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Soup without Meat


  • 2 quarts of water
  • pepper
  • salt
  • Jamaica pepper
  • 1 blade of mace
  • 10 or 12 cloves
  • 3 or 4 onions
  • a crust of bread
  • a bunch of sweet herbs
  • white of 2 or 3 heads of endive
  • 3/4 pound of butter
  • flour
  • 1 French roll


Take the water, a little pepper, salt, and Jamaica pepper, the mace, cloves, onions, bread, and sweet herbs; boil all these well. Take the endive, chopped, but not too small. Put the butter in a stewpan that will be large enough to hold all your liquor. Set it on a quick fire till it becomes very brown; then put a little of your liquor to prevent its turning, or oiling; shake in as much flour as will make it rather thick; then put in the endive and an onion shred small, stirring it well. Strain all your liquor, and put it to the butter and herbs; let it stew over a slow fire almost an hour. Dry a French roll, and let it remain in it till it is soaked through, and lay it in your dish with the soup. You may make this soup with asparagus, celery, or green peas, but they must be boiled before you put them to the burnt butter.


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The Lady's Own Cookery Book (1844).

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