We can be sure times are hard when the BBC is promoting the toast sandwich as a healthy and nourishing meal.
A report on the Beeb website informs us Britain’s ‘cheapest’ lunchtime meal, first documented in Mrs Beeton’s Cookbook was recreated by food scientists on Wednesday this week.
The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC whose motto might be “If music be the food of love, the toast sandwich is Shaddupa you face”) is reviving the Victorian dish, which consists of two slices of bread around a slice of toast
The society is so confident in the repast, it will offer £200 to anyone who can create a cheaper alternative to the costing 7.5 pence a portion meal.
Well we’re not cheapskates at boggart Blog so we propose a gourmet version of the toast sandwich, the fried slice sandwich. Melt a knob of lard or butter or heat some olive oil in a frying pan. Take a slice of bread and dip it in the hot fat so both sides are coated.
Now drop it onto the flat surface of the pan and fry gently. When one side is golden brown, turn the bread and repeat the process on the other side.
When both sides of the fried slice are evenly cooked lift it from the pan, place on a slice of unbuttered bread and put another on top. Eat while hot.
This dish is best cooked using the Bog Butter me and fatsally’s dear old Mum used to collect when we were kids but the Thought Police have warned me Boggart Blog will be closed down if I mention that, so I won’t.
Toast and dripping:
You need a slice of bread, a little beef dripping, a pinch of salt. Toast thye bread on both sides and while it is hot spread with dripping on one side and sprinkle with a little salt. Serving suggestion: Get your gob round it while it’s hot.
Butter a slice of bread and cut or tear into small sections. Heat some semi skimmed milk ntil warm but not too hot to put in the mouth. Place the buttered bread into the milk and soak until it becomes an ‘orrible sloppy mess. Add sugar to taste.
Butter two slices of bread, sprinkle the buttered side of one with sugar and put the other on top.
Hat tip to Mrs T for remembering two of these and also Condensed Milk sandwiches which we did not include as you have to buy Nestle’s Condensed Milk.
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