There’s no one more excited about the recent birth of a son to Prince William and Princess Kate than members of the local British Wives Club.
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SPOTLIGHTING GOOD COOKS THROUGHOUT OUR REGION
In this new weekly food feature, Life reporter Meredith Moss chats with folks throughout Southwest Ohio who have a passion for cooking. These heartwarming stories focus on food, family and advice and/or recipes to share with cooks everywhere.
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BRITISH COOKING TIPS
“I hope these secrets will help ensure many more will enjoy being British for a day!” said Shanette Crume of the British Wives Club. Here’s Shanett’s advice for making two English staples: tea and cucumber sandwiches.
HOW TO MAKE A GOOD CUP OF TEA
- First, start with a good quality English tea like PG Tips or Typhoo. They can be found in the British section of grocery stores, or general aisles.
- Use cold fresh water, preferably unchlorinated and boil until it is bubbling. Use a kettle, or an electric kettle if you have one.
- Pour boiling hot water over a tea bag, or into a tea pot that has been warmed with boiling water first. Generally if using a pot, use one tea bag for each cup and one for the pot.
- I find three tea bags are enough, but you have to find your preference. Let the teapot “steep” for about three minutes. Any longer and it becomes bitter.
- You can pour a small 2 ounces of milk into cups first, or wait until you have poured the tea to add the milk according to your preference. Traditionally one adds milk to the cups before adding tea. Milk with some fat in it, such as 1 percent is best.
- Cut off the crusts of soft bread, white or wheat.
- Cut an English cucumber into thin slices (wash it and keep the skin on), and pour 3-4 capfuls of cider or malt vinegar and let marinate for half an hour.
- Spread soft cream cheese on each piece of bread.
- Drain off the vinegar and arrange the cucumber on one piece of bread. Cover with the second piece and cut in a triangle.
- If you are making these sandwiches ahead of time be careful to limit the vinegar so the sandwiches don’t become soggy.