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Alphabet Soup... Q 
Mar. 6, 2012 4:03 pm 
Updated: Mar. 8, 2012 2:36 am
I fear that I dropped the ball somewhat, and took a sabbatacle from the world of soups, but despite our current increase in daily temps, today I lunched on what is believed to be the favorite of Queen Victoria, named after she...

My cookbook says that originally the base for this soup was made of veal stock, but Jane Garmey, auther of "Great British Cooking..." chooses to use chicken stock mostly out of covenience.  Ms Garmey has tried the recipe each way, and claims that there is little to no difference in flavor.  The recipe is as follows:

1 chicken ( 3-5 lbs.)
8 C chicken or veal stock
1 bunch of parsley
3 C fresh breadcrumbs
4 C heavy cream
3 eggs - yolks only

In a large pot, add chicken to the stock.  Add the parsley (in a whole bunch...) and bring to a boil, reducing heat, and simmering for 1 hour.
Remove chicken, discard skin and bones, and the bunch of parsley.  Add breadcrumbs, cream and egg  yolks, and heat through - do not boil.

Made as written, it is a horribly bland bowl of soup, although it's quite rich thanks to the cream and egg yolks.  I ended up dousing my bowl with salt and pepper, which made it edible... but still quite bland!  While I'm pleased that Queen Victoria enjoyed this recipe.... I think I'll pass on a second time around!

So, if I'm not mistaken, I have 9 more soups to make.  I hope that I can do so before the daytime high's reach triple digits!  Though, I do often choose to have a warm lunch, over a sandwich or salad...  One way or another, I'll finish my series, all the way to "Z."

Meanwhile, be happy, be healthy, be crazy! 
Mar. 6, 2012 4:14 pm
Alphabet Soup? Did you use Alphabet pasta? I don't see it on the list. If your using home made stock you may want to add salt, of course you could have added it when you made it, and it is just not listed. I see you added it later, I guess the yokes are to thicken the stock?
Mar. 6, 2012 5:32 pm
King, Stevie is making one soup for each letter of the alphabet. He has progressed to the letter "Q" hence, that letter in his title. (For Queen Victoria.)
Mar. 6, 2012 5:35 pm
He is also making the recipes exactly as written. Some of his finds have been "unique" but authentic to the time period in which they were written. You can catch up by reading his previous work that begins with the letter "A".
Mar. 6, 2012 6:50 pm
Soup is one of my favorite things to make!!! I haven't bought a "can" in years because soup can be the easiest thing to make...I look forward to reading about your trials!!!
Mar. 6, 2012 8:13 pm
King, I just went back thru my "archived" blogs... if you look at Jan 2012, I did a "recap" of the titles of all the soups I've made, whose names beging with letters of the alphabet beginning with A and all the way to M. As the egg yolks were already cooked, they simply added a bit of "substance" to the broth... If you want a particular recipe that I didn't leave a link for (in January...) just ask, I've printed each, and have a binder going! Be well...
Mar. 6, 2012 8:17 pm
Thanks, Mike, for the explanation! If you missed it, I did make a recap list in January. To this list, I've added links to the recipes (... I hope, anyway!) or named the cookbook etc. Be well, and make soup!
Mar. 6, 2012 8:22 pm
p and q... guess you're coming into my series kinda late. Began with Autumn Soup, and am up to Queen Victoria's Soup... Recipes or links are posted since I began last Oct. I'm keeping a binder, should the need arise to pull up a recipe! "R" may just come this week, yet! (I've already picked out my recipes from A to Z - but are subject to change, LOL!) I've had fun with it, for sure! Be well, and share your soup rec's with me, if you wish!
Mar. 7, 2012 2:25 pm
Well, I wondered how you were going to get all the letters in. Too bad your soup was on the bland side for you. At least you tried it :)
Mar. 7, 2012 3:17 pm
I'm impressed you got this far! As I read the recipe I kept thinking so where is the thyme or herbs de Provence? Then I remembered this is a British cookbook from the Victorian era. I can imagine it was rich, too much of that and your arteries would clog for sure. Thanks for the update.
Mar. 7, 2012 5:35 pm
Ok Stevie the title i guess threw me for the loop, I know you have been trying out recipes a to z. not sure why my wife hates to eat soup. I happen to love soup after 35 years married I am still trying to convert her, but so far no luck.
Mar. 7, 2012 7:17 pm
Cat, I have my list made out to the end... just a matter of making them all, and chatting about them! Be well, and stay tuned!
Mar. 7, 2012 7:19 pm
BigShotsMom, while my arteries may be clogging up (not only due to this soup, I assure you!) the cookbook isn't all that old, but many of the recipes IN the book date back to the 1700's! I'm looking forward to my "r" soup! Be well, friend!
Mar. 7, 2012 7:21 pm
King, I named the series "Alphabet Soup" since I'm working thru the entire alphabet... sorry to befuddle you! I'm the lone soup eater here, too... so I've been giving some away each time... Be well!
Mar. 8, 2012 2:36 am
I did pickup some Alphabet Noodles the other day, I just added it to my chicken soup I made for dinner.
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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