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This is a surprisingly yummy bit of research Paty did for her book, Staking Claim.
In my recent release, Staking Claim, a historical romance which starts out on a clipper ship and they end up in America, I had to research the modes of transportation in 1899 from England to America. Once I picked the type of ship, I had to research the accommodations.
In the 1890’s it was the beginning of the luxury cruises. Steamships were taking over not only the freight across oceans but also the passengers. They could cover the same distance in half the time as the clipper ships dependent on wind to fill their sails and carry them across the water.
In 1899, at the time of my story, there were still some clipper ships taking passengers. These were usually people who weren’t in a hurry and liked a less populated ship. This was the case with my hero in Staking Claim. He needed time to think and was a loner. So the slower pace and less people of the clipper ship fit his idea of smooth traveling.
I was surprised while researching to discover the delicacies that were served on the Steamships. Here is a list of items found on a menu for a First Class passenger on a steam ship.
Soups: Turtle and Spring.
Fish: Scotch Salmon and Sauce Hollandaise.
Entrees: Blanquettes de Poulet aux Champignons. Filets de Boeuf a la Bordelaise. Cailles sur Canapes.
Joints: Saddle of Mutton and Jelly. Beef and Yorkshire Pudding. York Ham and Champagne Sauce.
Poultry: Roast Turkey and Truffles. Spring Ducklings.
Vegetables: Pommes de Terre Duchesse. Asparagus. Potatoes. Parsnips.
Sweets: International Pudding. Rhubarb with Custard. Strawberry Jam. Tartlets. Sandwich.
Pastry: Genoese Pastry. Marlborough Pudding. Gooseberry Souffles. Lemon Cream.
Dessert: Seville Oranges. Black Hamburg Grapes. English Walnuts. Madeira Nuts. Cantaloupes. Café Noir.
This is a copy of the food a second-cabin dinner could get on a steamship:
Fish.—Boiled Rock Fish, butter sauce.
Meats.—Haricot of mutton ; roast beef, baked potatoes ; boiled mutton, caper sauce ; mashed turnips ; potatoes.
Desserts: Rice pudding ; apple tart ; small pastry. Biscuits and cheese.
Further research didn’t turn up an exact menu for the clipper ships. It only said they were fed as well as the second class passengers on a steamship, but instead of being served individually the tables were set up family style. Bowls of food were put on the tables and everyone dished up their own.
Have you ever been on a cruise ship? What was your favorite food they served?
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Book Two – Halsey Homecoming Trilogy – Colin’s story
Deceit, contradictions, and lies.
On a ship bound for America, Colin Healy encounters a contradictory woman, whose beauty and grace intrigue him.
Livie Leatherby boards the ship as an imposter to get the information she needs to save her family. Befriending Sir Colin Healy is easy with his chivalrous tendencies. But she soon realizes discovering his past marks him for death.
Forced together to stay one step ahead of the Lord set on killing Colin for his estate, can these two get beyond the lies and deceit that has brought them together before one or the other meets their demise?
The captain took his seat at the head of the table to her left. “Do you like turtle soup, Miss Leatherby?”
“Ah don’t know. Ah don’t believe ah’ve ever had any.” She glanced at the captain. Merriment danced in his eyes.
“You’re eating it at the moment.” He smiled and slurped a spoonful.
She stared down into her bowl. Should I have known it was turtle soup? Is it something that is served often to the gentry?
“Don’t worry. I was taken back the first time I was told I was eating turtle soup.” Sir Healy’s calm, quiet voice broke into her self-recrimination.
She glanced up into his eyes. There wasn’t mirth or superiority shining in the color of a clear summer day. Maybe she hadn’t buggered her job.
“You don’t have to eat the soup, there will be several courses.” Sir Healy’s voice reminded her she’d stopped eating.
“It’s delicious.” She dipped the spoon and continued to eat.
The clatter of utensils against dishes and the murmuring of other conversations muffled around her, letting her be quiet and sink into her own thoughts. After dinner she should suggest taking a walk on the deck to Sir Healy. Then she’d get him to talk about his estate and his childhood. Wilfred wanted to know more about the family and where the deed to the estate was hidden. He’d sent people into Meath Hall as servants and no one could find the papers Wilfred wanted to disprove the inheritance.
Sir Healy nudged her arm, spilling the soup in her spoon back into the bowl. She peered at him.
“Captain Whiteside asked you a question.” Sir Healy’s gaze moved from her to the captain.
