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Algher
01-21-2011, 10:41 AM
My lovely wife is a hardcore lover of the Aubrey Maturin books (Those Master and Commander novels). I have gifted her with the full set in hardback, plus many in paperback as well when she travels. I bought her 3 different reference style books for Christmas (per her request). Now, in response to another thread, I want to hold a small dinner party for her in complete Royal Navy style.

For this, I call on the Dope for help. I cook, and I am decent in the kitchen. However, I want to try to do this tomorrow night, so recipes that need 3 days of lead time won't work.

Please pass on any good recipes that don't require too much in the way of specialized ingredients only available in a back alley of London that sometimes leads to the Neverwhere. I live in Southern California. There IS an English food specialty shop I can get to tonight.

I am planning on having my sons serve as Midshipmen in white t-shirts and neckers. My older one will ensure that glasses of (Claret?) are always full.

From other threads:

Parsnips in butter (easy to handle)
Biscuits with some brown rice tossed in as Weevils

What else should I make, and does anyone have the recipe?

kevlaw
01-21-2011, 12:46 PM
Please pass on any good recipes that don't require too much in the way of specialized ingredients only available in a back alley of London that sometimes leads to the Neverwhere. I live in Southern California. There IS an English food specialty shop I can get to tonight.

I am planning on having my sons serve as Midshipmen in white t-shirts and neckers. My older one will ensure that glasses of (Claret?) are always full.

From other threads:

Parsnips in butter (easy to handle)
Biscuits with some brown rice tossed in as Weevils

What else should I make, and does anyone have the recipe?

My menu (from the other thread) is online at http://raggedclown.com/2011/01/17/the-captains-table/

Syllabub is heavy cream whipped and floated in red wine and sugar. Easy.
The center piece of my menu is Jack's favourite pudding - spotted dog. Not exactly easy but not too difficul eithert. Tasty too if you don't object to suet (available at butchers everywhere).

Marchepane is marzipan. I plan to make little achor shapes and dolphins - and weevils of course.

Strasbourg pie is made from foie gras and bacon! I plan to substitute duck pate for foie gras as a nod to my guests liberal sensitivities.

I am interpreting kickshaws as "whatever i decide to put on little plates when the guests arrive".

I'd lend you my copy of "lobscouse and spotted dog" but southern california is a long way from northern california. The book is excellent and has lots of easy recipes if you can get a copy - maybe on kindle?

teela brown
01-21-2011, 12:50 PM
Don't forget several pots of viciously strong "true Arabian mocha" coffee after dessert. And Stephen wondered why he had to drink laudanum to get any sleep!

kevlaw
01-21-2011, 12:51 PM
I'd be happy to type in a recipe from the book, if there is something you have in mind. The book includes almost everything that Jack ate during the entire series - including turtle, porpoise, miller and - my favourite - boiled shit.

A lot of the desserts and puddings are especially easy and .... interesting.

Algher
01-21-2011, 01:11 PM
kevlaw - being a complete thief, I will just copy YOURS! (Menu that is)

Any recipes from your list for the Strasbourg Pie and the Spotted Dick you are willing to share are greatly appreciated. I will also order the book today, though it won't arrive in time.

kevlaw
01-21-2011, 07:08 PM
kevlaw - being a complete thief, I will just copy YOURS! (Menu that is)

Any recipes from your list for the Strasbourg Pie and the Spotted Dick you are willing to share are greatly appreciated. I will also order the book today, though it won't arrive in time.

I am flattered.

Strasbourg pie: the recipe in the book serves 20 and calls for foie gras. I'm serving 5 and will substitute pate.

1lb foie gras
1lb bacon
1lb puff pastry
1 Egg beaten with 1tsp of water

Make a pie base. Line it with bacon!! Put in pate. Add more bacon!!! Make pie top. Cut holes in top. Decorate with anchors :) cement pie closed with egg. And brush egg over whole top.

Bake at 450 for 10mins.
Reduce to 350 for another 20 mins.

kevlaw
01-21-2011, 07:17 PM
Spotted dog:

4 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 3/4 cups currants
1/2 lb suet (grated)
1 cup of milk
2 eggs lightly beaten

Mix first five ingredients in bowl
Add currents. mix.
Add suet. Mix.
Grease pudding basin (improvise!)
Tie a damp, floured cloth over top.

Steam the whole thing in a pot of boiling water for two hours.
Serve with custard.

Google "suet puddings" for more details on the steaming business.

You can probably buy a suet pudding at the local british store, but i am looking forward to making my own. My mum was very excited to hear that i was making it as she used to make them for us as kids.

Sampiro
01-21-2011, 07:20 PM
Marchepane is marzipan. I plan to make little achor shapes and dolphins - and weevils of course.

You should have a prize for whoever gets the lesser one of course.

Those who've read the first novel especially should appreciate the presence of goat cheese.

Little Nemo
01-21-2011, 08:13 PM
You should have a prize for whoever gets the lesser one of course.Getting the smaller one is prize enough.

Ranchoth
01-21-2011, 09:35 PM
Biscuits with some brown rice tossed in as Weevils

You can do better than that (http://hotlix.com/insect_candy/larvets.html) for a Weevil substitute. Though unfortunately, it doesn't look like they sell unflavored Mealworms.

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