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Mrs Beeton for the Fall: Soup is on!

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Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management was a guide to all aspects of running a household in Victorian Britain, edited by Isabella Beeton and published 1861.  She had all manner of advise on how to run a household, but I am focusing on some of her recipes that sound particularly interesting for modern palates.

Fall is apple season, though most supermarkets will sell apples year round in many major cities.  Here is a recipe for Apple Soup:

APPLE SOUP.
111. INGREDIENTS.—2 lbs. of good boiling apples, 3/4 teaspoonful of white
pepper, 6 cloves, cayenne or ginger to taste, 3 quarts of medium stock.

Mode.—Peel and quarter the apples, taking out their cores; put them into the stock, stew them gently till tender. Rub the whole through a strainer, add the seasoning, give it one boil up, and serve.

Time.—1 hour. Average cost per quart, 1s.

Seasonable from September to December.

Sufficient for 10 persons.

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Success in Entertaining

With the holidays starting to wind down, I came across this fantastic article on how to entertain successfully.  Since some of you might still be planning New Years Eve Parties, 12 night and perhaps some other holiday party, this article might help you along the way.

Ward McAllister (1827–1895) was the writer of this article, and this was originally published in Society As I have Found it (1890). Ward McAllister, a Gold Rush millionaire who married an heiress, “the Mrs. Astor,” Caroline, whose husband, William, had inherited the vast estate of his brother John Jacob Astor III.

Read the article here (and download the PDF) from The Library of America.

Here is also another quick link to a description of who Ward McAllister was.

Ward_McAllister_caricatureCaricature of Ward McAllister as “an ass”
telling Uncle Sam to imitate “an English
Snob” (Source: WikiCommons)