There is a wonderful blog that I read called Lea’s Silent-ology all about silent film! (Check it out, you won’t regret it). Well, one article mentioned this thing called The Theda Bara Sandwich– please read this short blog article here. This will give you a little background on the sandwich I just tried.
Theda Bara was an actress, you see, a very vamp-ish actress, to be exact. I hope to do a piece on her in the future; she was a very ‘different’ gal.
As I think you have already realized, I decided to try it! I followed the recipe exactly. Since the recipe doesn’t specify which bread to use, I used white bread, being as I already had it. (frugal, I know). I was worried about the pimentos, because I have never tried them, and I am not a spicy pepper eater. I even had a glass of milk on hand JUST in case, because even the slightest spicy is very unpleasant to my throat.
I know you are wondering, and I will tell you: yes, I did go out and buy the ham, pimentos, and pickles just for this reason. And BOY was I glad I did, because not only did I find out that I really like pimentos, but I found a new favorite sandwich! The pickles and the pimento served warm with ham, mayo, and toast was the perfect combination. I was pleased to find out that pimentos really aren’t hot. Although it was a delicious beverage to pair with my snack, I didn’t even need the milk for the purpose it was originally intended. I think I will try this with all different kinds of bread: banana bread, rye bread, raisin bread, (in that order) and so on until all the breads have been eaten.
If you try this, make sure you are hungry, because even a small sandwich (like mine was) will be very filling. I bought a ham steak, so it would be more like the kind of ham that they would have used in the sandwich in the ‘teens.
So, try it today! (seriously, do it).