Vegetarian chervil soup 1897

Vegetarian chervil soup 1897

On 30 september 1894 the Dutch Vegetarians Union (De Nederlandse Vegetariërsbond) was founded. They made a lot of books about the lifestyle and added recipes.

Everyone loved them and looked up to them and now, thanks to these wonderfull people, 95 procent of Dutch people are vegetarian or vegan at this time.

Just kidding. They got a LOT of hate and were mocked a lot. If you read their books made at that time; you can see a bit why. They were quite strict and angry? They were really mad about a lot of stuff. Almost revengefull. It reads like some incels write and I was just waiting when it would turn out into something about women.. and it did! Here is a recap of their vision found in their books;

Humans, our instincts and our sense of smell are rotten due to flawed science (all science is flawed), false cookery and the slow-wittedness of most humans.

Parents force children to swallow food and drinks they are naturally disgusted by. If these children grow up they yearn for stimulants like cigars and alcohol.

Meat, even from an healthy animal, contains poison. Butchered animals are noticably decomposing; but we can’t smell the decomposing cadaver because of our rotten sense of smell.

More and more mothers can’t wean their baby’s because they eat meat, milk, eggs and broth.

People who convert to vegetarism and fail or cheat, harm the vegetarian community in the most worse way possible.

It is normal to have pain and a fever when you start with a vegetarian diet.

It is proven that salt is poison because when you drink one glas of water with 1 tablespoon of salt you get sick and need to puke.

If there did not excist salt, cancer would not excist.

Vinegar makes women less able to wean their baby’s too, and if young girls consume vinegar it ruins their most precious virgin blossoming.

Spanish and German vegetarians are not allowed in the community because they want to use the vegetarian diet to create vegetarian colonies to breed a vegetarian master race.

So yeah.. they were a fun bunch!

Vegeterianism and veganism have evolved a lot since then. Science gave us more insights about nutrition, we came in contact with more and more different cultures giving us more products to work with and more recipes, more people embrased vegetarianism and veganism and it became fully accepted, restaurants began to offer it and the foodindustry created new products.

We have more yummy vegetarian and vegan options and recipes then ever. And I am so glad with this. Because NO way I want to cook anything from these books from the early period of the Dutch Vegetarians Union again EVER. THEY DO NOT USE SPICES! Only parsley and chervil are allowed. Because; Spices contain poisons that cause temporary and chronic illnesses…

Here a fun list of what is NOT allowed because it maims your organs;

Meat (duh), alcohol, tabacco, coffee, tea, icecream, sorbet or anything frozen, soup, leaving less then 5 hours between eating anything, eggs, milk, salt, morphine, butter, nutmeg, mace, letting the neighbours smell what you’re cooking, white pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, lombok pepper, Spanish pepper, ginger, mustard, vinegar, cinnamon, cumin, cloves, baking powder, bitter almonds, rowan berry’s, vanilla, oils, sugar, syrup, figs, raisins, currants, drinking during a meal and fresh bread.

But atleast these vegetarian cookbooks from this time give us an insight in the thoughts about being vegetarian/vegan back then (fruitarianism also excisted and is also mentioned in the books as THE best diet; but they made these recipes more for “beginners”; hence some “poisonous” stuff is still in some recipes) and the importance of women to wean baby’s and be hot pubescent virgins..

The recipe. This was only 1 of the 2 recipes I could find that sorta looked like a shareable recipe. The rest was literally; cooked potatoes in water + cooked cabbage in water or cooked rice in water + cooked spinach in water, etc. Yum…Dééélicious.

Those poor children living with vegetarian parents in 1897 :'(

It is a soup for dinnertime. You can eat it warm or cold. How we are used to eat now; it would make a better healthy breakfast though. It’s basically just dried fruit and oats and dairy with a nice zest from the chervil.

Vegetarian chervil soup 1897

Recipe by (Stef Bruurs)Course: Soup, BreakfastCuisine: Dutch


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An simple vegetarian chervil soup from 1987 that can be used as dinner, lunch or breakfast.


  • 1 lt/33 fl oz buttermilk

  • 50 gr/1,7 oz raisins

  • 50 gr/1,7 oz currants

  • A handfull of crushed oats or oatmeal

  • 2 hands chopped fresh chervil

  • 1 tablespoon of sugar


  • Cook the raisins and currants in the buttermilk for 10 minutes
  • Add the oats and cook for another 5 minutes
  • Add the chervil and sugar and stir untill the sugar is dissolved. Then it’s done.
  • You can add extra sugar if you wish.


  • The Dutch Vegetarian Union recommends cane sugar.


A link to one of their books online in Dutch.

Where did you get that from?

The Argon enamel cup is for sale at Amazon.

The rest is from the 2nd hand store.