Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Babette's Feast - Movie

One the great food movies of all time. This movie was so popular that many restaurants offered a special Babette's Feast menu.
Babette’s feast was made up of the finest dishes and wines served at the restaurant she had in Paris:

§ Potage a’la Tortue
(Turtle Soup)

§ Blini Demidoff au Caviar
(Buckwheat cakes with caviar)

§ Caille en Sarcophage avec Sauce Perigourdine
(Quail in Puff Pastry Shell with Foie Gras & Truffle Sauce)

§ La Salade
(Salad Course)

§ Les Fromages
(Cheese and Fresh Fruit)

§ Baba au Rhum avec les Figues
(Rum Cake with Dried Figs)

...and after prayer, the dinner begins. The wine is opened and poured, the turtle soup ladled into each bowl. Next, tiny pancakes garnished with odd looking, fishy smelling little black eggs. Ah, a quick look of surprise 
in the eye of the French Officer. Caviar! 
And Champagne!

...and then, as the guests are beginning to sip another glass of vintage wine, the aroma of something special wafts through the dining room; “Caille en Sarcophage avec Sauce Perigourdine.” It is a masterpiece. One of the finest 
of the finest of classical French dishes served only in Paris’s finest restaurants. Tender, gamey quail stuffed with foie gras and encased in a puff pastry shell, swimming in a pool of black truffles hand-picked in the Perigord region of France.
Rare bottles of “Clos de Vougeot” are poured into crystal goblets.

Dinner ends with a fabulous rum cake with glaceé and fresh fruits.

In 19th century Denmark, two adult sisters live in an isolated village with their father, who is the honored pastor of a small Protestant church that is almost a sect unto itself. Although they each are presented with a real opportunity to leave the village, the sisters choose to stay with their father, to serve to him and their church. After some years, a French woman refugee, Babette, arrives at their door, begs them to take her in, and commits herself to work for them as maid/housekeeper/cook. Sometime after their father dies, the sisters decide to hold a dinner to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. Babette experiences unexpected good fortune and implores the sisters to allow her to take charge of the preparation of the meal. Although they are secretly concerned about what Babette, a Catholic and a foreigner, might do, the sisters allow her to go ahead. Babette then prepares the feast of a lifetime for the members of the tiny church and an important gentleman related to one of them.

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