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!