Spinach Soup from Scappi

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

1 lb of beef cut small (1/2 inch or ¼ inch dice), browned and simmered in water  (about 2 cups) for 1 hour.  This was premade.

2 1 lb packages of frozen chopped spinach.

1 Tbsp cinnamon

1 ½ tsp salt

1 ½ tsp pepper

1 cup of currants

Reheat the beef in a large soup pot.  Add the spinach, currants, spices and 6 cups of water and bring to a boil.  Serve.

NOTES: The broth was very bland.  The spices came through but the not the beef taste.  Will need to add beef bullion.  The original recipe called for Italian sausage and beef was substituted.

Asparagus custard

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

Asparagus custard

This is based on Recipe 133 from Apicius.

1 can asparagus or 1.5 cups fresh asparagus tips pureed

1.5 cup diced onion or 1 large onion

1/2 cup white wine

1/2 cup chicken broth

1 tsp ground peppercorns

1 tsp lovage

0.5 tsp green corriander

0.5 tsp savory

2 eggs

1 deep dish pastry shell, 1 sheet puff pastry.

Blend all the above ingredients except for the eggs and pastry. Bring to a boil. While this mixture is warming to a boil, whip eggs separately.

Thaw or prepare 1 deep dish pastry shell

Pour mixture into a pastry shell. Stir in beaten eggs. There shouldn’t be a lot of room left over. The eggs will cause some rising and were considered optional in the original recipe. Cover with puff pastry shell and crinkle the edges. Cut holes in pastry to allow steam to escape.

Bake in 425 degree oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake until golden brown (approximately 40 minutes).


Chicken Dumplings from Sabrina Weslerin

Posted in Chicken, Recipes, Uncategorized on October 10th, 2010 by alesia – Be the first to comment

Chicken Dumplings – From Sabrina Weslerin.  This is an excellent translation webpage with a lot of Germanic recipes.

193 How to make chicken dumplings

Take the meat from two chickens. After it is cooked chop it finely, mix grated Parmesan cheese in with it and color it yellow and stir it together. You should also put mace and pepper into it. After that prepare a dough. Make a thin flat cake and put the above described filling on it and form it into a dumpling and join the two ends together. Cook it in broth as long as for hard- boiled eggs and serve it warm.

I used to rotisserie chickens and took the meat and chopped it roughly.  Yellow food coloring was used for the “color it yellow”.  Due to time constraints I used pre-made pie dough for the “dumplings”.  They aren’t really dumplings in the modern sense, they were more potsticker style dumplings vs. the chicken and dumplings made with dropped dough that I expected when first reviewing this recipe.


To make stew Jacobijn

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

Dutch Theme – Stew Jacobin – from a Drachenwald cooks site.

Nr. 22 Te maicken soppijn Jacopijn

Neemt een gebraden hoen ende doet al die beenen uuijt ende nemen vleckier of anderen goeden kaes ende snijtes al dun ende in een pateel geleit dat die bodem gedect is ende vanden hoen dair op geleijt ende daer zuker op gestroeyt ende dan weder kaes dae r op geleijt ende dan hoenre vleijs daer op gelet ende kaes daer op geleijt ende dan neemt nat van verschen runtvleijs ende doet daer in ende op tvier geseth ende gesoden ende soe heet ter tafele gedient, mer eer ghij alle dese substantie in die pateel l egt soe suldy nemen wittebroot ende snijdent viercant ende legget op die bodem vander pateel ende dat dese substantie niet aenbarnen en sal.

Translation and notes

To make stew Jacobijn

Take a roast chicken and take all the bones out, and take “vleckier” or other good cheese, and cut it thin and put in a bowl so that the bottom is covered and put on there of the chicken and sprinkle sugar on it and then put cheese on it again, and then chicken meat and cheese on it and then take stock of fresh beef and put that in and put it on the fire and let it boil and serve it hot, but before you put all these things in the bowl you should take white bread and cut it square and put it on t he bottom of the bowl so that it will not burn.

Ingredients (for about 4 people):

1 chicken (about 1 kg)

white bread

500 g cheese

4 tablespoons of sugar

beef stock

(optional) salt and pepper
My take:
Used rotisserie chicken, with meat pulled in large chunks.  The cheese I chose was Gouda, on the suggestion of the original redactors.  I used regular white table sugar.  My choice of bread was a thick country white from the grocery bakery.  I followed the recipe as above.

It was a fairly popular dish!


Young Chicken with raisins

Posted in Chicken on September 14th, 2010 by alesia – Be the first to comment

Young Chicken with raisins from – Good and noble food, english translation of Wel ende edelike spijse Hoofdstuk, a Dutch manuscript circa 1500.

