I love tea parties. I love the pretty place setting, the cute little sandwiches, the delicious scones and the yummy fruits, but the thing I cherish the most is the bonding with my female friends ( I have yet to go to hi-tea with my husband! ). One of the things I am looking forward to as Simone gets older is to have tea-parties with her.
Here’s a quick recipe inspired by the cucumber sandwiches often served during hi-tea.
It is very simple to put together. Here’s what you will need:
1 Box of Water crackers. You can use any cracker you want. I got the Water Crackers from Fresh & Easy but every grocery carries plenty of options.
1 medium Cucumber cut into thin round slices
1 small tub of Whipped cream cheese
1 Tomato (Roma) cut into thin slices or you could use cherry tomatoes as kids generally prefer Cherry tomatoes.
1 small bunch of mint leaves
1) Cut some cream cheese on one cracker.
2) Place a slice of tomato
3) Place a slice of cucumber on top of the tomato
4) Garnish with 1-2 mint leaves.
5) If you want to make a small cracker “sandwich”, place another cracker on top of the cucumber and you have a cracker sandwich.
Optional : if you want you can sprinkle some crushed black pepper for adults. Although the taste by itself is refreshing and you don’t really need it.
This snack has become our go to recipe for playgroups, school snacks and family snack. As part of a project at my daughter’s co-op preschool, I did a food project where the children got to touch, see and smell herbs (mint) and spices (cardamom, cumin, cinnamon, black pepper, vanilla bean) first and then make their own cracker sandwiches with any spice they wanted on top.
A few kids sprinkled cinnamon on top of their cracker sandwiches but most of them had seconds and thirds. It was great to see them put their snack together and eat it. They really liked the taste of mint – it’s so refreshing! One kid put it the best after eating a few cracker sandwiches, “smell my breathe! It’s so fresh!” He’s was so proud of it.
This is a great recipe to get your kids involved in making something.
As we are getting into the hotter months I know I will be using it a lot more.