how to make a proper tennis lunch
posted: May 1, 2014
Feeling peckish after all those aces on the tennis court? Nothing goes down better after a game than a proper tennis lunch. Here’s how to pull off the perfect post-match feast.
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Alcohol isn’t the best form of hydration to consume after sweating it out on the court, but Pimms No. 1 Cup cocktail made its way into Wimbledon in 1971 and the recipe has remained the same since.
Pimm’s No. 1 Cup
1 part Pimm’s No. 1
3 parts chilled lemonade (the clear and carbonated kind)
chopped mint, to taste
sliced cucumber, orange and strawberries (or any other fruit you like, really)
Combine in a jug* with ice then sip by the lawn.
*This fruity drink may seem benign, but drink the whole jug by yourself and your tennis club may become your ex-tennis club
no need to get crusty
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There is no getting around the fact you are going to need cucumber sandwiches, tiered, pretty piles of them. Originally, the cucumber sandwich (the English version) was made with thinly sliced white bread buttered and filled with fine slices of cucumber. Feeling a little more 21st century? Try cream cheese, and throw in some fresh watercress or dill. Cut each sandwich into triangle-shaped quarters, and above all else, remove the crusts. Finally, nibble them. Despite their size, these aren’t intended to be one-bite snacks you throw back.
let them eat cake
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And lots of it. Isn’t it ironic that not only is alcohol tennis player’ the drink of choice, but cake is their main nutritional source after working out? Tennis players are hardcore. Well, at least club tennis players are (we secretly suspect that they only play on a Saturday afternoon to score the cake afterwards). While any cake will do the trick, lamingtons (a dessert of Australian origin that consists of squares of sponge cake coated first in a layer of chocolate sauce, then in shredded coconut) and tea buns are preferred. If you’re not keen to indulge in calorific traditional lamingtons, check out Teresa Cutter’s Healthy Lamingtons recipe to get that sweet fix minus the sugar overload.
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