Wednesday, 27th May 2020

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Cucumber tea sandwich

Cucumber tea sandwich

Do you really know how to make a proper cucumber sandwich? Try the following recipe taken from an Old English Traditional Cookery Book. If it’s too warm a day, try them with a Pimm’s Cup on on the lawn or by the Pool.


  • 2 to 3 cucumbers, pared & thinly sliced
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 (8 oz; 200 g) pkg. softened cream cheese
  • loaf of thinly sliced white bread
  • Dill weed for garnish


  1. Combine cream cheese and butter and spread over each slice of bread.
  2. Top with layers of cucumbers and sprinkle with dill.
  3. Cut each sandwich into 4 triangles and serve.



  • 2 oranges, cut into half-moons
  • 2 lemons, cut into half-moons
  • 1 Persian cucumber or one 3-in.-long piece English cucumber, washed and sliced
  • 2 cups Pimm¬ís No. 1 
  • 4 cups Sprite or other lemon-lime soda
  • 6 to 8 large sprigs mint, crushed gently, plus a few loose leave

Fill 2 pitchers 1/4 full with ice. To each, add a layer of orange slices, a few lemon slices, and a layer of cucumber slices. Repeat the layering. Pour in the Pimm’s and Sprite, dividing between pitchers, and mix with a long-handled spoon. Poke mint sprigs and leaves down into drink. Divide drink among 8 tall glasses, with a few slices of fruit and cucumber in each glass, along with some mint leaves.

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