I thought I would share this recipe with you - for those days when you feel really hungry. It will make 300 gallons of soup, so you will need your largest pot!
As well as my collection of beautiful handwritten recipe books I also have some very scruffy, and extremely grubby, small ones.
The book I am referring to today, is the beige one, bottom left-hand corner.
It has been used and abused, suffered damp and mice nibbles; to be honest, I am surprised that it has made it this far.
One of the delights on offer is this soup. You will need:
40 soup bones
40 lbs bacon
40 lbs beans
30 lbs rice
15 gals onions
15 gals corn
15 gals tomatoes
15 gallons potatoes
That's it, no method, just follow your instincts as a cook.
As I type this, the heavens are raining hailstones, it is gloomy, cold and very wet.
A soup day, perhaps - but not this one. Strictly vegetarian for me.x
This is where I note my efforts as I try to recreate some old recipes. Most are taken from my small collection of handwritten recipe books which date from the late 1700's to around 1922. I also have a collection of old tatty old recipe books, well thumbed and heavily splashed from years of use. I love them all!
The old-fashioned very stylised handwriting writing is sometimes difficult to decipher, measurements and cooking instructions are minimal, no tin sizes given. Luckily I enjoy a challenge. Just to complicate things I cook and bake on my wood-fired Rayburn, which can be... unpredictable.
I suspect this blog is less about the food and more about my passion for these lovely old books and the wonderful women who wrote them.