Special equipment: Twine to tie brisket plus twine to tie bouquet Cheesecloth for bouquet garni, cut into approximately 6-inch by 6-inch square
Roll brisket into cylinder, and tie with twine. Place tied beef in pot. Cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Remove the scum as it appears. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. If the liquid is salty after 10 minutes, start again with boiling water. Stick cloves in onion and put in pot. Place thyme, parsley, peppercorns and bay leaf into middle of cheesecloth and tie with twine, and put into pot. Simmer for 2 to 3 hours skimming any scum that appears on the surface. Transfer beef to a clean pot. Strain, cool and degrease cooking liquid. Add onions turnips, potatoes, carrots and cabbage, and optional cider if desired into pot. Cover with strained liquid and cook at a simmer for 1 hour more, or until you can pierce beef easily with a skewer. Remove the meat from the poaching liquid , cut the trussing strings and carve the meat into generous slices. Place them on a warmed platter. Arrange the cooked garnish vegetables around the meat. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley. Serve with horseradish cream sauce.
Recipe adapted from Time Life Books