The 5 O'Clock Tea.
The Philadelphia Press.
From the cup of tea and slice of bread and butter obtained from nurse, the "5 o'clock tea", has grown into a miniature feast, at which sandwiches of all kinds are as popular as the traditional muffin or buttered toast, and the cakes and bonbons to be met with are a perfect revelation in the matter of confectionery. Perhaps, therefore, a few hints where to obtain some novel, or, at any rate, extremely dainty addenda for this repast may not be unwelcome.
To begin with sandwiches, these are of all kinds, the great requisite being extreme daintiness both to sight and taste, though this is so well understood that it is almost needless to insist on it. The usual sandwiches are nice little slices of brown or white bread and butter, spread with carefully potted game or fish: fillets of anchovy, washed and boned; sardines filleted and carefully wiped free of any oil; ham, lobster, anchovy, groen or watercress butters, or, last, but not least, caviare [sic] (especially the large grain sort), imported direct and fresh from Astrakhan), delicately seasoned with lemon juice, and to conclude, pate de foie gras. The slices are covered with corresponding slices, carefully buttered, then pressed firmly together, cut into shapes with pastry cutters (round, oval, &c.), dished en couronne, and garnished with watercress round, or each sandwich brushed lightly with a little butter and sprinkled with very finely chopped parsley, truffle, lobster coral or hard-boiled yoke of egg pressed through a sieve. Another way of serving them is when the slices are spread to curl them round as you would roll a cigarette, giving a light press just at the last to keep them in shape.
Another delicious little savory treat we owe to Russia, where it is called Blini au caviar, it is made as follows: Toast some perfectly fresh crumpets on both sides, and when lightly colored butter one side profusely (as buttered toast is treated) and spread this again with caviare [sic], adding a squeeze of lemon juice, and serve very hot.
Transcribed by John Peter Thompson. 26 December 2014.e: 7. Washington (DC), District of Columbia