Ich bin ziemlich sicher dass die Deutschen verstehen sehr wohl das Wort "Sandwich" aber....
Zwei scheiben Brot mit etwas zwischen die beiden - zusammengeklappt...na Ja, nicht ganz...!
International word for two slices of bread with something or other between them - slapped together....well - not quite...!
Mot International pour deux tranches de pain avec quelque choses entre les deux....
In principle if you talk about a "sandwich" everybody thinks about the simplest form of eating, messily- but almost without any washing up to be done, just about everything needed by the body at one quick sitting! A sort of salad on bread.
It's a long way from there.....!
Firstly, it depends on what country you're in. Every country has it's own "fashion" and everyone in every country has their own favourite ingredients!
From the traditional "garden party" sandwiches of the Royalty in England, where the Royal chefs are instructed to get 16 "bite size" triangular sandwiches out of two slices of British "elastic" bread with a smear of butter (sometimes mixed with margarine) and 4-6 slices of cucumber, and do so.....to the one meter long "Jambon/beurre" of Paris and France, passing through the infamous "lox on Rye" (no image), of the New Yorker, passing bye the Hamburger (which basically is just a sandwich as well) although this one calls itself simply the Burger, from "Burger King", and costs 95GBP (around 150$) here is the story:http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2009/05/12/the-world-s-most-indulgent-sandwiches-115875-21352982/ which is NOT the most expensive sandwich....That honour is here: and you can read about it on the same page as above.
and on to the massive mouth busters of 3, 4, or even 5 layered, tiered monsters, every land and every person has their own thing!
This one may be exaggerated, although one can never be sure....!
One of own favourites is a simple thing, an egg sandwich. This dates back to one the innumerable, indeed countless "Church Outings" I was obliged to take part in as a child. Of course, children were not to be heard at the time, and most certainly their needs were never thought about, si - invariably there was no food for us on the "charabancs" of the period. Come 7 or 8pm, we were starving, and on one of these trips a friendlier Church member, busily occupied with his wife eating their own "brought with" sandwiches, suddenly thought of their Prophet's words about "sharing" and "suffer little children" and so on, and offered me one of their "eggy sannies" - nothing special, but famished as I was, it was like gold, and has remained my favourite to this day!
Sandwiches come open or closed, natural or toasted, grilled, fried, in batter, even ice cream sandwiches are available. They are good, bad, indifferent, use almost anything you can imagine, Inspector Maigret crams them in with a beer, pushed to the side of the tobaco pipestem already in his mouth, and Mum's love them - to save work on a Sunday!
This one here looks a bit faded and not too appetising....but in fact it is a security measure! So popular are sandwiches that there are thieves around and about, so - in large companies and in small families, they have to be protected in the fridges...! This is what the bag and the sandwich REALLY look like: At the same time, you DO run the risk of someone throwing your "mouldy" sandwich in the bin!
Thinking about it, I'm pretty sure the last British Railways sandwich I bought looked like the bag....!
Whatever - wherever - however - the subject is inexhaustable, so just enjoy your "Sannie" wherever, but don't ever think you're on an easy bet when some one suggests they would be "happy with some sandwiches" - Could be the start of war......
iwmpop(mr le marquis) - Vauvert, France - Octobre 2010
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