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Tea Party Treats

Cucumber and cilantro sandwiches

Cucumber and cilantro sandwiches

I had some of my friends over for a little Tea Party. If you have been to jolly ole England and had high Tea it is quite the treat. When I lived in London we went to the Winter Garden at the Landmark hotel for High Tea. Everyone gets to choose their pot of tea (which to me was not the highlight). The pots are have about 3 cups of tea in them so you are really getting a fair bit of tea. However, the most exciting part for me was the sandwiches, scones and pastries that they had.

For my little Tea Party I went a little light leaving out the scones and clotted cream (which i promise to feature in the future) but did a little twist on the Cucumber sandwiches. I also made Herbed Cheddar Crackers with a cheddar cream cheese spread and for dessert I remade Sumier’s surprise (with a modification). Hope you enjoy them as much as my guests did – cause the treats were all gone.

Cucumber and Cilantro sandwiches

Recipe

Makes: 8 whole sandwiches
Prep time: 15 min

  • 2 small cucumbers, peeled and very thinly sliced with their skins, dried using paper towels
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, rinsed, patted dry with paper towels, and chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 6oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 16 slices good quality white bread (I used pepperidge farm)

Method

Mix cream cheese and cilantro.

Butter both sides of the bread. Spread the mix onto both slices.

Put a layer of cucumbers and then the slices together.

Cut off the crusts of the bread.

You can now cut the bread along the diagonals and then cut the triangles into halves to get mini-triangles.

Put them in a container with parchment paper on top and then a damp towel to keep them from hardening until you serve them. You can also put them into the refrigerator if you are making them early in the day.


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Simple Cucumber Soup

Cucumber Soup

 

We have had wonderfully warm days so early this year and I thought the perfect starter to dinner would be cucumber soup. Unfortunately the weather decided not to cooperate that evening and dropped to being chilly – but the soup turned out marvelously and was warmly received by everyone.

This is a really simple soup and something that can be whipped up on the spur of the moment.

Recipe

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 medium cucumber (peeled, deseeded and chopped into chunks)
  • 1 clove of garlic (peeled)
  • 1 bunch of curly parsley (tail end of the stems removed)
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable stock
  • 6-7oz of cream cheese (depending on how thick you want the soup)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 twists from the pepper mill of black pepper

Method

Blend cucumber, garlic, parsley, vegetable stock and cream cheese in a blender until smooth. Add the salt and pepper and you are done.

I normally serve this with roasted red peppers on top.