Gilded Dining in the Edwardian Age
Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:48 PM
The online version Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management provides a view of how the Edwardians lived, and how they ate. It's a spellbinding read. Savor this 1909 February dinner menu for 18, no doubt served "a la russe by butlers and footmen in proper formal attire-
Hare Soup, removed by Turbot and Oyster Sauce.
Vase of Fried Whitings.
Oyster Soup, removed by Crimped Cod la Matre d'Htel.
Vase of Filets de Perdrix.
Boiled Ham, garnished.
Roast Fowls, garnished Vase of Boiled Fowls and with Water-cresses.
Haunch of Mutton.
Ducklings, removed by Ice Pudding.
Vase of Clear Jelly.
Gateau de Sandwiches.
Partridges, removed by Cabinet Pudding.
Dessert and Ices-
I'm not sure I've figured out what the "flowers" dish was. Can you imagine eating like that, even occasionally, in 2013?
Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:53 PM
Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:15 PM
There were also some earlier BBC series' only available in the UK called The Victorian Garden, The Victorian Kitchen, etc. where people re-enacted life in late Victorian times. By today's standards, the show is a bit slow and pedantic. I discovered the book, The Victorian Kitchen by Jennifer Davies and found it fascinating. I have a region-free DVD player, so I picked up the DVD set as well.
Edited by Lisa Shock, 13 February 2013 - 08:15 PM.
Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:22 PM
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:46 AM
I can't even eat most 3-course meals without feeling at least a little awful afterwards, and there is simply no way one could eat most of any meal in a corset (I've eaten while corseted down to just 20 inches, not the 18 inches upper-class women strived for during that era, and you can manage about a handful of food at a go, that's it).
Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:11 AM
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:36 PM
ETA: Mind you, there might be graduations of wretchedness - if such a feast were but nibbled at, or merely licked a bit, and most of it then simply thrown out - THAT would truly be outrageous. At the least ridiculously sumptuous Chinese feasts of yore (Flamingo tongues, anyone?) would tend to have the diner attempt to actually eat it, shaking their mid-sections from time to time to settle the contents of their tummies so as to accommodate more stuff. (So I would like to think )
Edited by huiray, 15 February 2013 - 08:45 PM.
Posted 16 February 2013 - 07:27 PM
It's very entertertaining to watch if you have the time and inclination.
Going to youtube, there is part 2, part 3, part 4...
I do so enjoy Giles and Sue.
"I look forward to a week of constipation, hearburn and gout." ;)
Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:02 PM