Monday, June 7, 2010

There were no cucumbers to be had at the Covent Garden vegetable market that morning, not even for ready money!

Cucumber Sandwiches - they seems to be quintessentially British. The main staple (ha ha) of afternoon teas and delicate luncheons. I say ha ha because they are nutritionally pretty useless, and therefore only the upper classes could afford to eat something that is essentially water.

But who know there is actually a recipe for them?
15/04/2010

Here it is:

CUCUMBER SANDWICHES.

INGREDIENTS. - 1 large cucumber
creamed butter
white or brown bread
salad-oil
lemon-juice or vinegar
salt and pepper

METHOD. - Peel the cucumber, slice it thinly, season liberally with salt, drain on a hair sieve for about 1 hour, and dry thoroughly.
Now put it into a basin and sprinkle with pepper, salad-oil, lemon-juice or vinegar, liberally or otherwise according to taste.
Have ready some thin slices of bread and butter, stamp out some rounds of suitable size, place slices of cucumber between 2 rounds of bread and press parts well together.
Dish lightly overlapping each other in a circle on a folded napkin, and serve garnished with parsley.

4 comments:

Miss Sandra said...

This is the recipe I've used for years (minus the oil), and it goes over really well!
All the best!
Sandra

Packrat said...

I always thought these sounded so wonderful until I actually had one. They are okay, but I'll take peanut butter and jelly anytime. :)

Eef said...

Well, never ate cuncumber sandwiches...
Not realy sure about it...
But I promise I will give it a try! But you'll have to wait for feedback because my cuncumber plant is still tiny!

Greets from rainy Belgium!

Eef

The Long & Winding Bobbin said...

oh my gosh I am loving reading all of your older posts. Not only am I a fan of cucumber sandwiches but that coffee fish! eep. Now I'm hungry.....