Lessons from the past – The king of sandwiches


This ‘lessons from the past’ series of blog posts has been quite a revelation when it comes to the discoveries and origins of some of our most common food and ingredients. The next post in the series is a story of the humble sandwich – not really of how it originated, but of an interesting story of how it got its name and worldwide recognition.

No spoon or plate – that’s why sandwiches are great!

 A sandwich is one of the easiest things to put together in the kitchen. Two slices of bread and any filling in between them – literally any filling! Ever wondered who thought of this brilliant idea? Well, turns out the mighty old sandwich was created as a result of a gambling obsession of an Emperor!

The story dates way back to 1762, London. The fourth Earl of Sandwich, John Montague was too involved in his gambling routine to even stop for a meal. He asked the cook to bring him roasted meat between two slices of bread, so he could continue with his game while he ate his meal and that is exactly what happened. The Earl played nonstop for 24 hours and only ate ‘sandwiches’ in between. This trend kind of caught on with people ordering ‘the same as sandwich’.

Apparently the 1st Earl was to undertake the title of “the earl of Portsmouth” but took the title of “the earl of sandwich” instead. Had he not changed his mind, a sandwich could have easily been called a “Portsmouth” instead.

The sandwich has evolved a hundred folds since then. The possibilities of the combinations of the bread and the stuffing in a sandwich are endless. It could be vegetables, cheese, meat, eggs, tomatoes, jam, beans, lentils, dips, sauces stuffed between slices of any kind of bread. Tortillas, quesadillas, burgers and shawarmas are all types of sandwiches. With the varieties of sandwiches we have today did you ever think that it could be the product of an Emperors humble request?

Picking a favourite sandwich out of all the fabulous ones of the world is quite a herculean task for me. Yet I am going to pick a vegetable triple decker sandwich because I can never bring myself to refuse a slice of it. It is made with bread slathered with butter, green chutney, loaded with veggies and a bit of cheese then grilled. Filling, delicious and very simple to build – just like how a sandwich should be– here is the recipe.

Sugar to Sugar Free…

 PicMonkey Collage1 All of us grew up using refined white sugar. And the ugly news associated with sugars was that most were processed into all kinds of foods we ate. These sugars often carried a high glycemic index rating which means that the sugars were absorbed into the bloodstream faster.

Hence, consuming too much of these nutritive sweeteners or sugar grains resulted in an ‘n’ number of health issues like diabetes, obesity and other heart diseases. So, with some innovation and the human grey matter working at its best, came the invention of artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes that could give us the benefit of enjoying the sweet taste minus the excessive calorie intake. Yes we are talking about the Zydus wellness prodigy Sugar Free, where the products were a lot more times sweeter than the plain white sugar, yet did less harm to the body. And even the doctors didn’t hesitate in prescribing these for a much healthier lifestyle.

However, with changing times and the constant increase in stress levels due to the super-hectic lifestyles, human health woes increased by leaps and bounds. And the fact that we cannot have a diet completely free of sugar is also true! So, what did we do? Just relied on Sugar Free and ultimately made it a lifestyle product that could be bought off the supermarket shelves – anytime, anywhere! Not anymore did we wait for a specialist to tell us that we need it. We actually knew how much and why we needed it, and helped ourselves!

Sugar Free is a product that comes in various forms, shapes and sizes that can be used in almost every way that you use sugar in. The best part is that it gives you all the goodness of sugar minus the calories. Right from baking luscious desserts to sweetening our daily cups of chai and coffee to creating marvelous mithais – the range of Sugar Free products comes handy in every way. It is meant for people from all walks of life – the only criteria being the need to live a fitter and healthier lifestyle.

Available in several forms to make your life simpler, Sugar Free comes in the form of a drop, powder and pellet.

1 drop of Sugar Free Natura Sweet Drops = 1 teaspoon of sweetness

1 sachet Sugar Free Natura = 2 teaspoons of sweetness

1 pellet of Sugar Free Natura = 1 teaspoon of sweetness

So choose your pick, depending on what you want to do with it. These are freely soluble in water at both high and low temperatures and therefore, can be used in most food products. It is also heat stable and ideal for cooking and baking without any loss in sweetness. It can be used for making a wide range of foodstuffs besides being used as a tabletop sweetener like in tea, coffee, lassis and it also churns out delicious ice creams.

And before the end, just a little tip, all sugar free sweets and desserts need not necessarily be completely free of all sugar. It actually depends on the ingredients of the sweet preparation. If it has fruits and dry fruits, they have natural sugars. In case you do pick up any food item with the label ‘no sugar’ or ‘low sugar’ or ‘reduced sugar,’ remember that they all contain carbohydrates! For more tips & Recipes Visit www.sanjeevkapoor.com







Sugar Free chilling served here!

  The one and only thing that comes to mind to counter the scorching heat is to indulge in something cool. Heavy, heat inducing food is shunned and thoughts turn to just, cooling stuff. But when the chillers are loaded with sugar, it becomes a weight watchers landmine.

Replace your sugar tins with a pack of Sugar Free Natura Sweet Drops or Sugar Free Natura Diet Sugar and you can avoid up to 500 calories every day. Being a zero calorie sweetener, these can be added to any of those refreshing beverages. Here are some ways that you can use it, rest is upto your imagination. Innovate, create and enjoy the taste without any stress about added calories!

Cool curds!

Are you a curd lover like I am? And you cannot imagine consuming this super cooling food without some sugar in it? Switch to the Sugar Free Natura Sweet Drops now! Add a few drops, mix and relish it the way you do with plain sugar. You can also use it to prepare the very Bangla mishti doi.


Ice ice baby!

You can have instant lime squash if you squeeze out juice from a few lemons, add Sugar Free Natura Sweet Drops, some fresh mint leaves and freeze in an ice tray. When you have unexpected guests, just throw in a few of these flavoured ice cubes in a jug of water and a cool tangy drink is ready to serve!


Spice it up!

Want to take those lovely crispy and refreshing fruit chaats, kachumbers or other sweet snacks to another level without compromising on the calorie intake? The Sugar Free products is the answer. Here’s a simple mix that gets done in a jiffy – equal amounts of chaat masala, red chilli powder, dried mango powder (amchur), cumin powder, black salt and about 2 level spoons of the Sugar Free Natura Diet Sugar. Mix it up, sprinkle and experience the magic!


For the soup souls!

This is the perfect time to treat yourselves with some fabulous cold soups! And let the Sugar Free Natura Diet Sugar take care of your health. Just substitute granulated sugar with a level spoon of this wonder product and let the soup chill your system instantly. Gazpachos, Peach and Thyme Cold Soup, Cold Apple Soup, Watermelon Soup and what not! Try it, its quite classy too!


Just before I end, here’s another tip, make your own almond masala milk/kulfi mix with 100 grams almonds, 100 grams milk powder, 2 teaspoons Sugar Free Natura Diet Sugar, a few cardamoms and saffron to flavour. Blend all these to a coarse mixture. Store and use whenever you want! Visit www.sanjeevkapoor.com