Friday, August 22, 2014

Ewww. La. La. More Vintage Recipes.

 I have a real treat to tide you over the weekend -
Vintage Recipes!

 From James Lileks' Gallery of Regrettable Food.
This delightful concoction is Les Oeufs en Meurette.

Oh, God.
I just noticed the severed duck's head on top of the tureen.

 This is very scary.
Jello around the outside with black olive moons?
Fish/shark/whale with mayo aspic(?) and cut outs of what?
Just why?

I love the bowl of more orange shit,
because you know people are gonna want seconds.

This is Sole en Chaud-Froid.
I'll just have to take their word for it that there's fish in there.
Chaud-Froid translates as hot-cold.
It's an aspic or meat jelly with cream.
It's creamy, meaty Jello!

 Just count the objects that are looking at you.
There's a fish.
There's an owl?
There's Yoda?
Even the flowers have eyes!
And, of course, the food is looking AWAY from me.

I'm thinking this is some piscatorial delicacy,
although I don't know what the plops on top are.
When I first wrote "plops,"
I typed "polps."
And then I thought of "polyps."

Decorate your meat.
Doilies and ropes.
Put it in bondage.
Cause you know it's trying to escape.

There are no words.

What the hell was the 50s-60s obsession
with incarcerating innocent vegetables in Jello all about?

And no.
The sprigs of parsley and lemon slices
ain't gonna help this quivering mass of ass-pic
and imprisoned vegetables yearning
to break free from their constraints.

You know, after seeing these pictures,
I really need to rethink my food photography.
Obviously, I need more tchotchkes.

If you'd like to send me your own "vintage" recipes, please do.
I'd love to feature them in another post.

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zzzadig said...

That ain't no duck, that's a Snipe!
Fitting for this visual tripe.

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Well, then, a severed snipe head is so much better. Now it makes sense.

zzzadig said...


Rosie Hawthorne said...

Shit. I'm going snipe hunting tonight!