The holiday season has arrived. Finally! It was a lovely time to enjoy time with others and reflect life in it’s best light. Isn’t the calendar interesting? The holiday season, one with tons of food, family, and friends, is at the end of the year. Life almost seems to give the world time to celebrate and reflect on the past year. Then if everything isn’t as one would hope, the new year comes and one is given the opportunity to change, to the best of their ability, what was disagreeable. Every year almost ends with a bang! Kind of similar to graduation ceremonies with schools.
But enough about sentimental talk, the reason for this post. Women (and men too but mostly women) will probably have get-togethers this season. (du). A lovely time to get away from the seasons’ stressfulness and pressures would be to have an afternoon tea for the ladies. A break from shopping, preparing, wrapping, cleaning, etc. To the one hosting this gathering: have no fear! The afternoon tea can be as complicated or uncomplicated as you want. It can be as simple as scones and a cup of tea; or sandwiches (such as these), scones, and small desserts can be featured. Idea: have someone, who already makes them, bring a batch of holiday cookies for the dessert. Or get together and make the cookies, nibble on sandwiches and scones in the process. The possibilities are endless. Please remember what this time is about and don’t stress yourself out!! (remember self, remember!!)
Smoked Salmon Sandwiches
1 package of thinly sliced smoked salmon (you might have some left over)
3 oz cream cheese, softened
teaspoon worcheshire sauce
5 slices of white bread
Salt and pepper, to taste
Mix the cream cheese, worcheshire sauce, salt, and pepper together. Cut the crusts off the slices of bread. Spread a thin layer of cream cheese mixture on the bread; add a slice of smoked salmon on to the bread (as much as you want) and pu them together. Cut into the desired shape.
Serves: 4-6 people
1 seedless English cucumber, sliced thinly with a mandolin or vegetable peeler lengthwise
3 oz cream cheese, softened
Handful of mint leaves or lemon basil, chopped finely
1 tablespoon butter, softened
Salt and pepper to taste
10 slices thin white bread, crusts cut off
Mix together the cream cheese, butter, herbs, salt and pepper. Spread a thin layer on each piece of bread. Lay the cucumber slices on top, slightly overlapping each other. Cut into three rectangles.
Serves: 8-10 people
**To keep sandwiches moist when making them ahead of time, layer them in between damp paper towels.
Apple and Prosciutto Bites
1 Granny Smith apple
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 package prosciutto
4 oz block of Gouda cheese, sliced (slightly smaller size than the apple slices)
Cut the apple slices according to taste. Mix with the lemon juice to prevent from browning. Spread a dollop of Dijon mustard onto each apple slice. Layer with the Gouda cheese. Wrap a strip of prosciutto around the apple and cheese.