Archive for October, 2011

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 purée with a processor; mix in the saffron and the powder fort spice mixture – use 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.


October 2011 Meeting

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

We met at Meadhbh house for English cooking. Meadhbh cooked up a storm serving Pork with Pepper Wine sauce, Spinach Pie and Fig Fritters. Alesia brought Egurdouce (Sweet and Sour Beef).