Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Importance of Mint in Cucumber Sandwiches.

My new favorite summer sandwich is Mint Cucumber. I have a big patch of mint in the yard and would definitely recommend growing your own as one: its fresh and two: it can be costly to buy.  I tried growing cucumbers this year for the first time and nothing came up. I have learned my lesson, don't buy cheap seeds! It's not worth the time and water when they don't grow for you. Next year I'm ordering seeds from a catalog.

 To make the cucumber sandwiches you wash and peel the cucumbers first, slice off the ends and cut it down the middle length-wise.  Then take a spoon and scrape out all the seeds ( I read that it is the seeds that cause you to burp).  Now lay the cut side down and slice as thinly as possible going across the cucumber so you end up with lots of crescent shaped pieces.  Place these in a bowl and sprinkle with salt and toss to mix.  In your food processor put fresh mint leaves (approximately a loose half cup) add 3-5 heaping tablespoons of real mayonnaise, some salt and pepper and a goodish splash of Worcestershire sauce.  Process until well blended.  Lightly toast some bread and then cut into squares.  Spread each square with the sauce and top with the cucumber slices.

They are delicious and its the mint that makes them taste so good. Very refreshing for a light summer meal and of course I feel very English eating them.  These bring to mind the scene from "The Importance of Being Ernest" which if you haven't seen I would highly recommend the older version, its a classic!