The Ladies' Tea Guild

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tips for a "Patriotic Evening Affair"

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This information is from the Woman's Home Companion magazine from 1919:

“For a Patriotic Evening Affair”

Open Sandwiches, Allied Style
South Park Sweetbreads or Veal Souffle
Pineapple Mousse
Coffee or Shrub Punch

“On Saturday, at half-past eight,
We’ve planned to have a party,
A patriotic one, of course,
With fun and food that’s hearty.

But since we must not waste a thing—
No, not for celebration—
You’re asked to dine most light at home
And help out conservation.”

Open Sandwiches, Allied Style
Sardines Hard cooked eggs
Salt Pimiento
Cayenne Olives
Lemon juice Bread
Butter Celery

Remove skin and bones from sardines, mash to a paste, season with salt, cayenne, and a few drops of lemon juice and moisten with butter.  Finely chop the white of hard-cooked eggs, pimiento and olives, keeping them separate.  Decorate the open sardine sandwiches, using the egg white, and red pimiento for the stripes of our flag, and the olives for the blue part.  Copy also the flags of the allies.  Small pincers are convenient to use in putting the egg and olive in place.  Use strips of celery for the “poles.” Pass on a silver plate.

Sounds interesting, except for the sardines; I'd probably substitute canned tuna, drained and ground up in the food processor, and I might substitute mayonnaise for the butter to make it sort of like tuna salad.


Ashley said...

"But since we must not waste a thing—
No, not for celebration—
You’re asked to dine most light at home
And help out conservation.”

Is that asking guests to eat a home so they don't eat as much at the celebration? Or that they should plan on eating lightly at the party so not as much is made?

South Bay Ladies' Tea Guild said...

Yes, I think the verse could mean both things! Although I think your first interpretation is more likely, as all food preparation would be done before the party, so it makes this a kind of a "warning" that the guests shouldn't expect to get a whole meal there.

The home magazines from the war years have a bunch of tips and things that have to do with saving food, eating less, substituting some ingredients for other ones; for the World War 1 years, Americans are dealing with food rationing so that they can send food to Europe and help the starving women and children there. It's almost an artificial famine in the U.S., because American food production wasn't hurt by the war, but European food production was. The post-war effort involved feeding and rebuilding Europe, and Americans were asked to go without, in order to pay for it, and to send the excess food overseas.

Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
And, while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column, and the cups
That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful evening in.
-- William Cowper (1731-1800)
"The Winter Evening" (Book Four), _The Task_ (1784)