So last year my boyfriend at the time (now my wonderful fiancée) came up with a great idea of doing a week of Victorian Era recipes in honour of Victoria Day. Well I had so much fun doing it last year, I thought, why not do it again this year? So I went on-line and actually found a copy of a menu served at one of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee dinners, on June 21st, 1887.
Now, it’s a pretty big deal to have a Jubilee year as a monarch, especially if that monarch is a woman. As a reigning monarch you are in constant danger from those that wish to over take you or just want to overthrow the throne. As a woman, she gave birth to 9 children, at at time when delivery was dangerous for both mother and child.What can I say, she was quite the woman! So in her honour, a week of recipes and a day off next week! Enjoy!
For those of you not up on your French, the menu reads as follows:
À la Tortue (Turtle Soup)
Au Printanière (Spring Vegetable Soup)
À la Crème de Riz (Cream of Rice Soup)
Les Filets de Soles farcis à l’Ancienne (Filets of Sole, Stuffed and Garnished with a Cream Sauce of Shrimps, Mushrooms and Truffles)
Les Merlans Frits (Fried Whiting)
Les Petits Vol-au-vents à la Béchamel (Vol-au-Vents with White Sauce)
Les Côtelettes d’Agneau, Pointes d’Asperges (Lamb Chops with Asparagus Tips)
Les Filets de Canetons aux Pois (Duckling with Peas)
Relevés (See note below)
Les Poulets à la Financière (Chicken Garnished with Cocks’ Combs, Cocks’ Kidneys, Dumplings, Sweetbreads, Mushrooms, Olives and Truffles)
Haunch of Venison
Les Cailles Bardèes (Roast Quail)
Les Poulets (Roast Chicken)
Les Haricots verts à la Poulette (Green Beans in Cream Sauce Garnished with Onions and Mushrooms)
Les Escaloppes de Foies-gras aux Truffles (Sliced Foie Gras with Truffles)
La Crème de Riz au Jus aux Cerises (Cream Rice with Cherry Juice)
Les Choux glacés à la Duchesse (Iced Puff Pastries)
Cold Beef, Tongue, Cold Fowl (Cold Chicken)
“Relevés” – Apparently, it means to relieve, or to remove, and was used in the following sense (according to Larousse Gastronomique, which is pretty much a food bible, so I believe it).
“Remove: Dish which in French service relieves (in the sense that one sentry relieves another) the soup or the fish. This course precedes those called entrees.”
Maybe because they were English they did it after the entrees? What can I say, when you’re Queen, you can have your meals served any way you want!