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Potted Salmon

When you have any cold salmon left, take the skin off, and bone it, then put it in a marble mortar, with a good deal of clarified butter, season it pretty high with pepper, mace and malt, shred a little fennel very small, beat them all together exceeding fine, then put it close down into a pot, and cover it with clarified Butter.

Mrs Rafald

Judge's Lodging Note - This is really quick and easy to make if you have a food processor. You can use cheap tinned salmon and it still tastes great. Should be served with trianges of cold dry toast but could go in sadnwiches. To carify butter, heat slowly until it starts to separate. The butter poured over the top will set to make a hard layer.

Ham Loaf

8 oz ham, 4 oz corned beef, 4 oz bread crumbs, lightly toasted, 1 cooking apple, grated, 2 oz sultanas, 2 eggs, beaten, 1tbsp chopped parsley, 1 tsp grated lemon rind, pinch allspice, pinch nutmeg, milk, salt and pepper.
Grease a loaf tin and coat inside with breadcrumbs. Mince the meat and mix with remaining breadcrumbs, fruit, herbs, spices and seasoning. Bind this together with the eggs, adding a little milk if needed. Spoon carefully into loaf tin and bake for 40 minutes. Allow to cool and turn out. Can also be eaten hot.
Modified from Mrs Beeton

Chicken and Ham Patties

Cold roast chicken. To every 1/4 lb of this, allow 2 oz of ham, 3 tablespoonfuls of cream, 2 tbsp of vegetable stock, 1/2 tsp of minced lemon peel; cayenne, salt, and pepper to taste; 1 tbsp of lemon juice, 1 oz of butter rolled in flour, vol-au vent cases.
Mince very small the white meat from a cold roast fowl, after removing all the skin; weigh it , and to every 1/4 lb. of meat allow the above proportion of minced ham. Put these into a stew-pan with the remaining ingredients, stir over the fire for ten minutes or _ hour, taking care that the mixture does not burn. Cook the vol-au-vents and when done, fill with the mixture.
Modified from Mrs Beeton


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Strange But True

  • list arrowHow did Victorians try out a new invention?

    Test it on the servants of course! That's what happened in 1860 at The Judge's Lodging, when gas lighting was put into the basement and not the Judge's rooms. They wanted to see if they got sick from the fumes. The servants were fine - that's why we got the lights working again.

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