Our Party is Served

So the stepsisters have flown in their magic silver coach to the grand ball in Atlanta, and we Cinderellas are left here to entertain.

But we’re resourceful, we Cinderellas. The first thing we’ll do is spread a suitable historical feast. Let those other sites have Bud, beans, and nachos! Our cook is French (trained in a noble house, and barely smuggled across the Channel before the Revolution could claim his head) though familiar, too, with English cookery. He should be; he’s the best-paid member of our house’s staff. We’ve ordered him to spare no expense in contriving our entertainment. And, of course, our smuggling friends have also supplied us with a fine assortment of French and Spanish wines and brandies, and, for those of you with piratical or colonial tastes, Rhode Island rum.

Thus we’ll throw open our French doors to the ballroom, and present our bill of fare, chosen for the season:

Cullis of Crawfish with Onions
Fricando of Veal. Rais’d Giblet Pie
A Ragoo of Cucumbers
Another Ragoo of Oysters & White Wine
Pheasant, Larded & Set in a Gravy with Clove, Mace & Sweet Herbs
Muffin Pudding
French Biscuits & New Butter
Sallet of Elder Buds
A Fine Salmagundy of Herrings & Chicken
Curry of rabbits, preserver of olives
Turtle, dressed in the West Indian Manner
Soup, Braised Haunch of Venison in Sauce of Red Currant Jelly
Calf’s Head, Dressed with Sweet Herbs & Bacon upon bed of Greens
Open Tart syllabub, Rais’d Jellies
Sweetbreads en Cordonnier
Buttered Lobster & Crawfish
Portugal & Spanish Cakes
Shrewsbury Cakes
Neat Ratafia Cake

(Special thanks to “The Art of Cookery Made Plain & Easy” by Mrs. Glasse, “Martha Washington’s Booke of Cookery”, transcribed by Karen Hess, and “Jane Austen’s Town and Country Style” by Susan Watkins.)

12 thoughts on “Our Party is Served”

  1. What a wonderful elegant spread. Smells divine.
    Now tell me, whom shall we expect to this grand feast? The Duke of Candover? The Earl of Falconer?

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  2. What a wonderful elegant spread. Smells divine.
    Now tell me, whom shall we expect to this grand feast? The Duke of Candover? The Earl of Falconer?

    Reply
  3. What a wonderful elegant spread. Smells divine.
    Now tell me, whom shall we expect to this grand feast? The Duke of Candover? The Earl of Falconer?

    Reply
  4. Or, we could go for Pig’s Pettitoes. And maybe some Drowned Baby. –A couple of nautical delights from Lobscouse & Spotted Dog, by Anne Chotzinoff Grossman and Lisa Grossman THomas.
    Actually, the Barbies and I were thinking of popcorn tonight, and mummies on TV. After a hard day’s writing.

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  5. Or, we could go for Pig’s Pettitoes. And maybe some Drowned Baby. –A couple of nautical delights from Lobscouse & Spotted Dog, by Anne Chotzinoff Grossman and Lisa Grossman THomas.
    Actually, the Barbies and I were thinking of popcorn tonight, and mummies on TV. After a hard day’s writing.

    Reply
  6. Or, we could go for Pig’s Pettitoes. And maybe some Drowned Baby. –A couple of nautical delights from Lobscouse & Spotted Dog, by Anne Chotzinoff Grossman and Lisa Grossman THomas.
    Actually, the Barbies and I were thinking of popcorn tonight, and mummies on TV. After a hard day’s writing.

    Reply
  7. Here’s a few delicacies you unaccountably omitted. I’d be happy to provide the recipes (though not to eat the results):
    Fruit Cocktail-SPAM Buffet Party Loaf
    Peanut-Butter Rarebit
    Pigs’ Feet, Fried
    Sweetbreads Creamed in Cucumber Boats
    Fish Pie, with Tench and Eels
    Spaghetti and Cabbage with Cheese Sauce
    Simmered Brains
    Deep Fried Field Rat
    Meat-Milk Shake

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  8. Here’s a few delicacies you unaccountably omitted. I’d be happy to provide the recipes (though not to eat the results):
    Fruit Cocktail-SPAM Buffet Party Loaf
    Peanut-Butter Rarebit
    Pigs’ Feet, Fried
    Sweetbreads Creamed in Cucumber Boats
    Fish Pie, with Tench and Eels
    Spaghetti and Cabbage with Cheese Sauce
    Simmered Brains
    Deep Fried Field Rat
    Meat-Milk Shake

    Reply
  9. Here’s a few delicacies you unaccountably omitted. I’d be happy to provide the recipes (though not to eat the results):
    Fruit Cocktail-SPAM Buffet Party Loaf
    Peanut-Butter Rarebit
    Pigs’ Feet, Fried
    Sweetbreads Creamed in Cucumber Boats
    Fish Pie, with Tench and Eels
    Spaghetti and Cabbage with Cheese Sauce
    Simmered Brains
    Deep Fried Field Rat
    Meat-Milk Shake

    Reply

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