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Gerome the Gnome Plans his April Fools’ Day Menu

No fooling: Gerome has found a recipe for a toast sandwich! Artisanal toast may be popular in fancy cafés at the moment, but in Mrs. Beeton’s day, toast was a way of using up every bit of bread. If you would like to try this culinary delight at home, the recipe is as follows:

Ingredients — thin cold toast, thin slices of bread-and-butter, pepper and salt to taste.

Mode — Place a very thin piece of cold toast between 2 slices of thin bread-and-butter in the form of a sandwich, adding a seasoning of pepper and salt. This sandwich may be varied by adding a little pulled meat, or very fine slices of cold meat, to the toast, and in any of these forms will be found very tempting to the appetite of an invalid.

The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton

Well, waste not, want not, thinks Gerome.


Gerome and toast sandwich

Source: The Book of Household Management, Mrs. Isabella Beeton. London: 1869. p. 944.

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