To Boil a Leg of Mutton like Venison

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Appears in

The Cookery of England

The Cookery of England

By Elisabeth Ayrton

Published 1975

  • About

Mrs Glasse suggests that the combination of cauliflower and spinach makes the plain boiled mutton taste like venison. She says: ‘This is a genteel dish for a first course at bottom [of the table].’ The combined flavours are very good.


  • 4–5 lb. (2–2 ½ k.) fillet end of leg of mutton
  • 2 cauliflowers


Put the mutton in 3–4 pints (1½-2 dl.) of boiling water, with the carrots, onions, celery, and herbs. Allow to boil quite rapidly for 5 minutes, and then simmer very slowly for 2½ hours.