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This is a favorite appetizer that has appeared on European menus for decades. Its origins are in Picnic Foods. The Classic Bread-and-Butter Picnic sandwich began to get dressed up in the early 1900s, with items such as lettuces, cheeses, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and of course, Radishes. It’s endured, and this light, flavorful, texture-y snack is as simply decadent now as ever.
Some Picnic History:
Food historians tell us picnics evolved from the elaborate traditions of moveable outdoor feasts enjoyed by the wealthy. Medieval hunting feasts, Renaissance-era country banquets, and Victorian garden parties lay the foundation for today’s leisurely repast. Picnics, as we Americans know them today, date to the middle of the 19th century. Although the “grand picnic” is generally considered a European concept, culinary evidence confirms people from other parts of the world engage in similar practices.
“The earliest picnics in England were medieval hunting feasts. Hunting conventions were established in the 14th century, and the feast before the chase assumed a special importance… Picnicking really come into its own during the Victorian era, and enters into the literature of that period. Dickens, Trollope, Jane Austen all found pleasure in introducing this form of social event into their fiction. One can see why: a rustic idyll furnished an ideal way of presenting characters in a relaxed environment, and also provided an opportunity to describe a particularly pleasant rural spot.”—-Oxford Companion to Food, Alan Davidson
“The French might have invented the word “picnic,” pique nique being found earlier than “pic nic.” (The meaning, aside from the probably connotation of “picking,” is unknown.) It originally referred to a dinner, usually eaten indoors, to which everyone present had contributed some food, and possible also a fee to attend. The ancient Greek “eranos,” the French “moungetade” described earlier, or modern “pot luck” suppers are versions of this type of mealtime organization. The change in the meaning of the term, from “everyone bringing some food” to “everyone eating out of doors” seems to have been completed by the 1860s. The impromptu aspect, together with the informality, are what the new meaning has in common with the old; there is a connotation too of simple food, which may be quite various, but which is not controlled, decorated, or strictly ordered into courses. Picnics derive, also, from the decorous yet comparatively informal sixteenth-century “banquets” mentioned earlier, which frequently took place out of doors…Not very long ago, picnics were rather formal affairs to our way of thinking, with tables, chairs, and even servants. But everything is relative: what was formal then made a trestle-table in the open countryside seem exhiliaratingly abandoned. The general feeling of relief from normal constraints…”—-The Rituals of Dinner: The Origins, Evolutions, Eccentricities and Meaning of Table Manners, Margaret Visser