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Soup. No. 3


  • 3 pounds of beef
  • 1 pound of veal
  • 1/2 pound of butter
  • 1 piece of bacon
  • 1/2 spoonful of flour
  • 2 onions
  • pepper
  • salt
  • mace
  • herbs
  • French roll
  • juice of a lemon


Cut the beef and veal in slices and beat it. Put the butter and bacon in your pan, brown it, and sprinkle in the flour. Cut the onions in; add pepper and salt, a bit of mace, and some herbs, then put in your meat, and fry it till it is brown on both sides. Have in readiness four quarts of boiling water, and a saucepan that will hold both water and what is in your frying-pan. Cover it close; set it over a slow fire and stew it down, till it is wasted to about five pints; then strain it off, and add to it what soup-herbs you like, according to your palate. Celery and endive must be first stewed in butter; and peas and asparagus first boiled, and well drained from the butter, before you put it to the soup. Stew it some time longer, and skim off all the fat; then take a French roll, which put in your soup-dish; pour in your soup, and serve it up. Just before you take it off the fire, squeeze in the juice of a lemon.

If veal alone is used, and fowl or chicken boiled in it and taken out when enough done, and the liquor strained, and the fowl or chicken put to the clear liquor, with vermicelli, you will have a fine white soup; and the addition of the juice of a lemon is a great improvement.

The French cooks put in chervil and French turnips, lettuce, sorrel, parsley, beets, a little bit of carrot, a little of parsnips, this last must not boil too long, all to be strained off: to be sent up with celery, endive (or peas) or asparagus, and stuffed cucumbers.


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The Lady's Own Cookery Book (1844).

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