It is said that John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, “invented” the sandwich while locked in a 24-hour card game. Nowadays, Gamblers Anonymous would have a field day with this. What, he couldn’t stop gambling long enough to fortify himself? All he did was ask his valet to put meat between two slices of bread so his cards wouldn’t get all greasy. His cronies started ordering “the same as Sandwich,” and hence the name was born.
Oeufs en Meurette
This recipe is from the now defunct Peter Kump New York Cooking School. Oeufs en meurette are a Burgundian specialty of poached eggs in red wine sauce.
6 large eggs, poached
1 Tbsp. each of classic mirepoix (finely diced carrots, celery, onion, and ham)
8 Tbsp. unsalted butter, clarified
2 to 3 cups hearty red wine, Burgundy is preferred
1 to 2 Tbsp. beurre manie (butter that is kneaded with equal parts flour)