How to Make Soup for the Poor – The Victorian Way


Oh, good morning! I’ve just got back from seeing Lady Braybrooke. She organises many charitable initiatives, from blankets for the needy to the collection of old toys and such items for new mothers with children. Today, she’s asked me to make a hearty soup for the poor of the parish. It needs to be tasty and filling. For this recipe you will need: Bacon Butter Onion Carrots Celery Yellow split peas Some mint Stock And to season, salt and pepper. My yellow split peas have been soaking overnight, and Mary-Anne has already chopped my
onions and carrots. So all that’s left to do is to chop my
celery and my bacon. Any uneaten food – if there is any – is given to
feed the poor as alms at the gate. But when it is particularly cold like now
then we ought to do a little more, and this soup will help with that. First, I’m going to fry the bacon in butter. And then I’m going to add my vegetables. And finally the stock. This recipe is from Alexis Soyer
– he’s one of my heroes. He had experience establishing recipes for the poor,
and for the soldiers in the Crimea. He built soup kitchens in Ireland
during the Great Potato Famine. This soup needs just under an hour
simmering to allow the peas to split. Just because one is poor,
doesn’t mean that food should be bad. I like to season my soups very well. And I’m going to add a little mint to lift the flavour. Mmm. This will help keep it warm as it gets taken to the gate. Ah, look. Some of Sylvia’s bread. There we are – soup for the poor. Come on, we haven’t got all day! We must always remember
there are no guarantees in life. I have my savings but I too one day will grow old, and will be grateful for soup like that.

100 Replies to “How to Make Soup for the Poor – The Victorian Way”

  1. I just love Ms. Crocombe, she's so delightfully mannered and sweet. She reminds me of my grandma and how she puts love in everything she does.

  2. I'd love to see a cameo of Avis in Doctor Who one day. The Doctor travels to Victorian England to visit Vastra, Jenny, and Strax and accidentally winds up at Audley End House instead.

  3. I love the new opening! And I also am glad they always touch on the reality of living in Victorian England when you weren't rich.

  4. A hearty thanks for all the work you already do! I shall be bold and request some bread baking content, please and thank you!

  5. Considering the size of that pot of soup, I like to think that the poor in the Audley End House Parrish number about 7 total.

  6. This recipe looks lovely, nice and hearty! Perfect for winter weather! I definitely want to try this out. Although, unfortunately, I am allergic to mint. Anyone know a good replacement? I was thinking parsley?

  7. The long lost Edgar makes an appearance! We missed out on last years growing season and autumn harvest… perhaps this year Edgar can give us some garden progress reports and harvest tips.

  8. I miss read this, 'how to make soap'…I wonder why onion ohhh soup! I am dyslexic and often have a little chuckle to myself at misunderstandings.

  9. I've been making versions of chicken noodle soup like a mad woman lately! I got a new crock pot and it's winter and boy oh boy am I happy!

  10. Good advice even for today, Especially today, with the tens of thousands of homeless. How much would they appreciate a home cooked meal? Not all of them are into drugs, so save that excuse for someone else. Things beyond our control happen in our lives and may happen to you. "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy."

  11. Miss Crocombre : eat a piece of celery
    Me an intellectual : oh i see, she is on the celery juice cleanse diet! 🤣

  12. this soup actually looks tasty. Also, netflix series about audley end house starring Ms. Crocombe and her staff would be most awesome.

  13. Mrs. Crocombe at this point in the narrative had no idea that she would marry once she left service. I'm glad that she ended up in a good place, and not poor or destitute.

  14. While in the 21st century in the U.S., anyone caught doing this, nowadays, is more likely to be arrested and cited whilst the food is disposed of (bleach poured on and in, etc.). Never mind the empty bellies going unfilled.

  15. Except for the bacon and mint, I pretty much made this soup yesterday. Added cabbage, black beans, 2 cans of diced tomatoes or half a can of tomato puree, broccoli, spinach and corn kernels. Add enough water for the vegetables to swim. Cook until the carrots are soft with a bite. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sometimes I add a bit of lemon juice. Do not cook until the vegetables are mushy, just until soft.

  16. I think this soup will taste better if: Japanese pumpkin, white small potatoes, taro chunks, large amount of baby pork ribs, red daikon, garlic bulbs, ginger, Chinese celery, Asian mushrooms are added and then topped with fresh green onion, cilantro, and pea sprouts, fresh peanut sauce in the bowel and some diced jalapeño peppers and a few cherry tomatoes on the side.

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