Tourteletes in Fryture – Fig tarts fried in oil and basted in honey

Posted in Desert, Recipes on October 23rd, 2011 by alesia – Be the first to comment

FROM the website Godecookery

157. Tourteletes in fryture. Take figus & grynde hem smal; do þerin saffron & powdur fort. Close hem in foyles of dowe, & frye hem in oyle. Claryfye hony & flamme hem þerwyt; ete hem hote or colde.

– Hieatt, Constance B. and Sharon Butler. Curye on Inglish: English Culinary Manuscripts of the Fourteenth-Century (Including the Forme of Cury). New York: for The Early English Text Society by the Oxford University Press, 1985.


Take figs & grind them small; do there-in saffron & powder fort. Close them in foils of dough, & fry them in oil. Clarify honey & baste them there-with; eat them hot or cold.


Powder fort – a Medieval blend of strong spices, almost always containing pepper (and never sugar). A nice mix might consist of such spices as black pepper, white pepper, cardamom, ginger, cubeb, clove, etc.
Pastry dough


Finely dice the figs as small as possible by hand or pur̩e with a processor; mix in the saffron and the powder fort spice mixture Рuse to taste. Roll out the pastry dough and cut into medium-sized circles. On one pastry circle place a spoonful of figs, then cover with another circle of dough; seal the edges well. Fry the pie(s) in hot oil until lightly browned & crispy; remove from heat and allow to drain. In a pot, heat the honey, skimming off any scum that rises. As soon as the pie(s) have drained, brush on the honey. Eat hot or cold.
NOTES:Recipe had no measurements so I did about 8 Calmyra Figs and powder forte, no saffron. Used pre-made pastry dough. Meadhbh


Posted in Beef, Recipes on October 23rd, 2011 by alesia – Be the first to comment

Adapted from the book: Flans and Wine: a Benedictine recipe book from Evesham Abby by Brother William.

2 or more pounds of beef, cut up small, about ½ inch square
2 TBS of olive oil or butter
¼ cup of currants
1 ½ cup of red wine
½ cup of wine or cider vinegar
½ cup of sugar
½ tsp each of ginger and cinnamon
¼ tsp of black pepper
1 tsp of salt to taste
2 TBS of breadcrumbs

Brown the meat in the oil. Add the rest of ingredients except breadcrumbs and simmer for at least one hour preferably two. Add breadcrumbs to thicken and serve.
NOTES: the orginal receipe called for 2 to 3 white onions cooked whole then chopped. I found this very difficult and recommend chopping the onions, cooking in boiling water for 3 minutes, draining and then adding to the stew with the rest of the ingredients. I did not have enough red wine and put in ¾ cup of red wine and 1/4 cup white wine and more enough liquid for two pounds of beef. — Alesia

Spinach Tart

Posted in Recipes, Side dish, Vegetarian on October 23rd, 2011 by alesia – Be the first to comment

Take some cast creame, and seeth some Spinnage in faire water till it be verie soft, then put it into a Collender, that the water may soake from it: then straine the Spinnage, and cast the creame together, let there be good plentie of Spinnage: set it upon a chafingdish of coales, and put to it Sugar and some Butter, and let it boyle a while. Then put it in the paste, and bake it, and caste blanche powder on it, and so serve it in.
The Modern Version:
2 10 oz packages frozen chopped spinach
3/4 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp butter, melted
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
pastry for a 9-inch two-crust pie
1-2 Tbsp granulated sugar
Cook the spinach according to package directions. Placed cooked spinach in a colander and allow to drain and cool. When cool, take handfulls of spinach and gently squeeze to remove remaining water. Place in a large bowl, and blend in the next 5 ingredients. Roll out half the pastry and line a 9-inch pie pan. Spread the spinach mixture evenly in the unbaked pie shell. Roll out the remaining pastry to make the top crust. Place on the spinach mixture, seal the edges and cut six small slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape. Sprinkle granulated sugar evenly over the top. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown. The pie may be served either hot or cold.
NOTE: Homemade crust. Did not have enough sour cream so used yogurt. –Meadhbh

A Siryppe pur vn Pestelle – Pepper sauce for Roast Pork. Followed recipe except for saffron.

Posted in Recipes, Sauce on October 23rd, 2011 by alesia – Be the first to comment

From the web site GodeCookery

Take gode Wyne, & a-lye yt with raw yolkys of Eyroun; than late hem boyle to-gederys a whyle; then put pouder Pepir, & throw it ther-on; loke that it be bytyng of Pepir. Take Clowys, macys, Safroun, & caste ther-to; & atte the dressoure thorw on thin Sirip on thi pestelle, & kreme hard yolkys of Eyroun ther-to, & serue forth.

– Austin, Thomas. Two Fifteenth-Century Cookery-Books. Harleian MS. 279 & Harl. MS. 4016, with extracts from Ashmole MS. 1429, Laud MS. 553, & Douce MS 55. London: for The Early English Text Society by N. Trübner & Co., 1888.


Three-or four-pound pork roast
1 C dry red wine
4 raw egg yolks
1 T black pepper
1/8 tsp each cloves, mace and saffron
1/4 tsp saffron
Salt to taste
4 hard-boiled egg yolks for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 450º.

2. Place the roast in a roasting pan, put it in the oven, and roast for thirty minutes per pound, or until internal temperature reaches 185º. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about fifteen minutes.

3. In a saucepan, over low heat, combine wine, spices, and raw egg yolks. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally for about ten minutes.

