Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Omelette au Jambon - Omelette with Ham

Take your eggs with a small spoon of sauce and minced ham [I use turkey ham]; mix and make your omelette; strew with bits of ham, fold and serve on plate with a coulis of minced ham.

Omelette au Jambon.
Mettez dans des oeufs une petite cuillerée coulis avec du jambon cuit haché; battez & faites l’omelette; dressez sur le plat; servez dessus une sauce faites avec coulis bien doux & jambon haché.

Les Soupers de la Cour, Menon, Tome IV, 1755, p. 68.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Omelettes en Canapé - Onion Omelettes

Slice onions and fry in butter until carmelized, add two egg yolks and a little chopped parsley; make two small omelettes without salt, spread the onions over the omelettes and top with a few anchovy fillets, and then roll up lengthwise; have some pieces of bread cut like toasts, and fried in butter; cut the omelettes according to the size of the bread, and place the slices of omelettes on the bread; pour a little melted butter on top and sprinkle with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese; give a little color by broiling in the oven or passing a salamander over: serve what sauce you please under.

Without the sauce can be served as a finger food [canapé]--with a sauce several make a light meal.

Omelettes en Canapé.
Hachez de l’oignon & le passez surle feu avec du beurre, jusqu’é ce qu’il soit bien cuit; mettez-yz deux jaunes d’oeufs & persil haché; en l’ôtant du feu, faites deux petites omelettes sans sel; étendez-les, & mettez dessus les oignons & des filets d’anchois que vous arrangez dessus; roulez les omelettes fort mince & longues; coupez-les de la longueur que vous voulez pour les mettre sur des rôties de pain passées au buerre, coupées en long; arrosez le dessus avec du buerre; mêlez avec du jaune d’oeuf; pannez moitlé mies de pain & moitié Parmesan; faites prendre couleur au four; servez dessous la sauce que vous voudrez.

Les Soupers de la Cour
, Menon, Tome IV, 1755, p. 71.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Omelette à la Crême de Riz - Omelette with Cream & Rice Flour

Mix two spoonsful of rice flour, with three eggs, a little salt, a quarter pound of sugar, a quarter pound of good butter, and a pint of cream: boil until as thick as Franchipane cream: when almost cold, add a little lemon zest, citrus marmelade, candied orange flowers, macarons [macaroni-drops] crushed fine, ten egg yolks, the whites of which are well beaten; garnish the inside of a deep round pan with a sheet of paper, well buttered, and bake in the oven; turn it over upon a plate, and glaze it with sugar.

A delightful, lightly sweet dessert, more substantial than a soufflé. Use your imagination with inclusions--bread crumbs or almond meal instead of macarons and your choice of zests and marmelades or jams.

Omelette à la Crême de Riz.
Délayez deux cuillerées de farine de riz avec trois oeufs, un peu de sel, demi-quarteron de sucre, deux pains de beurre, chopine de crême: faites cuire & bien lier comme une franchipanne; presque froide, mettez-y citron verd, citron confit, fleurs d’orange pralinées, macarons, le tout haché fin; dix jaunes d’oeufs & les blanc fouettés; garnissez le dedans d’une poupetoniere avec du papier blanc bien beurré; mettez-y votre composition & faites cuire au four; renversez sur le plat; ôtez le papier, servez glacé de sucre.

Les Soupers de la Cour
, Menon, Tome IV, 1755, p. 68-69.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Omelette à la Mariée - Bride's Omelette

Break ten eggs in a bowl and add a little salt, candied orange petals, citrus marmelade, crushed macarons; beat all very well. Make your omelette in the ordinary manner; serve hot, glazed with sugar [sprinkle on powdered sugar, or use regular sugar and broil or use a salamander].

Omelette à la mariée.
Cassez dix oeufs, mettez-y un peu de sel, de la fleur d’orange prâlinée, citron confit, macarons, le tout haché très-fin; faites votre omelette moëlleuse à l’ordinaire; servez chaud; glacez de sucre.

Les Soupers de la Cour
, Menon, Tome IV, 1755, p. 68.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Omelette à la Gendarme - Military Omelette

Make a little ragout of stewed sorrel, with a little grated Parmesan cheese, and mixed with bread crumbs; make two omelettes as the first, put this ragout between, and garnish the dish around with fried bread, standing up like a paste border; which you may do, by dipping the edge of each bit in whites of eggs to make them stick; pour a little melted butter over it, and strew bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese as before; give color in the oven, or with a hot shovel.

Omelette à la Gendarme.
Ayez un petit ragoût de farce d’oseille bien fini & bien lié; ajoutez-y du Parmesan rapé & mies de pain; faites une omelette naturelle, un peu mince; dressez-la dans le plat; mettez dessus le ragoût de farce; couvrez avec une autre omelette; garnissez tout autour avec des filets de pain frit que vous collez avec dublanc d’oeuf, de façon que les deux omelttes n’en fassent qu’une, sans que l’on voie la farce; arrosez le dessus avec du beurre; pannez moitié mies de pain & Parmesan; faites prendre couleur au four.

