Some Thoughts on Sandwiches

The high point of the day so far has been my lunchtime chicken sandwich. I sliced the meat from some chicken drumsticks we had in the fridge last night, added bread, mayonnaise and redcurrant jelly and ended up with sandwiches. They turned out to be rather nice. Even Julia said so, and she’s usually my sternest critic in the matter of sandwiches.

I would have liked stuffing on the sandwich too, but forgot all about cooking it until it was too late. I just checked what the Americans call stuffing, as it seemed a likely word for causing confusion. It seems that Americans call it stuffing if it’s cooked inside the bird and dressing if it’s cooked outside.

I know a local hotelier who calls it seasoning. I once asked him why.

“Well,” he said, “I have a three star hotel and provide a fine dining experience. I don’t want any of my staff asking a customer if they’d like stuffing.”

It’s back to cheese and pickle tomorrow. I like cheese and pickle.

I suppose this makes me appear both shallow and unadventurous compared to the sophisticated, cosmopolitan crowd that reads the blog so perhaps I should have pickled onions instead.


26 thoughts on “Some Thoughts on Sandwiches

  1. higgledypiggledymom

    You’ve got that vocab correct. I do love that side dish…not sure why it’s called dressing as I can only think it dresses the plate, but really, isn’t that what parsley is for? Ah well, your sandwiches sound delicious. I used to eat Velveeta Cheese and pickle sandwiches when much younger. Let’s just say, the mother was horrified.

  2. Laurie Graves

    I would not have thought to put red current jelly with a chicken sandwich, but I expect it would be similar to cranberry jelly. Tart. And tasty. As for stuffing…in Maine, we pretty much call it stuffing, no matter how it is cooked. However, the case could be made that if it’s not stuffed in bird, then, well, it’s not stuffing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. quercuscommunity

      I can see the logic in a different name if stuffing isn’t stuffed, I’d just never thought of it.

      I find redcurrant a bit more of a sweet and sour taste – cranberry is a little too tart for me.

    1. quercuscommunity

      Granary, though I have to admit that I still sometimes buy white sliced. When we used to do taste tests for schools on farm visits white sliced was always the most popular.

      1. Andrew Petcher

        White sliced is a classic! I remember the Sunblest man doing his rounds and bringing a basket to the back door. Not much choice in the 1960s. It was always white sliced.

  3. Donnalee

    To me, sandwiches have finally moved into the category that previously only contained ‘great donuts’ and ‘ideal men’: one has beliefs, fantasies, expectations, about the objects, and they simply never lived up to them, so I lost interest and don’t bother with them anymore. I still have those memories of cheese savoury sarnies from long ago and far away, and that’ll have to do me. Too much of any good thing and you know what happens–

  4. tootlepedal

    As my most exciting sandwich contains just one of either cheese, tomato or sardines, your construction sounded highly sophisticated to me. I have known several hotel owners who would have had no hesitation in telling a customer to get stuffed but that was in Scotland of course.

    1. quercuscommunity

      I’m sometimes tempted to tell our customers to get stuffed.

      Tomato sandwiches are good with just tomato, I agree. Cheese, I mostly prefer with pickle.

      I’m afraid that I have never liked sardines. Fishbones terrify me.

  5. jodierichelle

    I would say that mayo AND jelly on the same sandwich is QUITE adventurous, so you are obviously more sophisticated than I.

    Interesting that you looked up “American” for stuffing. I have learned from my blogging friends that it’s quite a thing, our sayings. I was recently reading a novel about a woman who grew up in Long Island (USA). But then her mother went “in hospital” and I looked the author up just KNOWING she was from the UK, not here. Because here we say “to the hospital” or “in the hospital.”

    Oh, and I like stuffing. Just to make this comment really random.


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