Cucumber sandwiches - what's right, what's wrong?!

(72 Posts)
bebejones Thu 21-Apr-11 11:19:06

Planning a nice afternoon tea for 'The Wedding', as we are having a small gathering to bitch about the outfits 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?

Salt?

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?!

HerRoyalHighnessPrincessCervix Thu 21-Apr-11 16:52:28

loving these idea.

so far i'm doing

cucumb sandwhes
egg sandwiches
smoked salmon
i'm planning a red/white/blue meringue thing with blueberries, strawbs and cream.
cake

need a savory nibble

pimms
bucks fizz
champagne

boosmummie Thu 21-Apr-11 16:53:11

Vichyssoise soup shots with chives snipped on top. Or chilled roasted tomato and basil shots with a sprinkling of parmesan

mini prawn cocktail bites served either on baby gem lettuce scoopy sort of bites or on thickish peeled cucumber slices. Sprinkling of cayenne on each.

bite sized rolls of smoked salmon with cream cheese and dill stuffing

miniature fish and chips in rolled up cones of 'tending newspaper

mini quiches made in tartlet cases - lorraine/smoked salmon/ mushroom/asparagus

tiny sausages cooked in grainy mustard and honey glaze

HerRoyalHighnessPrincessCervix Thu 21-Apr-11 16:53:15

and scones

maybe some nuts

headfairy Thu 21-Apr-11 16:54:34
headfairy Thu 21-Apr-11 16:55:51

hmmm cheese and crackers ok, but not really posh enough for Royal Wedding tea... you could do little crostini with a smear of cream cheese and a teeny bit of smoked salmon on top.

boosmummie Thu 21-Apr-11 16:56:39

Actually Bebe mini toads are brilliant too, and also good with a bit of grainy mustard in the batter mix

HerRoyalHighnessPrincessCervix Thu 21-Apr-11 16:57:26

and cheese, i'll be needing cheese.

boosmummie Thu 21-Apr-11 17:00:18

mini cheese shortbreads

Also make tiny cheese scones and shove anything on them - always go down a treat.

Another nice dippy thing or to go with smoked salmon. Boursin garlic one mixed with about two tablespoons ish of cooked drained spinach, grating of nutmeg and maybe a tablespoon of creme fraiche is delicious. In fact I usually eat it before anyone gets to see it....

Baby new potatoes roasted in garlic and rosemary are great to dip into above as well!

bebejones Thu 21-Apr-11 17:04:45

headfairy - brilliant idea but how much!! shock I think I will make them!

Point taken bout the cheese & crackers.

HRH - Loving the Pavlova idea, might steal that!

So many fab ideas, really hungry, thank goodness it's nearly dinner time!

bebejones Thu 21-Apr-11 17:06:37

Just thought, I make yummy cheese muffins (cakey ones not English ones), could serve those with some cheddar & homemade tomato chutney. Very scrummy & look quite pretty. If I make them small enough they could be almost bite sized!

headfairy Thu 21-Apr-11 17:50:20

bebe.... you could buy a small box, put four delicately on a plate with a doily and scoff the rest yourself Aren't they notoriously difficult to make? <baking dunce>

bebejones Thu 21-Apr-11 18:12:02

I'm not sure. confused That Lorainne Pascal woman made them look easy on her telly programme. I'd consider myself a pretty good baker so wouldn't mind giving them a go, just not sure about having the time!

boosmummie Thu 21-Apr-11 19:11:35

bebe if you are a half decent baker then they really are not that difficult to make at all. Pascal's recipe is perfect and if you follow it to the letter you won't fail. I've made them a few times using her recipe and they are yummy. Well worth the effort. Just cook them for slightly less if you want to make bit sized ones.

::goes off to see if I have the necessary to make bite sized ones to scoff all by my self::

bebejones Thu 21-Apr-11 21:05:30

Fab! Think I might have a practise run this weekend then! Do you do the whipped cream filling or do you make different fillings? <goes to find recipe & make shopping list>

boosmummie Thu 21-Apr-11 21:18:41

I tend to use a butter/icing sugar filling and then flavour with whatever tickles me fancy. Cassis is nice, vanilla, lemon, orange, mint, really anything's a go go.

What time's afternoon tea then? I'll book my flight in the morning. You ought to do a dummy run and I'll grade you!!!!! grin followed by [greedy cow emoticon]

bebejones Fri 22-Apr-11 10:31:13

Might give them a go next week when DH is back in work! I fancy orange I think, I do like orange buttercream. There was a nice filling I saw online with ganache, might try that too!

Bogeyface Fri 22-Apr-11 17:22:36

Erm....can I just point out the correct way to make cucumber sandwiches?

Peel the cucumber and cut into quarters lengthways. Remove and discard seeds. Thinly slice and place on buttered good quality thinly sliced bread. Remove crusts and cut into fingers.

That is on the advice of someone who used to work at the Ritz!

Toast fingers with either marmite or Gentlemen's Relish. Cheese straws - I make mine using ready made pastry - roll out, sprinkle on strong cheddar, fold, reroll, sprinkle more cheese - repeat until it looks like there's plenty of cheese in the pastry, cut into straws, bake at about gas mark 6 until brown and yummy.

bebejones Fri 22-Apr-11 18:20:09

Wow that sounds very pfaffy making sandwiches like that!! But if it's good enough for the Ritz.......

boosmummie Fri 22-Apr-11 18:35:40

Bogey I so wanted to put that but everyone else seemed to insist on triangles so I was beginning to fear that I may be wrong in my assumption that if the Ritz do fingers (and Claridges for that matter) that fingers it should be!!!

bebejones Fri 22-Apr-11 18:51:25

I have to admit to thinking that it should be fingers although I think I would prefer triangles!

Swaliswan Fri 22-Apr-11 20:12:59

I've been to a garden party at Buckingham Palace (well, two, actually). I seem to remember that all of the sanwiches were fingers, crusts off and tasted divine! The cucumber was definitely peeled and had no seeds. The smoked salmon that was served was by far the best I've tasted (presumably duchy) as were the beef and horseradish sandwiches. Both times mini pots of duchy ice cream were served - yummy!

BikeRunSki Fri 22-Apr-11 20:21:00

I think the Ritz and Buck House ladies must be the best informed!

boosmummie Fri 22-Apr-11 20:51:48

One might just think so!

Bogeyface Fri 22-Apr-11 21:19:05

Happy to help!!

I know this because DSis and I threw a tea party for my mums 60th and I emailed my friend for advice. On his say so we did cuke sandwiches, smoked salmon, fresh chicken (which is a total bitch to slice thinly btw!) and egg (because we all love egg sarnies, not sure they are legit in "Posh tea" circles!) and they were gorgeous. They seemed to taste nicer eaten in fingers, and they were really easy to eat too. They seemed far more delicate but at the same time easier to eat than triangles, so much so that I even cut the kids lunch box sarnies into 3 fingers now, but crusts on

We had a stand of cupcakes, made by me, coffee ones with chocolate covered cocoa beans on top, vanilla ones with marbled pink and white icing and pink and white sugar flowers and lemon ones. What else.....oh yes, my sister made a tomatoey pestoey cheesy flan thing by rolling out puff pastry and putting the above onto it and ovening it til the pastry was cooked, and cut into the same size fingers as the sandwiches. Scones and cream and carrot cake. We had scoured charity shops for tea cups and saucers and tea plates in the preceding weeks so we had proper china to use (we re-donated them afterwards) and DSis found some lovely Cath Kidston-esque paper napkins.

It was a triumph, mum was thrilled and I have to say that Dsis and I were more than a little proud of ourselves

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