Making The Cut

04 Apr

Across these weeks and months of having different carers in and out, regularly preparing my food, I have come to notice differences when it comes to cutting sandwiches.

Essentially there are four different ways, there is the classic horizontal and then the single diagonal, dividing the sandwich into two. Then there is the horizontal and vertical and the double diagonal, quartering the breaded munch. What I hadn’t noticed is how these different cuts affect the perception of taste.

Of course this is completely irrational and unscientific but I wonder if there is such a thing as the psychology of sandwiches. You see to my mind, the double diagonal quartered sandwich feels like there is more crust than wich, where as the horizontal single divide has decidedly less crust to wich ratio.

The diagonal single cut seems to unbalance the handling of the sandwich with the hypotenuse corners seeming to flap apart and cause the crumbled filling to escape. The horizontal and vertical quartering reminds me of children’s packed lunch boxes, or posh crustless cucumber and smoked salmon afternoon tea nibbles.

Before you think I have completely lost the plot, remember, there are people out there who firmly believe that tea should only ever be drunk from a bone China cup, that has been brewed in a pre-warmed bone China teapot.

Food is a serious business!


Posted by on April 4, 2020 in General, Uncategorized


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11 responses to “Making The Cut

  1. Jocelyn

    April 4, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    I still remember my daughter throwing a massive wobbly when she was about 5yrs because I cut her sandwich into triangles. I will admit to preferring the cut on the diagonal.

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    • Renee

      April 4, 2020 at 9:43 pm

      We could always tell which parent made our lunches for school. Dad would cut them diagonally and mom would cut them vertically. LOL

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  2. deacongill

    April 5, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Do you know, I think you might be right! There’s definitely a different feel according to how one’s sandwiches are cut. I’ve never thought about that before. I know some children (Including some of my grands) are hugely particular about it. I’ve learnt over the years of their being little to ask at every stage … ‘Honey INSIDE no butter fold not cut’
    ‘Marmite inside no butter don’t cut’
    etc …
    I think I like little fat sandwiches best, but that might only be because you only get them with a posh tea, and I have only ever had one or two … so it is associated with cakes and cream and scones etc! Psychology plays a big part, undoubtedly.

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  3. menhir1

    April 5, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    I have been cogitating on your sarnies. it is true certain shapes and sizes are easier to manage. Presentation is a side shoot. Whatever pleases the eye often translates into food that pleasures. If broken into personal likes, dislikes and tastes, I would bet that there would be quite a variation of qualitative answers. Enjoy!!!

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    • AnneMarie

      April 5, 2020 at 7:10 pm

      Maybe it has something to do with how I eat a sandwich. I tend to nibble of the crusts first and then heartily devour the main body of the sandwich fully enjoying its contents.

      I do hope your cogitating did not cause any indigestion 😁


  4. snowbird

    April 6, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Goodness, I believe you’re onto something here. No three, crustless triangles does it for me!xxx

    Liked by 1 person

  5. daryan12

    May 11, 2020 at 9:58 am

    There is but one way to cut a sandwich, a single cut, diagonally across, that way you can dip the corner into a bowl or cup of soup as you eat it. Anything else is an abomination!…or straightest propaganda 😉

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    • AnneMarie

      May 11, 2020 at 11:43 am

      That’s my least preferred cut, I loose the contents from the corners!



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