tea time

This morning I made time for tea with a friend.

Aren't those dates reminiscent of a snowflake? (highly recommended recipe here)

And isn't my tea friend just the cutest?

She was thinking about snow today too. Here's why I love her: she is one of the most caring people I know. When she talks about snow, it goes something like this (paraphrased...I try to keep audio-taping to a minimum when I'm with friends):

I want to do something that helps the world.
I like to think of the good people do as specks,
like snowflakes.
Everyone is making their own little snowflake,
and when you put them together,
they make a big snowball.
And I just want to feel like I've added to that snowball.

You have, B.

Maus joined us too.

And she looked at my stuffed grape leaves (courtesy of B) with quite a lot of envy. Yes, Maus, those cute cigar-shaped treats were delicious.

And those little finger sandwiches were darn good too.

They're so simple, I feel like a bit of a crook posting a recipe here. I used sour cream as the base...and honestly, it's because I picked up an unlabeled container of something creamy in our foreign grocery store, knowing that it would work. Turns out it was sour cream. It was a good choice, because it captures both the richness of cream cheese, and the tang and delicacy of yogurt. But I think cream cheese or yogurt would also work well.

Creamy Cucumber Finger Sandwiches

a loaf of multi-grain bread
4 oz. sour cream
2 scallions
1 clove garlic
1 small cucumber

Chop the scallions and garlic into thin, small pieces. Mix with the sour cream and let sit overnight. The next day, slice the cucumber into very thin slices. Spread a thin layer of sour cream on two slices of bread and top with cucumber. Put the two slices together (with the cucumbers in the middle, silly), and carefully cut into finger sandwiches with a serrated knife. Repeat with the rest of the bread until you have as many sandwiches as desired; this will make a lot. If you'd like to be extra refined, cut off the crust first...but I can't stomach wasting food like that.

They're so good you'll have to lick your fingers clean.


  1. I'm so happy you tried them out! They look great. And aren't they so easy to throw together? Perfect for tea time ;) You are lucky to have such a great friend to share it with. Have a nice weekend!

  2. Looks like a lovely tea! I love your friend's philosophy. It's so comforting to think of doing good on a smaller scale vs trying to save the world by oneself. :)

  3. @Stephanie: Yes! I made them the night before in minutes...perfect dessert.

    @Emily: I totally agree. And it sort of makes the whole idea of humanity a bit more meaningful...

  4. oh my lord, you too are too precious! i wish i had a tea friend! :)


Thanks for making me smile. =)