The Countess is the only child of a multi-millionaire Londoner. The Countess was born on Christmas day, was formally named Lucy Noel Marthabut everyone calls her Noelle. Though born in London the family made their home in Prinknash, in an old abbey.
Major Archibald Butt sat at our table last night at dinner. He is military aide to President William Taft. Major Butt is returning from a six-week rest in Europe. He was urged by the President to make the trip due to the Major's recent health issues. The President also sent a personal message to Pope Pius X, which the Major delivered. He and his friend Frances Millet spend much of their time in the first class smoking room playing cards.
- 4 large navel oranges
- 2 cups orange sherbet
- 2 egg whites
- pinch cream of tartar
- 1/2 cup fruit sugar
- dash almond extract
- fresh spearmint leaves
- candied orange peel
Divide sherbet evenly among oranges, firmly packing into hollows. Return oranges to freezer for 30 minutes or up to 2 days.
Preheat oven to 425F. Beat egg whites until frothy; add cream of tartar. Still beating, gradually add sugar. Continue beating for about 3 minutes or until eggs are glossy and form stiff peaks; stir in almond extract.
This was a cool refreshing dessert. In fact we plan to have it again tomorrow with lunch.
*The orange flesh was used the next morning in the pancake mixture.
This afternoon we hope to explore the second class decks and meet some of the other passengers.