Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Mad Men Soiree

We had a Mad Men themed party! The food looked a bit like this... 
A sixties-inspired spread: onion dip, vol au vents, cheese straws and banana salad!
Cheese Straws (in ounces for authenticity)
4 oz plain flour                         1 egg yolk
pinch of salt                              2oz Cheddar cheese
dash of Cayenne pepper         1 tablespoon water
2 oz butter
Rub together butter and flour until the mix resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the finely grated cheese and bind with the egg yolk and water. Knead lightly and roll out. Cut into lots of strips and a few rings if you feel like some extra faffing for presentation purposes. Bake in a hot oven for 7-10 minutes. Cool and place the cheese straws into rings for serving.
"Cheese Straws, in neat little bundles slipped through pastry rings, make delicious cocktail savoury snacks." 
~from Woman's Own Cook Book (1964)

sixties banana salad
A faithful reproduction of a pretty exotic sixties salad. It might be an acquired taste but I think its rather handsome. 

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