I'm a bacon butty man! What's your sandwich?
SHALL be having a bacon butty in ciabatta today to celebrate British Sandwich Week.
IThis will be followed over the next few days with a ham salad teacake, toasted cheese and ham on white bread, an open prawn salad sandwich on brown bread and a chip butty on Friday.
We invented the sandwich back in the 18th century - well, Lord Sandwich did because he was too busy to either leave the gaming table or his desk at the Admiralty and needed to eat on the hoof, so to speak - so it beholds us to mark this British culinary innovation.
I have eaten sandwiches around the world. In far off corners, where the provenance of the meat on offer is uncertain, a plain cheese sandwich can save the day. Better that than dog or eye of toad.
And yes, I have been to some funny places. One country to avoid when it comes to sandwiches is America where they cannot resist adding bits to anything edible to make it inedible. Hence burgers with layers of bacon, turkey, salad, cheese and chutneys often designed to hide the taste of the cow. Or the cow substitute.
Remember Jack Nicholson in the film Five Easy Pieces? He attempts to order a slice of toast and, because of menu rules, has to order a toasted chicken sandwich before saying: "Hold the butter, hold the lettuce, hold the mayonnaise and the chicken, and bring me the toast and the bill for a chicken sandwich."
He didn't get the toast. I've gone through almost the same procedure in US diners and sandwich shops where you are considered insane unless you have seven ingredients, a speciality bread and thousand island dressing.
In fact, the only decent sandwich I've ever had there was a Cajun chicken sandwich: Messy to eat, but delicious.
We eat more than 11.5 billion sandwiches a year; 3.5 billion of them are bought creating a turnover of PS7.8 billion, and more than 300,000 people are employed in the sandwich industry.
What's your favourite sandwich? I'm a traditionalist: I'll have a bacon butty every time.
Where the provenance of the meat on offer is uncertain, a plain cheese sandwich can save the day. Better that than dog or eye of toad