John Montague an avid gambler in the late 1700’s was so addicted to gambling that he would barely find time to eat, or so the story goes. When his hunger pangs would eventually overwhelm him, he would request for a meal that involved bread, meat and cheese – where he would combine these three foods together as one and it became a meal of convenience; he was still able to eat with one hand while keeping the other hand free to continue gambling with. It is tragic to think about what would have happened if John Montague wasn’t half as addicted to gambling – it could be that the sandwich might not have come to be!
In the month of August we celebrate the Sandwich – a meal that has evolved from a simple combination of bread, meat and cheese and is now customized using a variety of spreads, fillings and toppings. Here are some of the more popular sandwiches that are enjoyed all over the world
Ham and cheese sandwich
This is as simple as it sounds – all you need is ham and cheese and perhaps some butter in between. It can be eaten as is or it could be grilled or toasted to make the cheese all gooey and deliciously spread in between the slices.
Peanut butter and Jelly Sandwich
It turns out that private soldiers in the U.S. army could be the ones to thank for the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The exact history may not have been recorded but it would appear that when in the field the amount of peanut butter and jelly was rationed and so when they returned home they consumed as much of as possible. The prices of these two commodities soared as a result and this could possibly be the birth of peanut butter and jelly sandwich that is a popular snack for American children as well as some grownups too.
As is with lots of great meals – the exact origin of the club sandwich is vague. However it is suggested that some gentleman somewhere returned home from his gentleman’s club late and found that all his servants had gone to bed. In order to cure his hunger pangs he took all the ingredients he could find and created the club sandwich. He loved it some much that he spread the word of his great invention. The ingredients of the club sandwich includes Chicken, Bacon, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Mayonnaise and not forgetting sliced bread.
Lastly, the Elvis Sandwich
It consists toasted bread, peanut butter, sliced or mashed banana and sometimes bacon (if you think it sound like a hot mess than you are right – it is). The Elvis also known as fool’s gold was created by Buck and Cindy Scott in Colorado Mone Company, a restaurant where a number of celebrities were known to pass by and one of them being the king himself, Elvis Presley. It is said that he loved this sandwich so much that he once flew all the way to Denver in the middle of the night for it and for that reason the Sandwich was named after him.