Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sandwich, Please, Easy on the Filling

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sandwich, Please, Easy on the Filling

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IT'S seldom discussed and sadly left out from most everyday conversations, but affects nearly everybody in the country. It's an issue which I daresay everybody in Britain has at some point thought about, and it revolves around that most humble of delicacies: the sandwich.

The first ever sandwich was thought to have been made by the ancient Jewish sage, Hillel, during the time of Moses. But it was not until the 18th century that we see the first use of the word sandwich and the concept of using it as a quick bite that allows us to get on with whatever we are doing whilst we eat.

We have John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich in the town of Sandwich, to thank for that. It was not long before the simple sandwich took Europe, and then America, by storm. It's revolutionised some cultures, particularly British, for many of whom there is no time for a decent lunch break of the kind you might have in Italy or France, for instance.

For ease and convenience, most people do away with freshly prepared prosciutto and hand cut cruncher cheddar, and just grab a quick bite from a supermarket. Or if you want something more 'on the premises', Subway. We're a working nation, so it stands to reason that we should have working lunches.

Since each nation has its own take on the sandwich, we can choose from a plethora of fillings, breads and extras. Will you opt for French-style soft cheese with salad? The Italian beef Carpaccio and rocket? Or maybe just a chip butty? Can't beat a classic.

I think part of the appeal of sandwiches is that you can put almost anything in them. I've heard of peanut butter and grape, banana and cheese, Nutella and chutney, not to mention the dreaded American peanut butter and jam. I once thought mixing sweet with salty in a sandwich was a dire mistake, but seeing how people consume those, I'm not so sure any more. …

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