[Sca-cooks] Molded butter creatures was Hi all!
johnna at sitka.engin.umich.edu
Fri Apr 20 05:28:04 PDT 2007
Sounds cool. There are some pictures of elaborate butter sculptures in
the professional banquet books.
There's an actual description of molded butter figures from just past 1600.
/Le Ouverture de Cuisine/ from 1604 ends with the description of butter
sculptures created for a banquet.
"There were four parks of two feet square, environed in a hedge of butter.
The first was Adam & Eve made of butter, a serpent on a tree, & a
running fountain, with little animals all around of butter.
The second park was the love of Pyramus & Thisbee, the lion by the
fountain, & the trees all around environed in a hedge of butter.
The third park the hunt of Acteon, & the nymphs with Diana at the
fountain, & then of the little dogs of butter.
The fourth park was two wild men, who battled one another with the
masses by a fountain, & little lions of butter all around: each park had
**Translation at: http://www.medievalcookery.com/notes/ouverture.shtm
This is listed as being from THE BANQUET OF THE ENTRANCE of Monsieur
Robert de Berges Count of Walhain, Esquire & Prince of Liege, made in
the palace in Liege, the year 1557 in the month of December.
Elaine Koogler wrote:
> Sounds cool. Did I ever tell you about the molded butter dragon I saw in
> Hong Kong years ago? It was 4 feet or more tall and more than 6 feet long!
> It was at a wonderful French restaurant on the top of Victoria Peak. What
> they had done was to use rods with refrigerant in them as the armature of
> the beast...it was a truly amazing work!
> On 4/19/07, Johnna wrote:
>> I figure the world needs some silliness every once in awhile.
>> I am working on another molded butter lion.
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