Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tea Sandwiches


Thirty three 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 (found at Publix Grocery). (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.





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53 comments:

  1. Michael Lee, these are beautiful little packages. Egg salad is one of my favorites for finger sandwiches. I'm going to make some of these for an upcoming party. Thanks for hosting and for the inspiration for these sweet bundles. ~ Sarah

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  2. Michael Lee, Those are such pretty sandwiches! I have never seen pink and white swirled bread. Great for Valentine's Day.
    Blessings, Beth

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  3. Cute sandwiches Michael-lovin' the fun bread:@)

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  4. Very cute sandwiches, but can't do egg salad. It's a texture thing! Chicken salad would be wonderful. Will have to check the Publix close to me. Enjoy the snow.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  5. Well, these little egg salad sandwiches look wonderful! Not only the bread but, the pretty sliced cherry tomatoes and chives.

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  6. Such pretty little sandwiches!

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  7. Love egg salad and how wonderful to make egg salad romantic! Bravo!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

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  8. What beautiful sandwiches and I love 'It Takes Two' :) I can only hope to find such beautiful bread! Lovely post!

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  9. Such pretty little sandwiches. I've never seen bread like that.

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  10. Michael Lee, I love this story! I can just see y'all having these tiny sandwiches on a first date. Must have worked because you're still together all these years later and going strong! Tea sandwiches are my favorite food.

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  11. Sweet romantic memory, Michael.

    Wonderful sandwiches and photos.

    Thanks for hosting. I've been among the missing for quite awhile.

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  12. Hi Michael Lee! Oh, these little egg salad sandwiches look so good and I love the little 'ribbon' you've used to tie 'em up! I love egg salad. Your photos are just outstanding.
    I'm joining you today for the first time in a trillion years! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  13. Oh this is so sweet! congrats on a love and marriage that is so inspirational...the recipe looks so yummy, I am adding it to my Valentine's Day Folder!
    I love feeding my husband and cook all the time for him..it is so romantic and joyful
    xx
    Bunny

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  14. amazing!I'm trying this for sure..thank you

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  15. As always, looking forward to visiting everyone!

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  16. Food and romance--I think you've got it right! The sandwiches are lovely--ALMOST too pretty to eat. "ALMOST."
    Best,
    Susan

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  17. I love this dish! It is so pretty, so creative and yes, it's full of romance. Well done, it looks picture perfect.

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  18. What a romantic story with lovely sandwiches to enhance the memories. Enjoy each moment together it is so precious. Thank you for hosting us today and you have a great week end!

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  19. I just love that BREAD! It is SOOOO pretty! I will look to see if we have anything like that in our grocery store. I doubt it though:( I also love egg salad, we had it for 2 days last week. But I just made regular sandwiches. Next time I will fancy them up for my love:):) XO, Pinky

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  20. That bread is amazing! Your sandwiches turned out so beautiful and your love lasting 33 years is beautiful too!
    I am sharing my recipe for Meyer Lemon Pancakes this week. The recipe is gluten free but, as usual it can be made with "regular" flour if you don't have an issue with gluten.
    If anyone is interested, I am having a giveaway for a 7 pound box of Organic Meyer Lemons grown in California!

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  21. How cool is that! Just too cute too eat though!

    m ^..^

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  22. These sandwiches are so pretty. The pink bread is just perfect for Valentine's Day. Oh how I miss Publix!...Christine

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  23. What a lovely creation! Very romantic sandwiches! :)

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  24. What beautiful sandwiches! They remind me of the tiny tea sandwiches on coloured breads my Mom used to serve back in the day. I love how you have used the chives as well! Thank you for hosting.

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  25. I did join today but just stopped by to look at the tea sandwiches. Love the pink swirly bread. I shall have to look at Publix.

    I am looking forward to your new book.

    Carol

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  26. Those sandwiches are adorable!

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  27. I love these! The bread colors make them a beautiful treat for valentines day or other special ocassions.

    Angie
    Cocina Diary

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  28. Your sandwiches are totally cute. My husband would probably say, "Why the heck are they tied up?" but I totally appreciate the touch!

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  29. I will never look at an egg salad sandwich the same way again! It has so much potential...at least in the hands of a food artist like you! Thanks for sharing such an interesting recipe.

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  30. Who could imagine an egg sandwich could be romantic.. leave it to you! They are too lovely for words... what colors. I can never imagine a proper egg sandwich again without thinking of these... well done!

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  31. Your sandwiches are so pretty. The pink and white bread and lovely silver fork make them festive and your special touches add to the mix. Lovely and inviting!

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  32. Thanks for hosting, those sandwiches are beautiful!

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  33. Pretty sandwiches. We need a publix here. I am always hearing about all the great things they carry. I like a good egg salad, but can rarely indulge because of the cholesterol. :(
    Enjoy your weekend.

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  34. Beautiful sandwiches...they look almost too pretty to eat. :)

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  35. Isn't it great when even egg salad can be romantic? These are beautiful. Thanks for a way to jazz them up.

    Donna

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  36. Michael, these just look too incredible to eat!!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  37. *sigh* These are just gorgeous! I'm going to try making these for my kids for Valentines day...they love egg salad. I hope I can find that bread somewhere, I've never seen anything like it.

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  38. How did you get the bread pink and red and white? They are too pretty to eat!

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  39. What a lovely way to serve egg salad sandwiches. I must look for some pink bread.

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  40. A very sweet post - romance and food. I love the colored bread. I don't remember ever seeing that at Publix while living in Tallahassee. Lucky you.

    I hope your weekend is wonderful.

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  41. Egg salad sandwiches are right up there with PB & Jelly sandwichs and both are great on any bread...but my all time favorite is on hot-dog buns...lol Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful weekend. Fondly, Roberta

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  42. The sandwiches are stunning!! Thanks for hosting!

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  43. Hi Michelle :-)
    I was quite surprised to start reading this posting and read how thirty three years ago it had been your first date. My surprise was due to the fact that thirty four years ago on the same date had been my husbands and my first date ;-) This May will be our 31st wedding anniversary.
    Our first date too was highly connected with food. We met while attending a smaller Christian College - where meals were part of your tuition, and they were served family style. That Friday night, the cook had chosen to serve Liver and onions. Pass. After the meal I was upstairs talking to Brian, knew him from having classes together. He asked if I wanted to join him and his friends for a pizza run. I said I needed to go get my money, he said no, as my date ..... that was back before seat belt laws. We crammed 9 of us in somebodies Duster and went out for pizza. Then back to campus to watch some "film" in the auditorium. We sometimes celebrate by watching a movie and eating pizza ;-p

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  44. Hi Miss Lee, to me food has always been associated with romance! These sandwiches are darling and you obviously won his heart! I am linking up a roast chicken with winter vegetables that continues to keep my husband happy and in love! All the best, Alex

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  45. Just wanted to let you know that we found this post too special to keep to ourselves. So we've just shared it on our Bellenza Facebook page. Thank you again!

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  46. What a beautiful video. I love the sandwiches and I will be sure to share this post with my friends!

    Thank you!!!

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  47. Tastey love to look at your blog, have to join another day, love Maria Berg

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  48. Beautiful pictures, as always. That is the most romantic sweet story of cooking together. I've never before seen pink bread, but may try coloring some homemade bread for Valentine's day.

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  49. These are great little sandwiches!! Perfect for Valentines Day!

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