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Mrs Beeton’s toast sandwich makes a comeback


Anyone ever eaten a toast sandwich?

Britain’s Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is reviving this Victorian dish of two slices of bread around a slice of toast. The BBC has the story.

The food writer Mrs Beeton popularized this somewhat bland meal in the days before Coco Pops, Pop Tarts and Angel Delight. Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management celebrates its 150th birthday in December, so it’s time to revisit some of these old but tasty recipes.

The RSC’s Dr John Emsley said: “You simply put a piece of dry toast between two slices of bread and butter, with salt and pepper to taste. I’ve tried it and it’s surprisingly nice to eat and quite filling.

“I would emphasise that toast sandwiches are also good at saving you calories as well as money, provided you only have one toast sandwich for lunch and nothing else.”

Speak of toast (which I had for breakfast this morning), last night I began reading Toast by Nigel Slater. It’s already a deeply touching memoir and so simply written. Food affects everything, especially through the eyes of a child. I’ll write more once I finished the book.

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