When we were kids, the concept of tea time was heavy tiffin like ada dosa, idli or upma. Because that’s the time you come back from school and you will be hungry enough to eat horse even! But as we grew up, the weekend tea time grew into a more elegant, enjoyable and lighter treat time. It was initially just biscuits and then slowly graduated to hot vadas, pakodas and stuff. Well, the treat lasted as long as some one else was in charge of the kitchen. My definition of tea time specials are ready-made snacks :D.
Anyway, I am trying to get back in shape blogging wise – so I thought its a good idea for me to start blogging 3 times a week. And the choice of theme for the second week is tea time snacks.
Most of the snacks that pair well with a cup of tea are deep-fried. I bear enough burn marks in my hands to be banned near hot oil. If I am really being honest, I may be a little apprehensive about it, but mostly I am too lazy to deep fry.But the story to the public (OK, just to my man) is that I am scared of oil and I stick to it ;-).
An easy tea time snack is a simple sandwich. You would be surprised to know that these humble cucumber sandwiches are a popular tea time favorite! Read on for the ..erm…recipe (well, if you can call it that!)
Makes 4 sandwiches
- 8 bread slices, crusts removed
- 1/2 teaspoon cream cheese per sandwich (or more per taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon mayo per sandwich (or more per taste)
- 4 thinly sliced cucumber pieces per sandwich
- salt and pepper
*Instead of cream cheese and mayo, you can use butter
- Cut off the crusts of the bread. Slice cucumber into very thin slices.
- Spread cream cheese on one slice and mayonnaise on another.
- Layer 4 cucumber slices on one slice. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Cover with the other slice of bread. Cut it into half and serve with tea.
- Make more sandwiches with the rest of the bread.