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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Rump of Beef, Bernoise
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Cut two small stalks celery into small pieces, wash thoroughly and place in a saucepan with four pints water, season with a teaspoon salt and boil for thirty-five minutes; strain the liquor into a basin, then pound the celery in a mortar to a pulp and return it to the broth. Place a mirepoix (No. 271) in a large saucepan with one and a half tablespoons butter and brown on the range for ten minutes, occasionally stirring; sprinkle over one ounce flour, mix well, add a pint fresh crushed or canned tomatoes and pour in the celery broth, etc. Season with a teaspoon salt, half teaspoon pepper and one tablespoon sugar; mix well, cover the pan and let slowly boil for one hour. Remove, strain through a Chinese strainer into a basin, add an ounce butter, lightly mix, then pour into a soup tureen and serve with a plate of croutons (No. 23) separately.
Procure a three-pound slice round of beef, season it with a teaspoon salt and half teaspoon white pepper and keep on a dish.
Plunge a quarter pound spaghetti in a quart boiling water with half teaspoon salt and boil for twenty-five minutes; drain, cut into small pieces and return them to the same pan, but without water. Place an ounce of butter in a frying pan with three tablespoons bread crumbs, toss on the fire until a light brown colour, and pour it over the spaghetti with an ounce grated Swiss and half ounce grated Parmesan cheese; season with half teaspoon salt and mix well.
Plunge six even-sized green peppers in boiling water for two minutes, lift up, cut a small round piece off at the bottom of each; scoop out the interiors and fill them up with spaghetti, place the covers on and lay them on a lightly buttered tin; set in the oven for fifteen minutes, remove and keep warm.
Heat one and a half tablespoons melted butter in a large frying pan, lay the beef in it and cook for twelve minutes on each side. Remove, place it on a large dish. Place in the same pan one finely chopped onion and six well-trimmed fresh okras cut into slices; cook them for eight minutes, occasionally stirring. Pour half gill claret and one gill demi-glace (No. 122) over, add half a sound, crushed bean garlic and one teaspoon freshly chopped parsley; mix a little, boil for seven minutes, pour the sauce over the rump of beef, arrange the peppers around and serve very hot.
Melt one ounce gelatin leaves with one and a half pints warm water in a saucepan, add half pound granulated sugar, the rind of a lemon and mix well for five minutes, then add the whites of three beaten eggs; mix for a minute, set the pan on the fire, gently stir, and as soon as it comes to a boil add a gill cold water; shift the pan on a corner of the range and let slowly simmer for ten minutes, skim the white scum from the surface and strain the jelly through a jelly bag of fine cloth into a bowl, add two and a half tablespoons rum, mix for half a minute and let cool off. Fill up a quart mould with the jelly and place the mould on the ice and let freeze for one hour, or until the jelly is well set; carefully immerse the mould in lukewarm water, immediately lift it up, wipe well all around, turn it upon a dish with a folded napkin and serve.