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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Curried Smelts Hollandaise Potatoes (126)
Strain a consomme (No. 52) into a hot soup tureen, add the ravioli and serve.
Remove the stalks and thoroughly wash a pint fresh spinach, plunge in a quart boiling water with a half teaspoon salt, and boil for eight minutes. Thoroughly drain on a sieve, and finely chop them; place them in a bowl, adding one ounce very finely chopped, cooked, lean ham. Season with two saltspoons salt, two saltspoons white pepper, a salt-spoon grated nutmeg and one tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese; mix well for a minute, and keep in a cool place until required.
Sift quarter of a pound of flour on a table, make a fountain in the centre, place in two egg yolks, three tablespoons water and a saltspoon salt. Knead the whole well for ten minutes, then let rest for five minutes. Roll out the paste on a lightly floured table, as thin as possible, and with a round pastry cutter the size of a silver dollar stamp out as many as you can. Arrange a teaspoon of the spinach preparation in the centre of one piece, lightly wet the edges with cold water and cover it with another round of paste, then carefully press both edges together to tightly close them. Proceed the same with the rest. When all are finished carefully drop them in two quarts boiling water with a teaspoon salt and cook for twenty minutes. Take up with a skimmer, thoroughly drain and use as required.
Prepare and keep hot a curry sauce (No. 54). Cut off the heads of two pounds of small fresh smelts and cut them into half inch pieces; place in a frying pan with half a gill white wine, half ounce butter, half teaspoon salt and two saltspoons paprika. Mix them gently. Cover with a sheet of buttered paper; place in oven for ten minutes. Remove, pour the curry sauce over smelts, lightly mix, cook on range for five minutes, and serve in a hot, deep dish.
Neatly scrape, remove the stalks and trim well a bunch of fresh oyster plants; immerse in cold water with two tablespoons vinegar for five minutes. Remove, drain, and cut into one-inch-long pieces. Place in saucepan with a tablespoon vinegar, a tablespoon flour, a tablespoon salt and three pints of cold water. Cover the pan and slowly boil for forty minutes; drain on a sieve.
Heat one and a half tablespoons butter in a saucepan, add four finely chopped shallots and lightly brown for five minutes, then mix in two tablespoons flour; moisten with one and a half pints of broth (No. 701) and half a gill of milk. Season with two saltspoons salt, a saltspoon cayenne and one saltspoon grated nutmeg. Mix well until it comes to a boil. Add the oyster plants and half a teaspoon chopped chives. Mix well and let cook for ten minutes, occasionally mixing meanwhile. Dilute an egg yolk with a tablespoon cream and add to the oyster plant, lightly mix and serve in a deep vegetable dish.