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!