Downton Abbey Tribute: Supper Buffet Menu From 1920’s

I am such a fan of the T.V. series Downton Abbey it is only fitting that I share with you this 1920’s buffet menu.

Buffet suppers from Mrs. Wilson’s Cook Book, Mary A. Wilson [J.B. Lippincott: Philadelphia] 1920
Buffet supper

No. 1 Salted nuts, celery, tuna fish a la King, asparagus salad, Russian dressing, ice cream, cake, coffee

Tuna A La King

Ingredients (Makes 4 to 6 servings)

2 tablespoons olive oil 1 small onion, thinly sliced 1 bottle (8 oz.) clam juice 1 cup frozen green peas 1 cup Pearl Original Organic    Soymilk 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 can (12 oz.) chunk light tuna,    well drained 3/4 teaspoon salt    Toasted sliced bread or hot    cooked rice


  1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat; add onion and sauté 6 minutes.
  2. Add clam juice and peas. Bring to boil. Cover; reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, thoroughly blend soymilk and flour; stir into saucepan. Return mixture to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer 1 minute.
  4. Stir in tuna and salt. Cook until heated through.
  5. Serve over toast slices or rice.

No.2.   Olives, radishes, baked ham sandwiches, potato and celery salad, ice cream, cake, coffee.

Popular foods and snack fare Serving a large crowd on a low budget? We suggest:

Molded/fruited Jello-salads, fruit cocktail, sliced pineapples & bananas (maraschino cherry ok) Deviled eggs, celery, olives, pickles, salted nuts (almonds, pecans, peanuts, filberts) Bread sticks, Parker House rolls, saltine-type crackers, potato chips Caesar salad, Waldorf salad Finger sandwiches…peanut butter & jelly, ham, turkey, chicken salad, tomato, egg salad, cream cheese Fried chicken, baked ham Pineapple Upside down cake, angel or devil’s food cakes, ice cream & chocolate sauce, chocolate pudding. Canned peaches work well.
Beverage service: Soft drinks garnished with fruit & fruit juices (ginger ale with maraschino cherry juice, decorated with  cherries), Ginger Ale, Coca-Cola, Kool-Aid, Lemonade, punch, coffee, cocoa & Orange Pekoe tea

Credit: Taken from
© Lynne Olver 2000
29 December 2013


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