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Old English Jellied Chicken

1 roasting chicken
½ pound gammon
1 Spanish onion, quartered
1 bay leaf
Chicken stock
12 button mushrooms, quartered
4 small carrots, thickly sliced
4 tablespoons butter
¼ pint dry white wine
1-2 tablespoons Madeira or brandy
½ ounce powdered gelatine
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (parsley, chervil and tarragon)

Place chicken, gammon, quartered onion and bay leaf in a heatproof casserole just large enough to hold them. Moisten with about 1½ pints light chicken stock and simmer, covered until chicken and gammon are tender. Allow to cool in stock.

Cut chicken from bones and cut gammon into large dice. Place in an oval earthenware gratin dish or shallow terrine. Simmer quartered button mushrooms and sliced carrots in butter until tender. Drain and scatter over chicken and gammon.

Add ¼ pint dry white wine and 1 to 2 tablespoons Madeira or brandy. to the stock, and tri in gelatine which you have dissolved in a little water. Simmer for a moment, then strain. Correct seasoning; add chopped fresh herbs and pour over chicken and gammon pieces, adding more stock to cover. Allow to set. Serve gold from gratin dish or shallow terrine. A delicious first course, or light luncheon or supper dish.


Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd, 36 Park Street, London W.1. © Robert Carrier 1968. Printed and manufactured in Holland

Sole Soufflés with Asparagus

6 fillets of sole
Butter
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound fish fillets
1 egg white
Cayenne pepper
⅔ cup heavy cream
Sprigs of parsley

Sauce
1 small package frozen asparagus
Salt
⅔ heavy cream
1 egg
Freshly ground black pepper

Lightly butter six individual soufflé dishes. Line each one with a sole fillet which you have seasoned generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Put fish fillets through a grinder. Add egg white, season to taste with salt, freshly ground black pepper and cayenne, and blend until smooth in an electric blender or press through a fine sieve. Beat in cream and continue beating over ice until mixture is smooth and fluffy. Correct seasoning.

Fill the center of each dish with the fish mousse.

Please soufflé dishes in an ovenproof dish containing 1 inch of boiling water. Bake in a slow oven (325° F.) for 25 minutes, or until mousse tests firm and sole flakes easily with a fork.

Sauce: Cook asparagus in lightly salted boiling water until just tender. Drain and blend in an electric blender with heavy cream and egg. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Serve the soufflés in their dishes (or, if desired, turned out), garnished with sauce and a sprig of parsley. Serves 6.


Grosset & Dunlap New York, Printed and manufactured in the Netherlands. © Robert Carrier 1967

Salmon Garni

1 young salmon (about 6 pounds)
3 envelopes gelatin
⅔ cup lukewarm water
1 egg white and shell
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
Mayonnaise or Sauce Verte (see card 39)

Court-bouillon
7 ½ cups water
1 bottle dry white wine
1 large onion sliced
4 carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
2 bay leaves
Bouquet Garni

Decoration
Cucumber peel for “stalks” and “leaves”
Flesh of skinned tomatoes and hard-boiled egg whites for “flowers”
Hard-boiled egg yolks or radishes for “flower” centers

To poach salmon: combine elements of court-bouillon in a kettle large enough to hold salmon (court-bouillon must cover salmon; if necessary, add a little more water and dry white wine); bring to a boil; skim; lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Let court-bouillon cool slightly; lower the cleaned salmon into it. Bring to a boil; lower heat and allow fish to simmer gently for 15 minutes.

Let fish cool in court-bouillon, then transfer to a large board or platter. Remove the skin carefully, cutting it at the tail and stripping it to the head. Wash fish carefully under gently running water, and dry carefully with a clean cloth. Salmon must be dry.

Prepare aspic: reduce court-bouillon to 6 cups. Let cool. Dissolve gelatin in ½ cup water and add to court-bouillon. Crush egg shell, mix with white of egg, chopped onion and celery, and place mixture in the bottom of a large saucepan. Our over court-bouillon; simmer for 10 minutes and strain through a clean cloth.

Decorate salmon as desired with cucumber peel, tomato, white of egg, and hard-boiled egg yolks or radishes, and chill in refrigerator before covering with liquid aspic. Serve with mayonnaise or Sauce Verte.

Sauce Verte
⅔ cup well-flavored mayonnaise
½ cup puréed spinach
Salt, fresh ground black pepper and cayenne
Lemon juice

Make a Sauce Verte by combining well-flavored mayonnaise with puréed spinach. Season to taste with salt, pepper, cayenne and a little lemon juice, and pass through a fine sieve.


