Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Cucumber Sandwiches

cucumber sandwich recipe from cherryteacakes.com
Well, if you missed the news, let me tell you myself, DC had an earthquake. Not a major one. We're not complaining. My office shook for 30 seconds, and most people remained composed.Not me, I ran like the wuss I am and didn't stop for a block. Actually, what has upset DC most is the lack of preachers condemning DC. We have a pretty tongue-in-cheek humor here and were really looking forward to a few men of God blaming our earthquake on liberal social politics. Personally, I broke into a rendition of Carole King's "I feel the earth move under my feet." I think the best coverage was done by the National Zoo, who studied all their animals to show the ways they reacted and which knew about the earthquake before it happened. Remind me to get a pet lemur.

The building next to ours has been having some work done. Our office is an 1800s historic rowhouse just up 16th St. from the White House and ....well it predates building codes. When our building shook I assumed the construction next door had destabilized our building. I confess to screaming like a baby, yelling "I'm getting out of here" and taking the steps four at a time.  I realized I was standing outside looking like a fool among everybody else. They were composed and I was......not. Once I realized I was looking pretty idiotic, I decided to handle this "crisis" in the true English fashion: tea and

  cucumber sandwiches.

 Now, my version of a cucumber sandwich is nothing fancy: cucumbers, cream cheese or mascarpone and bread. However, I like to make them look pretty so I can feel fancy. I use my mandolin to cut the cucumber slices as thin as possible, so they are transparent and I can get a stained glass effect. I layer them in rows so that they are just overlapping and cut them with cookie cutters to match the bread. You'd be surprised how easy it is to move the cut cucumbers over to the cream cheese topped bread. Sounds awful, but the base layer is usually so large it doesn't shift...like DC yesterday. Next time we have a minor earthquake I hope to react in such a composed manner.

 Fingers crossed my afternoon is less eventful than yesterday's.

 Cheers!

21 comments:

  1. I love the idea of using cookie cutters to shape the sandwiches. It'd be perfect for a party.

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  2. Those look great, a fun way to add a little extra something without doing too much.

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  3. I love cucumber sandwiches. Those were always the best part of a true English tea time for me. When we went to the UK to visit family and stayed in a hotel in London, we would always take afternoon tea. I would get so excited over the tray of little sandwiches, the scones with jam and clotted cream...oh my goodness! My mouth is watering.

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  4. What a fabulous and super cute idea!! These are just priceless and I bet really delicious, love this! :)

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  5. They are beautiful..anything heart shaped wins me over..and I have always loved the look of cucumber sandwiches..Dainty..proper:) Fresh..green and white..
    Thank you..great idea.
    We have felt that feeling before..apparently it reached us..but no our home..street..
    I have felt vibrations..not good:(
    Don't worry about how you looked..Life makes us look different at times..
    It may have saved your life had things been different.
    We heard they had evacuated the White House.

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  6. I bet quark cheese would be pretty good too! Can get it from Keswick at the Dupont market!

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  7. These are so pretty! Glad you hear you are okay and I'm sure these pretty little sandwiches helped!

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  8. Such pretty sandwiches. I love the use of the cookie cutter and the way you layered the cucumbers

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  9. I clicked here when I saw cucumber sandwiches thinking how terribly civilized LOL
    I was treated to your take on The Earthquake and the lack of condemnation for the city's liberal politics.. Love it.. The National Zoo would be a favorite place of mine but for the rats I saw the last time and these were no in cages

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  10. Lovely - the translucent thin cucumber slices are a great touch.

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  11. The sandwiches are absolutely stunning! i'm glad you're okay - that was quite an earth quake!

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  12. This is trully a beautiful way to decoratate sandwiches. I will definately adopt this technique and decoration the next time I will offer finger food to my guests...

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  13. Very creative idea and they look Delicious of course!

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  14. I love it! So what do you have planned to calm your nerves during the hurricane? Stay safe!

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  15. Oh, these are precious-

    And glad you are okay!

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  16. Beautiful and nice simple recipe, I love, absolutely brilliant, beautiful photos, hugs.

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  17. Very pretty cucumber sandwiches:) With a sprinkling of salt on top, just perfect! :)

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  18. Oh gosh! that fear! yes, here in Italy I read the news about the earthquake.
    and now there's hurricane Irene! I'm so sorry! I hope it goes away soon!

    p.s.: nice recipe!!!

    http://thetwinkycake.blogspot.com/

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  19. I am totally making these next time I have a girlie get together. They are gorgeous. Well done!

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  20. So cute! Love that stained glass effect!

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