[Sca-cooks] Molded butter creatures was Hi all!

Johnna Holloway 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 
some of
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 
four banners.
**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!
> Kiri
> 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.
>> Johnnae

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