Britain’s ‘cheapest’ lunchtime meal was unveiled by scientists on Wednesday – the toast sandwich.
The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is reviving the mid-Victorian dish, which, unsurprisingly, consists of two slices of bread around a slice of toast.
The society is so confident in the repast, it will offer £200 to anyone who can create a cheaper alternative.
The meal, costing 7.5 pence, was first promoted by Victorian food writer Mrs Beeton.
It is taken from Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management which became a best-seller after its appearance 150 years ago next month.
This story is really quite amusing, but I have to ask; is a toast sandwich really a ‘meal’? Is it even really a sandwich? I suppose in technical terms it is, as it does include something wedged between two pieces of bread, but for me it is nothing more than three slices of bread.
For those of you feeling adventurous, here is the recipe for Mrs Beeton’s Original “Toast Sandwich”, give it a try to see if it really is the answer to saving some money on your lunch and breakfast. 😆
Mrs Beeton’s toast sandwich
- Toast a thin slice of bread
- Butter two slices of bread and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste
- Place the toast between the two slices of bread-and-butter to form a sandwich
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