Lifestyles of the Victorian upper crust were sedentary. This sandwich was designed for taste, not for nutritional value. You’re not going to build a house or plow the garden on this sandwich alone.
That makes the recipe and preparation of the perfect cucumber sandwich that much more important. You don’t want to end up with a soggy mess or a tasteless sandwich. And believe it or not, even some of the worlds most celebrated chefs can have a hard time creating the perfect cucumber tea sandwich.
Should you need any further persuading of the merits of this excellent dish, the cucumber sandwich was lauded by American scientists in 2012 as the best thing to eat to regulate body temperature and stave off dehydration during a heat wave – Telegraph.co.uk : Food and Drink.Continue reading →
One of the things we’ve learned how to do during the recession is make do with what you’ve got.
I didn’t grow up in a rich family. We got by and we were certainly better off than some. We were the definition of middle class. There were times when I was a kid that we didn’t have money for the grocery store so my Mom and Dad rummaged the cupboards and we had whatever was in the pantry.
Sometimes as long as we had a loaf of bread we had something to eat for lunch or dinner. More than once we had Condiment Sandwiches for Saturday lunch. That usually consisted of two pieces of bread, with mayo and ketchup. Or mayo and mustard if you were my sister.
As long as we had some kind of meat broth in the pantry and some flour, my Mom would set the table and we’d have dumplings. Most often chicken broth and dumplings.
Sometimes it was because things were stretched thin and we didn’t have a choice. Sometimes they were saving for my Dad’s annual 2 week vacation. Other times, they were living paycheck to paycheck and the pantry went bare before the next check came in. Continue reading →
I’m a visual person and that means I love pictures. The internet has been a wonderful invention to feed that interest. Especially places like Instagram, Pinterest and other social media sites that focus on imagery.
But one thing I’ve noticed in looking at the inspirational pictures people share for Tea and Coffee time are the mistakes they make when properly setting a table or serving tray.
Yes there really is a proper way to set or place anything on a table. And that includes the proper placement of food on a tiered serving tray. It can even include the proper placement of silverware on a serving dish or where on the table that dish should go.
But I’d like to focus this post on the 3-tiered serving tray. First off a tiered serving tray is reserved for low or afternoon tea. It is NEVER used for high tea. The only exception is when a tiered tray is used to serve varying types of desserts and the tray is placed on a side or buffet table. Continue reading →