The Brexit has happened!
Regardless of your feelings on the momentous decision made yesterday by the Brits to leave the European Union, we can still all do as the Brits do:
Keep Calm and Carry On (And drink tea).
Pausing your afternoon for tea and a snack is indeed a very civilized activity and, I believe, quite good for one’s peace of mind. If you want to step up your game, here is my own cucumber sandwich recipe–easy peasy and great for impressing guests. You can also add some scones, cakes, clotted cream, jam, and/or biscuits and make for a truly fancy high tea (guests optional).
If you have never had a cucumber sandwich, you are in for a treat. They are filling, refreshing, slightly sweet and slightly tangy, and great for breakfast or whenever you set your tea time. I recommend using a mandolin for even, thin slicing. I also suggest peeling the cucumber, unless it has a very thin rind as in the case of hydroponic cucumbers (a tidbit I recently learned!).
Emily’s Cucumber Sandwiches
1/4 cup cream cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon fresh mint, diced (alternatively, you could add a dash of paprika)
dash of salt and pepper
1/2 cucumber, thinnly sliced
4 slices bread of your choice
Mix first six ingredients thoroughly until you have a smooth texture. Spread on bread slices and assemble cucumbers for even distribution. Slice off crusts for extra fanciness, if you choose, and cut sandwiches into triangles. Serve with your favorite tea.