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Saturday, 24 August 2013

Food & History: Sandwiches


John Montague, 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792) is supposed to have invented the sandwich as a quick meal so as not to interrupt his gambling sessions. However some form of a sandwich was probably eaten before this time when more humans ate with their hands rather than using utensils. In fact there are some references in history where soldiers would wrap stew or food in a bun or piece of meat.
The ham sandwich is still the most popular sandwich in the United States, and in second place is the BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato). It is estimated that Americans eat 300 million sandwiches each day - that's more than one for every man, woman and child in the nation!
A sandwich is a light snack prepared by placing different kinds of foods between two pieces of bread. The pieces of bread in a sandwich are referred to as slices or sheets of bread. Many people enjoy the sandwich as it is easy and quick to make in a hurry. Also, the sandwich can be easily eaten with one hand without utensils which allows consumers to have a hand free to do other things. Some people prefer to eat a sandwich with both hands.
Sandwiches are often given to children to eat at school. The sandwiches are put in a lunchbox and often wrapped in cling film to keep them fresh. Sandwiches make an excellent food for picnics. The sandwich very likely has mayonnaise spread on it instead of or in addition to butter.

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