This section is from the book "A New Book Of Cookery", by Fannie Merritt Farmer. See also: How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food.
TRIM tops and wash French artichokes. Cook in boiling, salted water to cover until soft. Remove from water, drain, and separate the scales of each, so as to represent a flower. Serve with Vinaigrette Sauce (see p. 159).
French Artichoke, Vinaigrette Sauce. - Page 161.
Wash and pare one quart Jerusalem artichokes and cook in boiling, salted water until soft. Drain, add one-fourth cup butter, two tablespoons lemon juice, two tablespoons finely chopped parsley, one-half teaspoon salt, and a few grains cayenne. Cook three minutes and serve very hot.
Arrange boiled asparagus stalks through rings (one-third inch wide) cut from peel of a lemon. Place on oblong pieces of buttered toast (from which crusts have been removed), moistened with water in which asparagus was cooked. Brush lemon rings with melted butter; place in oven to re-heat asparagus and arrange on serving dish.
Arlington Asparagus. - Page 161.
Arrange short stalks of cooked asparagus in individual baking dishes, allowing eight to each portion, and pour over Mousselaine Sauce (see p. 158).
Soak two cups dried lima beans over night in cold water to cover. Drain, put in a casserole dish, and sprinkle with one-half teaspoon salt and one-eighth teaspoon pepper. Cut a two-inch cube of fat salt pork in small pieces, try out, and strain. To fat add one small onion, thinly sliced, and one-half cup one-third-inch carrot cubes and stir constantly until vegetables are browned. Add to beans, dot over with two tablespoons butter and add water to half the height of the beans. Cover and cook in a slow oven until beans are soft.
Remove wilted leaves from one quart Brussels sprouts and soak in cold water fifteen minutes. Drain and cook in boiling, salted water twenty minutes, or until easily pierced with a skewer; again drain. Wash celery and cut in small pieces; there should be one and one-half cups. Melt three tablespoons butter, add celery, and cook two minutes,.
< then add three tablespoons flour and pour on gradually one and one-half cups scalded milk. Bring to the boiling point, add sprouts, season with salt and pepper and serve as soon as sprouts are re-heated.
Pick over one quart Brussels sprouts, remove wilted leaves and soak in cold water to cover, to which has been added one-eighth teaspoon soda. Drain and cook in boiling, salted water to cover, until soft. Drain and saute in three tablespoons butter.
Remove shells from French chestnuts and cook in boiling, salted water to cover until soft; there should be one cup. Cook one-fourth cup butter with two teaspoons sugar until well browned, stirring constantly. Add chestnuts and cook until chestnuts are browned; then add sauted sprouts, one-third cup brown stock, one-half teaspoon beef extract, one-half teaspoon salt, a few grains cayenne, and two tablespoons brandy.
Take off outside wilted leaves from a firm, medium-sized cabbage, cut in quarters and remove tough centre portion; then finely chop or force through a meat chopper; there should be five cups. Melt five tablespoons butter in hot iron frying pan, add two tablespoons flour and stir until well blended; then pour on gradually, while stirring constantly, one cup milk. Bring to the boiling point and add two teaspoons salt, one-fourth teaspoon pepper, and cabbage. Mix thoroughly, cover, put on back of range and cook slowly from fifty to sixty minutes.
Scrape three medium-sized carrots, cut in one-fourth-inch slices, then in strips or fancy shapes, using French vegetable cutters. Cook in boiling, salted water fifteen minutes and drain. Put in saucepan with one-half cup butter, one-half cup sugar and one tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves. Cook slowly until soft and glazed. Drain and rinse thoroughly one can French peas. Cook ten minutes in boiling water to cover, drain, and season with butter, salt, and pepper. Turn peas on hot serving dish and surround with carrots.
Wash and scrape carrots. Cut off the deepest-colored portion in thin slices, lengthwise of vegetables, and fill a quart measure packed solidly. Cook in two tablespoons butter ten minutes, stirring constantly; then cover with boiling water or stock and cook until soft. Drain and force through a puree strainer. Add two whole eggs and one egg yolk slightly beaten, and season with salt and pepper. Fill buttered timbale moulds (garnished with hard-boiled egg, cut in fancy shapes) two-thirds full, set in pan of hot water, cover with buttered paper and bake fifteen minutes.
Tea Roast with Carrot Timbales. Page 51.