Paddington Bear, sandwiches and win a gorgeous Spode china set

May 31, 2011

My sister and I were big fans of Paddington Bear when we were growing up – we had the books, the teddies and we loved the TV series too. We even tried eating marmalade sandwiches (although admittedly preferred marmalade on toast, especially Lime).

So I was absolutely delighted when Spode sent me a double handed mug and porringer set from their Paddington Nursery collection. They’re absolutely beautiful and would be the perfect gift for a Christening or Naming ceremony, the kind of present that would be treasured for years.

Except… we don’t have any Christenings or Naming ceremonies coming up. So I’ve decided the nice thing to do is give you the chance to win them. And the obvious question is:

What’s your favourite sandwich, and why?

Leave your answer in the comments below and the winner will be chosen next Tuesday. Usual The Mum Blog competition rules apply.

Meanwhile, I thought you might like to be reminded of this clip of Paddington doing Singin’ in the Rain. Isn’t it fab?


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  • English Mum June 8, 2011 at 8:48 am

    YAYYYYY!!!! Thank you so much! Delighted xxx

  • Liz Jarvis June 7, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Oh my goodness SO many delicious sandwiches. And some right odd combos, lol!

    The winner of the competition is….


    If you’d like to email me your details I’ll make sure your gorgeous china set is sent out to you. x

  • Anna Mizerska June 6, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    I like cheese and bacon sandwich!

  • gill June 6, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    My favourite is Coronation Chicken the queen od sandwiches which reigns supreme

  • Heather Shaw June 6, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    toasted honey, brown sugar and banana sandwiches are the best!

  • Katie June 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I’ve vegan, so my favourite sandwich is Linda McCartney sausages with egg-free mustard mayo and lots of salad. The tanginess of the mustard mayo is sooo moreish and sausages make it feel like such an indulgent treat. =)

  • demum24 June 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Egg and Cress so refreshing

  • Emma Boitoult June 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Salmon and cucumber sandwiches are my favourite classic sandwich filling, the cool, crisp cucumber teamed with the flavoursome salmon is the perfect combination and it tastes good on brown bread too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Chris Bull June 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Chocolate spread, peanut butter and rich tea fingers which have been spread with jam.

    Butter 2 slices of bread, spread peanut butter on one slice and chocolate spread on the other, spread 4 rich tea fingers with jam (I prefer strawberry) lay the biscuits on one slice of bread and sandwich together…… Enjoy

  • Dee June 6, 2011 at 1:25 am

    It would have to be avocado, sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese on a warm crusty ciabatta, because it reminds me of Mediterranean holidays!

  • Lucy Richards June 6, 2011 at 12:21 am

    It has to be MARMALADE so Paddington can share my sandwich.

  • Sarah Page June 5, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Mini Falafels, chilli relish, soured cream and crisp Iceberg Lettuce in a white floured tortilla! Yum!

  • annette hanley June 5, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Ham salad with grated cheese mixed with canine pepper a lovely tasty and filling sandwhich the pepper perks it up a little.

  • Deborah Bird June 5, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    mmm i like tuna mayo sandwiches, with crisps!!

  • F Walter June 5, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    It has to be banana and strawbery jam on thick white bread. No-one I know seems to like it though!

  • Tracy Higgs June 5, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I don’t have this very often, but it is my favourite because it reminds me of my childhood. Wait for it………salmon and shrimp fish paste. I used to eat these whilst watching paddington, and oh how I wished he would have paste sandwiches like me instaed of marmalade.

  • vicky morton June 5, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    My fave is BLT on brown toast with mayo.
    Bacon is so tastty and by having lettuce and tomwato makes me feel like i’m being healthy hehe ๐Ÿ™‚

  • AMANDA LETCH June 5, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    That’s really hard one depend’s on my mood !
    But if i had to choose i would say , Pastrami , gerk!ins, mustard and mayo !

    Love to win this my niece is getting christened in July !

  • wendy stanger @kikicomp June 5, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Fav sarnie would be peanut butter and salad yum

  • Jodie Taylor June 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I love chicken salad with onion and colesaw, lovely and meaty but with the fresh and cripness from the salad

  • Hazel Rush June 5, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    My favourite sandwich would have to be chicken, crispy bacon and avocado with rocket on seeded bread yum yum!

  • Angela Webster June 5, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    My Favourite is Tuna, mayo and sweetcorn, I like to add a squrit of salad cream too, Yum!

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  • Katherine Coldicott June 5, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Avocado, blue cheese and bacon. This is really indulgent but I love the creamy flavour and texture of the avocado combined with the stronger flavours of the bacon and blue cheese.

  • Tracy Gladman June 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    It has to be a Seafood Cocktail sandwich, love it, love it, love it. The crab and prawns together with the sauce are just yummy.

  • Leanne Green June 5, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Cheese and coleslaw sandwiches are my favourite. They’re quick to make and taste delicious ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Isabelle Smith June 5, 2011 at 2:18 am

    bacon, chicken, salad and cheese and onion crisps yum ๐Ÿ™‚

  • jemma price June 5, 2011 at 12:16 am

    i love cheese and onion mmmmmmm, the best especially with a cup of tea

  • danielle jordan terry June 4, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    OOOO this has to be my new fave of steak and cheese mmmmmmmmm!!! with a little bit of onion ๐Ÿ™‚ yum yum!!!! xox

  • Laura June 4, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Mine is peanut butter – because you can eat it anytime of day and its never wrong!

