I am not sure whether these kind of grand creations are a thing of the past, even in the lives of the rich and famous, but as a spectacle this would have been quite something don't you think?
But it was none of these that held the servants gaze. for, in the center of the huge table, drawing the eye as inevitably as the Winged Victory compels the eye of those ascending the main staircase of the Louvre, was the dessert that Mrs Park had created in homage to Muriel Hardwicke.
The gentle cook had seen in her mind's eye a great swan made of snow white meringue - The Swan of Mersham, which was part of the Frayne coat of arms. She had visualized its wings made of the palest almonds, furled and slithered to feathered authenticity and its beak and eye picked out in silver. She had imagined the inside of this mighty, heraldic bird as consisting of the most delicate and subtle mousse Bavarois which, at the touch of a knife on the creature's heart, would ooze out in a fragrant mouthwatering slither... she had conceived of a great lake of creme Chantilly with islets of whipped cream for the swan to float upon and, surrounding it, an emerald shore of fringed angelica...
And what she had seen she had created.
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