Here we are again, at one of the most melancholy commemorations on the calendar, the 105th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. If you want to take a positive tack and celebrate the date rather than mourning, I have a copy of a wonderful book that contains the menus for the last meal served…
This is one lovely book. Gives you a taste of the food
and the times of Titanic. Get it at Amazon.
The last meal served on Titanic was supper on April 14, 1912. For First Class passengers – the rich and famous – it was a formal twelve-course affair that started with Hors D’oeuvres and ended with Cigars, Coffee and Port. Even the second class passengers got white table cloths and a four-course repast. And, unique to Titanic, the Third Class passengers ate at trestle tables with table cloths and enjoyed a meal of Vegetable Soup, Roast Pork with Vegetables and Potatoes, Plum Pudding and Biscuits and Oranges for Dessert.
But it was that twelve course meal that I’d love to have sat down for…
Canapés or Oysters de la Russe. With White Wine
Consommé Olga or Cream of Barley Soup with Madeira or Sherry
Poached Salmon Mousseline with Dry White Rhine Wine
Filet Mignon, Chicken Lyonnaise or Vegetable Marrow Farci. With Red Bordeaux
Lamb, Roast Duckling or Roast Sirloin of Beef. With Burgundy or Beaujolais
Punch (Palate Cleanser):
Asparagus Salad with Champagne Saffron Vinaigrette
Paté de Fois Gras and Celery. With Sweet Rhine Wine
Waldorf Pudding, Jellied Peaches or Chocolate Painted Éclairs.
With Tokay, Muscatel or Sauternes
Assorted Freah Fruits and Cheeses. With Champagne
Coffee and Cigars. With Port or Cordials
They sure ate a lot back in the Edwardian era. I might be able to handle a bite of each item and one sip of each Wine. But they ate and drank, on and on, for up to four hours, starting at 8 p.m. each evening. More power to them!
Still, I’d love to get gussied up like Lady Astor or Molly Brown just once and experience The Last Supper on the Titanic…
~ Maggie J.