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Ernst I

Duke of Saxe-Altenburg

From the private Royal Menu Collection of © Jake Smith

Menu dated 19th December 1898


Dinner at the Altenburg Palace (Schloss Altenburg) hosted by His Royal Highness Duke Ernst I of Saxe-Altenburg.

 

Saxe-Altenburg was an independent Duchy located in modern-day Thuringia, in central Germany. The Duchy was created in the early 1600’s and ruled by members of the Wettin royal family.


The venue for this dinner was the Ducal residence, the imposing high-walled Altenburg Palace (Schloss), which was built in the 12th century and illustrated at the base of the menu-card.


Duke Ernst I ruled the Duchy from 1853 until his death in 1908. The menu is embossed with the crowned Ducal arms of Saxe-Altenburg swinging from the letter ‘E’ representing the duke’s name.


The twelve course dinner starts with natural oysters and features roast wild-turkey (truthuhn), venison steaks with truffles and prized lobsters from Heligoland (Helgolӓnd) -  a German archipelago in the North Sea.

Austern

Oysters

 

Russsische Suppe

Borscht soup made from beetroots

 

Steinbutt

Turbot

 

Lammrücken mit Gemüse

Saddle of lamb with vegetables

 

Rehcotelette mit Truffeln

Venision cutlets with truffles

 

Helgoländer Hummer

Lobster from Heligoland Island in the North Sea

 

Truthahn, geb., Salat, Eingemachtes

Roast turkey, salad, compote

 

Cardi

Cardoons (the stalk of a plant from the thistle family)

 

Schaumeis

An iced dessert similar to a frozen soufflé made with

or without egg yolks

 

Butter und Käse

Butter and cheeses

 

Nachtisch