- 1 medium size live eel (about 1 to 2 pounds, cut into 2 inch pieces)
- 2 cups water
- 1⁄3 cup white wine
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 2 tablespoons parsley
- 1 onion, peeled and sliced
- 2 carrots, peeled and diced
- 1 bay leaf
- 6 peppercorns
- 2 tablespoons butter (can substitute margarine)
- 1 ½ tablespoons flour
- 8 cups beef stock (can substitute Chicken or Vegetable stock in for better flavor or increased healthiness, as long as 8 cups are used)
- 1 bunch pot herbs
- 1 teaspoon mint, minced
- ½ cup celery, diced
- ½ cauliflower, broken into small florets
- 1 cup peas
- 6 pears, peeled and seeded
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- Combine 2 cups water, wine, vinegar, 2 sprigs parsley, onion, one carrot, bay leaf, peppercorns and salt; bring to a boil and cook for five minutes.
- Add eel and cook slowly until fish is tender.
- Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large kettle; add the 1 1/2 tablespoons flour and cook until blended.
- Add beef stock, pot herbs, mint and celery; cook slowly for one hour.
- Cook cauliflower and peas in boiling salted water until crisp-tender.
- Make a syrup of 1/2 cup water and sugar; cook pears until tender.
- About 1/2 hour before serving make dumplings: heat milk and butter, beat eggs and yolk and add flour combined wit hot milk.
- Drop from spoon and cook in boiling salted water about 20 minutes.
- To serve, first remove eel from liquid in which it was cooked.
- Strain liquid and add half of it to meat broth.
- Drain the cooked vegetables and add to meat broth.
- Place eel and pears in a large tureen and pour soup over all.