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The Sandwich? 
May 29, 2011 12:03 am 
Updated: May 31, 2011 2:37 am
This is written in one of my many books... I do not hold it as "gospel," however, I found it absolutely fascinating, and decided to share!

Apparently, they were "invented" by the Earl of Sandwich, who as it would be was a compulsive gambler.  Not wishing to leave his game, the sandwich was born... finger food, not requiring the dining table.  What truly interested me were the following instructions:

The bread must be very fresh, and sliced very thin.  The best way to do this, is to spread the butter before cutting each slice, and by using a serrated edged knife.  Once the buttered slice has been cut from the loaf, the crusts are to be removed promptly.  Achieving an evenly thin slice is not the easiest thing to do, and may require some practice.  Sandwiches must be thin, fresh, and delicate.  Chicken, cucumber, watercress, ham, smoked salmon or anchovy paste all make a good filling.  As they do not keep well, they should be eaten, as storing overnight should not be practiced.

It is said that Oscar Wilde was served a plate of sandwiches that he had ordered.  Looking at the waitress, he said "My dear, I asked for a cucumber sandwich, not a loaf with a field in the middle of it." 

I wonder just what the Earl would think of a pb&j, or a grilled cheese?  More so, banana and peanut butter...

Perhaps it's time to do further research, as my interest has been peaked!

Be well, be happy, be crazy - but don't slice the bread too thick!

OOPS... and "add on."  Once finished doing only minutes worth of wandering, I returned to the dvd I have playing...   Mrs. Bridges (cook on Upstairs, Downstairs,) was slicing bread, and complaining that the "major" didn't want her dinner meal, but SANDWICHES.  Lo and behold, she has a square loaf of bread in front of her, missing the "end crust."  After slathering the cut end with butter, she slices off a thin piece... get this! cutting HORIZONTALLY! after which, she butters the next "slice."  How fun to run into this right now! 

I've also learned that a "chip butty" might have ketchup, or brown sauce on it...  when I make one, as I did late last night, I use only buttered bread and french fries.. dash of salt if they need it!  Hope you enjoy!
May 29, 2011 7:03 am
Interesting, Stevie. Glad you mentioned Upstairs, Downstairs as I have a vague memory of it and will check it out again. Have a joyful holiday...
May 29, 2011 9:11 am
sorry Stevie i haven't been here much...very busy...i will read all your blogs Tuesday & reply...didn't want you think i was just not commenting...later...friend
May 29, 2011 10:10 pm
thanks, both... Lace, happy to share, I kinda get a kick from this kind of trivia! Judy, you're forgiven - OF COURSE!
May 30, 2011 12:51 pm
I believe I've read about the Earl's gambling leading to the creation of a sandwich, but had no idea how involved the process is for some. You have made me go Google to find out what a butty is - interesting, to say the least.
May 31, 2011 2:37 am
wow Stevie, that does sound so good, i might have to bake up some bread and butter it as i slice you put fries on it good...later friend...judy
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Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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