The Gleeful Gourmand: Baptism and Tea Sandwiches

Friday, August 10, 2012

Baptism and Tea Sandwiches

This past Sunday we had Savannah and Delia baptized! The girls did a wonderful job. We were really nervous for them leading up to it because they have been going through a pretty lengthy phase of "Stranger Danger." Since these days they're mostly in the nursery at our church, we were scared that all heck would break loose in the church during the baptism, especially when Father Steve went to hold them.

Liam was clearly not as thrilled as we were.
They proved us wrong and shone like the little superstars they are, not crying one bit. I dare say they actually kind of enjoyed it. Maybe that's because we had been prepping them during every bath time by dribbling water over their heads. Hey, it never hurts to be prepared! Anyway, it was such a beautiful, wonderful moment to see our girls finally be baptized and marked as Christ's own forever. We definitely missed Buck's parents who sadly couldn't make the trip from Hawaii, and Savannah's Godparents, Buck's brother Louis and sister-in-law Audra (she's due with twins of her own any day now!). We were thankful that Buck's best friend Shane stepped in for them to sponsor Savannah. My best friend Kiki came all the way from Texas and pulled double-duty as Delia's Godmother (she also stood in for her husband Rob, who is Delia's Godfather). We were so thankful for all our family and friends who came out to share the girls' special day.

Father Steve with Savannah (L) and Delia (R)
The luncheon afterwards was held at my mother's house, and the table setting for the buffet was very special as it boasted both my Grandmother's (Grammy Jeanne) tablecloth and my mother's Grandmother's table cloth. We served the usual crackers and cheeses, and fruit, along with my mother's amazing Gazpacho, and chicken salad sandwiches on yeast rolls. I also made an orzo salad and some tea sandwiches from Southern Living's May issue. What I liked so much about these sandwiches was that they were relatively easy, but they also weren't simple, boring flavors as tea sandwiches can sometimes have. The first was a traditional cucumber sandwich but the flavor was bumped up and more complex (and delightful in my opinion) thanks to some finely diced red onion, lots of fresh basil, and strawberries. The second was even simpler with cream cheese, orange marmalade and dried cranberries put together with turkey and a spring baby salad mix. I was nervous about the marmalade because it's not something I typically enjoy, but it worked well here. Perfect for a tea, or a light lunch, or even to snack on, the fillings can be made the day before.

Some Notes: On the cucumber sandwich, I would not dice the strawberries finely again. I'd slice them instead, allowing for a greater burst of flavor. I know it doesn't seem like the cut would make a difference, but I really believe it would. On the second, I went with a pre-packaged turkey. I would actually see next time if I could get some real roasted turkey (or chicken) to slice slightly thicker for a more robust flavor component. It also calls for pumpernickel, but I hate pumpernickel, so I just used plain white/wheat bread. I also omitted the nuts since we have a lot of nut allergies in our family. Be sure to freeze the bread slices until hard to make slicing the crusts easier. Each filling makes 2 cups, and each whole sandwich should use about a 1/4 cup filling.

Cucumber and Strawberry:
Stir together 1 (8oz.) package cream cheese, softened,; 1/2 cup peeled, seeded, and finely chopped cucumber; 1/3 cup mayonnaise; 1/4 cup minced red onion; 3 Tbsp finely chopped fresh basil; 1/2 tsp. finely ground pepper; and 1/4 tsp. salt. Spread on: white bread; sandwich with diced fresh strawberries.

Orange and Cranberry:
Stir together 1 (8oz.) package cream cheese, softened; 2/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries; 1/3 cup orange marmalade; and 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans. Spread on: pumpernickel bread; sandwich with thinly sliced smoked turkey and fresh arugula.


Elizabeth Wilson said...

Sounds yummy! The girls are beautiful! Glad Kiki could be with you all!

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