"as soon as Nicholls has made white soup enough I shall send round my cards"
White soup
Creative Commons AttributionWhite soup - Credit: krossbow, Flickr

At a private ball, it was customary to serve supper, and therefore some preparation was required. 

White soup was a common, fashionable dish, made of veal stock, cream, ground almonds and egg yolks. 

Recipe: White soup