Grosset & Dunlap New York, Printed and manufactured in The Netherlands, © Robert Carrier 1967

Carrot Ring Mould with Peas and Onions

2-3 pounds new carrots
Butter
¼ pint chicken stock
1 tablespoon sugar
Salt
2 eggs
6-8 tablespoons grated cheese
Freshly ground black pepper
Cooked peas and button onions

Wash carrots; slice thickly and place in a saucepan; cover with cold water and cook over a high heat until water boils. Drain.

Simmer balanced carrots in 4 tablespoons butter, the chicken stock, sugar, and salt, to taste, until carrots have absorbed the liquid without burning and are tender.

Mash carrot mixture and mix well with 2 eggs, 4 tablespoons softened butter, cheese, and salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Press into a well-buttered ring mould and heat through in a slow oven (350-M3) for 15 minutes. Turn carrot ring out on a heated serving dish and fill centre with cooked peas and button onions. Surround with remaining peas and onions. Serves 6.


Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd, 36 Park Street, London W.1. © Robert Carrier 1966 Photographs Angel Studio. Box drawing Alan Cracknell. Card drawings Charles Pickard.

Cold Salmon with Watercress Mousseline

4 fresh salmon steaks
1 pint water
½ Spanish onion, sliced
1 stalk celery, sliced
1 bay leaf
Juice of 1 lemon
Salta and freshly ground black pepper

Watercress mousseline
2 bunches watercress
¼ pint double cream
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Juice of ½ lemon

Combine water, sliced onion, celery, bay leaf and lemon juice, and salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste, in a wide saucepan. Bring to a boil; then reduce heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Add salmon steaks to the simmering liquid, carefully placing them on the bottom of the pan without letting them overlap. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Chill the steaks in their own liquid. Just before serving, drain. Serve with Watercress mousseline. Serves 4.

Watercress mousseline: Remove leaves from watercress; place them in cold water, bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes. Rinse well in cold water; drain and pass through a fine sieve. Bring double cream to a boil in a saucepan; add sieved watercress, and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Chill. Just before serving, whisk with lemon juice until thick and smooth.


Photographs Angel Studio. Box drawing Alan Cracknell. Card drawings Charles Pickland. Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd, 36 Park Street, London W.1. © Robert Carrier 1966

Pigeon with Moroccan Spices and Flat Pasta

Serves 4-6

4-6 young pigeons (275g- 325g/9-11 oz each)
olive oil
coarse salt
freshly-ground pepper
powdered cinnamon
4-6 tbls finely-chopped shallots
600ml/1 pt well-flavoured chicken stock
salt
8 juniper berries
4-6 sheets lasagna
2-4 tbls butter

Brush pigeons with olive oil and season generously with coarse salt, pepper and cinnamon. Reserve.

To prepare the fumet in a medium-sized saucepan, saute chopped shallots in 3 tbls olive oil until lightly browned. Add the chicken stock; season with salt, freshly-ground black pepper and ½ tsp cinnamon. Add the juniper berries and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, or until the fumet has reduced to about one-third of its original quantity. Remove from heat and reserve.

Heat the govern to 240°C/475°F/Gas 9. Bake the birds 15 minutes for quite rare, or 5 minutes more, if desired.

In the meantime, cook lasagna sheets in boiling salted water until well-cooked. Drain. With a large pastry cutter, cut lasagna into circles. When ready to serve, melt the butter gently over a very low heat until it begins to turn light gold (about 2 minutes). ‘Seize’ each pasta circle in the beurre noisette, pushing it to the side of the pan to give it a drape-like shape while still in the pan.

Skim the fat from the pigeon pan juices; add the fumet and warm up over high heat. Reduce heat to keep warm.

To serve Cut each pigeon into quarters; slice the breasts and arrange the birds on heated dinner plates. Garnish each dish with a portion of flat pasta and spoon 2-3 tbls of fumet over each serving. Serve immediately.


Text and photographs © Robert Carrier 1995. Food photography: Michelle Garrett. Printed in Hong Kong.

Foies De Volaille En Gelée

¾ pound fresh chicken livers
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
4 tablespoons butter
¾ pint aspic
Port wine
Fresh tarragon
Watercress

Season whole chicken livers with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and sauté with finely chopped onion in butter until chicken livers are cooked through, but still a little pink inside. Remove from pan and drain well on paper towels.

