Did anyone notice that the minute Halloween was over the masks were replaced by Christmas baubles? I know they have been around since about August but 1 November arrives and they multiply so quickly we all panic that we won’t be ready for Christmas!
Well I decided to ignore that and find out what else is going on in the world. Did you know that today is Sandwich Day in America. What’s so special about that? In the great scheme of things not a lot and Google can’t tell me why they celebrate it – does anyone know? But the interesting fact is that it’s origins of the sandwich are in England.
November 3rd is the anniversary of John Montagu's birthday, an 18th-century English noble better known as the Fourth Earl of Sandwich. As the story goes, Montagu was a hard-core gambler who wanted to eat his meal with one hand during a 24 hour gambling event so he told his servants to prepare his lunch meat between two pieces of bread. That, supposedly, is how the sandwich was invented!
And we love them - quick breakfast (bacon sandwich), quick lunch (cheese and pickle), quick dinner (beefburger), four year old won’t eat anything else (chocolate spread), great memories of picnics on the beach (sand in the sandwiches!). They're convenient, easy to eat, compact and so good you can eat two! The best part, though, is that you can make your sandwich as healthy or unhealthy as you want it to be. So skip the sprouts, pile on the pickles or go easy on the mayo - when it comes to sandwiches, it's up to you.
How is this for a creative concoction? The Godmother from an Italian Deli in Santa Monica is described as:
‘a testament to old-world sandwiches still being done right. Genoa salami, prosciutto, mortadella, coppacola, ham and provolone cheese are all thinly layered inside a crusty length of Italian bread. It comes with "the works": mayo, mustard, Italian dressing, onions, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, and a chopped pepper blend that keeps the Godmother zippy.’
It may be delicious but doesn’t sound quick or easy to me when you’re trying to put packed lunches together and get 3 kids off to school!
But there is no doubt that we are very grateful to that Earl of Sandwich and his invention – I wonder if he won his gambling event?