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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Cut half a very small cabbage in quarters, remove the core and stale leaves, then cut cabbage into exceedingly thin julienne strips, place in a saucepan with one ounce butter, one teaspoon salt and half teaspoon pepper, lightly mix. Cover the pan and let steam until all the moisture evaporates. Cut one-fourth of a pound of lean salt pork into quarter-inch pieces, place in a frying pan with a teaspoon of melted butter, fry until a nice golden colour, drain and add to cabbage. Peel, wash and cut two medium, raw potatoes into half-inch squares and add to the pan. Moisten with two and a half quarts of white broth (No. 701) and let slowly boil for one hour. Skim fat from the surface, pour into a soup tureen and serve.
Pare off fins and scale two blackfish of one and a half pounds each. Cut off the heads, split them in two through the back, remove the spinal bones and skin, cut each half in two lengthwise pieces. Season with a light teaspoon salt and half teaspoon of paprika. Roll them in flour, dip in beaten egg, then roll them in finely shredded cocoanut. Arrange in a frying basket, plunge in boiling fat to fry for eight minutes. Lift them up, drain, sprinkle a very little salt over and dress on a hot dish, one overlapping another crown-like. Fill the centre with fried parsley, decorate with six quarters of lemon and serve with one gill of tomato sauce (No. 16) separately.
Soak a four-pound piece of ham in cold water for six hours. Remove and place it in an earthen pot, adding one sliced carrot, one sliced onion, a bean garlic, one branch parsley, a branch chervil, a small branch tarragon, a sprig thyme, a sprig marjoram, one bay leaf, one clove, half teaspoon salt, half teaspoon pepper, half teaspoon curry powder, a pint cider, a gill claret, quarter gill sherry, two tablespoons vinegar and one calf's foot cut in pieces. Mix well, cover the pot and let marinade in a cool place for six hours. Then place pot in a moderate oven for two and a half hours, basting it once in a while. Take up the ham, neatly trim, dress on a large hot dish and keep hot. Knead in a saucepan a half ounce butter with one ounce flour, then add it little by little to the sauce in the pot, mix well and boil for two minutes, gently mixing once in a while. Pick off the stems from a pound of white California grapes, place them in a frying pan with tablespoon melted butter, and briskly fry until a nice golden colour, tossing them meanwhile. Arrange them around the ham.
Strain a third of the sauce through a Chinese strainer over the ham, the rest into a saucebowl, and serve.