Tasty Afternoon Treats; Tea-sandwiches & Pink Lemonade

Amidst the lazy spring afternoons we’ve been enjoying, not much can beat deliciously light sandwiches and refreshing lemonade.

cucumber & watercress sandwiches & pink lemonade

Cucumber Sandwiches

  • Cucumbers
  • Sliced sandwich bread
  • Vinegar or lemon juice
  • Butter or margarine
  • Salt & pepper

Use a vegetable peeler, or a fork, to mark the sides of the cucumber. Finely slice & arrange in layer in a container. Sprinkle with white wine vinegar (or lemon juice if you prefer) & lightly season with salt & pepper. Let the container of cucumber slices sit in the fridge for several hours.

Remove the crusts from sliced sandwich bread. Purists argue that the bread must be white & must be sliced ever so thinly. I’m not that fussed, I like my sliced organic wholemeal thank you very much! Thinly butter the inward facing side of each slice of bread – this stops the bread from becoming soggy. Arrange the cucumber slices on one slice of bread, top with another & slice into tiny triangles or fingers. Enjoy immediately!

cucber & watercress sandwiches

Watercress Sandwiches

  • Fresh watercress
  • Spreadable cheese (cream cheese, cottage cheese, neufchâtel etc)
  • Sliced sandwich bread

When buying watercress, look for a healthy green plant. The roots should still be attached & submerged in cold water.

Remove the crusts from sliced sandwich bread & spread neufchâtel, cottage cheese, or cream cheese on the inward facing sides of each slice. Because of the peppery flavour if watercress, I like to spread one side with cream cheese & the other with a mild mustard. Roughly chop the watercress & arrange on one slice of bread & top with another slice of bread. Slice into dainty tea-triangles. Eat these as soon as possible!

home made pink lemonade

Home Made Pink Lemonade

Mix the juice of one lemon (about 100ml) with 50ml of simple syrup. Add no more than a teaspoon of grenadine or raspberry cordial & top up with 400ml of soda water stirring gently. Serve in tall glasses with lots of ice & a paper umbrella!

What are your favourite afternoon treats?

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  • http://lysaterkeurst.com Talisha Fuson

    Good stuff! I travelled to the UK this summer and had my first ever afternoon tea with a scone, and it was absolutely delicious I figured I’d try make my own last week. I might have broken a few rules though – I found a load of random scone recipes here and made 6 different kinds! My friends were so happy when I invited them round for tea and scones. Lots of fun!

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