It’s British Sandwich Week – The British sarnie rules supreme

From the top: The man who invented the sandwich, the Lord himself. ‘The Sammies’ the sandwich industry’s annual awards. Copyright: The British Sandwich & Food to Go Association. A crab sandwich by a real fire – perfect!

Did you know that this is British Sandwich Week? No, neither did I, but then it’s hard to keep up to date with all these ‘national’ weeks and days… but this one struck me as worthy of a blog.

The modern sandwich is named after Lord John Montague, the 4th Earl of Sandwich. A dedicated gambler, his Lordship did not like to take time out from the card table to have a meal. He would, therefore, ask a passing servant to bring him slices of meat between two slices of bread… and thus, the sandwich was born!

I was surprised (although nothing should really surprise me these days) to read that that the British sandwich industry even has its own annual awards ceremony… called ‘The Sammies’. Honest!

Given this household’s newfound passion for homemade bread (see my post about the new bread maker!), the sandwich is pretty high on the list of tasty snacks! I did a quick poll of family members to find out their favourite fillings:

Richard – ham and cheese on homemade white bread, with butter!

Emily – anything exotic you have never heard of, possibly with Acai berries and chia seed, or perhaps a weird Brazilian delicacy (she has just returned from a work secondment in Brazil)

Pippa – has to be Nutella. That’s it really… or, if very hard pressed, peanut butter

And me? I’d choose smoked salmon and avocado on rye bread or pumpernickel.

Thinking about this blog has made me smile as I recalled my parents’ choices. My father used to like peanut butter and marmite or marmalade as, when he was growing up in the Far East, they sometimes didn’t have any dairy products. My Mum, bless her, liked lots of things in sandwiches, but they always tasted nicer if they were cut in triangles and served on a plate with a lacy doily. Quite right!

So what’s your favourite filling? I’d love to hear your thoughts, do share…

13 replies
  1. Susan says:

    When I was very young and growing up on the south coast, my grandmother had a beach hut in which we would spend wonderful days all the year round. We had a camper’s stove and proper kettle with a whistle and everything we needed for the day we packed into a big hamper. We made our sandwiches in the tiny kitchen area from large white loaves with the wind blowing in from the beach. I honestly thought that sandwiches were called that because they had sand in them! Happily as I got older I realised this wasn’t the case. My favourite? Got to be good old cheese and pickle!

    • Joanna Sheen says:

      Aww, lovely memories Susan, thanks for sharing! Cheese and pickle – always a good one. Smiles, Joanna

  2. Tracy W says:

    You can’t beat the Great British sarnie, so many yummy fillings to choose from! My mum and I like to recreate Afternoon Tea every once in a while and have sandwiches with the crusts cut off and tiny cakes on stands, and of course a big pot of hot tea. My favourite filling, is very much a love it or hate it for most people, but I just love egg mayonnaise, marmite and sliced tomato, and it has to be white crusts. I’m hungry just thinking about it! Blessings, Tracy x

  3. Sandy says:

    Hi Joanna
    My favourite sandwich filling is goats cheese and beetroot. When I was young, my grandparents always used to give me marmite and cheese, so that has to be a close second. Happy memories!

    • Joanna Sheen says:

      Mmmm, I like the sound of both of those Sandy. Food is a great way to bring pack childhood memories! Joanna


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