This section is from the book "The International Cook Book", by Alexander Filippini. Also available from Amazon: The international cook book; over 3,300 recipes gathered from all over the world, including many never before published in English. With complete menus of the three meals for every day.
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Fresh Mackerel with Tarragon
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Mignons of Veal with Glazed Chestnuts
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Place in a saucepan a three-pound piece of beef from the short ribs or flank, pour in five quarts water and add a tablespoon salt. Let slowly come to a boil, skini fat off surface, then add two well-cleaned carrots and one turnip, a good-sized onion with two cloves stuck in it, two branches celery, a sprig thyme and bay leaf. Cover the pan and let slowly boil for three hours, being careful to skim fat off once in a while and to keep soup at same simmering point from beginning to end. Lift up beef (keep it for to-morrow's lunch), strain broth through cheesecloth into another saucepan and let come to a boil, then add a finely sliced, well-cleaned leek, a teaspoon freshly chopped parsley, the leaves of two branches chervil, and let gently boil for forty-five minutes. Break three ounces vermicelli on a plate, add it to broth, lightly mix and let boil for fifteen minutes, pour soup into a tureen and serve with a little grated Swiss cheese separately.
Thoroughly wipe a nice, fresh three-pound mackerel, cut off head, split in two through back and remove spinal bone. Season with a teaspoon salt and three saltspoons pepper, lightly baste with a little milk, then roll in flour. Thoroughly heat a tablespoon clarified butter in a frying pan, add fish and gently cook for six minutes on each side. Lift up with skimmer, dress on a hot dish, decorate with six quarters lemon, a little parsley greens, and serve with mayonnaise-tarragon sauce separately.*
Prepare a mayonnaise (No. 70), only substituting same quantity of tarragon vinegar for the other, and when finished add a half teaspoon freshly chopped tarragon leaves, mix well and serve in a cold sauce bowl.
Procure six round pieces of tender veal of four to five ounces each from round, neatly flatten and trim, season all over with a teaspoon salt and half teaspoon pepper. Heat two tablespoons melted butter in a sautoire, add the pieces of veal one beside another, and gently cook for six minutes on each side.
Prepare six round toasts two inches in diameter and a third of an inch thick, place on a hot dish, arrange mignons over crown-like, and dress the glazed chestnuts (as hereunder) in centre pyramid-like. Skim fat off surface of gravy, then add four finely chopped shallots, brown for two minutes, pour in a half gill white wine, add teaspoon finely chopped parsley and let reduce to almost a glaze. Pour in a gill demi-glace (No. 122), mix well at bottom of pan, boil for five minutes, then pour over mignons and serve.
Slit thirty large Italian chestnuts and set in oven on a tin for twenty minutes. Remove, shell and peel, place in a saucepan with a half pint broth, cover with water, add blade mace, two branches celery, one onion with a clove stuck in it, a half teaspoon salt and two saltspoons pepper. Cover pan, let boil for twenty-five minutes, lift up chestnuts and place in saucepan with a half gill demi-glace (No. 122), half gill of the chestnut broth, half ounce butter, the juice of half a lemon and saltspoon grated nutmeg. Set the pan in oven for twenty-five minutes, being very careful to frequently baste chestnuts with the liquor, remove and use as required.