What I think about while I’m baking
This month I’m thinking about sandwiches.
The US TV psychologist and life coach Phil McGraw said, ‘You don’t need a pack of horses to learn how to make a sandwich.’ It’s something I found on the internet while I was googling ‘sandwiches’ and it made me chuckle.
Of course, America, a country that has been so much in the news recently, is a great nation of sandwich eaters. In fact the American diplomat, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., said
“It has been well said that a hungry man is more interested in four sandwiches than four freedoms.”
Recent events have perhaps proved Mr Lodge wrong – in fact it’s amazing how everyone I meet, people who come into the bakery, people I meet on the street is talking about politics. Recent times have taught us not to take our freedoms for granted and perhaps we now know that we sometimes need to speak out to maintain and protect those freedoms.
In sandwiches, as in life, the ability to have choices is important, and sometimes we need to speak up for our right to make choices.
As the internet says, ‘Life is like a sandwich, the more you put in the better it gets.’
I have to agree. Our regular customers fall into two camps – those who buy our sandwiches and those who make their own. Of course we’re happy to oblige with our range of delicious fillings like our home made humous or our homemade carrot salad and our super soft bread buns.
For those who like to make their own, we also have what we think is a very inspiring selection of breads. For example, our seedy nutty loaves enhance pretty much any filling and our olive and tomato ciabattas offer a lovely mediterranean theme to your sarnie – perhaps fill with manchego, salad and olives? Our honey and sunflower loaf is extremely popular for sandwich making.
And I firmly believe that a good, healthy sandwich is better for you than some of the lunch options out there. Particularly made with Bondgate Bakery bread! Our bread is made the old fashioned way, with a long rise and no additives or preservatives. It’s nutritious, not bulky like many shop bought breads and certainly healthier than some of the healthy options you can buy – such as cereal bars (packed with sugar).
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish my customers all the best for 2017. May you have both sandwiches, freedom and choices in abundance.