#tbt: Tales from the Chatelaine archives

Behold the Nibble Tree, a garden-inspired meat appetizer from 1966


The issue: July 1966

The times: Lester B. Pearson is Prime Minister; the first Canadian colour-television broadcast takes place on July 1, 1966; Bob Dylan releases Blonde on Blonde.

The hors d’oeuvre: A potted “Nibble Tree” sprouting assorted meats and smoked oysters — without hesitation, the pièce de résistance in Elaine Collett’s summer-y spread, “Show-off Salads.” Billed as a “delectable salad centrepiece in a clay flowerpot,” the edible — and decorative! — hors d’oeuvre display was designed to revive cooks from their mid-July food doldrums with a little outdoor inspiration. Cooked meats, cheeses, pimento-stuffed cherry tomatoes, and other treats were skewered with wooden toothpicks and shoved into a potted thick-skinned grapefruit. To finish, summer greens, like parsley and watercress, were placed in gaps to create a realistic, bush-like appearance. If only ham-and-Roquefort pinwheels existed in nature.

Welcome to the first instalment of our new weekly feature, Throwback Thursday, #tbt, where we pull from 86 years of Chatelaine history to bring you weird and wonderful recipes, vintage fashion and décor, and stories that still resonate today.