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
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
- Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat; add onion and sauté 6 minutes.
- Add clam juice and peas. Bring to boil. Cover; reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile, thoroughly blend soymilk and flour; stir into saucepan. Return mixture to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer 1 minute.
- Stir in tuna and salt. Cook until heated through.
- 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
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© Lynne Olver 2000
29 December 2013