Cucumber Sandwiches

School is out for the year, the pool has finally opened, the sun is in the sky until bedtime, and everyone hates when I turn on the oven. Unfortunately, summer is the time when I have more time than ever to cook. So today, in an effort to assuage the swelter in my kitchen, I’ve moved my cooking operations to the table, away from any tempting source of heat.The key to these sandwiches, like most other sandwiches, is the bread. It needs to be sturdy enough to hold all the toppings but soft enough to compliment the smooth texture of the other ingredients. Honestly, I hate making bread. It’s far too precise for my liking. But, lucky for me, my fiancĂ© found all of the patience that I lost. He makes bread constantly and managed to spare me a loaf. You need something dense and moist, with small grains. Bigger grains means more crumbs and weird texture.These sandwiches recall English gardens and lazy afternoon teas. The secret is that they take only minutes to assemble, allowing you to look incredibly sophisticated and put-together. Because you are. Continue reading

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