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HISTOR ON A PLATE; From the last meal on the Tittanic to Kurt Cobain's prawn salad... recipes of historic food.

Byline: Steve Myall

by Steve Myall KURT Cobain's favourite prawn salad and JFK's wedding dessert are just two dishes featured in a cook book offering a real taste of history.

Titled Stalin's Macaroni after the meal the Russian leader chose for Churchill at talks in 1945, the book reveals recipes for famous dishes from that one to the poached salmon served as the last dinner on the Titanic.

The book's Swedish authors, Jon Ronstrom and Anders Ekman, trawled through archives to compile their culinary history.

Ronstrom got the idea for the compilation when his girlfriend made a sausage casserole based on a meal Christopher Columbus ate when he discovered the Americas.

"It was a real kick knowing the historical provenance of the food," he said.

Here are our favourite dishes in the book. For full recipes go to Titanic poached salmon THE tables are set with pink roses and white daisies. An orchestra plays Puccini and Tchaikovsky and sitting at one of those tables is US tycoon Benjamin Guggenheim. Welcome to first class on the Titanic - The Unsinkable Ship.

In today's money a first class single on the doomed liner would cost around PS60,000. For that, guests could use hair salons, libraries, squash courts, Turkish baths and several luxury restaurants.

Many sat down to a main course of poached salmon with mousseline sauce and sliced cucumber in the Ritz. For some, including Guggenheim, it would be their last meal as a few hours later the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank in less than three hours, killing him and more than 1,500 others.

The mousseline sauce has whipping cream, egg yolks, fresh lemon juice, butter and seasoning.

The recipe for salmon - in court bouillon - serving eight, includes eight salmon fillets, a cucumber and three potatoes.

The bouillon contains parsley, thyme, bay leaves, water, vinegar or white wine, onions, carrots, salt and peppercorns.

ese Stalin's macaroni bolognere sauce IT'S February 10, 1945, the tomatoes, WorcestershiIT'S February 10, 1945, the Second World War is drawing to a close and the allied leaders have met in Yalta to decide the shape of the world at peace.

Seated at the table are Josef Stalin, right, Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The leaders drink wine and vodka, smoke cigars and dine on macaroni bolognese, a mixture of fried beef mince, peppers, crushed tinned re sauce tomatoes, Worcestershiand pasta.

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Bjorn, Agnetha, Benny and Anni-Frid celebrated reaching the finals by eating Napoleon pastries - or millefeuille as they are also known - a delicious treat made with puff pasty, vanilla custard, thick cream and raspberry jam.

ABBA's winning anthem Waterloo - Sweden's first victory - helped to rocket the band to international superstar status.

The previous year their Ring, Ring had been rejected at the heat stage in Abba Sweden.The group went on to top the charts worldwide from 1975 to 1982, selling more than 380 million albums and singles - including dancefloor classics Super Trouper, The Winner Takes It All and Take A Chance On Me.

They've also spawned countless tributes acts. ABBA toured Europe, America and Australia - with mobs of screaming fans wherever they went - but decided to call it a day in 1982.

Their music was recently adapted into hit musical and movie Mamma Mia! which became a box office smash in the UK.

And they were were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

a box off And t into the Fame i If yos If you fancy celebrating their success with a millefeuille, you'll need to load up sheets of puff pasty with custard, whipped cream, jam and a thick layer of icing.

Kennedy's Jacqueline half pineapple fruit cup JACQUELINE Bouvier fancied something fruity when she wed US senator John F Kennedy on September 12, 1953, in Newport, Rhode Island. But for Jackie, 12 years younger than JFK, there were plenty of troubles to overcome before she could sit down to her chosen dessert. The young, smart and successful couple, who would become role models to young people for the next 10 years, had a less than perfect grand society wedding in front of 1,200 prominent guests.

JFK's face was scratched from falling into a rose bush just before the ceremony; and the bride's dad, "Black Jack" Bouvier, had been found badly drunk in his hotel room and was taken to hospital.

But at least the dessert was good. The fruit cup has kiwi fruit, mango, pineapples, bananas, green apples, grapes, water, sugar and lime.

Alfred Hitchcock's favourite pie THE master of suspense loved his grub as his rotund figure proved but it did not slow him down. In nearly 60 years in film he directed more than 50 movies and won five Oscar nominations.

Apparently, Hitch would order three portions at once and eat so quickly that he barely took breaths between bites.

But in 1943 - while filming Lifeboat - he decided to lose some weight by eating only meat and cantaloupe melon and drinking coffee. He shed 7st and his before and after pictures became an advert for a diet product.

But Hitch, who lived until 80, could not resist pies and bite by bite he regained every pound. His favourite, which should serve four to six, contained, for the crust, wheat flour, butter, an egg yolk, salt and water. The filling consisted of ham, yellow onions, eggs, salt, nutmeg, cayenne pepper and milk.

Kurt Cobain's prawn salad NIRVANA frontman Kurt Cobain took his own life in 1994 aged just 27 after battling drug addiction and depression.

His diary reveals how he struggled with fame, but it also paints a picture of a foodloving man. Next to a sketch of some scary clowns, he listed the ingredients for a prawn salad based on his mum's recipe - but he left out the prawns.

It is easy to make. For two, boil and cool 300g of spaghetti. Add a dressing made of mayonnaise, creme fraiche, dried dill, mustard and garlic and sprinkle with sliced green olives and celery to taste.
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Sep 28, 2014
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