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Soup Maigre (i.e. without Meat)


  • 6 ounces butter
  • 6 onions sliced
  • 4 heads of celery
  • 2 lettuces
  • 1 small bunch of parsley
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 3 pieces of bread-crust
  • 2 blades of mace
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • yolks of 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoonfuls of vinegar
  • 2 quarts of water


Melt the butter in a stewpan, and put in the onions to stew gently for 3 or 4 minutes; then add the celery, spinach, lettuces, and parsley, cut small. Stir the ingredients well for 10 minutes. Now put in the water, bread, seasoning, and mace. Boil gently for 1 1/2 hour, and, at the moment of serving, beat in the yolks of the eggs and the vinegar, but do not let it boil, or the eggs will curdle.

Time: 2 hours.

Seasonable all the year.

Sufficient for 8 persons.


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The Book of Household Management (1861).

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