On the subject of cucumber sandwiches
Posted by Kelley on December 12, 1997 at 22:47:34:
In response to Tea things, written by Amy on December 12, 1997 at 16:22:26
] ] Is anybody here familiar with this subject?
] I don't know a lot about cucumber sandwiches, but I think, like watercress sandwiches, they're consider a dainty thing, ladies tea, that kind of connotation. I became quite possessed with the idea of them when reading Possession, the mention of them became kind of a euphemism for being invited to a character's house. So not really knowing how to go about a proper one, I experimented. The version I liked best was with mayonaise on white with crumbled hardboiled egg yolks and a little fresh spinach.
At high tea at the Huntington Beach Library in California, they serve cucumber sandwiches and scones. It's meant to be a representation of English high tea, so I agree with the idea of "dainty" tea food.
As for serving it to guests, I wouldn't, mainly because no one I know would like it (my friend at Berkeley tried to serve it to his fellow co-op students with no success). When I was in Japan two years ago on a student program, though, I was constantly being served a version somewhat like Amy's--cucumber with hardboiled eggs on white bread, cut into ladyfinger-like rectangles.
(BTW, good pun--possessed by reading Possession! Great book...I enjoyed it.)
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