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Take a Dozen Eggs?

Discussion in 'Cookery' started by felltogroundinberkeleysquare, Aug 24, 2015.

  1. felltogroundinberkeleysquare

    felltogroundinberkeleysquare Established commenter

    Or so says Mrs Beeton. What would you add to make a diverse meal capable of being digested?
     
  2. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    What is a diverse meal?
     
  3. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    Knowing how many you are cooking for would make a difference too. With a dozen eggs I could make some creme brulees, a chocolate cherry trifle and two different pavlovas. Diverse but not necessarily well balanced!
     
  4. cosmosinfrance

    cosmosinfrance Star commenter

    egg curry, kedgeree, crème anglaise, egg salad (not necessarily on the same menu)

    Do the eggs have to be eaten all at once?
     
  5. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    She didn't.
     
  6. felltogroundinberkeleysquare

    felltogroundinberkeleysquare Established commenter

    I've just reached for my Mrs Beeton I got in a charity shop years ago and it is about five inches thick on the spine. It covers everything from manners to how to treat your staff, how to lay the table and of course many many receipts. I am sure there is reference to take a dozen eggs in there, and curiously a cake instruction written by hand by someone costed in old money to make a fruit cake, which does indeed say 12 eggs, which I found inserted in the book. I can even see the writer costed the ingredients in old money.

    3/4 peel

    1 3/4 flour

    ditto currants

    ditto sultanas

    2lb of fat

    2lb of caster

    12 eggs

    4tbs of brandy

    almond essence.

    Bake 2 and a half to three hours ( no temp specified). I put the dittos as she obviouslly put LB
     
  7. lapinrose

    lapinrose Star commenter

    So Mrs Beeton didn't actually say it!!

    I've got cookery book dated 1864 which includes 'A fine cake for the poor', starts with "Take 20 eggs"!!
     
  8. felltogroundinberkeleysquare

    felltogroundinberkeleysquare Established commenter

    Oh there you are! Maybe if the eggs are small, you need 24!
     

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