The making-of, transport and munching down a sandwich sums up many of mankind’s alimentary achievements.
Let’s begin with the bread.
- It required for the agricultural revolution to take place, cereal crops to be grown and sown.
- Storing, grinding.
- Complete conquest of fire and develop of cooking techniques.
- The discovery of yeast harvesting and dough fermentation.
- And then: baked bread came to be!
The protein within.
- Hunting and domesticating animals for consumption was the first step to ensure a permanent source of high protein.
- Slaughtering techniques and above all preserving became crucial to guarantee a seasonal or yearly supply.
Eating your greens.
- Gathering has been in our bloodstream since before we could walk upright. Roots, fresh and dry fruits, seeds and vegetables have been staple foods of pretty much every human group.
- They are easy carry, none or minimal food prep is required to either make them edible or more palatable.
In other words a sandwich is thousands of history in between two slices of bread.
The first instalment of the sandwich chronicles begins with: sunny side up joy.
For each serving you will need:
- 1 slice of bread
- 1 egg
- 2 slices of grilled aubergine
- 1 slice of cheese
Start with the aubergine. Slice and season w salt, brush them with some olive oil and grill them in a toaster o the oven for about 8 minutes at 180C.
As you toast the bread, fry the eggs, sunny side up and season with thyme.
When the eggs are ready, place a slice of cheese on each toast, then the aubergine and eggs on top.
- Wild hens usually lay only 12-20 eggs a year. Selective breeding has modified their bodily functions to produce up to 300 eggs a year!
- Aubergine is native to South Asia and was first introduced to Europe in the 12th century by Ibn al-Awwam an agronomist who began growing it in Seville during the Islamic occupation of Spain.