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Spice soup

Spiced soup is a dividend of boiling fresh or corned beef and was a staple of the Georgian table, served either before the meat or as a separate dinner with dumplings.

Cow Engraving- As much stock as you can drain from the meat: the proportions given here are per pint (2 cups, not 20 oz, of course)

- ¼ teaspoon mace

- ¼ teaspoon turmeric

- a scant ¼ teaspoon white pepper

- salt if needed (obviously not for corned beef)

- about a heaped teaspoon of grated orange peel

- juice of an orange

1. Combine the ingredients in a pot, bring to a boil, strain the soup, return it to a boil and serve.


- As noted elsewhere, the combination of citrus and mace is prototypically English but nearly forgotten and deserves rediscovery.

- Saffron is included in early recipes but is unnecessary. A pinch of ground ginger is a less expensive and nicer addition.

- This is good enough to make for its own sake with store-bought stock on a cold winter day. Some of the stuff in boxes is not bad.