So what did you have between your bread today? It is, after all, the birthday of John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, so you might at least celebrate with two slices of bread with some slapped between them.
The food chain, Subway is celebrating in a big way by offering a free sandwich with the purchase of another. My local radio station myFM98.9 and broadcaster Michael Badaway, who I listen to every afternoon, were also getting a little mileage out of the special day with discussion about sandwiches on air. This is what made me think it might be meat for a blog. (Pun intended).
The Wall Street Journal has described the sandwich as Britain’s “biggest contribution to gastronomy”. Those of you who know the other bland contributions will likely agree.
So what sort of things do you do with a sandwich. When I was a kid the Dagwood Sandwich was all the rage. How much can you get in a sandwich and still get it in your mouth. Another cartoon character with another type of sandwich was Wimpy who gladly pay you on Tuesday for a hamburger today.
Kids lunches have long been the great celebrators of the sandwich. Hopefully not too many know what a Spam sandwich is, but our staple, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, has been the victim of the allergic reaction and no longer smells up the lunch rooms. I’m not sure if tuna has survived.
In my family the all time favourite was the salmon sandwich. It was a ritual after church on Sunday to go to Grandma’s house and have one of her very special salmon sandwiches on white bread. I think it was the only time in her week that she didn’t slave over a stove but the love she added to everything made it taste better.
I’m sure each family has a specialty sandwich. I’ve heard about some very strange ones. At our house it was my husband’s favourite which took the prize. We were all converted to the wonderful experience of a toasted tomatoe, dill pickle and mayonnaise sandwich as the ultimate treat. The next runner up was the always popular grilled cheese (or girled cheese as my kids called it) and then the summer seasonal favourite, the bacon and tomato.
If you have a favourite feel free to jump in to the discussion.