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Potato Puns are A-Peeling

The humble potato is the world’s most popular vegetable, due to its versatility and ready availability.

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In our house, the one thing that is never empty is the potato bin, and it’s also the only thing that all my kids will agree on eating. For us, there is nothing more comforting than fluffy mashed potatoes, glistening with butter and dotted here and there with crispy sausages, drowning in gravy.

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Potatoes tend to get bad press due to their high carbohydrate content, but potatoes are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium and B vitamins. Potato skins are a wonderful source of fiber, and are fat free.

There are more than 4,000 varieties of potato, and each one has its own sugar profile, which makes them good for different things. The best potato for mashing is the Yukon Gold, as it is lower in starch than others, while the best spud for roasting is the Maris Piper, because they tend to be more floury.

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Although it is assumed that potatoes originated in Ireland due to the well-known ‘Irish Potato Famine’, they were first cultivated in Peru around 8,000 to 5,000 B.C. They didn’t gain real popularity in Europe until about 1975 when they started to appear more on the meal tables due to a push for healthy eating.

Interesting fact: The word potato comes from the Spanish word patata.

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

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.