How you can sit there, calmly eating muffins when we are in this horrible trouble, I can’t make out. You seem to me to be perfectly heartless.

Summary – Two bachelors run into comic difficulties after assuming alter egos.

The Perfect Drink – Sparkling elderflower cordial, with its effervescent, light and fleeting flavour, would be a perfect match for The Importance of Being Earnest. Drink it ice cold from a champagne flute, garnished with a sprig of mint and a slice of lemon to bring out the sharper citrus tang beneath the delicate flavour.

The Perfect Snack – The Importance of Being Earnest is full of food, perhaps most memorably the cucumber sandwiches that Algernon eats in large quantities. These would in fact make an ideal snack to pair with the play – eat them on soft and springy white bread, with the crusts cut away. They should be almost meltingly soft and insubstantial, thinly sliced, spread with creamy unsalted butter and sprinkled with a little pepper. Follow with a dish of humbugs to cleanse the palate. You need light, mannered food, fresh and tasty but not particularly filling – after all, this is a play that explores the trivial and fleeting.

The Perfect Place – The Importance of Being Earnest is a perfect summer read, ideal for a hot day in a garden or park.

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