B comme sandwich

It’s 9am, any Bacon Sandwich anybody?

If you have no clue of what I am talking about nor familiar with the combo “bacon+sandwich”, you are probably a French reader – like me – otherwise, you must belong to the bacon sandwich community that gather UK, Ireland, Australia and Canada.

For the bacon sandwich profane that you may be – like me – I’d like to share with you today the definition of what 60,000 Brits have ranked the absolute #1 out of the 50 things they love best about Britain (yes before the Queen, ranked #15).

Strictly speaking, Wikipedia defines it as “a sandwich of cooked back bacon between bread that is usually spread with butter, and may be seasoned with ketchup or brown sauce. It is generally served hot”.
And depending on where you are in the world, you may call it “bacon butty”, “bacon bap”, “bacon sarnie” or a “rasher sandwich”. I call it the British “Jambon-Beurre”, excuse my French!

It is born and raised in the UK, almost 97 y.o. (born in 1920), rich, simple (I am still talking of the sandwich), has a straight forward taste and is so popular throughout the UK that you can find this gem everywhere AND at any time during the day. In addition to its #1 ranking, it is one of these rare breed of sandwich (alike the merveilleux Jambon-Beurre) that even have its surveys, scientist formulas, chef recipes (check the Jamie Oliver’s), and even an International Day!

Interestingly, you have a choice of 2 sauces to come with it: either the brown sauce or ketchup. And don’t take it easy, this is a serious option! One can even predict where you guys come from according to your option: people in the East of England or Wales tend to prefer ketchup, while those in the West tend to go for brown sauce in their butties. Personally I asked once for Dijon mustard and the least we can say is that this was apparently not a common choice, rather a cultural offense! It is almost like if you would have asked your Jambon-Beurre to come without beurre or cornichon, or like a James Bond without a JB Girl, forgive my new British sense of humour (ranked#12).

So now, please do something for the sake of the bacon and the sandwich, try it, love it, like me!


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