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Aug 28, 2008 11:44 AM

WASP-y recipes for Badminton picnic outing

Hi all,

My friend is having a badminton picnic, and requiring us to all wear white. This sounds like a very waspy thing to do, and as such I would like to bring a dish that conveys that sentiment.

Being non-wasp, I'm not sure what's appropriate. In my mind its some sort of crustless finger sandwich so as not to get your whites dirty.

Any suggestions?



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  1. Martinis.

    And whatever food you bring, make sure that there isn't quite enough to feed everyone.

    4 Replies
    1. re: rubymydear


      Chicken salad w/dried cranberries on white bread if you must. I'd rather take mini-croissants and fill them on site.


      1. re: laliz

        Thermos container of white clam chowder

      2. re: rubymydear

        Remember that the key parts of WASP are the Anglo-Saxon Protestant (white is redundant.) So think of what the English would serve. Small cucumber sandwiches on crustless white bread would be perfect. Here's one variation:

        Cucumber Mint Tea Sandwiches

        1/4 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
        2 tablespoons unsalted butter
        2 tablespoons cream cheese
        6 slices of bread
        3-inch length of cucumber

        If you use dill instead of mint, you'll have what we WASP southerners call a benedictine.

        Also consider potted shrimps:

        100g/4oz butter
        2 blades of mace
        a good pinch of cayenne pepper
        freshly grated nutmeg
        570ml/1 pint peeled brown shrimps
        6tbsp clarified butter

        1. Put the butter, mace, cayenne pepper and a little grated nutmeg into a medium-sized pan and leave to melt over a gentle heat.
        2. Add the peeled shrimps and stir over the heat for a couple of minutes until they have heated through, but don't let the mixture boil.
        3. Remove the mace and divide the shrimps and butter between 6 small ramekins. Level the tops and then leave them to set in the fridge.
        4. Spoon over a thin layer of clarified butter and leave to set once more. Serve with plenty of brown toast or crusty brown bread.

        If you get warm playing badminton and you're a racy set, it is acceptable to serve whiskey and soda. Just think to yourself, what would Gatsby serve to impress his neighbors?

        1. re: rubymydear

          OMG how true!!! As a second generation Irish American, running out of food while people are your guests is a horror beyond imagination! We always had waaaayyyy too much when people came over. The only other close seconds were our Italian American friends...same shame factor. I thought everyone was the same way. Until I had friends whose parents cooked miserly portions. They were nearly always WASPS! I'll never forget going to someone's house and they were serving a roast chicken. One roast chicken for 15 people. About a pound of mashed potatoes, and a small bowl of green beans were the sides. I think I got the lower half of a chicken wing and 2 green beans. For breakfast the next morning the mom scrambled 6 eggs for 8 of us. We each got a half a slice of toast to go with them. Needless to say, McDonalds was the first stop on the way home!
          Rubymydear, that is too funny!

        2. Deviled eggs. You may add curry powder to the yolk mix and garnish with major grays chutney.

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          1. re: ginnyhw

            Deviled eggs are an excellent idea :)

            Hmmm...on the tackier end of waspy food:

            Potato salad - loaded with mayo of course
            Macaroni salad
            Jello salad - perhaps a savory one with lime with cottage cheese, onion and celery - bonus points for a big elaborate mould, or sweet: red jello, canned fruit salad mixed in.

            I'd love to know how this turns out. Update us after the badminton party please :)

            1. re: maplesugar

              Definitely on the jello salad! My WASP mom's favorite is pastel green (oh, how appetizing!) with canned fruit and served with a dollop of mayonaisse on top.

          2. This idea made me think less, WASP and more British summer house party fare...watercress and cucumber sandwiches, maybe a Hunter Sandwich for the gentlemen (Two Fat Ladies cookbook has a super recipe) scones ( there are a multitude of variations), Stilton and biscuits, Banbury Cake, Empire Biscuits, boiled raisin cake, Pims Cup, Earl Gray Tea.

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            1. re: LJS

              That's what I was thinking too. And yes - definitely Pimm's.

            2. A pitcher of very dry martinis, darling, of course. And a jar of olives.

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