Saturday, February 13, 2010

Valentine's Day Tea Sandwiches


Thirty two years ago, my husband and I went on a first date. When he arrived, I offered him a glass of white wine and a tiny egg salad sandwich. From that day forward, we've associated food with romance.

This Valentine's Eve, I made itty egg salad sandwiches on savory pink-swirled bread. (I'm such a Doubting Thomas, I had to taste it to make sure it wasn't a dessert.)


I tied each sandwich with a chive "ribbon."

My husband got a kick out of watching this procedure--and he helped me tie the bows. Like so many things, it takes two.

Romantic Egg Salad Bundles

Make egg salad. I like mine very British and use dry Colman's English Mustard, adding chopped chives, freshly ground pepper, and a hint of dill. Stack bread and remove crust (set aside to feed the birds). Spread a thin layer of butter on the bread (somehow this makes the bread sturdier, just like commitment and honesty form a solid relationship).

Assemble your sandwiches. Add peppery watercress and chopped chives, with a hint of smoky paprika and Kosher salt. Cut into thirds.To symbolize the marriage bond, tie each sandwich with a long chives strand (they're more pliable if you soak them in tepid water). Take care as the strands are easily broken, and they can come apart without warning. Just have faith. Be patient and gentle. Garnish with cherry tomatoes and secret kisses. Serve to someone you love.


57 comments:

  1. Those are so cute and sound so yummy. Happy Valentine's Day to you and Dr. Gollum!

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  2. What beautiful photos. Thank you so much for directions. This food is wonderful - I will try this.
    Happy Valentine's To You !
    Happy Pink Saturday !!! and have a lovely
    new week.

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  3. I love your little egg salad sandwiches, they are so cute and I bet they are delicious, love all your wonderful pictures, i would love to know what kind of camera you have, I am in the market for a new one and your pictures are so beautiful...Phyllis ..come for a visit

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  4. It must certainly be fun eating at your house. I don't cook much, but I do appreciate beautiful presentations whether using food or home accessories. This is definitely very romantic and romantic is my middle name.

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  5. These sandwiches are precious and I just love the pink/white bread. Cute!!! You are so clever. Happy Valentine's Day! Love & blessings from NC!

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  6. I loved hearing about yours and Dr. G's first date. The egg salad sandwiches look amazing. My hubby and I like egg salad, so I'll have to make some using your recipe.

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  7. These sandwiches look so yummy all wrapped up in love.
    My mom use to make us multicolored layered sandwiches. These brought back a beautiful memory.
    Happy Valentines!

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  8. Hmmm, so today's bread dough will now have to be colored pink! Lovely recipe! I didn't know that adding the mustard was British-that's the way my Italian grandmother always did it
    xoxo Pattie

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  9. Love your very British, very Pink egg sandwiches lol. I want one!, those cherry tomatoes and chive ribbons are perfect and Dr G is such a romantic helping you tie the bows. Have a happy day, Kathy xo

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  10. Happy Valentines day! Those look perfect! I should have actually have a look at this before I already made breakfast. I would have loved these this morning!

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  11. I must say those are the cutest egg salad sandwiches I've ever seen!

    I love them so, I think because I've never been to a family event of any kind that didn't include deviled eggs. My mother always made extras, so that the next day she could chop them up to make sandwiches with. Hers were never this fancy, but they sure were good!

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  12. Quote: " Just have faith. Be patient and gentle"

    Good advice to keep in mind, Michale, for both cooking & relationships!

    Happy Valentine's Day to you & your sweetheart! May you enjoy many more of them together in love.

    I've never seen savory pink-swirled bread but it certainly made for a beautiful presentation...as always.

    Please do tell us what camera you use? Seems several of us are in the market for a new one. Of course, I'm aware that it may be the talented eye of the operator that makes these such spectacular photos. :D

    Hugs,
    Rett

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  13. Absolutely beautiful photo and romantic story... who knew egg salad could be romantic... it takes someone like you to make that work... Kudos and Happy Valentines!

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  14. Love the pink bread and your sandwiches look so yummy!

    And what a great story!

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  15. Those are the most beautiful little sandwiches I've ever seen! And the sentiment behind them (your first date) is spectacular.

    Justine :o )

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  16. what a wonderful story.
    what a special tradition.
    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  17. What cute little sandwiches.

    Happy Valentine's Day!!

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  18. What an inspiration in keeping love alive :0)

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  19. Love your sandwiches so beautiful. Made with love. Great photos too.

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  20. Yum - I need one of those for breakfast this morning. Beautiful photos.

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  21. i love this story... well, you know i love all your STORIES, who new eggs could tie the knot!

    and be so dang beautiful! pk&wht bread, is that a southern thing too?! beautiful post from top to bottom, have a wonderful valentines, chat with next week when i am all caught up.

    ps check out food with style today, you can feel the love~

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  22. To answer the camera question..I have a Pentax and a used Canon. The Canon took the sandwich photos.

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  23. I love the photos and the arrangement of the food. Who needs a magazine these days? I love the thought of untying those darling sandwiches...

