This Beefy Almond Soup recipe was published in Belfast in a 1907 cookbook to raise money for a new athtletics field for Queen’s College (now known as Queen’s University).
A beefy, creamy soup, flavoured with clove and ground almonds, I’ve updated the recipe into metric and US measures, with the original Imperial measures alongside.
The recipe was credited to Miss K. E. Reid. A search of the Irish census unearthed the following information:
Katherine E. Reid was aged 25 at the time of the census in 1901, and lived with her widowed mother Catherine at 12 Camden Street Belfast. Camden Street is located to the south of Belfast City Centre, between the Lisburn Road and University Road. They lived close to Queen’s University and the City Hospital, and shared their eleven bedroomed house with a domestic servant called Lena Boyd, who was one year younger than Katherine. Lena, from Portadown, County Armagh may also deserve credit for this recipe too.
I love sifting through these Titanic era recipes, as I try to imagine life in Belfast at a time when shipbuilding was at its peak.