Melba Toast

MRS. KIM: Lane, come down for your snack!
LANE: It’s tea and melba toast time, gotta go.

Melba toast is dry, crisp, thinly sliced toast which has been grilled twice, often served with soup or salad, or topped with pate. It is named after Australian opera star Dame Nellie Melba, born Helen Mitchell (1861-1931), and thought to date to 1897, when the singer was very ill, and this thin toast became the staple of her diet. The toast was created for her by French chef Auguste Escoffier. You can buy them in boxes, just like crackers.

Lane’s snack is therefore very dry and uninteresting, just a cut above dry bread and water.

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