  • Polly Bastow June 4, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I love marmalade sandwiches too but my fave at the moment is Philly and cucumber with lots of black pepper. No butter or salad cream/mayo as I’m on a diet and lovely healthy wholegrain bread.

  • Anthony Elvy June 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Prawn mayonaise with iceberg lettuce on wholgrain!

  • Susie June 4, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Brie, cranberry sauce and rocket every time!

  • Cheryll H June 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Peanut butter and banana ๐Ÿ˜€ Yum!

  • kushla June 4, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    cheese and pickle sometimes. sometimes egg mayo and cress. at other times, just cheese. depends on who’s making it, doesn’t it!!

  • Emily Hutchinson June 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Lots of great sarnie ideas there, I’ll be trying the Dracula sandwich ๐Ÿ™‚

    One I like is grated cheese, carrot and onion, mixed up with some salad cream or mayo

  • Nina Crozier June 4, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Do I have to choose just one ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Tuna, Spring Onion, Balsamic Vinegar, Salt, Salad Cream on bread spread thick with butter

    Why, because i love the taste and i love salad cream!!

  • Louise Smith June 3, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Steak, Sauteed Mushrooms & Onions on a toasted Ciabatta

  • Carol Phile June 3, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Phildelphia, honey and banana on white – yum ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wayne Gunn June 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Heinz cheese sandwich spread or anything my GF makes. I like things to be easy.

  • Sarah Anguish June 3, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I’m a Plain Jane so… Ham & Cheese, so simple and easy on the palette

  • Peak June 3, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    A club sandwich. Scrummy!

  • Solange June 3, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    my favorite sandwich includes cream cheese, crispy bacon, avocado, alfalfa sprouts, red onion and a nice smoked gouda or havarti cheese. If the bacon is super hot put the cheese on top so it gets all melty

  • JULIE PANNELL June 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm


  • Lucy McCormack June 3, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Mine would have to be the classic that my grandparents introduced me to,,, Banana sandwiches!!! Nothing nicer

  • Libby Alexander June 3, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Any sandwich at the moment, as I’m trying to do low carb at the moment and would kill for bread.
    My favourite though is probably really strong, crumbly, mature cheddar with raw onion and black pepper on crusty white Tiger bread. I stink afterwards but don’t care.

  • Stacey June 3, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Mature Cheddar, tomato, small splash of vinegar and pinch of salt. Ooh! On freshly cut white bread from the Baker. Nom nom!

  • juliette June 3, 2011 at 9:51 am

    what a difficult one – fried egg and tomato

  • Laura renton June 3, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I have so many faves:
    Pate and beetroot
    Banana (has to be white bread and real butter)
    Avocado, chicken and bacon
    Mozzarella, avocado, tomato and basil (best in a panini)
    Marmalade sandwiches (great for a night shift)
    And my old current favourite:
    Peanut Butter, Marmite and Cucumber.

    THE above ^^^^^^^ is why I am the size I am… and I have now been eating a no/low carb diet (apart from a few days over my daughters birthday) for 6 weeks.. and have lost 23lbs…
    So NO sandwiches for me!

  • Ellie Peabody June 3, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I love egg with some rocket for greenery and a bit of a kick!

  • Kelly Koya June 3, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I love the sarnies my husband’s family taught me. They are made with potato and mixed veg, cooked with spices, then grated cheese, and sliced cucumber. The sarnies are then toasted and I could eat a whole loaf full!

  • Pamela Gossage June 3, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Worster Sauce crisps. They are tangy and crunchy

  • Alfie Davidson June 2, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Roast beef and Stilton on granary. Heaven in every bite ๐Ÿ™‚

  • christine veronica taylor June 2, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I love ham and cheese,melted on my sandwiches.Mmmm so yummy x

  • June Munday June 2, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Tuna salad with mayo but must include sweetcorn as well

  • Immortal Beloved June 2, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    banana and peanut butter on wholegrain bread, toasted is amazing too

  • Katarzyna June 2, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I love egg, cress with lettuce a bit of mayo and pepper.

  • Geraldine Chaplin June 2, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Coleslaw and ready salted crisps definitely!

  • Fiona Martin June 2, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I love roasted vegetables with houmous but only when it’s shop bought – can’t be bothered to roast the vegetables myself!

  • jontybabe June 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Well you just can’t beat a good old HP brown sauce and butter sarnie! Yes a weird one I know but then again I am a weird one myself! Until I met my husband I never found another person who loves these sandwiches more than me! We are definitely well suited!