Les Soupers de la Cour
, Menon, Tome IV, 1755 p. 66.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Mote Spoon & Tea Strainer

A reader's comment about teapot spouts got me to thinking how one could clean tea leaves out of the spout. Voilà! Enter the mote [as in speck] spoon, a pierced bowl, long pointed handled spoon that not only removes stray leaves in the cup of tea, but can also clear a clog of leaves in a narrow spout. It will be replaced by Victorian tea strainers used to pour through and with its own little cup stand to keep a tea table or tray tidy.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Pouring pot spouts and bills …

[Johnson Bros Old Staffordshire Rosedawn pots]

When choosing 18thC accoutrements, consider what the liquid to be poured is before choosing your pots. Cream or chocolat chaud would make a mess to clean and remove if left to congeal in long spouts, hence we usually choose sparrow-billed pouring spouts as seen in Liotard's Still Life: Tea Set, 1782, in which we see a long spouted teapot as well as a covered sparrow-billed cream jug.

Multi-use covered sparrow-billed pouring pots are found in both faïence blanche and brun. The removal of the cover allows the use of a molenillo or moulinet to stir chocolat, the use of the cover helps to keep the contents hot.

[Details from Liotard, blanche, and Chardin, brun.]

Current offerings on ebay.

This post links to The Scoop 195

Monday, January 06, 2014

How not to use a tea bag …

In view of the information contained in this article on the dangerous pesticides and dangerous ingredients of the tea bags themselves, I highly recommend Adagio Tea's ingenuitea tea maker.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Royal Saucissons, or thick sausages

Having provided Flesh of Partridges and of a fat Pullet or Capon, a little Gammon and other Bacon, and a piece of a Leg of Veal, all raw, with Parsly and Chibbols, let them be well chopt with Mushrooms and Truffles, and season'd with Pepper, Salt, beaten Spice, and a Clove of Garlick; adding also two whole Eggs, three or four Yolks and a little Milk-cream. Then roll up this Farce into thick pieces, according to the quantity that you have of it, and to the end that it may be dress'd, without breaking it, let it be wrapt up in very thin Slices cut out of a Fillet of Veal, and beaten flat upon the Dresser, for that purpose; so as the Sausages may be made at least as thick as a Man's Arm, and of a convenient length. When they are thus order'd, they must be put into an oval Stew-pan, with a great many Bards or thin Slices of Bacon at the bottom, and stopt up close; covering them with Beef-stakes, and other Bacon-Bards. Afterwards, the Pan must be set between two Fires, taking care that they be not too quick, and the Sausages must be bak'd or stew'd in this manner about eight or ten Hours. As soon as they are ready, let them be remov'd from the Fire, and left to cool in the same Pan: Then they must be carefully taken out so as none be broken, and all the Meat round about must be taken away, with the Fat: At last you may cut the Sausages into Slices with a sharp Knife, and set them in good order in a Dish or Plate, to be serv'd up cold to Table. If there be occasion to make a Galantine at the same time, with the Royal Sausages, it may be dress'd in the same Stew-pan.
The court & country cook, faithfully translated out of French into English by J. K. A. J. Churchill, London, 1702, p. 242-3.
One is only limited in the size of the sausage by the piece of pounded meat [here is chicken breast] used to wrap the farce and size of the covered Stew-pan or casserole in which to cook it. I used Summer Sausage as bards. Curing salt mixed with the beaten spice would have assured the sausage's pink appearance when cooked.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Medlar or Nèfle Jelly

Our little medlar tree produced about 2 pounds of fruit this year. After bletting I made a jelly from this recipe. I can only describe the flavor as a cross between honey and date … indescribably delicious. Next year I plan to make some liqueur, as well. Image from wikipedia.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cervelat or Cervelas--The Original Cold Cut

Cervelat, or Cervelas, a large kind of Sausage, well season'd and eaten cold in slices.
The Court & Country Cook, François Massialot, 1702, «C» A Table Explaining the Terms of Art, &c.

Summer sausage is it's modern equivalent, but we are really talking about «cold cuts» of previously cooked, smoked or fermented Charcuterie.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Chickens à la Mazarine

Known today as chicken-fried «steak»,I submit with pleasure, Chickens à la Mazarine.

Cut your Chickens, as if it were to make a white Fricassy, and set them a broiling upon the Coals; as the broil'd or fried Pigeons mentioned under the Letter P, with all sorts of fine Herbs: All being dress'd, let them be neatly breaded and afterwards broil'd upon a Grid-iron. They may serve either for separate Dishes, or to garnish others, and are set hot upon the Table for a Side-dish; but they are not commonly fry'd, as Pigeons may be order'd. Many call these Chickens, Pigeons and other Fowls that are dress'd in this manner, Pieces à la Sainte Menehout*. 'Tis requisite that the Bread, with which Chickens are breaded, be fine and white, to the end that it may take a good color when they are broil'd.
The Court & Country Cook, François Massialot, 1702, p. 83.

*SAINT MENEHOUT: The nomenclature indicated, as it still does in French cookery, something egg-and-breadcrumbed and then fried or broiled. A good number of Nott’s receipts, all of French derivation, call for this treatment. Sainte-Menehould is a small town in the Champagne district. Whether the method of cookery is called after the town or the saint herself is not recorded. (John Nott, 1726) https://prospectbooks.co.uk/glossary/s 11-18-2013

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Quince Pie

A simple pie from the few Portugal quince I grew this year. Just a simple crust and a few dollops of butter added to the cooked quince with sugar--resulting in a rich, deep red color and exquisite flavor.
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