Hi people! I love party food. So when I received a gift from a fan at my weekly film series I was delighted to find that it was a small vintage cookbook devoted to just that! It's the ABC of Canapes.
It's by Edna Beilenson and features the most delightful illustrations by Ruth McCrea. The artwork accompanies some delightfully silly poems:
Inflate it with air,
Or explode like a bomb;
Add a few fish-eggs
And serve with aplomb!
Exactly what she suggests you inflate with air is never specified.
Join us in the parlor,
To talk or sing or dance;
Lucky is the hostess
Who hustles in advance!
It's funny how meanings change over the years, isn't it?
Here's one of the illustrations with a more reasonable sentiment.
The recipes aren't exactly rocket science, but some of them look tasty. This one for Butterfly Shrimp looks simple and delicious:
1lb fresh shrimp
1/2 cup corn starch
1/2 tsp salt
Clean shrimp and slice them halfway down the back, so when laid flat they resemble butterflies. Beat the eggs, salt and corn starch into a smooth batter and dip the shrimp into the batter. Deep fry in fat at 370 degrees until golden brown - about two minutes. Served piping hot on gaily colored toothpicks, they make a stunning hors d'oeuvre.