Canadians interested in hosting a birthday dinner honouring Sir John A’s 200th birthday now can use authentic recipes related to his first “Georgian” years in Canada.
Liz Driver, director and curator at Toronto’s Campbell House Museum and well-respected food historian, developed an extensive menu, with modern-day modifications, for a reception and dinner.
Driver says she originally created the menu and recipes for a course she taught at George Brown College.
The menu starts with a description of how the meal was served – like a series of family-style buffet courses where multiple dishes were placed on the table at the same time and in a geometric pattern, and guests helped themselves, sometimes even serving the soup or carving the roast.
They are original recipes from the time of his birth and may need some interpretation, so Driver provides notes on how a modern day cook can replicate the menu.
Some of the cookery references include: Eliza Smith, The Compleat Housewife (16th edition, 1758); selections from Mrs. Dalgairns’ The Practice of Cookery; Hannah Glasse; Fort York National Historic Site; The Canadian Housewife’s Manual of Cookery; and others, which in many instances can be found using a search engine.
Driver suggests the reception lead off with a punch called Shrub.
“It’s a delicious drink made with brandy, white wine, sugar, lemon and nutmeg and is especially good on ice, she says. “You can make a big batch and it will last forever. I have not met a person who doesn’t like it.”
One guesses Sir John A. would have liked it.
Shrub Punch brandy, white wine, sugar, lemon and nutmeg
French Bread and Rolls
Roasted Pike or Pickerel
Dressed Macaroni and Cheese
A Winter Salad
Fricassee of Neat’s Tongues
Pink Coloured Fritters
Medley Pie with Lamb and Short Crust
Rich Seed Cake
Fort York Macaroons
Negus Ice with Port Wine
Shrub Punch http://tasteforlife.com/healthy-recipes/beverages/explosive-shrub-punch
Cressy Soup http://www.greenchronicle.com/recipes/cressy_soup.htm
French Flummery http://mrswoffington.blogspot.ca/2008/12/french-flummery-for-beginnners.html