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Sandwiches – ideal for a picnic

Early summer in Sweden is fantastic, with all its flowers, trees, birds. So pack a picnic basket, get out and enjoy what nature has to offer. A few sandwiches, a thermos of coffee and a rug to sit on – what more do you need?
The Earl of Sandwich loved playing cards. Sandwiches, with a filling between two slices of bread, kept both fingers and cards clean.
Foto: Inga-Lill Bengtsson

One of my best memories from my childhood in Scotland is of our summer Saturday picnics. We used to walk through the woods beside a stream until we came to an old mill. The grown-ups made ’tinker's tea’ over an open fire while we children ran around and played. We waited eagerly until the food appeared – sandwiches – double, of course – with various fillings, home-made biscuits and sponge-cake. Everything tasted so much better out of doors.

Today sandwiches are associated with afternoon tea, a light meal late in the afternoon.
Foto: Inga-Lill Bengtsson

There’s an interesting story behind British double sandwiches. In the middle of the 18th century there was an earl who was a passionate card player. His estate was in the south-east of England, around Sandwich ( which had been given its name, Sandvik, by invading Vikings). The earl of Sandwich did not want to leave the card-table even to eat, so he had his food fetched to him between two slices of bread. In that way his playing-cards didn’t become soiled. And that’s why sandwiches in Britain consist of two slices of bread with filling in between.

Nowadays sndwiches are an important part of ’afternoon tea’, a light meal eaten in the late afternoon. It consists of sandwiches, scones, a few kinds of small biscuits and, most often, a fruit cake.

There are any amount of sandwich fillings. Here are a couple of my favourites. The amounts given are enough for 2-3 people.

You can use any bread you choose. But if you want to make a lot of sandwiches, use a ready-sliced loaf.

You can use whatever bread you like.
Foto: Sofyan Aswad

Egg and cress filling:

Hard-boiled eggs, 2-3 depending on size

A good-sized lump of butter

Salt and pepper

Cress – as much as you wish

1. Chop the still-warm eggs with butter, salt and pepper.

2. Mix in the cress.

3. The cress can be exchanged for skinned, finely-chopped tomatoes.

Sardine and lemon filling:

1 can sardines in oil


Juice of 1 small or ½ big lemon

Salt and pepper

Sandwiches with a filling of sardines or egg. Or your own favourite filling.
Foto: Inga-Lill Bengtsson

1. Pour off the oil from the sardines

2. Mix Everything to a smooth pastee

3. Spread all the slices of bread with butter

4. Put some filling on one slice, place another on top like a lid.

5. Cut the sandwiches diagonally in two or straight across in four.

Enjoy your picnic!

Sandwiches are ideal for both picnics and afternoon tea.
Foto: Inga-Lill Bengtsson