What would life be like without the wonderful and versatile sandwich? They’re as perfect for picnics as they are for a quick and easy working lunch and are great to keep hungry kids happy whatever the time of day.
Tomorrow marks the start of British Sandwich Week and this year it’s a celebration of 250 years of sandwiches, because it was back in 1762 that the Earl of Sandwich made his famous request for some ‘cuts of beef’ to be brought to him between slices of bread so that he could continue his game of cards and eat without getting his hands dirty! Although ordinary folk had undoubtedly eaten various foodstuffs between bread before his legendary request, it was his snack that became known as a ‘sandwich’ and its popularity soared.
Who’d have thought the sandwich would come so far? According to the British Sandwich Association, we now chomp our way through a staggering 11.5 billion sandwiches every year, making and eating more than half of them at home. Cheese and ham apparently still rule supreme for the homemade sandwich, but outside the home, chicken is the most popular choice, with cheese, egg, ham and prawn completing the top five.
However, the combinations are endless and only limited by taste and imagination. How about homemade hummus and avocado with a squeeze of fresh lime cushioned between fresh ciabatta, or hot smoked salmon and lemon creme fraiche on crusty wholemeal? Mmmm, sounds delicious we think.
As part of its celebrations for the 250th Anniversary of the Sandwich in 2012, the British Sandwich Association has launched a new consumer website – www.lovesarnies.com – full of recipes and information about sandwiches as well as a competition offering a holiday for two worth about £5,000 in ‘The Sandwich Islands’ now better known as Hawaii.