When Phryne invites Dr Fielding to dinner they enjoy a meal cooked by Mrs Butler of vegetable soup, lamb chops, green beans, pomme de terre anna, apple pie and cream, coffee and kirsch so I decided to recreate this meal.
Our first course was a homemade vegetable soup with some bread to accompany it.
Main course was lamb chops, green beans and pomme de terre anna. Pomme de terre anna is a classic French dish of sliced, layered potatoes cooked in a very large amount of melted butter. The dish is generally credited with having been created during the time of Napoleon III by the chef Adolphe Dugléré, a pupil of Carême, when Dugléré was head chef at the Café Anglais, the leading Paris restaurant of the 19th century, where he reputedly named the dish for one of the grandes cocottes of the period. There is disagreement about which beauty the dish was named after: the actress Dame Judic (real name: Anna Damiens), or Anna DesLions.
We finished the meal off with a delicious apple die and cream and then coffee and kirsch.