The Toast Sandwich
Just to let you know, this post was written before I started the paleo diet to help ease my psoriasis. Nowadays I eat a more allergy-friendly diet, but leave these older, non-paleo posts up in case they are useful to readers, as I know not everyone eats the same as I do. Thanks for your understanding.
Last month, The Royal Society of Chemists proclaimed that they had unearthered Britain's cheapest snack, and offered £200 to anyone who could make one that was even cheaper. Costing 7.5p, the toast sandwich (I kid you not) was mentioned in Isabella Beeton's Book of Household Management, in the nineteenth century.
Intrigued and actually quite sceptical that a piece of toast between two slices of bread could be 'surprisingly nice to eat', I made one myself.
It was incredibly easy to make, of course - and took a couple of minutes. But once you give it a good grinding of pepper and a sprinkle of salt and layer the buttered bread over the top, the fun ends there. It was stodgy, fairly tasteless and there wasn't really any moisture at all so it tasted really dry. The only good thing about it was that it reminded me of a chip butty - but only because the semi-melted butter oozes onto the soft bread on the outside, in the same way as a warm chip sandwich does.
So at the risk of being a party pooper, I'm sorry, but there are some things that should stay in the Victorian era, and the toast sandwich is one of them. Sorry, folks.