You are a guest from Narnia, visiting with an American friend. Your friend is ill, and isn’t allowed to get out of bed. Your friend asks you to make a peanut butter and jelly (PB&J) sandwich.
A sandwich is food between two slices of bread: what you call a slather in Narnia.
You will need to ask your friend some questions. You can get them all asked in two sets.
The first set of questions:
“Where in your kitchen will I find:
- peanut butter; jelly; bread;
- plates, knives;
- a breadboard and breadknife?”
Your friend may respond “I use sliced bread.” This means bread bought already sliced: you will not need breadboard or breadknife.
- Peanut butter is made in America with three important variations: crunchy/smooth, sweetened/unsweetened, salted/unsalted.
- Jelly is what Americans call fruit jam.
- Both peanut butter and jelly will be kept in glass jars with screw-top lids.
- A screw-top jar opens by twisting right-to-left (widdershins).
Find a plate large enough for two slices of bread lying next to each other, and two knives, blunt ones for spreading, not cutting.
The second set of questions:
Go back to your friend and ask, as necessary:
- Which bread shall I use?
- Which peanut butter shall I use?
- Which jelly shall I use?
- What would you like to drink with your sandwich?
If making a PB&J sandwich on sliced bread:
A loaf of sliced bread will be in a clear bag sealed with a coloured twist. Do not take the slice at the end of the loaf. Put the slices on the plate. Close the bag and reseal it with the twist.
If making a PB&J sandwich using unsliced bread:
The loaf will probably be less robust than the bread you are used to, so you may have to cut a thicker slice and spread more gently than you would at home.
Take some peanut butter and spread it on one slice of bread, right out to the crust. If you make it too thick, the peanut butter will squidge out when your friend bites into the sandwich. Try for slightly thicker than the blade of the knife when you look at both edgeways.
Repeat for the other slice.
Using a different knife from the one you used for the peanut butter, take some jelly and spread this out on the peanut butter on one slice, covering the surface completely with a thin layer.
When you replace the lids on the jars, twist them left-to-right (sunwise) until each is tight enough on that you can pick up the jar by the lid.
Put the slices of bread together as you would for a slather. Cut the bread diagonally from one corner to the other.
Make your friend a drink. (See “What They Drink On The Other Side of the Wardrobe”.)