Waterloo: A Commemorative Dinner
Today, 200 years ago the Emperor Napoleon issued his last pre-battle bulletin and tomorrow, the Armee du Nord pushed off into Belgium. The anniversary of the next three battles concludes this coming Thursday with Waterloo but I held my remembrance dinner last night being the last weekend before the main event. As I live in Australia, it hasn't proved possible for me to attend the event itself so I took it upon myself to hold a small soiree down-under. I am handy enough in the kitchen and took Friday off work to shop and prepare.
Following a day of miniature wargaming Napoleonics (1815 of course) the table was set. The dinner was in three representative courses after aperitifs and plenty of plonk as follows:
Beetenbarsch (East Prussian) - first course
Beef Wellington with Brussel Sprouts, baked Dutch cream aardappel, Dutch carrots and French beans
Tricolour cream sponge with French vanilla ice cream
more white wines
Cheese board including Danish Blue, Red Leicester, Brie with water crackers
It was a candle-lit dinner for six centered around my great friends Grant (pictured above) and Stu with whom I accompanied to Waterloo in 2012, Stu's wife Wendy, my Mother and my lady Julia. By the end of a very long but highly enjoyable evening, we demolished two bottles and one magnum of French Champagne, four bottles of red, four bottles of white, a rose and a good quantity of sherry and calvados.
Unlike an army of social media enthusiasts, I do not photograph food - I have to draw a line somewhere. Even if I say so myself, the Beef Wellington (my first) was a great success, as was the Beetenbarsch and the image below was taken before sweets. Oh, and yes if you were wondering ... we have all been taking today very slowly after a late start.