Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches

Recipe No: 37
Tea Sandwiches are an integral part of any European Style Tea parties. Normally these are served as small portions on bread without the crust. But knowing that the crust is the most nutritional part of bread as it is laden with antioxidants (which fight against cancer) and seeing the gorgeous Sesame seed crust on the bread I bought to make this sandwich, I decided to leave the crust on. Even though not a Tea party, this makes a perfect evening snack.
Ingredients                                                                                           Serves:3
To make the spread
  • Mayonnaise……………………..1/4 cup
  • Chopped onion…………………2 Tablespoons
  • Chopped Green Onions……4 Tablespoons
  • Dried Dill (Optional)……......1/2 Teaspoon ( A dried herb that is available in grocery stores.It goes well with Smoked Salmon)
  • Salt and Pepper as needed
To make the Sandwich
  • Bread sliced thin……………….......6 slices (I used Pumpernical Bread which is commonly used in making Tea sandwiches, but any sort of whole grain bread will do. Soft white bread is not so good for this.)
  • Room temperature butter… needed
  • Smoked Salmon slices……… needed
  • Thinly sliced cucumber slices…as needed
Method of Preparation
  1. Put all the ingredients to make the spread in a food processor and pulse the processor a few times. If you don’t have a processor, then chop everything finely and mix really well.
  2. Lay six pieces of bread on a board and spread butter on one side of the bread slices.
  3. Divide the mayonnaise mixture into six and spread on the buttered side of the bread. The butter layer will prevent the bread from getting soaked.
  4. Layer three slices of bread with cucumber slices followed by Smoked salmon.
  5. Cover these three slices with the other three slices of bread.
  6. Keep this on a plate, cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator thoroughly.
  7. Once chilled, cut each sandwich into three pieces and serve cold with a glass of hot Tea.

Make it enjoy the deliciousness and 
serve it to your family with love…


Dhanya said...

this is really new to me!!!!!looks awsome

Jampani Pickles said...

Hi I am new to this blog. One of my friends madhu from New delhi referred me this blog to learn about all non veg recipes. i was really impressed for these many recipes using using non veg. I am very exited to make my first dish on non veg pickles with your blog inspiration. Thanks alot.

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