What’s high tea if you don’t have some traditional English treats. I’ve always been fascinated with Queen Victoria, not sure why, just one of those very odd interests people sometimes have in life.
In 1840 the originator of afternoon tea, Anna Maria Stanhope, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, was a lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria. She created Afternoon tea to ease the grumbling tummies of polite society in the mid-afternoon. With lunch at noon and dinner at 8pm, mid-afternoon was a perfect time for a mid-day tea with light sandwiches.
One of the most common or traditional tea time sandwiches has always been the cucumber sandwich. Because these are designed to be small, they’re created more for flavor than nutrition.
This is my recipe, it’s plain and simple and nothing like the long involved preparation of a traditional cucumber sandwich. So if you’re looking for a traditional cucumber sandwich, this is not it.
Chicken soup has long been touted as a form of folk medicine to treat symptoms of the common cold and related conditions for centuries. And you’ll find a huge variety of recipes from around the world as well.
In 2000, scientists at Nebraska’s Medical Center studied the effects of chicken soup on the immune system. One thing their study found was that chicken soup contains the Amino acid cysteine, which is very similar to acetylcysteine. Acetylcysteine is used by doctors for patients with bronchitis and other respiratory infections to help clear them. So there maybe something to those old fashion cold remedies after all.
When my paternal grandmother passed, my sisters and I were given the task of going through her things. I discovered a box with recipes, something none of us thought she had. She was a great cook, but she never used a recipe, at least from what we could see.
Inside I found a little note written on a recipe card: A Tennessee wives tale predicts if you have this 3 times a week, you can prevent the common cold. And beneath the recipe, was a note: “It works” and “From Fall to end of Winter“.