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Onion Broth


A simple onion soup, of variable composition. Repeatedly mentioned throughout the 19th Century as a food of the poor.

Original Receipt from the 'Burnley Express' - Saturday 4 April 1903

take a sufficient quantity of the stock place it in clean saucepan. Add two to four onions peeled and thinly sliced and simmer very slowly the side of the stove until the onions cooked. Then add pepper and salt to taste, and serve at once.

Original Receipt from the 'Western Daily Press' - Wednesday 2 February 1927

Onion Broth.-Mince half dozen medium sized onions very finely. Put the stew pan over a gentle fire with three ounces of dissolved butter, dredge a little flour over them, and move them till they are tender and lightly browned. Add two pints of boiling water, and seasoning of salt, pepper, and grated nutmeg. Beat two eggs briskly for a minute or two, boil the broth, let it, cool half a minute then stir amongst it the eggs and serve immediately ... the broth could not bettered for an invalids light supper.

The White Hart, Lancaster Gate, London, W. 2.

There is a strange story of onion broth being used as a punishment for lechery given under 'Events in Sussex, Saturday December 13, 1817' in the Hampshire Telegraph - Monday 15 December 1817.

Onion Broth as a punishment for lechery
Hampshire Telegraph - Monday 15 December 1817, p4

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