HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR SANGER?
This year marks the 25oth anniversary of that humble comestible – the sandwich.
Or as we know it, the sanger… sanga?
What’s your favourite filling?
Wendy is fond of white bread and butter with (shudder) tinned beetroot and Vegemite.
Caroline says the ultimate comfort food is, again, white bread with peanut butter (and it has to be “squishy”).
The British town of Sandwich is staging a dramatic re-enactment of the moment when the town’s earl was said to have brought the sandwich to England.
According to Wikipedia: The first written usage of the English word appeared in Edward Gibbn’s journal, in longhand, referring to “bits of cold meat” as a “Sandwich”.
It was named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, an 18th-century English aristocrat.
It is said that he ordered his valet to bring him meat tucked between two pieces of toasted bread, and because Montagu also happened to be the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, others began to order “the same as Sandwich!”
Lord Sandwich was fond of this form of food because it allowed him to continue playing cards, particularly cribbage, while eating without getting his cards greasy from eating meat with his bare hands.
The southeastern English port town of Sandwich is also holding a sandwich-making competition and concerts of the bawdy and lively tunes favoured by the earl, who also had a penchant for dressing in Turkish robes.
The current earl will host a huge sandwich lunch in tribute to “the fourth earl of Sandwich who, 250 years ago, had his masterly inspiration in creating the universal fast food the world knows and loves,” according to posters for the event.
Historians are sceptical of the claim that the earl invented the sandwich.
They say it belongs to a long line of bread-based snacks stretching back much further than the 18th century to the ancient Jewish Sage Hillel the Elder who liked to wrap leftovers of the Paschal lamb with bitter herbs in unleavened flat bread.
But no matter, the tale endures and so does our love for the original fast food.
What will you be having in your sandwich today?