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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.
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.
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.
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

Butter

Juice of 1 small or ½ big lemon

Salt and pepper

Sandwiches with a filling of sardines or egg. Or your own favourite filling.
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.
Sandwiches are ideal for both picnics and afternoon tea.
Foto: Inga-Lill Bengtsson