Planning a nice afternoon tea for 'The Wedding', as we are having a small gathering to bitchabouttheoutfits watch the proceedings, and of course I will be making cucumber sandwiches. So apart from cucumbers, what else do I need?
White bread or brown? (I'm thinking white) And I cut the crusts off yes?
Do I do triangles or fingers?
Butter or margerine?
Peel the cucumbers or not?
My Godmother used to make heavenly cucumber sandwiches, I used to love them! Just can't remember much about the technicalities/etiquette!
Also, anything else that should be included in the tea? Pimms anyone?!
Oh Gawd, don't tell me there's supposed to be technique to cuke sarnies. I do margarine on brown bread, sliced in rectangles. I do not peel or add salt or remove crusts. I would not like extra salty sandwiches or white bread without crusts, myself. DC like 'em my way, all happy.
I ALWAYS soak my cucumber slices (yes, peeled) in some wine vinegar for 5 minutes them drain. It bring out their flavour and adds moistness. I like white bread for cucumber sandwiches and I remove the crusts for a posh tea. Fingers seem to be what you get in restaurants but triangles or squares are easier to eat IMO.
And DEFINITELY butter (I'd use salted but I am a salt fiend).
They are tres chic yes! Can't think of anywhere round here I could get them, so would have to make them! Not impossible...but a bit of a pfaff!
So far I am thinking: Cucumber sandwiches (plus possibly Smoked salmon and cheese & tomato) Small scones with clotted cream & jam & butter options A sponge cake with whipped cream & fresh strawberries Jam Tarts (mostly for the kiddiwinks) Tea Copious amounts of Pimms
I feel I need more savoury, but crisps just won't cut it!
Any suggestions? I'm afraid my budget won't stretch to caviar! Maybe some Blinis with smoked salmon?