“A ploughman's lunch (often just called a ploughman's) is a cold snack or meal originating in the United Kingdom, composed of cheese (usually a thick piece of Cheddar, Stilton or other local cheese); pickle (called "relish" outside the UK), bread (especially crusty bread, which may be a chunk from a loaf or a bap); and butter. It is often accompanied by a green salad; other common additions are half an apple, celery, pickled onions, pâté, crisps, diced hard boiled egg or beetroot.
The origins of the ploughman's lunch remain unclear. It appears to date back at least to the 1960s, when the Milk Marketing Board promoted the meal nationally to boost sales of cheese, and some investigations have concluded that the meal is nothing more than marketing. However, other sources suggest that a comparable meal has been called a ploughman's lunch since at least 1957, and the meal itself may have been popular as far back as before World War II under the related name ploughboy's lunch.”
I must have been a ploughman in a past life because 75% of the time I’d rather not have a heavy meal, but prefer a little of this, a little of that – and most often those little bits consist of an assortment of cheeses, breads, veggies, and fruits with a possible few deli meat slices and pickles or olives on the side. I never knew this meal style was anything special until I watched “Barefoot Contessa’s” special “Barefoot in London” and learned of the ploughman’s lunch.