Monday, February 4, 2013

Forties Fashion and Food: L'Officiel de la mode Février 1940

Tomato Custard with Cheese Sauce

Standing in for Life magazine this week, we have the February 1940 issue of L'Officiel de la mode, which you can view in its entirety at the publisher's website. I've narrowed down a few of my favorite pieces (mostly hats in this issue) to share with you. I think the Alpine Molyneux hat is my absolute favorite--I'm a sucker for anything Tyrolean. Which is your favorite?

I can just imagine some wealthy Américaine sitting down to a "luncheon" of tomato custard in February 1940 and looking through this issue of L'Officiel.

Tomato Custard

3 eggs
1 fourteen-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1/2 onion, grated
1/2 cup cracker crumbs
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease four 1-cup capacity ramekins. Place in a deep baking dish and set aside.

Beat eggs then stir in remaining ingredients. Season to taste. Divide between the individual ramekins. Return the ramekins to the deep baking dish and place in the middle of the oven. Pour boiling water around the ramekins. Bake 40 to 50 minutes, or until custards are just set. Serve with Cheese Sauce.

Serves 4

Adapted from Modern Meal Maker (1935).

Cheese Sauce

3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons whole-grain Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup grated sharp cheddar

Melt the butter in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour. When the flour bubbles, gradually stir in the milk. Bring to a boil, stirring, and stir in the mustard, Worcestershire sauce and salt. Boil for a minute then remove from the heat and stir in the cheese.

Adapted from Modern Meal Maker (1935).

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  1. I wish we still wore hats.

  2. I did not NEED another free e-archive of vintage magazines to drool over, but boy am I glad to have one! Those hats! The last panel, and the mannequin with the hands on her hips, reminds me of a slightly taller Dietrich (which is all in life that I aspire to be). I wish I wasn't on Planet Diet, the recipes for custard and cheese in this post sound (and look) SO! GOOD!

  3. I can certainly tell that a fascinator is not a new idea. What fun it would be to strut around in one of those hats! Tomato custard sounds wonderful...

  4. HATS!!!!! we all need to be wearing more hats. I wonder why they fell out of fashion? too cumbersome?

    also tomato custard. that's cray-zay, yo. therefore, I gotta try!

    your site is so cool.

  5. Love the sound of this tomato custard with cheese sauce...and I love hats!! I used to wear them fairly often and may have to dig some out come spring.

  6. I love the one with the big bow and the flower in the middle. Very drag-y.Never heard of tomato custard - veeery intrigued.


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