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British Sandwich Week

We Brits do have a tendency to celebrate the most bizarre things, and even go as far as attributing commemoration days and weeks to them.

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Here are some of my personal favourites:

  • January 16th - Appreciate a Dragon Day

  • February 5th - National Shower With a Friend Day

  • May 14th - National Dance Like a Chicken Day

  • September 16th - Collect Rocks Day

  • November 4th - Common Sense Day

  • December 16th - Chocolate Covered Anything Day

Given my enjoyment of all things ridiculous, imagine my delight when I found out that this week is British Sandwich Week! What could be more fundamentally British than celebrating one of the most versatile English creations; the humble sarnie?

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According to history, an 18th century aristocrat, John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, asked his valet to bring him some meat between two slices of bread. His contemporaries beheld his creation and started asking for ‘the same as Sandwich’. Brilliant.

The great thing about the sarnie is that anything slapped between two slices of bread can be termed a sandwich, and the only limit to what you can create is your imagination… and possibly physics.

Interesting Facts:

  • In 2018, the most popular sandwich filling was bacon, which knocked chicken off the top spot it had held for a number of years.

  • As a nation, we spend £3 billion annually on sandwiches.

You can find out more about British Sandwich Week by visiting www.britishsandwichweek.com

We hope you have enjoyed these mouthwatering pictures of some of the sandwich photoshoots we have done for our clients.

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Food Photographer: Tom Davies, Lead Photographer, Full Steam Pictures.
Written by: Kate Davies, Media Manager, Full Steam Pictures.

Coeliac Awareness Week

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Lately, it seems that all we hear about is ‘gluten-free’ this and ‘gluten-free’ that. While going gluten-free seems to be the latest diet fad, there are many people for whom a gluten-free diet is compulsory.

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This week is Coeliac Awareness Week. Coeliac disease affects one in one hundred people, and is a lifelong autoimmune disease caused by a reaction to gluten. Once diagnosed, the treatment is a gluten-free diet for life.

What is gluten though? It seems that many people who jump on the fad diet bandwagon out of choice rather than necessity don’t actually know…

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Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Due to increased awareness of Coeliac disease, many products are now available with gluten-free options to support the diet of those suffering from this disease.

Coeliac disease is a serious illness where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues when gluten is consumed. This causes damage to the lining of the stomach, and means that the body can’t absorb nutrients from food properly.

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These images are delicious ranges of gluten-free meals that some of our clients have launched.

For more information about Coeliac Disease and gluten-free support, please visit www.coeliac.org.uk

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Food Photographer: Tom Davies, Lead Photographer, Full Steam Pictures.
Written by: Kate Davies, Media Manager, Full Steam Pictures.