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(The Cucumber Sandwich)
The cucumber sandwich is the aristocrat of the tea
table; cool, gracious and impeccable. Should you peel the
cucumber or not? It depends on whether you like the thin green
line (also upon whether or not you live in America, where
cucumbers are waxed and therefore must be peeled). You can
purchase English cucumbers at the grocery.
Slice cucumber into thin transparencies. Sprinkle these
see-through discs with vinegar and salt. After 1/2 hour, drain
away juice. Cover a slice of lightly buttered paper-thin brown
bread with 2 layers of cucumber, and top with another slice of
bread. Apply firm but delicate pressure with the palm of the
hand. Slice off the crust and cut into three rectangles.
Arrange and cover with a lightly dampened cloth until tea is

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