1883: Dinner Menus for the Coronation of Tsar Alexander III Amanda August 7, 2011 1800-1899, Books & ephemera 12 CommentsFavourited 820 times Add to favourites Menus by Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov (1848-1926) 12 Responses CatM August 7, 2011 Translations, please! Reply Sergey August 8, 2011 Lunch 27th May Mushroom cream soup Broth with root Pies Sterlet with cucumbers Boiled beef Quails with grind pea Crayfish cold collation Roast turkey and snipe Salad Asparagus dutch sauce Pineapple pie Icecream Savory Lunch 20th May 1883 Crayfish soup Pies Wild goat Chicken cutlets Ruffe aspic Roast game Salad and cucumbers Mangetout Pone Icecream Last pages Borsch and soup Pies Steam sterlet Veal Aspic Roast fryer and mangetout Asparagus Guriev porridge Icecream The last page: stuf like “glory for God, tsar, russians, guests, servants and bread” —————– From Russia with love friends =) Reply Emily August 9, 2011 there always has to be an aspic Reply Jim August 18, 2011 I’m surprised to see “Icecream”. Reply Jaime August 22, 2011 Fascinating stuff, and a typically substantial meal. Someone probably said: “Add a salad somewhere in there, will you?” Reply CatM August 22, 2011 Thank you Sergei! Reply Susan October 13, 2011 Thanks for the translations Sergey! Ice cream and pineapple were the height of luxury back then. What I find interesting is that except for a couple of items (roast game and borsch, particularly) this is a very French menu. I wouldn’t be surprised if the chefs cooking this were from Paris! And yes, there’s always an aspic Reply charles goodall July 22, 2012 French culture was integrated into Russian high culture. Yes there probably were French chefs for this fine dinner. Reply Paul C. October 15, 2011 Thanks for the translation. Now I am hungry. Reply Daria. January 8, 2012 Surprising to see not ice cream, but pineapple. Reply Martha Sherwood April 12, 2012 Ice cream not particularly a luxury item in Russia or the northeastern US in the 19th century – cranked ice cream freezers using stored lake ice and rock salt were invented around 1810. It was definitely a luxury item in climates without a cold winter. Reply Ironic Irene September 24, 2012 Already during Peter the Great’s time, and even more so during times of Elizabeth and Catherine the Great, pineapples were eaten at the court as some cabbage, or carrots. They were grown in the hothouses of many aristocratic families. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.