The feast of the Glorious first of June

In which we describe a most delectable feast, prepared with much care by a coterie of dedicated cooks in honour both of that most auspicious date, June 1st, where we celebrate the gallantry of British tars over those rapscallion French revolutionaries in Lord Howe's most dashing victory in the battle of The Glorious First Of June. , and furthermore that we should have a most productive and delightful discussion on the works of that well known author PATRICK O'BRIAN, a man to whom we are all most indebted for many engrossing novels.

We did proceed to procure the work "Lobscouse and Spotted Dog: Which It's a Gastronomic Companion to the Aubrey/Maturin Novels" by the authoresses Anne Chotzinoff Grossman and Lisa Grossman Thomas, as well as both the finest of ingredients and the finest of wines. And upon the 2nd of June Anno Domini 2007 we did then proceed to prepare such a feast as would truly give justice to such a noble anniversery.

In which we expound further upon the affair and display many photographic reproductions of the procedings

The Bill of Fare:

Lustau "Los Arcos" Amontillado sherry NV

Bisque du Homard
Ship's Biscuit
Tattinger Brut "Prestige" Rosé NV

Poached Halibut in Anchovy Sauce
Little Balls Of Tripe A Man Might Eat Forever
Domaine Zind Humbrecht "Herrenweg de Turckheim" Riesling 2004
Domaine Zind Humbrecht Gewürztraminer Wintzenheim 2004

Pigeon Pie
Roast Leg of Pork with Sage and Onion Stuffing and Brown Sauce
Château Rausan-Ségla Margaux 2000
Château Rauzan-Ségla Margaux 1989
Château Talbot Saint Julien 2000

Spotted Dog with Custard Sauce
Voluptuous Little Pies
Plum Cake
Clos Chatart Banyuls 1993
Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes 2002

Fonseca Vintage Port 1970

Shrewsbury Cakes

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