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

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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?


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?!

lljkk Thu 21-Apr-11 11:21:37

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.

BikeRunSki Thu 21-Apr-11 11:24:16

Butter not marge
No crusts
Skin on

We had "afternoon tea" for a friends' baby shower, last summer. That group of friends is all competitive undereaters and could not work out why they were so nice. It's butter you skinny loons, butter!

charitygirl Thu 21-Apr-11 11:26:20

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).

KatyMac Thu 21-Apr-11 11:26:55

Well I think traditionally they were pickled in vinegar & served with mustard (or something revolting like that)

overmydeadbody Thu 21-Apr-11 11:28:48

white bread
butter. Always, always, butter
crusts removed

Cattleprod Thu 21-Apr-11 11:28:50

Maybe some alternative sandwiches for people like me who can't stand cucumber!!

Cheese and tomato, blt, ham, egg etc.?

headfairy Thu 21-Apr-11 11:35:30

the key is to get the cucumber really thinly sliced... maybe use a mandolin or the slicey bit on the side of a box grater.

But yyyy to white bread and salted butter - God I want a cucumber sarnie now.

Pimms definitely, maybe teeny cupcakes. I like a macaroon too. And something like a Victoria sponge with raspberry jam and cream filling. Or scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream.

And you need one of those cake stands, and proper cups and saucers for the tea

bebejones Thu 21-Apr-11 11:58:10

How could I forget scones!

Right, so...white bread, salted butter, unpeeled cucumber & crusts off!

(Will do some other sandwiches too)

Might do some shortbread too.

Headfairy - when you say Macaroon do you mean the coconutty ones or ones like this

storminabuttercup Thu 21-Apr-11 13:15:14

white, butter, no crusts, unpeeled and triangles!

how about salmon sandwiches? prawn sandwiches?

yy to scones

i would like strawberries and cream too

shinyshoes Thu 21-Apr-11 13:17:37

unpeeled cue
crusts off

bebejones Thu 21-Apr-11 13:39:54

Jam tarts? Or are they not 'posh' enough?

piprabbit Thu 21-Apr-11 13:46:05

Cucumber sandwiches need a little pepper too, it's about the only thing I add pepper to by choice.

storminabuttercup Thu 21-Apr-11 13:47:30

i'd like jam tarts.

in fact what time shall i be there?

i'll bring a bottle of something fizzy!

bebejones Thu 21-Apr-11 14:20:51

Would noon suit?! wink

storminabuttercup Thu 21-Apr-11 14:36:18



headfairy Thu 21-Apr-11 14:46:18

bebe, those ones you linked to. Not the coconut ones, but the teeny weeny delicate French style ones. I know, French cakes in a Royal wedding party, but they are uber chic no? <Gallic shrug>

bebejones Thu 21-Apr-11 16:24:51

They are tres chic yes! Can't think of anywhere round here I could get them, so would have to make them! confused 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)
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?

boosmummie Thu 21-Apr-11 16:39:53

Blinis with creme fraiche, smoked salmon and a dollop of fake caviar or salmon roe

Mini mini yorkshires with a horseradish cream (2tbls creme fraiche/1tsp horseradish), get a small rump steak, cook to liking and slice in tiny slices to top said horseradish cream.

Mini tarlet cases with a smoked mackeral pate made with philli, s&p, squeeze lemon juice and s.mackeral fillets.

I could go on and on!

boosmummie Thu 21-Apr-11 16:40:30


bebejones Thu 21-Apr-11 16:43:38

Please do! Fab ideas...making me very hungry!

bebejones Thu 21-Apr-11 16:44:31

Had thought about mini toad-in-the-holes, but what you said with the beef sounds much nicer posher!!

headfairy Thu 21-Apr-11 16:44:52

cheese straws
mini quiches (shop bought natch, I'm not suggesting for a minute you make them )
Dainty toast fingers with gentlemen's relish on

bebejones Thu 21-Apr-11 16:48:17

Dainty toast fingers and pate too maybe?

My friend did some lovely little tartlets with tomato & chorizo at the weekend, but maybe that's a bit non-British?! confused

Cheese straws are a good idea, DD will probably scoff them all though!

bebejones Thu 21-Apr-11 16:49:04

Cheese & crackers?

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