Between the Bread

Dagwood SandwichSo 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.  wimpy

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.

Jo][7] The Wall Street Journal has described it as Britain‘s “biggest contribution to gastronomy”.[8]


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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3 Responses to Between the Bread

  1. I would eat a sandwich every day but I’m trying to cut down on carbs.

  2. Peggy, I love a good sandwich but seldom have one any more. Same reason as Cathy. Sharing this. Love the history.

  3. I love all sandwiches. My husband loves peanut butter and bologna. When I was a kid, I went through a phase where I smashed potato chips into every sandwich. Now I am into black bean burgers.

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