4. Place roast on a serving platter and pour the sauce over it. Crumble the hard-boiled egg yolks over the roast as a garnish before serving.

Yields one cup of sauce. Serves six to eight.


A pestelle is a leg or shoulder of pork.



Posted in Recipes, Side dish, Vegetarian on May 13th, 2011 by alesia – Be the first to comment

A translation of a 17th Century Romanian Cookbook by Lord Petru cel paros Voda

Take eggplants and remove their dark skin thinly, then boil them, and after boiling dry them well of water and chop small, then fry with oil and onions chopped small, in a pot. Then add water, salt, pepper, cinnamon, a handful of chopped herbs, a little nut milk and verjuice, if in season, and if not, lemon juice, in the same pot where you fried them, and then boil. And when you serve, sprinkle with cinnamon.

1 large eggplant, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
olive oil
2 bunches of green oinons
salt and pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup fresh herbs (parsley, basil, thyme)
1/4 cup almond milk
2 Tbs lemon juice

Scald the eggplant slices in boiling water for one minute, drain, cool and pat dry. Do not stack which cause further cooking time. Chop into 1/2 inch pieces and brown in olive oil over medium high heat, cooking until au dent but not soft. Place in sauce pan with seasoning, almond milk, and lemon juice and cook another 5 minutes. Serve with sprinkle of cinnamon on top.


Majoranas Tokany (Beef With Marjoram)

Posted in Beef, Recipes on May 12th, 2011 by alesia – Be the first to comment

adapted from The Balkan Cookbook by Inge Kramarz

1 large onion chopped
1/2 cup of fresh marjoram chopped
2 lb beef sliced into strips about inch long, 1/4 inch wide
3 Tbs olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup white wine
1/2 cup bacon chopped
2 heaping Tbs of sour cream

Saute onion in oil until golden. Add meat, marjoram, salt and pepper. Saute for 5 minutes. Add wine and simmer for 30 minutes or until meat is tender. Saute bacon separately until crisp. Add to the beef along with the sour cream. Simmer until warm through. Serves 4

Young Doves (Romanian chicken with sour cream sauce)

Posted in Chicken, Recipes on April 28th, 2011 by alesia – Be the first to comment

This came from Stefan’s Florilegium “A Translation of a 17th Century Romanian Cookbook” by Lord Petru cel paros Voda

Take 4 pre-cooked chicken breasts and chop into morsels.  Add 1 cup sour cream, salt, ¼ tsp nutmeg, ¼ tsp clove, ½ tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp pepper, ¼ cup nuts (pine or pistachio preferred but also almonds) 4 egg yolks beaten with 1 TBS lemon juice and meat stock to cover by one to two inches.  Boil until thickens.  Serve spinkled with sugar and cinnamon.

NOTES:  This was way too soupy to my taste.  Although George Lang says that Hungarians like soupy stews, this didn’t work for me.  Great taste but I would have added just enough liquid so it didn’t completely cover the chicken, then added eggs and sour cream.

Cheese Tart

Posted in Recipes, Side dish, Uncategorized on April 15th, 2011 by alesia – Be the first to comment

1 pie crust
16 oz of grated hard cheese – parmesan or similar
3 eggs – beaten
1 tsp ground mustard
1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
1/4 tsp ground black pepper (or to taste)
1/4 tsp white pepper

Press pie crust into pie pan, cut or turn edges down.
Mix all other ingredients and add to pie shell.
Bake at 375 for 15-2o minutes, until tart is set.

This is from the Hungarian site that Iustinos shared (as was my other recipe, which I can’t remember). It was a Cheese Torten. The directions were sketchy, so I combined this recipe with a 14th century cheese pie recipe from the Booke of Gode Cookery website.

Roasted Turnips

Posted in Recipes, Side dish, Vegetarian on November 15th, 2010 by alesia – Be the first to comment

Fall Root Vegetable Theme: Roasted Turnips – from the Medieval Cookery site.

  • 5 medium turnips
  • 1 cup soft cheese, grated
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Trim and wash the turnips. Bake in a covered dish (or wrapped in foil) until soft – about an hour at 350°F. Let cool and then peel and cut into small strips. Add cheese and set aside.

Beat eggs, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Pour over turnips and cheese. Add melted butter and mix well. Put into greased pan and bake at 350°F until set – about 35 minutes.

I loved roasting the turnips and did it the night before, taking them out of the refrigerator to peel.  I followed this recipe line by line.  I used a gruyere cheese because I didn’t know any better, but I don’t think it really detracted. It would be better with a simple mild farmers cheese.

I did not like the amount of butter listed and didn’t think it added much to the dish.  More salt can be sprinkled on top just prior to baking, a large pinch of sea salt would be best.


Gourde Pie from Platina

Posted in Desert, Recipes on November 14th, 2010 by alesia – Be the first to comment

1 cup of purreed butternut spuash – Squash was quartered, baked in 350 oven for hour and then purreed in food processor.

1 cup sugar

1 cup cream

3 eggs

½ cup of whipped cream cheese

1 ½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp salt

Premade pie shell

Wisk all of the ingredients together and place in pie shell.  Bake at 400 for 10 minutes and then 350 for 50 to 60 minutes.

NOTES: This recipe also called for ginger and butter which I regret not adding.  The pie was very sweet and I would be inclined to use only ¾ cup sugar next time.  The pie was very light compared to a pumpkin pie.  I might substitute ½ cup of ricotta cheese instead of the cream cheese.