Yes, I realize the 2016 Wimbledon Champions have been crowned. Serena's stellar performance netted her a 22nd(!) Grand Slam title and a place among the pantheon of greats. And fortunately for the Brits, they didn’t Brexit— Andy Murray held serve to claim his 2nd Men's Singles Wimbledon title.
But, there’s more to the game…
If you think Wimbledon’s lore is solely about tennis, my darling, you’re fooling yourself. Follow your palate to its greatest match—food!
After all, Wimbledon is equal parts tennis swirled with sophisticated nosh. Lush lawns aside, the quintessential nosh includes strawberries and cream, and cucumbers sandwiches. Feeling posh? Sip them with a side of champagne. Oh, and don’t forget to dress in your serene summer whites.
Instead of adhering to the typical recipes, I quirked them! Strawberries and cream morphed into strawberries and coconut cream pops, and cucumber sandwiches, cucumber-hummus sandwiches.
Try my versions of these timeless treats below and turn your summer festivities into a #WimbledonWeekend!
What are you waiting for? Make like a Brit and give it a go!
INGREDIENTS (Yield 12)
- 12 slices of bread, crusts removed
- 1 English cucumber, sliced into rounds
- Your favorite spread (hummus, mayo, butter, etc.)
1. Remove crusts from sliced bread and create perfectly squared bread. Stack and set aside.
2. Spread your favorite condiment onto each slice of bread. I used a homemade chipotle pepper hummus.
3. Slice cucumber into about 2 mm thick rounds. Neatly place them onto the bread in two rows.
4. Assemble sandwiches and cut into triangles.
5. Stack onto platter* and enjoy!
*Completely optional, of course. I'd much rather you devour your creation than make a pretty platter.
Strawberries & Coconut Cream Pops (or Smoothie)
INGREDIENTS (Yield 6 ice pops; 2 champagne flutes)
- 1.5 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
- 1 15 oz can or tetrapak of full-fat coconut milk
- 1 cup peach nectar (if using frozen strawberries)
- 3 tbsp honey (optional)
1. Blend strawberries, peach nectar, and honey in a blender until smooth. Set aside.*
2. Pour berry mixture and coconut milk into ice pop molds to the 'fill line.' Alternate between each mixture to get a red and white swirl effect. Follow ice pop mold directions.
3. Put ice pops in the freezer overnight.
4. When ready to serve, remove from freezer. Run molds under warm water for 30 sec for molds to loosen. and run molds under hot water for 30 seconds
5. Enjoy your summer sixteen sweet treat!
*Don't like ice pops? Stop here! Pour mixture into glasses and you have a delicious strawberry smoothie. Top it off with a dash of coconut milk to have the same Brit feeling.