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  24. Hi darling, what a sweet romantic story. Your sandwiches aren't only beautiful they look sooooo delicious. I'll try this for Mr. P. I'm sure he's going to love them. I posted the all white tablescape last week, it's not full of the Gollum dishes..lol (someday) but I feel it turned out "pretty" well. I hope you and Dr Gollum have a romantic filled Valentine's Day! hugs ~lynne~

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  25. What a nice idea with such a sweet story behind it! When I think about it-every special day is is associated with special food her, also. Food and family makes us happy-simple!
    Happy Valentine's Day. (Your blog makes me happy, too!)
    ~Nancy

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  26. Egg salad is not egg salad without the dry mustard.
    I feel there is nothing more loving than to feed people. To nourish them.

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  27. Happy Valentine Day to one of my favorite ladies...Loved the story of you and Dr. G girl...WOW 32 years I bet it seems like only yesterday...Life does that when you have loving memories of the one you love...Many Blessing to you my friend each and every day...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  28. Those look delicious Miss "G".
    ~Happy Valentines Day!
    Love Rainey~

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  29. I enjoyed this post, Gollum! Egg salad is one of my favorite sandwiches to make and to eat, and those look perfect for Valentine's Day. I love the fact that Dr. G helped you tie the bows.

    Happy Valentine's Day to you two lovebirds!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  30. They are so pretty...and that bread could make anything special! I've been married to my Valentine 35 years, it really does take teamwork to make it last!

    Sue

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  31. Those are the cutest sandwiches! I've never seen anything quite like that bread! Beautifully prepared.

    Miss Bloomers/Sonia

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  32. Your sandwiches are very dear and your photography as smashing as English egg salad. I hope you and your Valentine have a special day. Blessings...Mary

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  33. Happy Valentines Day, Gollum!
    These look lovely! I can't wait to try them out!
    I love your new design...beautiful, as always!
    <3 Kathleen

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  34. A lovely Valentine post, Michael. Your delicious little sandwiches are filled with sweet memories and a very delicious egg salad.

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  35. Great sandwich idea. I don't eat egg salad, but I think it would work with other types of spreads. Love doing finger sandwiches.
    Always find great recipes & ideas on your blog.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  36. Love the sandwiches and your directions for making them. :-) Congrats on staying with your Valentine for 32 years! ♥

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  37. The other day Hubby asked if I would make him an egg salad sandwich for lunch. Usually I only make them in the summer. I wish I had that pretty rose bread to present to him - I've never seen bread that color before. How perfect for St. Valentine's Day.

    Teacup Lane (Sandy)

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  38. hope your day is Blissful and Tender!

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  39. I love love love those lil sandwiches, they are adorable and they look so tasty and tanalizing.
    Where in the world did you get
    bread like that??? that is so
    neat and so pretty. I have never
    ever seen anything like that.
    Your new header is gorgeous as always... and I have loved your new video too. Such Eye Candy!! lol
    Blessings Nellie

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  40. What a beautiful presentation!
    These sandwiches are perfect for Valentine's Day. Did you make this bread or purchase it from a local bakery? I have never seen it...or a recipe for it. Gorgeous!!!

    Have a wonderful day.
    Jane (artfully graced)

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  41. So creative, so romantic, so YOU!

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  42. Hi Most Dear One! Oh, these look glorious and I love egg salad! How pretty! Your blog is looking so beautiful! I'm enjoying receiving the newsletter each day! Thank you for doing this.
    Happy Happy Day!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  43. Okay...totally cute. I'm curious about whether you had a special technique for your bread (other than dividing the dough in half and putting food coloring in one part). Hope you had a good Valentines!

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  44. Okay...totally cute. I'm curious about whether you had a special technique for your bread (other than dividing the dough in half and putting food coloring in one part). Hope you had a good Valentines!

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  45. So very cute and creative!!1
    Debbie-dabble

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  46. I found the bread at...you guessed it, the Publix bakery. I wouldn't have a clue how to make it.

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  47. Those are so cute, I will have to remember them for the girl's birthdays.

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  48. Honestly Michael, Your blog is Number 1. Everything you do is wonderful. Your photography is excellent and you really are talented. I know pretty things when I see them and do so resonate with you.

    Looking forward to receiving your newsletter.

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  49. Much too pretty to eat and such a sweet story. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY TO YOU AND YOUR HUBBY.
    -Brenda-

    (We are just going to have to get a Publix up here in the Great White North.)

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  50. Your presentation of food always amazes me! I always feel like my presentation consists of setting the table, and then running into the kitchen and dishing up the food. I would never have thought of doing anything like this. Your mind works in mysterious and wonderful ways. laurie

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  51. Please I want some, looks so GOOD!!! MB

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  52. That BREAD! OMG! I don't even LIKE egg salad and it makes me want to gobble it up. Love the story and the relationship symbolism too...

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  53. These look so amazing!!!!!!!

    Hope you had a Happy Valentine's Day.......

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  54. I sure do wish there was a Publix here in the northeast! That bread is so neat! Loved the story of you and Dr. I am just seeing this cause we had a dinner aprty last night. Me and my Valentine are arried 42 years now!!!! Can't remember the first ting I cooked for him:):) XO, Pinky

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  55. Egg salad sandwiches are one of my favorites, and these delights look beautiful. I've never seen bread like that. Always like your food presentations. So much thought and always a dleight for the eyes!

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  56. aww these are beautiful! ;) and I love the story with them, even better! hugs, Jenn

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