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.
Wipe one and one-half pounds lean beef, cut from forequarter, with a piece of cheese-cloth, wrung out of cold water, and cut in one and one-half inch pieces. Put in an earthen dish (a bean-pot will answer the purpose) or casserole dish, and add one onion, peeled and sliced, eight slices of carrot cut one-fourth inch thick, two sprigs parsley, one and one-half teaspoons salt, and a half teaspoon peppercorns. Add meat and two cups, each, hot water and canned tomatoes. Cover and bake in a slow oven three and one-half hours. Half an hour before serving time thicken with three tablespoons butter, worked until creamy and mixed with three tablespoons flour, and add one cup canned peas, which have been thoroughly rinsed with cold water and allowed to become reoxygenated. Remove onion, carrot, parsley and peppercorns and turn on a hot serving dish.
Buy four pounds beef, cut from top of shin or from a rib roll. Wipe with a piece of cheese-cloth, wrung out of cold water, rub over with salt and sprinkle with pepper. Roll in flour and sear the entire surface in hot fat salt pork. Place in a casserole dish or porcelain-lined kettle. Add one-half cup hot water, cover and cook four hours, adding more water as needed, and turning three times during the cooking. If done in a casserole dish, bake in the oven; if in either of the other vessels mentioned, cook on top of range.
Wash and scrape two carrots, cut in one-eighth-inch slices, cook in boiling salted water until soft; drain and season with butter, salt and pepper. Wash, pare and soak eight small potatoes of uniform size and cut in eighths, lengthwise. Cook in boiling salted water to cover; drain, sprinkle with salt and pour over one-fourth cup clarified butter. Remove meat to a hot serving dish, surround with carrot and potatoes and garnish with parsley. If cauliflower is at hand, it makes a most agreeable addition to this dish.