Posted by Elaine A. on July 25, 1997 at 14:02:51:
In reply to breakfast/proprieties posted by Katrina on July 25, 1997 at 13:30:14
] Breakfast: What types of foods were common for a Regency breakfast?
In the late eighteenth century, there was a wideing gap between dinner and breakfast. Because of the later dinner hour in London, breakfast had to be more filling than just bread. Large breakfasts included meat, egg, and fish dishes for the fashionable. Afternoon tea didn't become common until Victoria's reign, so people really had to bulk up at breakfast at 10 A.M. to make it to late dinners at 8 or 9 P.M.
Incidentally, a fashionable dinner could take 3 or 4 hours. At a ball, a supper would be served four hours after this dinner to take the dancers till dawn! Imported treats included Bolgnese sausages, West Indian limes, greenhouse peaches and pineapples, Indian curry, Turkish figs and dates, Jamaican bananas, Laplander REINDEER TONGUES, caviar, olives, and Portuguese hams.
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