of wine the night before, I did open the giant cheesy balls and you know, they are kind of good. In a very chemical, processed, stick to the top of your mouth way. Anyway I digress, the dining table was filled with beige food. I really should have gone to Iceland!

I made a sandwich that I haven’t had since I was a kid. My mum is American and she used to send us to school with peanut butter, jam, lettuce and raisin sandwiches, much to the horror of my school friends. You have to make them, they are so good. Unfortunately because of the peanut/nut thing I cant make them for the girls to take to school. I made them for the party though and they went down a treat.

The cake was a yellow cake, with caramel icing. Its a recipe from Southern Cakes by Nancy McDermott. If you have never baked before, make this, it is such a simple recipe you really can’t go wrong. The Icing is delicious and when I make this cake for adults, I add a giant pinch of sea salt to the caramel. Yum.

Today I leave you with my mothers recipe for peanut butter, jelly (thats jam to you english lot), lettuce and raisin sandwiches.

Have a wonderful rest of the week.

Rachelle x

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Peanut Butter Jelly Raisin and Lettuce Sandwiches

Since this is a circa 1977 experience for me. I suggest you use white bread. I will allow you to use a lovely farmhouse loaf if you must, but somehow white sliced bread seems to be the right choice. Argue with me if you must but granary or wholemeal bread in this instance is just wrong.


  • Peanut butter (Skippy is the best, please don’t use the healthy stuff)
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Raisins (not currents)
  • Strawberry or raspberry jam
  • butter

Ok so its not really a recipe. You just spread the butter on both slices of bread. Then jam on one slice, peanut butter on top, lettuce leaf sprinkle of raisins.

Seriously good x


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