The Secrets Of A Great Sandwich
The Oxford English Dictionary defines a sandwich as, “An item of food consisting of two pieces of bread with a filling between them, eaten as a light meal.” But, a sandwich is so much more, isn’t it?
While the Earl of Sandwich lent his name to the sandwich, placing meat between slabs of bread was popular long before the formal introduction of the sandwich. In his History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon entered this note from his journal; “That respectable body, of which I have the honour of being a member, affords every evening a sight truly English. Twenty or thirty, perhaps, of the first men in the kingdom, in point of fashion and fortune, supping at little tables covered with a napkin, in the middle of a coffee-room, upon a bit of cold meat, or a sandwich, and drinking a glass of punch.”
The word sandwich first appeared in a recipe book in 1773 in a cookbook by Charlotte Mason entitled Being A Complete System of Cookery, Containing One Hundred and Fifty Select Bills of Fare. Regardless of its original roots, the sandwich is a mainstay of English culture that has swept the world.
Making the Perfect Sandwich
Everybody has their own favourite toppings, seasonings and condiments, but making a sandwich can be a thoroughly enjoyable process that adds to the sweet taste of success. Great sandwich making skills are easy to develop.
Great sandwiches begin with the bread. If you start with a poor bread selection or bread that is not complimentary to the contents of the sandwich, your sandwich is doomed before your begin. Popular breads are Bavarian fresh baked bread rolls, French rolls or any number of white or wheat breads. The key is to buy fresh and in most cases to buy local.