“Oh, ah’m sorry. Ah was lost in thought.” Her cheeks burned with embarrassment. She’d been so deep in her thoughts, she’d ignored those around her. A quick peek at Wilfred only heightened her unease.
“The letter from your father said you were traveling to visit a sister in New York. What is her husband’s name? I know quite a few businessmen in the area.” The captain leaned back in his chair having finished his soup.
What name did Wilfred tell her? Did it matter? They were made up anyway. She wanted to glance at Wilfred, get some guidance but that would signal there was more to their acquaintance than she wanted Sir Healy to know. Bugger!
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Award-winning author Paty Jager and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. On her road to publication she wrote freelance articles for two local newspapers and enjoyed her job with the County Extension service as a 4-H Program Assistant. Raising hay and cattle, riding horses, and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.
Her first book was published in 2006 by Wild Rose Press since then she has published seventeen novels, two anthologies, and five novellas. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Her penchant for research takes her on side trips that eventually turn into yet another story.
You can learn more about Paty at her blog; Writing into the Sunset her website; http://www.patyjager.net or on Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/#!/paty.jager , Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1005334.Paty_Jager and twitter; @patyjag.
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9/9/2014 12:54:22 am
Welcome to the blog, Paty! There were some yummy food served on steamships- I had no idea!
9/9/2014 05:55:01 am
Cathy, Thanks for having me on your blog. I went on a cruise ship and didn't like it. Felt claustrophobic and was seasick most of the time.
9/9/2014 04:50:13 am
Never traveled by boat, except pleasure boats, fishing and water sports. I was shocked at the wonderful menu for first class travelers. I had no idea. interesting post.
9/9/2014 05:57:33 am
Hi Diana, Yes, I was surprised at the menu for the times and the means of travel. Thanks for stopping in!
9/9/2014 05:13:43 am
Wow, they ate well! I'm surprised by the quality and variety of food they had available. I too have not been on a cruise ship; however, there is an old steamboat ship that runs on the river where I live that I would love to take someday. Thank you for sharing your research!
9/9/2014 05:59:19 am
Hi Maggie! That was some menu. I had to keep researching to see if it was correct and it was. I need to go on that old steamboat too. Thanks for stopping in!
9/9/2014 05:29:13 am
Wow that's quite a menu. They never fed us like that on the ships I took. Or maybe they did. I was 5 when we sailed on the Ile De France to Paris and I ate in the children's dining room. I was 11 whenwe sailed for Cape Town and I know they didn't have food like that. But it was delicious and plentiful. They ate the British way with 6 meals.
9/9/2014 06:12:04 am
Hi Susan, That menu is from when they first started passenger steamships and the were catering to the rich to come travel on their new, faster ships. I do know that was the menu for the First Class passengers. The second and third class didn't rate as well.
9/9/2014 05:30:19 am
Hello Paty!!! I've only been one cruise ship, to Freeport in the Bahamas. The food was amazing!!! It was a buffet style so we got fresh fish, lobster, and every exotic fruit you could think of. I wanna go again just for the scenery and food. Love the books!!!
9/9/2014 06:15:04 am
Hi Karla! Thanks for stopping in and commenting. The trip my hubby and I took to Alaska had everything you could want to eat. However, I was seasick and didn't eat much. I'm glad you enjoy my books.
9/9/2014 12:33:48 pm
9/9/2014 06:57:17 am
That's some menu Paty. I bet it made you hunger just researching it. Really, when you think of ship travel back then, I sure wouldn't thought they would of ate so well. And they had to preserver all that meat. Pretty amazing when you think about it.
9/9/2014 12:34:55 pm
Hi Debbie, yes, I couldn't believe they could keep that kind of food fresh during the journey, but the steamships made it across the Atlantic in five to seven days.
9/9/2014 01:42:18 pm
I've never been on a Cruise ship but I've heard tales of the wonderful food. I imagine that the early ships were a bit of a struggle without the preservation for the food. No refrigerators... Did they store in ice? Even for that long of a trip? Did the food start out glamorous and get less and less as the trip went on?? Your book sounds great and I love the cover! All the best!!
9/9/2014 02:37:48 pm
9/10/2014 04:23:30 am
Paty - what a great post. I figured it was salt pork and that was it! I've been on several cruises. Mornings - papaya Dinners (since I can never get it anywhere else) escargo (I always ask for 2 servings)
9/10/2014 04:59:51 am
Hi Penny! The menu is pretty spectacular. You are a brave soul! I was on the one cruise and refuse to go on any more. I was bored and sick. But they did have fabulous dinners and the buffets had everything including international foods.
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