Time: Altogether 1 hour.

Sufficient for 4 persons.

Seasonable from September to November.

  1. 1/2 pint of port wine
  2. a saltspoonful of salt
  3. 2 tablespoonfuls of vinegar
  4. 2 sliced onions
  5. a faggot of sweet herbs
  6. nutmeg to taste,
  7. mace to taste
  8. the juice of a lemo
  9. 2 anchovies
  10. 1 or 2 barbels, according to size
  • Boil the barbels in salt and water till done
  • Pour off some of the water
  • To the remainder, put the ingredients mentioned above
  • Simmer gently for 1/2 hour, or rather more, and strain
  • Put in the fish; heat it gradually; but do not let it boil, or it will be broken

  • Source: The Book of Household Management by Isabella Beeton (1859)

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