Yes, this was served up on a fictional wedding buffet. Those 19th century folk didn't waste a thing...
The Munsonville Times was so impressed by the spread John Simons served for his wedding to Miss Bryony Marseilles that the newspaper listed each item. Here's a recipe for one of them:
Boiled Pigeons with
Butter, the size of a goose egg, for every 12 pigeons
Pigeons are good stuffed and roasted or baked. They are better stewed thus: Stuff them like turkeys, put them in a pot, breast downwards, and cover them with salted water 1 inch above the top, and simmer them 2 hours in tender, and 3 if tough. When nearly done, stir in butter. Take them up and add a little flour paste to the gravy, with salt and pepper, and pour some of it over them, and put the rest in a gravy dish.
From "Memories in the Kitchen: Bites and Nibbles From 'Bryony'"
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