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The best thing since sliced bread?

Thursday, May 12th, 2011
20110512 SandwichAn article in today’s Times (The best thing that’s ever happened to sliced bread, Thursday 12 May 2011) investigates a great British invention: the sandwich.  Rumoured to have been invented in 1762 when the 4th Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu, wanted a meal that he could eat during his card game and requested sliced beef in between pieces of toast.

I was brought up in a world full of pre-packaged sandwiches and it seems incredulous that it is just 30 years since the first one hit the shelves at Marks and Spencers.  Salmon and tomato apparently, swiftly followed by the now-retro prawn mayonnaise in 1981. offers lots of resources and recipes for bread and flour.  Take a look at our section on Where bread comes from to find out how wheat from the fields get transformed into loaves of bread; or be inspired by some of our tasty lunchtime recipes.  Try pitta pockets or tuna or ham & cheese wraps.