1.1.       Young chickens with raisins (?) in the summer.
Broil them in a pot in pieces (?). When they are halfway done, add enough wine and some water, and add raisins, pig fat and enough egg yolks.


10 pieces of chicken

1 cup white wine

½ cup of water

½ cup raisins

¼ cup of bacon broken to bits

2 hard cooked egg yolkes

Brown the bacon until crisp and set a side.  In the bacon grease, brown the chicken.  Take out the chicken and degrease the pan or start a clean pan.  Add the chicken to the clean pan with ½ cup of wine and ½ cup of water and cover allowing it to simmer for ½ hour.  Then add another ½ cup of wine, raisins and bacon, allow to simmer another ½ hour.  Remove the chicken and keep warm.  Add mashed hard boiled egg yolks to the bottom of the pan and simmer gently until thickens.  Pour over the chicken and serve.


Coming soon.

Adasiya – Lentils with feta cheese

Posted in Recipes, Vegetarian on September 5th, 2010 by alesia – Be the first to comment

‘You cook the meat with chopped onion in oil and when the pot has been brought to the boil, and the scum removed, husked lentils are thrown in and cooked thoroughly. Then you pour in vinegar and spice it with coriander and cumin: throw in garlic (as well). Whosoever wishes may throw in ground cheese; whosoever wishes may colour it yellow with saffron. Throw in beet root without the cheese and garlic. Whosoever wishes may throw in something sweet.”

‘Adasiya. This dish is found in the earliest culinary manual compiled, by al-Warraq. Named for its chief ingredient, the lentil (‘adas), which is probably the oldest cultivated legume and is native to southwest Asia, possibly northern Syria and Iraq. The original recipe calls for the inclusion of meat, but it can be prepared as well without for those with vegetarian preferences. A variation of this recipe suggests using beet root which could be subsituted for the fresh coriander. In a Caliph’s kitchen by David Waines, London: Riad el Rayyes Books P.108-109

8 oz brown or green lentils, soaked an hour in hot water
1 medium onion, chopped fine
2 tablsppoons olive oil
1 large clove garlic, crushed
1 TBS ground coriander
1 TBS ground cumin
4 oz feta cheese chopped fine
4fl oz wine or cider vinegar

Drain the water from the lentils and put into a heavy casserole, together with the onion and garlic, adding just enough fresh water to cover the contents. Bring back to the boil, partially cover the casserole and cook for half an hour or until the lentils are tender. Allow the water to reduce somewhat while being careful not to let the contents burn.
Add to the spices to the casserole along with the vinegar and the cheese. Stir the mixture thoroughly and simmer gently for a further 30 minutes. This dish can either be served hot or enjoyed cold.

Usually done as vegetarian dish with no meat. Have put in half the feta in for 30 minute simmer and adding rest at last minute to ‘dress’ the dish.

Spinach soup called Vivarole

Posted in Recipes, Soup on September 5th, 2010 by alesia – Be the first to comment

285. To prepare a thick soup popularly called vivarole.
Get ten eggs and beat them. Have a broth ready, made of butter, salt, water, pepper, cinnamon and saffron, and in it spinach, chard, mint and marjoram, all finely chopped up as for a tourte. When that broth has boiled a little while with the herbs, mix a little grated bread and cheese into the beaten eggs and pour that into the broth, giving it a stir with a spoon. When it comes to the surface, serve it hot.

Scappi, Bartolomeo, and Terence Scully. The Opera of Bartolomeo Scappi (1570): l’arte et prudenza d’un maestro cuoco. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008, p. 379.


2 cups beef bullion
1 TBS butter
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp pepper
1 bag baby spinach (9 oz) chopped small
2 TBS fresh mint, chopped and heaping
1 tsp chopped fresh marjoram
1 egg
1 tsp bread crumbs
1 tsp parmesan cheese

Bring the meat broth to a boil, add butter, cinnamon, and pepper. Add spinach and herbs and cover, at low heat for 5 minutes. Beat egg with bread crumbs and cheese. For one portion pour through a fork into soup.

NOTE: Interesting. The flavors of the mint and marjoram came out but not pepper or cinnamon. I would increase the pepper and cinnamon because it was a little bland. I was worried one egg per bowl would be too much but it was almost too little.


