Cucumber Sandwiches

Appetizers and Starters, Recipes

Good heavens! Lane! Why are there no cucumber sandwiches?

Cucumber Sandwiches

Cucumber Sandwiches

For some reason, of all the scenes in the opening act of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, the cucumber sandwiches were the most memorable to me. And now, English afternoon tea is just not complete without a tray of gorgeous, refreshing cucumber sandwiches. Elegant in their three-ingredient simplicity, cucumber sandwiches traditionally consist of thinly sliced white bread, paper thin slices of fresh cucumber, and butter.

Perfect for afternoon tea

Perfect for afternoon tea

We recently came into some fresh cucumbers from our friend’s garden, so I decided to grab Kewpie sweet mayonnaise in lieu of butter, a loaf of Japanese white bread, and steep a pot of Earl Grey. A very thin layer of the sweet mayo prevents the cucumber from making the bread soggy and adds a hint of tartness.

Ingredients:

The Ingredients

Ingredients:

White bread

Cucumbers

Kewpie Mayonnaise (or unsalted butter)

Cucumber slices, ready for action!

Cucumber slices, ready for action!

Peel and slice the cucumber as thinly as possible. You could save some time and use a mandoline if you have one.

Mmm... mayo

Mmm… mayo

Drizzle about 1 teaspoon of the sweet Japanese mayo onto a slice of bread. Spread evenly, all the way to the edges. If you have any “extra,” scrape it off and slather onto a second slice.

Arrange the cucumber slices

Arrange the cucumber slices

Arrange slices of cucumber in a single layer.

Cut off the crusts, just like elementary school lunches

Cut off the crusts, just like elementary school lunches

Top with the second slice of bread and cut off the crusts.

Serve the triangles on a platter

Serve the triangles on a platter

Cut the sandwich on the diagonal twice, making four dainty triangles.

TARDIS blend from Adagio Tea - a blend of earl grey, vanilla, and blackberry

TARDIS blend from Adagio Tea – a blend of earl grey, vanilla, and blackberry

Pour yourself a cup of tea, switch on BBC America to the latest episode of Doctor Who (unveiling of the Twelfth Doctor, anyone?), and enjoy afternoon tea with this Japanese twist on a British classic. Keep calm and carry on, my friends.

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C is for Charcuterie – Waterloo & City, Culver City

Food Adventures, Los Angeles

Date night – charcuterie at Waterloo & City, our favorite local gastropub! So what is charcuterie? Well the first thing I did was look up how to pronounce this fancy French word before I went to the restaurant and made a fool of myself (although Martin was quick to point out that I pronounced basil the American way (BAY-sil), thus losing the punny rhyme in the name of my drink – the BAH-sil DAZzle). But I digress. shar-KU-te-ree is all about meats. Cured meats, pates, terrines, sausages… I prefer the salty, smoky flavors while Martin is partial to the buttery richness of a good liver pate. Sharing the “prince” charcuterie platter made for a super filling dinner between the two of us.

We almost went for the “king” platter, which features all of the many, many varieties of terrines and pates Waterloo has to offer, but the prince was more than enough for us! It arrived like royalty on a beautiful wood plank. We selected three: the duck & walnut, rabbit & pistachio, and pork & truffle. The prince also comes with the chicken liver mousse and a small pile of cured meats. We couldn’t wait to dig in!

Prince Charcuterie – selection of 4 pates/terrines/mousses

The prosciutto was my favorite of the cured meats – it was deliciously salty and fatty. It also reminded me that I would love to one day try iberico ham in Spain. They’re so big on charcuterie, they take iberico ham breaks in the middle of the afternoon rather than coffee breaks!

Cured meats – the prosciutto was awesome

I was apprehensive about trying one of Thumper’s brethren, but this terrine was not as gamey as I expected. The pistachio flavor went really well with the rabbit.

Rabbit and pistachio terrine

This chicken liver mousse was too buttery and rich for my taste, but Martin’s eyes lit up as he slathered the pate on the toast slices.

Chicken liver mousse

The duck and walnut terrine was one of my favorites; even though I’m mildly allergic to walnuts, I took a chance on this terrine and was very pleasantly pleased! It went really well with the chutney.

Duck and walnut terrine

The most amazing part was the cute little mason jar filled with pork and truffle goodness. We were confused by the clear layer on top, but a quick consult with the menu reminded us that it was a madeira jelly. Yum! It was meaty and creamy without being too rich.

Pork and truffle pate

After such an indulgent dinner, we still had to make room for what may be our favorite dessert in Los Angeles: Waterloo’s bourbon glazed doughnuts! The little balls of dough are fried fresh to order, perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The glaze is just sweet enough to stand on its own, but definitely try the raspberry jam or housemade custard that accompany them for some interesting flavor profiles.

Sinfully delicious bourbon glazed doughnuts

Nothing like enjoying a summer date night out on the patio with good food, good company, and excellent service.

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Check out Waterloo & City: www.waterlooandcity.com

12517 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90066

See their Yelp reviews here.

Follow them on Twitter @WaterlooandCity!

There is onsite valet parking for a few dollars but generally plenty of free street parking as well. Happy Hour is from 5-7pm but we prefer dining out on the patio for dinner.