Lunchbreak: Finger sandwiches and tea from Spencer’s Jolly Posh Foods

Spencer’s Jolly Posh Foods
3755 N. Southport
Chicago
www.jollyposh.com

Ham and Ballymaloe Finger Sandwiches

Ingredients:
granary bread, sliced thinly
roasted ham, sliced thinly
Ballymaloe original tomato relish

Directions:
Spread both slices of bread with a thin layer of Ballymaloe. Layer bread with ham.  This is a finger sandwich, so keep the amount of ham reasonable. Trim away crusts and cut sandwiches in half to form thin “fingers.”

Cucumber, Cream Cheese and Smoked Salmon Finger Sandwiches

Ingredients:
white bread
cream cheese
english cucumber
smoked salmon
salt
pepper

Directions:
Slice bread thinly.  Spread one piece of bread with softened cream cheese. Layer salmon on top of cream cheese and season with salt and black pepper to taste. Slice english cucumber into thin rounds and layer atop salmon. Trim away crusts and cut sandwich in half to form thin “fingers.”

Cheese and Mayonnaise Finger Sandwiches

Ingredients:
white bread
mayonnaise
mature cheddar cheese

Directions:
Slice bread thinly.  Spread one piece of bread with mayonnaise. Slice cheese and layer on sandwich. Trim away crusts and cut sandwich in half to form into thin “fingers.”

Guidelines for Making a Proper Cup of Tea

The first step in making a proper cup of tea is to properly warm the teapot you are going to be using. Boil plenty of fresh water; the Brits prefer to use electric kettles, but it doesn’t really matter, as long as the water is piping hot.

Pour the boiling water into the pot, and let it sit for a minute or two while it warms the ceramic.  Pour out the water so the pot is empty.

Take either loose leaf or bagged tea, and add the requisite amount into the pot. A rough rule of thumb is to use one or two less bags the number of cups you’re making. So if you’re making four cups, add two or three teabags, depending on how strong you want your tea. Pour the remaining boiling water from the kettle into the teapot, until the teapot is full.  Let the tea steep in the water for approximately 2-3 minutes, then pour.  Each person can then add milk and sugar according to their personal tastes.

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