Monday, October 31, 2005

What Would Edith Wharton Eat?

I know I still owe a post about my book club's Hungarian dinner--I'll get those photos ready soon! But in the meantime, we're reading House of Mirth, and we're stuck on what to serve for dinner in conjunction with the book next Monday. So far, we've only come up with a tea party. Any other ideas?


Blogger lis said...

I've read every Edith Wharton and I can remember scenes with food, I just can't remember the details. But I'm going to do some research for you.

5:42 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Thank you!

6:55 AM  
Blogger lis said...

Ok, I couldn't find my copy of House of Mirth, but thanks to Google I found the following food references in the book: costly food, food that tastes like soap because the cook also does the washing, lots of dinner parties with multiple courses, and peaches melba. And of course, lots of tea--which may be the best option after all.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

The final menu: tea, soup, finger sandwiches, and peaches melba! We're meeting tonight to discuss the book and have our tea party.

8:33 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

So our dinner last night was a lot of fun. I had unfortunately forgotten my camera, so I can't show you a picture of Steven's gorgeous peaches melba (which he made with a strawberry sauce instead of raspberry because no store has them fresh right now): it looked like a big flower in the bowl, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the center and peach halves arranged around it.

Here are the sandwiches I ended up making (a little overboard for just three people, but I couldn't decide among them!):

Herbed sweet onion
Smoked turkey with arugula mayonnaise
Crab salad
Cheddar chutney (definitely the strangest--apple ginger chutney with grated white sharp cheddar, mixed with cilantro, sour cream, and cream cheese--it was actually good, plus we used the leftover filling as a dip for crackers!)

Then we minced the leftover parsley and arugula and rolled the edges of the sandwiches (with the crusts cut off, natch) in the herbs. Makes for a cool presentation!

Most of these recipes came from Epicurious under "tea sandwiches."

8:13 AM  

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