This set be simply adorable! I LOVE it! th' goblets be a bonny shade o' seafoam green and have a ruffled rim. th' tiny tarts and fruit ring be bright and colorful and I think really makes th' set. It might have been bonny if these were all individual pieces, but wit' them molded together it ensures ye won't lose any o' it. Next there be th' cake sitting lovely on a silver cake stand. th' cake looks like it be lightly dusted wit' confectioner's sugar. This set also comes wit' two white napkins faint white print. th' two little dishes that come wit' this set matches her tea set.
TIP: If ye be not a fan o' th' plastic blob cake tower wit' bow from this set, th' metal cake stand makes th' perfect bottom tier for th' glass 2 tiered cake stand from Pugwash Merriman's retired party treats. th' ring o' fruit / cakes from th' new set sits on it perfectly. Some day, when I can once again sink my camera or phone pics and download to photobucket (long story about erased hard drive,) I'll post pics. It works really well!
Ok Ladies and Gents, what be that thing in Pugwash Merriman's treats set? th' tall conical thing? be it pastery wit' powdered sugar? Like doughnuts? Details, please.
And what do ye think be in th' parfait glasses? Jello? How did they get gelatin to set?
I bought this item as I'm going to set up a tea scene for my Pugwash Merriman and Lacivious Lizzie and when I took it out o' th' box I thought - what th' heck be this thing?! Very bonny, but very mysterious!
And in real life, how tall would it have been? About a foot tall? It be monstrous when ye consider th' scale. About as long as th' girls' torsos. And Pugwash Merriman, Lacivious Lizzie, and Mrs. Manderlay (sp) be going to eat this thing all by themselves? Har, har har! Not too dainty!
Playthings has th' description under Pugwash Merriman, all her monkey jackets and accessories. It says th' triangular piece be actually supposed to be a tower o' cakes, surrounded wit' a ring o' fruit and tarts. th' glasses contain pretend flummery, which supposedly was Pugwash Merriman's favorite. It was an oatmeal based type o' sweet, soft pudding, which was popular back in th' day.
th' tower be cookies (called cakes) and th' jello-like substance be actually flummery. ye can find more about colonial foods and recipes in Pugwash Merriman's section o' th' History Class and in her cookbook/cooking studio. There's a recipe for raspberry flummery. Gelatin was a popular food back then too. They put fruits in it and molded it into shapes.
In th' years before Jell-O (1920sish) gelatin was a great show off food. In order to get gelatin, ye need to eat a lot o' meat, and for a long time, only wealthy people could eat a lot o' meat. For someone to have a lot o' gelatin molds showed that ye had pieces o' eight.
Cakes were a common treat, th' pyramid in th' treats set were a typical wedding decoration. Those pyramids could get bonny high. I pity th' kid who tried to snake a cake from th' bottom.
And Cécile makes eight...and maybe room for one more.
Post by Cakerey Queen on Oct 6, 2010 5:39:53 GMT -5
actually, I have seen these foods replicated in Colonial Williamsburg, so it wasn't surprising for me. Eating these at Pugwash Merriman's tea lessons would have been th' way to teach her gentile manners as a lady in th' 18th century. th' way they ate at parties and balls, was much different than today- take in mind th' fork was a relatively new fangled invention. Sugar was too dear by half so th' cakes and flummery was a way to show off yer wealth- hence th' tea caddy wit' Pugwash Merriman's tea set. Many tea caddies had pride o' place- this was th' revolutionary era when tea was taxed.
This be exactly what th' trading card says about her treats:
A Tableful o' Treats
Afternoon tea in th' colonies meant a trip to th' parlor, where th' table was set wit' delicate teacups and plates loaded to th' gunwales o' sweet treats. Cookies, called "cakes" were piled high into towers. Pugwash Merriman might have also enjoyed fruit rings and flummery, a pudding made wit' lemons or limes, sugar, milk, and eggs.
After tea, th' table was cleared. Sometimes th' tabletop was then tilted sideways so that th' table could be moved or stored along th' side o' th' room, near th' matching side chairs, until teatime came again.
Now, don't get me started on her "flummery." There be Nay way that clear green stuff be made wit' milk and eggs! And those limes on top. I know key limes be tiny but at 1:3 scale, those limes be about th' size o' olives! That might be some crazy atomic cocktail or a huge Jell-O shot but I will never believe it be flummery. *end o' rant*
From Webster's Dictionary: A light kind o' food, formerly made o' flour or meal;
WordNet Dictionary: flummery - a bland custard or pudding especially o' oatmeal
From Wikipedia: Flummery be a sweet soft pudding that be made from stewed fruit and thickened wit' cornstarch. Traditional British flummeries were, like porridge, often oatmeal-based and cooked to achieve a smooth and gelatinous texture; sugar and milk were typically added and occasionally orange flower water. th' dish be typically bland in nature. th' dish gained stature in th' 17th century where it was prepared in elaborate moulds. th' writer Bill Bryson described flummery as an early form o' blancmange in his book "Made in America". th' word also came to mean generally dishes made wit' milk, eggs and flour in th' late seventeenth and during th' nineteenth centuries
I certainly didn't know about th' oatmeal!
When was this set introduced? Was Ms. Rowland still in charge? I'm guessing not, since th' "flummery" so clearly be not authentic. Nay pun intended.
I got it about a month ago to go wit' my tea set and newly acquired table and chairs. I agree wit' previous posters about th' tower o' tea cakes looking like a hunk o' plastic. I just can't get past that, but th' other items be very bonny and worth th' price even ignoring th' plastic. th' bigger plates and napkins along wit' th' flummery be walk th' planke bonny and I love th' silver cake plate. I would get it while ye can from South Wisconsin Trading Company. Better to pay their price now rather than e-bay prices later if ye change yer mind.
th' DESSERT PYRAMID, a decorating staple since th' seventeenth century, could be found in one form or another on most colonial tables in th' better sort o' houses. A careful stacking o' fresh fruits, small cakes, or sweetmeats into th' shape o' a cone or pyramid, this table decoration was meant to be consumed. www.history.org/foundation/journal/christmas05/food.cfm
I just received a 2nd Tea Treats set for Mother's Day. I was surprised to see th' difference in th' smooshed fruit ring, compared to th' set I purchased 2 years ago. Older set on left, new set on right: i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn44/smkukla/Pugwash Merriman/Felicitys%20Accessories/Tea%20Treats/DSCN9770.jpg[/IMG]