Sandwich anyone?

When Modern Practical Cookery was written, probably in the late 1920’s, the writers and readers would have been astonished to think that anyone would buy sandwiches. Today sandwich maker must make millions because everywhere you go they are for sale… and that’s a whole other post about why! However, in Modern Practical Cookery there is a small section near the back about sandwiches. Sandwiches, it says, can be made from white or brown bread, and ‘bridge rolls should sometimes be included’. Are bride rolls even made any more? I haven’t seen any for years – I will have a look next time I’m in a baker’s or a bakery section of a shop. It also comments ‘ready-sliced sandwich loaves can now be bought.’ I didn’t think sliced bread came until much later – another thing to be explored another time!

There’s an introductory paragraph suggesting thinly sliced liver sausage (is that still a thing?) minced ham with chopped chives and scrambled egg with pimento. For picnics they should be wrapped in grease-proof paper and put in an airtight tin, or simply wrapped in a cloth. Then come the recipes:

  • banana and jam
  •  beef and dripping
  • cheese/cheese and celery/cream cheese and watercress/cheese and tomato
  • cucumber
  • egg and anchovy/egg and salad
  • ham
  • hare and cranberry jelly
  • honey and walnut
  • hot toast (butter, Cheddar cheese, mustard, mayonnaise, seasoning)
  • paste (fish or meat)
  • pineapple
  • sardine
  • tongue/tongue and ham

An interesting selection and I’m not really sure how many would be popular these days!


    1. Lois

      I think you’ve got my sandwich options covered too! Imagine going on a picnic with sardine sandwiches! Yes, I like liver sausage, I guess it was sort of bland, wasn’t it? We never had corned beef at home because dad reckoned he’d had it almost everyday for the seven years he was in the army!


      1. Lois

        Oh now sardines on toast, yes very fond of them. No I don’t like sandwich spread but my husband loves it – we always have a jar in the cupboard! I don’t understand it!!

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