  • Sarah Laycock June 2, 2011 at 11:28 am

    A good old fashioned bacon sarnie – warms the cockles on a cold morning and sets you up for the day

  • Denice June 2, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Oooh I just love Banana and Syrup for a special treat on wholegrain bread, mmmmm yum ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Diane June 2, 2011 at 10:33 am

    My favourite is cheese and cucumber with lots of salad cream

  • Hayley williams June 2, 2011 at 9:04 am

    my favourite is tuna cheese and onion mmmmm

  • Gemma Harrison June 2, 2011 at 8:44 am

    sausage and brown sauce for me. x

  • Sarah Oxford June 2, 2011 at 8:34 am

    My favourite sandwich is what my Dad and I call a ‘Dracula Sandwich’. He used to make it for me when i was a kid (many moons ago!).
    It’s, from bottom up, a slice of toast, cheese, another slice of toast, jam and then toast on top.
    The idea being the cheese represents bone, the jam blood and the toast skin/flesh.
    I think/hope it began as a halloween treat!

  • Harpal Kaur June 2, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Nothing beats a bacon and brie sandwich, it is sheer indulgence and my guilty secret once a week

  • Helen B June 2, 2011 at 8:03 am

    chicken and avocado with a tiny bit of sour cream instead of mayonnaise

  • joanne June 2, 2011 at 7:50 am

    it has to be cheese, tuna and tomato on fresh granary bread, delicious.

  • Alice Hindley June 2, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Cottage Cheese and Cucumber Sandwiches

    light in calories if your watching your figure

    woudn’t recommend eating cucumber just now though ๐Ÿ™

  • Tracy Nixon June 2, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Mine has got to be a tuna crunch! – Seeded bap or bread with tuna mixed with salad cream, red onion, tomato, red peppers and lettuce!!! The sandwich is moist and easy to eat and sometimes I toast the tuna in the roll/bread first then add the veg for an extra treat!!!

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway xxx

  • ADELE HILL June 2, 2011 at 12:17 am

    It has to be a bacon sandwich. Nothing else hits the spot

  • Lucy Taylor June 2, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Beef n dripping with a scraping of marmite. Takes me back to my childhood plus its an excellent way of using up the left over roast!

  • Clare MacDonald June 1, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    soft cheese , mature cheddar and beetroot

  • Carolin June 1, 2011 at 7:36 am

    My better half always makes me a super yummy beef sandwich with horseradish, red onions and watercress. It’s to die for x

  • Erica Price June 1, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Fresh bread, mature cheddar & coleslaw.

  • Young Mummy May 31, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    I didn’t have to think too long about this. Normally, I’m not a big sandwich fan, but it all changes when I’m on hols. I have very fond memories of crisp sandwiches – lightly salted or Paprika Lays, sandwiched in fresh bread, be it a Greek loaf or a French baguette. Holiday is the only time to eat these guilt-free!

  • I Heart Motherhood May 31, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    If homemade then it’s Cheese and Pickle Every time! If it’s bought then a well known sandwich shop does a lovely Sweet Chilli chicken one that I love at the moment! I loved Paddington too!

  • dorkymum May 31, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Oooh, EnglishMum, that sounds amazing.

    I’m going to go with a Philadelphia and Marmite toasted sandwich though. Preferably washed down with a scorching hot cup of tea.

  • Emma Button May 31, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I’m not sure you want to know my sandwich preferences.. sometimes they’re weird.

    Peanut butter and cheese is a current fave. Nom.

  • English Mum May 31, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I’m with Elaine on the nice bread – preferably warm, spread with mayo mixed with pesto (bear with me here), then layered with sliced mozzarella, fresh tomatoes and maybe some leftover roast chicken if I have some in the fridge. Nommage.

  • Elaine Livingstone May 31, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    well Im strange I tend to buy nice bread, and just eat a slice of nice fresh dry bread as it comes…yum yum…but if I have to pick its a BLT with smoked bacon..

  • tina corder May 31, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I don`t think you can beat the classic bacon sandwich with HP sauce, you just cannot resist the smell of bacon cooking!

  • Jamie May 31, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Banana, peanut butter and honey. Heaven. My mum used to make them for me to take to school. Sometimes she’d do them on white bread, rolled up so you’d get that pin wheel shape. Ah, memories. Great on toasted granary baguette as well, just mash the banana into the peanut butter, spread on both pieces of bread, drizzle over some honey (or maple syrup, that’s good too) and squeeze both bits of bread together. You can leave out the honey and season with salt n pepper instead, equally as good.

  • Jules Peters May 31, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Tuna salad on multi grain. I can convince myself that its decadent when in fact its as healthy as….

    Also wraps with chicken and mayo, mouth watering

  • Kanga_Rue May 31, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I love a BLAT… a bacon, lettuce, avocado & tomato sandwich, preferably on some divine sourdough, lightly toasted. Hmm, now I’m hungry.

  • Kara Guppy May 31, 2011 at 8:24 am

    My favourite sandwich is a Banana sandwich and it just had to be on White bread!
    My Grandma used to make me them for lunch everytime we visited, which makes them even more special.
    I prefer the banana sliced, but you can mash it and she used to add a sprinkle of sugar too if I wasn’t feeling well.
    Go on…..give one a try!!

  • Joyful May 31, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Ooooo that’s a tough one…. I’d probably go with peanut butter and raspberry jam, or peanut butter with banana and honey, or just peanut butter with anything!X