Line bottoms of individual moulds (we used white porcelain ramekins for photograph) with a little liquid aspic jelly which you have flavoured to taste with port. Place 3 leaves of fresh tarragon in the bottom of each mould (or ramekin). Then place chicken livers in moulds and fill to the top with the port flavoured aspic. Chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

When ready to serve: loosen apsic from sides of moulds with your fingers and turn out on to a serving plate. Garnish with sprigs of fresh watercress and, if desired, a little chopped aspic.

Note: If you have difficulty in turning out the jellies, dip the bottom of each mould into hot water for a minute or two.


Thomas Nelson &Sons Ltd, 36 Park Street, London W.1. © Robert Carrier 1968

Italian Cauliflower Mousse

1 large cauliflower
Salt
3 eggs
1 egg yolk
¼ pint double cream
Freshly ground black pepper
Grated nutmeg
Butter
Hollandaise sauce
Flowerets of cauliflower, poached
Sprigs of parsley

Clean cauliflower and cut into quarters. Cook in boiling salted water until tender. Pass through fine sieve. Beat in the eggs, egg yolk and cream. Season generously with freshly ground black pepper and grated nutmeg. Transfer to a well-buttered soufflé dish with a band of aluminum foil tied around it, or a deep charlotte tin, and place in a pan of hot water on top of the stove. Bring water to a boil; then place it in a slow oven (350 -M3) and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until set. Unmould on to a serving dish and mask with Hollandaise sauce. Garnish with sprigs of poached cauliflower and sprigs of parsley. Serves 4 to 6.


Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd, 36 Park Street, London W.1. Printed an manufactured in Holland © Robert Carrier 1968

Fish Turban With Scallops

1 ½ pounds hake or halibut
Well-flavored court-bouillon
1 ¼ cups milk
4 cups freshly grated breadcrumbs
4 egg yolks
6 tablespoons heavy cream
4 egg whites
Salt, freshly ground black pepper and cayenne pepper
Butter
Scallops, crab, shrimp or mussels

Poach fish in a well-flavored court-bouillon until flesh flakes easily with a fork; remove from court-bouillon and drain. Remove skin and bones, and flake fish. Bring milk to a boil; pour over fresh breadcrumbs and mix well with flaked fish; pound in a mortar until smooth. Add egg yolks and cream and mix well into mixture. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold gently into fish mixture. Season to taste with salt, freshly ground black pepper and a pinch of caynne. Spook mixture into a buttered ring mold; place mold in a pan of boiling water and bake in a slow oven (325° F.) for 1 hour, or until turban is firm. To serve: unmold turban onto a heated serving dish and fill ring with curried scallops, crab or shrimp, or more simply mussels in a lightly curried cream sauce. Serves 6 to 8.

Publishers GROSSET & DUNLAP New York, © Robert Carrier 1967

Boiled Chicken and Rice

1 fat chicken
1 Spanish onion, stuck with 2 cloves
2 large carrrots
Bouquet garni
2 stalks celery
1 glass dry white wine
1 quart white stock (chicken or veal, or both)
Salt and black peppercorns

Rice
1 tablespoon butter
1 Spanish onion, finely chopped
½ pound rice
½ pint strained chicken stock
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cream sauce
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons butter
¼ pint strained chicken stock
¾ pint double cream
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Freshly grated nutmeg

Garnish
Cooked carrots
Cooked green beans

Clean, singe and truss chicken; place in a casserole with an onion stuck with cloves; add carrots, bouquet garni and celery, and moisten with dry white wine and a good white stock. Season to taste with salt and a few peppercorns, and simmer gently for about 1 ½ hours, or until chicken is tender. Remove chicken and keep warm. Strain chicken stock and use for cooking rice and for cream sauce.

To prepare rice: Melt butter in a saucepan; add finely chopped onion and stir for a minute over heat until transparent. Stir in rice; add ½ pint strained chicken stock and 1 pint hot water; season to taste with salt and black pepper; simmer very gently, covered, for about 25 minutes, or until tender but not mushy.

Cream sauce: Make a white roux with flour and butter; add ¼ pint chicken stock and ¾ pint double cream, and bring slowly to a boil, stirring constantly. Simmer, stirring from time to time, until sauce is thick and smooth. Remove from heat. Season to taste with salt, black pepper, and nutmeg.

To serve: place boiled chicken in the centre of a large heated serving platter. Surround with colourful clusters of cooked whole carrots, green beans and rice. Pour a little cream sauce over chicken and serve with the rest separately. Serves 4 to 6.


Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd, 36 Park Street, London W.1. ©Robert Carrier 1968