Thanks to all for the laminating for Ireland ideas. I tried to complete most of them ; )

Finished off an arts project today in the Derbyshire town of Buxton. The vegetarian option of sandwiches…oh dear…now Dave just stop there!

So I began to wonder, how would one describe Ireland as a sandwich? what would it contain? what kind of flavours? what kind of conceptual fillings and sauces would tickle the tongues of Slugger contributers? I await as always…

  • Sorry Dave I couldn’t resist…

    Cranberry Orange Sandwich
    Ingredients for this low calorie, low fat recipe are:

    1 teaspoon of jelled cranberry sauce mixed with 1 teaspoon of orange marmalade
    Thin, lean deli turkey
    1 Slice of Mozzarella Skimmed Cheese
    Lettuce Leaf

    Mix and serve on toasted Wheatberry bread.

  • Rory

    Well it would most certainly not be a vegetarian sandwich (whatever the purpose of such a silly assembly might be).

    Poetic metaphors of personal recollection of sense experience from earlier periods are only but misused unless unintended. It is only when the memory cannot help itself; when the inspiration is that innocence that, unforced,invades the jaded mind, that a sort of universal reaching out creeps its way in written word towards that “Aha!, I see”, aspiration of recognition by an unknown reader.

    Come to think of it, I’m not so sure that vegetarians can have much to contribute to poetry. Certainly if the veggies had control (and boy! would they like control) back in Ye Olden Tymes we would never have had most of the English nursery rhymes.

    I simply dare you, Dave, to give me one well loved “vegetarian” poem in the English language(no cheating, please, The Ancient Mariner concerns itself only with the mytology of the killing of the seabird – not of the eating of it).

  • Crataegus

    If I walked into a sandwich bar and saw a sandwich called Ireland I would probably give it a complete miss. It would have to be made of ingredients that just don’t sit at ease together. The sort of thing that would be expected to kill on a regular basis. Fugu and chilli peppers with peanut butter probably on 3 day old bread washed down with a mug of stewed tea.

    Or if you wanted to be more optimistic it would be a doorstep with crisp crust; mixed salad with orange zest. A good wholesome mixture of flavours bedded down on a solid no nonsense foundation.

    Somehow when I think of Ireland and food a good bowl of mutton broth comes to mind and not a sandwich. After all a Sandwich is one of those things invented by a race that comes from a group of islands of the coast of Europe whose name we mustn’t mention for fear it will summon the evil one.

  • Shuggie McSporran

    “So I began to wonder, how would one describe Ireland as a sandwich?”

    Ireland is a big green sandwich with a population of 5.9 million lying close to Great Britain.

  • dave w


    ‘I simply dare you, Dave, to give me one well loved “vegetarian” poem’

    Will hunt around; not many words to words to rhyme with tofu (snafu?)…
    ; )

    …erm – not that poems have to rhyme

  • rapunsel

    surely it’s that most traditional of fillings– ” a hang sangwich ” — white bread, butter, ham along with a mug of tea.

  • DK

    Place bread on counter. Smear with Pesto and then add some cheddar to a part of the sandwitch. CUt in two so that one part contains only Pesto and the other a mix of cheese and pesto. Then smear a dollop of English mustard on the half containing cheese. Eat the two parts. One should be pleasant and evoke memories of Europe. The other should be a riot on the palate, but strangely compelling nontheless.

  • circles

    If Ireland were a bacon, lettuce and 1000 island dressing sandwich (whole grain bread) I would never, ever, ever have left.

  • circles

    was not were


  • ozzy

    Why bother trying to describe Ireland as a sandwich, the only sandwich worth eating is black bread and tomaotes with a sprinkle of salt and ground pepper. Maybe some finely choppped onions as well.

  • The Devil

    IF Ireland was a sandwich what type of sandwich would it be…. hmmmm I think it would be like this post….. STALE

  • comfortably numb

    N ireland could only be a toasted cheese veda sandwich, understood by all the natives but beyond the comprehension of anyone who hasn’t experienced it.

  • Penelope

    as an American perusing the ready-made sandwiches at the local Spar during my trips to Belfast I’ve discovered the sandwich fillings are not the usual roast beef, turkey and/or ham with cheddar or swiss we have here in the States… yea we have tuna salad but not with sweet corn in it… rosemary prawn salad… and what’s become my personal fave the ploughman’s

    my idea of an Irish sandwich would be wheaten or black bread with some sweet butter, cheese, a few rashers and sliced tomatoes… add a bag of Tayto cheese & onion crisps and wash it all down with a Magner’s… if I was there I’d make me one right now !!

  • POL

    How about a back to back sandwich.

    Two slices of bread and nothing in between.