1 pkg of chopped frozen spinach
6 cups of beef bullion
2 TBS of chopped mint
1 TBS of chopped marjoram
1 egg
1 heaping TBS of grated parmesan cheese, more if necessary
2 heaping TBS of grated plain bread crumbs, more if necessary

Bring the meat broth to a boil, add spinach and herbs. Heat through about 1 minute.
Have prepared a dough made of egg, bread crumbs, and cheese, very thick about the consistency of pancake batter. Drop rounded teaspoons of dough into the soup from the about the height of 12-18 inches so that they sink below the surface and cook, five to ten minutes until done. Serve.

Brasaola of Veal

Posted in Recipes on June 12th, 2010 by alesia – Be the first to comment

June Challenge – Heloise knows what cookbook this is from.

Brasaola of Veal

1.25 C Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tbsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Clove
1/8 tsp Nutmeg

3 Veal Cutlets – cut to size, about 3 pieces each
Balsamic vinegar – a few splashes
White Wine infused with crushed garlic – a few splashes
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 tsp Ground Coriander

4 Tbsp lard
Season the veal with wine, vinegar, coriander, salt and pepper.
Press the cutlets between heavy plates for approx. 1 hour.

Mix the vinegar with the seasonings – sugar through nutmeg.
Simmer on stove until reduced by half.
Dredge cutlets in flour.
(I used bacon grease for lard – by cooking down pancetta)
Fry the cutlets quickly on each side until done.
Serve with sauce.

(Original Recipe:

To make bresaola of lean veal, fried or grilled

When bresaola are cut up the same as croquettes (get the leanest part
of the loin and cut it up into slices a hand in length, four fingers
wide and a knife’s spice think) and beaten on both sides with the
spine of  knife, they are splashed with a little vinegar and Greek
wine containing crushed garlic, and sprinkled with fennel flow or
ground coriander, pepper and salt, and then set in a press for an hour
on top of the other.  To fry them in rendered fat or lard, first flour
them, then fry them so they brown a little and they will soft rather
than dry out.  You serve them hot with sugar, cinnamon and orange
juice over them; Or else dress them with a sauce made of vinegar,
sugar, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

But if you want them done on a grill, after they have been sprinkled
and been in the press put them on the grill with a thin strip of pork
fat for each one, so that the bresaola stay softer, cooking them over
a low fire and turning them frequently.  The smoke that forms beneath
the grill because of the grease that is dripping will give them an
excellent flavour and the very best taste. When they are done, they
should be served with one of the above-mentionned sauces with which
the fried ones are served.

Instead of putting those bresaola on the grill, they can be cooked in
a tourte pan greased with rendered fat, with the same thin slices of
pork fat on them.  They are served with their sauce and orange juice
over them.)

The sauce was very popular and went on other dishes at the meal as well.


The Sweet Berry Torte

Posted in Desert, Recipes on June 9th, 2010 by heloise – Be the first to comment

Originally Cherry Torte from Medieval

1 lb mixed berries
1 lb drained ricotta cheese – another soft cheese could work as well (goat cheese)
1/2 C sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
good pinch of black pepper
2 unbaked pie crusts
Thaw berries if frozen and drain.  Grind in with mortar and pestle (or in a food processor – don’t puree).

Mix berries with ricotta, sugar and eggs.

Add ginger, cinnamon and pepper.  Mix well and pour into pie crust. 

Top with second crust, press edges firmly for a good seal.

Bake at 350F until crust is golden brown – about 30 minutes.

Limonia or chicken with lemons

Posted in Chicken, Recipes on June 9th, 2010 by heloise – Be the first to comment

Period recipe from Liber de coquina

To make limonia, fry chickens with fat and onions.  And crush some skinned almonds, moisten with meat broth, and strain.  Cook with the chickens and spices.  If you have no almonds, thicken the broth with egg yolks.  When the time to serve nears, add the juice of lemons, limes, or bitter oranges.

4 chicken breasts and 8 thighs, boned

 1 cup almond milk

1 cup chicken broth

2 onions, chopped

fresh pork fat back or salted pork with a good amount of fat

1 lemon

Spice mixture (start with 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon dry ginger and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg), add cayenne pepper to taste

Salt and ground black pepper

Italian style breadcrumbs

 Melt the pork fat until it is well rendered, but not burning.  Brown the chicken on all sides and remove to a plate.  Cook the onions in the rest of the fat, adding a bit of  olive oil if necessary.  When the onions are cooked, add the chicken back, the spices, the almond milk and the broth.  If there is not enough liquid to cover the chicken, add more almond milk and broth, keeping the same proportions.  Cover and cook the chicken in the liquid until completely cooked through.  Once the chicken is done, remove the meat, put in a serving dish and keep warm.  Reduce the liquid to make a sauce, adding breadcrumbs to thicken if necessary.  Add the lemon juice and adjust the spice mix to taste. read more »