Doctor… who?

Currently, my new favourite TV show. It’s also very addictive (not unlike the sandwich below).

I noticed that the Reuben sandwich makes an appearance in at least 2 episodes (three, actually, I’ve just watched the one in which House powders some Vicodin into his Reuben sandwich, now, how’s that for a seasoning?) in the first 2 seasons (which are the ones I’ve watched so far). I was surprised to learn that Hugh Laurie (a.k.a. Dr Gregory House) is, in fact, a very British fella, his American accent is so convincing…

I love the fact that House is, in fact, the anti-hero, the one who doesn’t conform to the rules, doesn’t take orders from anybody and, most of all, he avoids work like the plague! I can see how easily he can become totally bored to tears by uninteresting cases, doing only the ones that pick his interest. I also love his dark personality and the fact that he is so complex… aren’t we all?


Reuben sandwich


• 3 big 1cm slices of rye bread
• mayonnaise
• 4 heaped tablespoons sauerkraut
• 1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced
• 4–5 slices of pastrami
a few gherkins, sliced
• 100g Swiss cheese
• a handful of watercress leaves, to serve

Grill the slices of bread on a griddle pan until lightly toasted on both sides then spread one side of each with mayonnaise. Put some of the sauerkraut and some of the chilli on 2 of the slices, and top with a couple of slices of pastrami. Top with the remaining sauerkraut and chilli and the sliced gherkins, then grate the Swiss cheese over the top.

Preheat a hot grill. Place the slices with toppings under the grill until the cheese is melted and dribbling.

Stack the sandwich together, adding a few watercress leaves and finishing with the final slice of toast. Press down lightly and use wooden skewers to hold together. Tuck in!

P.S.: For those of you who want to nit-pick at the medical mistakes in the series, you may want to have a look at this excellent site, which features in-depth reviews from a professional physician’s POV. Personally, I am learning A LOT about medicine these days!


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