They often say that sliced bread is the greatest thing that has ever happened to man. Well, usually they say it in a sarcastic manner like, “Oh he thinks he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread!” but if one were to really think about, sliced bread is one of the life’s unsung wonders. An invention, or idea or whatever you want to call it, that has revolutionized an entire food industry. I mean think about it, after the invention of sliced bread, non-sliced bread became almost entirely extinct. Can any other discovery in the gastronomic universe boast such a feat. No matter how daring or bold or incredible any new cooking method or style has been, it has never reached the hight of making it’s predecessors redundant. At best only out of fashion.
Yes sir when it comes right down to it, does any other food stuff show the potential, the adaptability, the tenacity or the innumerable value for money that bread does? I say nay! Within it’s simplicity and unassuming nature lie a million possibilities. You can put anything between two slices of bread and it automatically becomes a completely new food. I mean just imagine, all you are actually doing is taking two raw basic ingredients and turning them into an edible complete item of food, with the most minimal preparation. Often enough, you need no seasoning, no boiling, no flavoring, no frying, no cutting, no peeling. No muss, no fuss, no wait. Obviously one can do all those things. Make it a little more adventurous or complex. But all that is above and beyond. In its most basic and rudimentary form, the sandwich is just two slices of bread and something in the middle.
And let’s face it, nothing hits the spot as well or as fast in the middle of the night when you’re jonsing for some food because you have a particularly bad case of the munchies like two slices of white flour bread with soft milky cheese spread dolloped in between. Mmmmm…
– Zafar Khurshid (C)