Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

There is a Difference . . .



Between soup and bouillon

And what you serve them in!

Back in the day, dinner parties would often start with a cup of bouillon

What is bouillon?    How does it differ from soup?

Bouillon is a savory liquid made of water in which bones, meat or vegetables have been simmered.
It could be beef -- it could be chicken 
But for dinner parties beef was the bouillon of choice.

But you couldn't just serve bouillon in a soup bowl --

No, you had to have a special dish for it

A bouillon cup!

Two handled because you could pick it up by the handles and drink it

It is the same size and shape as a cup

The only difference being that it has a handle on both sides.


But then there is that other two handled cup that comes with china

 

It's a cream soup bowl
No hostess would think of serving cream soups in a bouillon cup
nor bouillon in a cream soup bowl

As you can see, it's bigger and wider than a regular cup
It holds much more soup
But then a small cup of bouillon would probably satisfy you
While you would like a little more cream soup 


And they each came with their own spoon
A spoon for cream soup on the left and a bouillon spoon on the right
(it's a wee spoon compared to the soup spoon)

I love to compare the sizes

I am sure sone china comes with both a bouillon cup and a cream soup bowl
But neither of mine did -- it was one or the other!

For those interested -- the pattern on the left is Aynsley Pembroke while the pattern on the right is Noritake Duluth


There is nothing like a bowl of cream soup
to start a luncheon or dinner!


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, I just got an education! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! I knew of the soup bowls, but not the bouillon ones!!
Susan

Beth said...

I enjoyed this post a lot, Martha. Your commitment to tablescaping and dining elegance makes for a wonderful read!