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A FEAST OF FEASTS

Secrets of the royal kitchen
2012-09-13 12:44:21

Seven thousand guests received an invitation to a Coronation ceremony in Moscow with Nikolai II taking the office on 14(16th) of May 1896. The guests of honour were Princes and Great Dukes, Emirs and Ambassadors from countries around the world with just a number of common people at the tables partying in one of the halls, whose forefathers had contributed notably to the well-being of the ruling dynasty (the Romanovs).

 


 


The most prominent among them were the descendants of Ivan Sussanin, who tragically died in defiance of a Polish warrior unit stranded in the depth of Kostroma forests in a ‘messy time’ winter of 1612 and trying to push through to the solitary habitation with family of Mikhail Fyodorovich Romanov,   (1596-1645) then the likely contender to the throne and first from the new dynasty of the would be tsars and emperors of Russia.
 
On the tables in front of each of the guests there was a scroll tied with a silk tape. It contained menu penned in elegant old-Slavic lettering. I wonder if it provokes anyone’s curiosity to the dishes served at the festive banquet.
 
So the coronation menu at the Nikolai’s II  Palace:
Supper on May 23 1896 
 

Broth Lukullovsky-styled
Pies in assortment
Coldest of grouse on Suvorov
Roast: large chicken on a skewer
Salad
Asparagus in piece 
Ice cream
Dessert

 

 

 

 

Supper on May 19 1896, Moscow

 

Turtle soup
Fish in tender salt
Fillet of beef with vegetable roots
Coldest of grouse and foie-gras
Roast - turkey and young chickens
Cauliflower and sweet peppers
Hot pineapple and fruit
Ice cream
Dessert

 

 

 

Feast of Honour:  Supper:  May 20 1896

Feast of Honour: Supper: May 20 1896
A gain of grouse
Cakes in assortment
Starlet in Italian
Roast fowl and game
Salad-Swiss
Ice cream with raspberry sauce

 

 

 

Dinner. Moscow. 15 May 1896

Soup of crabs
Pies
Finnish natural trout
Veal
Cold jellied quail
Roast fowl
Salad
Artichokes
Hot sweet
Ice cream
Dessert

 


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