Off the Menu

03 Aug

Sometimes reading classic books not only expands the mind; it expands the palate.

Jeannette shared a scone recipe for us to enjoy while sipping tea and reading Pride and Prejudice.

Christina recreated the Oliver Twist gruel experience and decided that she’s really rather not have some more.

Christina baked  Jane Eyre‘s seed cake which little Henry Harris also enjoyed in Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  The three of us bonded with Jane and Henry after the first bite, understanding the tastiness of the treat.

There were a few foods that we avoided experiencing; for example,  the Cannibal’s rotten hippo meat in Heart of Darkness.  In The Portrait of a Lady, Mrs. Touchett rejects England because of bread-sauce.  We might too.

Today I’m taking a Mrs. Dalloway dish off the menu: chicken in aspic.  Sure, Clarissa’s cook might have prepared it for the big party, but I googled it, and I am not eating cold chicken in jello.   Would you?


Posted by on August 3, 2013 in Mrs. Dalloway


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3 responses to “Off the Menu

  1. classicsjournal

    August 3, 2013 at 9:56 am

    What fun! –Well, the first three. Seed cake’s also in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford. 🙂

  2. dangermom

    August 3, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I think I tried something in aspic once. Blech. The gelatin is clear and sort of vinegary.

    • Christine

      August 9, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      Not appealing to me at all. I knew someone who always had to bring the “tomato” salad to Thanksgiving dinner. Imagine tomato soup in jello form.


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