Peanut envy…..


Occasionally I am led to rethink my personal food prejudices but the addition of “jelly”, a term that I have never fully come to terms with in this particular context, to peanut butter is not among those occasions. Such a sublime and handsome teatime treat as a crusted slice of grilled cereal bread liberally spread with an impasto layer of peanut butter, smeared on as by John Bratby* with a palette knife, would be improved to the same degree by the addition of a layer of “jelly” as would be the Venus de Milo by the addition of a strap on. Having said this, I have a feeling that there will be strong support for both of these options.

*John Bratby’s paintings were so thick with paint that it was said that he only knew when one was finished by weighing it.

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63 Responses to Peanut envy…..

  1. Mad Dog says:

    I never really liked jam much, so spreading it on peanut butter sounds revolting. I did try a cheese and jam sandwich once, which turned out to be better than expected, but not something I’d advocate 😉

  2. Not sure about the jelly, but Venus with a strap-on — now you’re talking! No, I jest. I’ve always loved peanut butter, but I quite often adulterate it with something a bit sharp, to cut through the butteriness; cranberry sauce, or perhaps chilli relish. Jam would be too sweet.

  3. “as would be the Venus de Milo by the addition of a strap on”…oh god, I snorted really loudly when I read that! Jam, even if it was called jam and not jelly, with peanut butter would be disgusting 😦

  4. Misky says:

    It’s delicious. Strawberry is my preference. And smooth peanut butter. Please.

  5. cecilia says:

    My mother used to paint with a palette knife too.. Oils. Took days to dry between each stroke of the knife.. c

  6. I am team Venus with a strap-on; however, I am not team peanut butter and jelly. I don’t mind jelly sometimes with a thin layer of butter on bread, but I don’t eat much peanut butter on toast.

  7. Angeline M says:

    I’ve just seen a rather good looking recipe for a grilled cheese (brie) with thinly sliced pear and blueberry jam. That might work. Haven’t had PB&J since grade school, and even then, not much on the J….my mom was a purist.

  8. Conor Bofin says:

    The thought of peanut butter and jam makes me feel queasy. I get images of Elvis with melted butter and peanuts all over his sequins.

  9. ardysez says:

    Just to guild the lily a bit, try a bit of butter with your peanut butter. I grew up eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches but have lost my taste for them. I do have fond memories though. Do love a piece of good rye bread toasted with peanut butter. Heaven.

  10. Venus de Milo with a strap on?????? OHMYGOD. That image will never leave me now, Roger.

  11. Well, I think PBJ sandwiches are great for kid’s snacks. Personally I always think of peanut butter as something hardy – that’s why I like mine chunky, and on a good bread too. Years ago I was at a party and the hostess served some sort of peanut butter and curry mixture with crackers, for which she would not give me the recipe – it was great.
    Now, I do love peanut butter and chocolate, and ice cream too!

  12. Eha says:

    Now I have peanut envy as your hearty country bread smeared with chunky [am certain it is?] nut butter makes me want to go and copy! Methinks this is a matter of geography: most Australians would not even know the ‘jelly’ is really jam: yuck, yuck, yuck . . . and we eat peanut butter almost daily and use it for so many Asian sauces and . . . . . Beautiful photo tho’ Roger!!!

  13. Hahaha. This is legendary. I am trying not to, but all I can picture is Venus de Milo with a strap on 😜🙏

  14. I still think of jelly as jello so no, really wouldn’t like that on top of peanut butter… yikes! haha

  15. gourmet.gourmand says:

    I disagree that peanut butter with the addition of jelly : Venus de Milo with a strap-on. Because jelly is gross, whereas Venus de Milo with a strap on sounds amazing and would probably sell for millions at Sotheby’s 😛

  16. sue says:

    No No No you are all wrong. You need marmite and peanut butter – wow – its …… great !

  17. PB & J is the ultimate child’s food here even sold premade and crustless in cellophane packets, boxed at the grocery store. Even as a child I couldn’t get around it and prefer peanut butter spread just so on a piece of toast, by itself!

    I think many great works of art could benefit from the strap on treatment – so many desecrated statues could be saved! 🙂 Some starving artist, somewhere, is eating a Peanut Butter & Jelly and photoshopping this very concept, even as we speak…

  18. catterel says:

    Peanut butter and jelly has always seemed a revolting combination to me, but as a child I loved ginger marmalade with Cheddar cheese on crusty bread. I’ve just nominated you for the Virtual Blog Tour Award – I do hope you’ll accept. For details see my latest post.

    • I think ginger marmalade and cheddar is a bridge too far for me…..Many thanks for nomination, Catherine…I hope you won’t mind if I don’t accept it as I’ve steered clear of the blogging awards thing. I’m just too lazy to reciprocate:)

      • catterel says:

        No problem – just happy to give you some well deserved publicity. I must try the cheddar and marmalade again some time – I have to admit that I still enjoy cheese with fruitcake, and the Appenzell region of Switzerland has something similar, as they eat Birnenbrot (a pastry filled with a rich dried pear mixture, something like English mincemeat) with their Appenzeller cheese.

      • I’m with you about cheese and fruitcake….that can work very well indeed…I like the idea of the Birnenbrot very much…pears and cheese are perfect:)

  19. Wow, you really are getting into deep and dark water here… PB&J is like…pb&j!! 😉

  20. Francesca says:

    I agree entirely. The ‘jelly’ component would only occur in America, a land not noted for culinary subtlety.

  21. leithalsteel says:

    It is amazing how being abroad brings out the peanut butter lover in all of us.

  22. Karen says:

    I can see that I am in the minority on this one Roger. I like a snack of toasted five grain and pumpkin seed bread spread with a natural peanut butter and peach hot pepper jam while the bread is still warm. 😀

  23. trixpin says:

    My America-dwelling cousins introduced this to us when I was little. Our family was divided. I like to think I was on the sensible (and “correct”) side by not enjoying the combination.
    I love the picture. It makes me crave the salty-savoury hit that only un-jamified peanut butter can provide 🙂

  24. Well I totally agree with you about the toasted bread and slathering thickly and see no reason for sweet jelly at all. I have been know to slice up a banana to top off the peanut butter. What would we do without peanut butter? God bless George Washington Carver!

  25. Michelle says:

    We’ll win you Europeans over on this combination yet. Very likely before you win us over with Marmite. 😉

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