Truth Be Said – What about the sandwich?
Quote for Today: “Too few people understand a really good sandwich.” James Beard
4th Earl of Sandwich
John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, 1718-1792 was an infamous man who during the very late hours of the night in 1762 invented the sandwich. Legend has it that the Earl was too busy gambling to stop for a meal. Instead, he called for a servant to bring him roast beef between two slices of bread so that his fingers would not get the cards greasy.
The Earl was not a very well liked man. As the first Lord of the Admiralty, he displayed gross incompetence and was very corrupt. As chief admiral of the British Navy, Montagu most likely contributed to the success of the American Revolution because of his actions.
The Earl was also a member of a group of Satan worshipers, commonly known as “The Hell Fire Club.” Sandwich became an executive officer of this club and quickly gained the reputation as the most disliked man in England. Because of his friendship with the King and control of the English Navy, Sandwich was seen to have a profound influence on the destiny of the British Empire.
More recently, the Eleventh Earl of Sandwich, and his son set-up a sandwich making business simply known as “The Earl of Sandwich.” From its humble beginnings of delivering sandwiches to businesses and supermarkets across London, the company has since grown into nineteen free standing restaurants in Europe and the United States.
The sandwich has become the most popular convenience food in the world. The different combinations of breads and fillings seem endless. One of my favorites is a Vietnamese Sandwich called Banh Mi. These tasty sandwiches are simply a fresh baguette split then hollowed out, smeared with liver pate and usually mayonnaise then filled with sliced chili peppers, cilantro, cucumbers, tangy sweet daikon, and pickled carrots. My favorite protein for these sandwiches is roasted or grilled pork. You can find hundreds of recipes for these tasty morsels on practically any recipe or food site. If you have an Asian community nearby, definitely try one of these sandwiches you will not be disappointed.
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