Wednesday, March 3, 2010


The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Forme of Cury (by Samuel Pegge)
original text from about A.D. 1390

—Take Hennes oþer Conynges oþer Veel oþer oþer Flessh an hewe hem to gobettes waische it and hit well. grynde Almandes unblaunched. and drawe hem up with þe broth cast þer inne raysons of Corance. sugur. Powdour gyngur erbes ystewed in grees. Oynouns and Salt. If it is to to thynne. alye it up with flour of ryse oþer with oþer thyng and colour it with Safroun.

Modern English

Bukkenade (a thick and meaty stew)

—Take hens other (or) Rabbits (or) veal or other flesh and chop it to peices, wash it and hit well (possibly meaning to pound the meat). Grind unblanched almonds and draw them up with the broth, cast therein raisins of curance (dried currants), sugar, powdered ginger, herbs stewed(fried) in grease, onions and salt . If it is too thin, bind/thicken it up with rice flour (or other things) and colour it with saffron

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