Thank you for those ideas. From New: tea with cream? Really? Would you, anyone?
And Mrs Pertwee witters on about 'flawns' and 'cates'. What are these, please? They're kind of foods, but how so?
I believe 'flawns' are more or less the ancestors of our 'flans' - the online version of Webster's gives a definition of 'a sort of flat custard or pie'. 'Cate' I don't know - the OED would have it, if anyone has access handy?
The idea of tea with cream is revolting to me - one does occasionally come across references to it as quite usual in fiction, though usually in rather earlier 20thc novels (in my experience, anyway). Though, given EBD's obsession with cream (whether in coffee, cakes, biscuits, soups or porridge!), I suppose it's possible she does just mean tea with 'rich, creamy milk'...?
I've always wondered about those 'savoury' cheesecakes. I think there are a few possibilities. 'Savoury' can
just mean 'tasty' or 'good' (though we tend to get it used more often as a verb in this way, eg 'Mary-Lou savoured her five delicious cheesecakes'), so it's possible that the cheesecakes were
sweet cheesecakes, rather than what we might think of as the more usual meaning of savoury as 'not sweet', and all she means is that they were delicious.
Another meaning of 'savoury' is a small course served after the sweet and before the port in a traditional formal meal - welsh rarebit would have been a common choice as a 'savoury' of this kind, so I suppose it's just possible EBD was thinking of non-sweet cheesecakes at the end of the meal in this way? (Pretty unlikely, though, given that we're in continental Europe, where as far as I know this kind of end-of-the-meal 'savoury' dish is a UK phenomenon...? Plus EBD is so obsessed with desserts and sweet things in general that I imagine that if she intended the cheesecakes not to be sweet cakes, she would have had the girls remarking on how strange it was to eat something non-sweet as a final course...?)