Food Fit for the King and Queen


For more than 100 years, since the days of Queen Victoria, the British royals have hosted garden parties for the public. (Originally these were known as “breakfasts,” though they were held in the afternoon.) The current Queen of England continues the tradition by presenting three annual teas, which attract more than 30,000 guests, at Buckingham Palace, plus an additional event at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

My best friend from college, Elizabeth Scanlon Thomas, sent me this recipe, which is for one of the dishes served at the annual teas. You may never be royals (royals), in the words of Lorde, but you can still eat like one.

Buckingham Palace Cucumber Sandwiches

1 cucumber
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
Tops from 1 green onion, chopped
½ cup mayonnaise
Dash garlic salt
Dash Tabasco

Wash and grate cucumber; allow to drain over a paper towel. Mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, onion tops, Tabasco and salt and pepper, to taste. Serve on bread.


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