The Easiest Way in Housekeeping and Cooking eBook

Helen Stuart Campbell
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Remove all fat, and put on the fire next day, half an hour before dinner, seasoning it with a saltspoonful each of mace, powdered thyme, or sweet marjoram and clove.  Melt a piece of butter the size of a walnut in a small saucepan; add a heaping tablespoonful of flour, and stir both till a bright brown.  Add soup till a smooth thickening is made, and pour it into the soup-kettle.  Cut about half a pound of the cold meat into small square pieces,—­dice they are called,—­and put into the tureen.  Make forcemeat balls by chopping a large cup of meat very fine; season with a saltspoonful each of pepper and thyme; mix in the yolk of a raw egg; make into little balls the size of a hickory-nut, and fry brown in a little butter.  Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into the tureen with (or without) a wine-glass of sherry.  Pour in the soup, and serve.  If egg-balls are desired, make them of the yolks of two hard-boiled eggs rubbed fine.  Add the yolk of a raw egg, a tablespoonful of melted butter, a saltspoon of salt and half a one of pepper, and flour enough to make a dough which can be easily handled.  Roll out; cut into little dice, and make each into a ball by rolling between the palms of the hands.  Boil five minutes in the soup.


Prepare and boil as directed for stock.  The broth from a boiled leg of mutton can be used, or any cheap pieces and trimmings from chops.  One small turnip and an onion will give flavoring enough.  On the day it is to be used, add to two quarts of broth half a cup of rice, and boil for half an hour.


Even an old fowl which is unusable in any other way makes excellent broth.  Prepare as in any stock, and, when used, add a tablespoonful of rice to each quart of broth, boiling till tender.  A white soup will be found the most savory mode of preparation, the plain broth with rice being best for children and invalids.


Materials for this soup are:  one large can, or twelve fresh tomatoes; one quart of boiling water; two onions; a small carrot; half a small turnip; two or three sprigs of parsley, or a stalk of celery,—­all cut fine, and boiled one hour.  As the water boils away, add more to it, so that the quantity may remain the same.  Season with one even tablespoonful each of salt and sugar, and half a teaspoonful of pepper.  Cream a tablespoonful of butter with two heaping ones of flour, and add hot soup till it will pour easily.  Pour into the soup; boil all together for five minutes; then strain through a sieve, and serve with toasted crackers or bread.


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