Skip to comments.World's oldest recipe book reveals dishes English kings enjoyed 600 years ago
Posted on 12/02/2009 3:40:52 PM PST by Fenhalls555
Dishes of chicken blancmange and porpoise porridge are unlikely to whet the appetite of most modern food lovers.
But such recipes were apparently fit for a king 600 years ago.
Written by chefs employed by Richard II, they are included in what is thought to be the world's oldest cookbook.
The unusual dishes rival modern creations by British TV chef Heston Blumenthal, who is famous for his snail porridge.
Experts from Manchester University's John Rylands Library, who discovered the manuscript, have translated a handful of its 150 recipes, which are written in Middle English and date back to 1390.
They include frumenty, a porridge-type dish made of bulghar wheat, chicken stock and saffron, and payn puff, a dish of boiled fruits wrapped in pastry.
The unusual cookbook, called the Forme of Cury, is believed to have contained dishes to feed servants and the royal family alike
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Yorkshire pudding doesn’t sound too bad.
I’ve wondered if I could attempt it, since our motto on the farm is “Give us this day our daily beef ...”
Even if their empire collapsed, they gave the world some excellent beef cattle — Herefords, Shorthorns and Angus (if you can include a Scottish breed)
I wouldn't say that. Albion's seed has sprouted on two continents in the form of four separate countries - the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Added together, these territories are almost 50% larger than the Russian behemoth. For these countries, England will always be the Mother Country, and the Union Jack a welcome sight.
Yup, and repeatedly. Not most of it, but some of it sounds intriguing -- even to one of such sensitive stomach as I am suffering today in my illness.
Even linked this on my facebook.
From a FReeper with a Chinese name, no less! We ("UK seed") have had our failings but (to use an old Gaelic video title) "The Seed is Strong."
Britain has had other successful plantings -- your typical Anglican for many decades has been an African woman: of the 77 million Anglicans worldwide, only a very few million are native English-speakers.
The British empire may be long since gone, but it has left many positive effects around the world. From what I have personally seen it has been a huge benefit to India -- the largest democracy (democratic republic?) in the world today.
Actually, popovers (or Yorkshire pudding) is pretty good with a good roast and gravy.
This would make a great homeschool lesson.
lol, I think I will stick to my own books.
Thanks fanfan! Will ping this when I get home and get a chance. Anything about blackbirds?
Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye.
Four and twenty blackbirds,
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened,
The birds began to sing;
Wasn’t that a dainty dish,
To set before the king?
Supposedly my English grandma used to eat those.
Here is a link to a classic Dave Barry article on British cuisine:
It can also be eaten by someone else. Yecch.
Thank you so much HG.
LOL, how clever are you?
“This would make a great homeschool lesson.”
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Oddly to some, Scottish cuisine is heavily influenced by the cuisine of France.
This is because both Scotland and France have England as a common historical enemy, and there was a lot of cultural diffusion between the two cultures back in the old days. I get a kick outa stuff like that, akin to the Black Irish descending from Spaniards.
PS: I went to a Scottish formal dinner thing in San Francisco last week, and wore my formal kilt outfit. Cougars hit on me in the bar! It must have been the exposed knees that made them all hot and bothered.
Chicken blancmange and porpoise porridge.
I expect they would feel the same about Chicken McNuggets and chocolate shakes.
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Thanks gw! I wonder if anyone interviewed the Earl of Sandwich? Dead giveaway, wot?
You’re welcome Civ.
I want my hassenpfeffer! Bring me my hassenpfeffer!
...and for dessert, lady fingers!
Some other dishes were Anne, Bess, and Josephine.
It’s good to be the King.
Much superior to the Heinz.
Since dormice taste like chicken anyway, just substitute game hens.
Looks terrible, sounds horrid in the discussion...especially the ‘grain mustard with horseradish to stuff the fish’...
...BUT, reading the recipe, it actually seems something worth trying.
We call that minced meat here in the colonies.
Hardly the world’s oldest recipe book...
Ancient Greeks - Athenaeuss from the the Deipnosophists.
Ancient Roman food, second-century cookbook of Apicius.
The Byzantines: plenty of recipes from the writings of Theodore Prodromus
Here's the Wikipedia page which discusses both series:
Here's a link to a short YouTube video featuring the cook preparing eels for a meal from the Restoration Period:
This was also very good:
The Victorian Kitchen
One of several spin-offs from this excellent series:
The Victorian Kitchen Garden
Historian Ruth Goodman does an excellent job, along with the two archaeologists in the program. Goodman also participated in a Tudor Feast program that was filmed at Haddon Hall.
Yorkshire pudding is a favorite here. It’s really easy to make it. We prefer to have it popover-style. It’s a very nutritious alternative to potatoes, rice, etc.
1 c flour
1/2 c water
1/2 c milk
2-4 eggs (more = more protein for the kids!)
Preheat oven to 400. Put a non-stick muffin tin in the oven as it heats, with a dab of butter in the bottom of each well.
Put all ingredients in a mixer. Mix on HIGH.
When butter is browned, pull tin out of oven. Let it cool for a minute (while the mixer still runs). Distribute the batter into each well. Immediately plunge the tin back into the oven, without delay— this helps it puff up.
Cooks for about 20 minutes. Serve immediately. Any leftovers are great the next day with jam.
Trifle pudding is another marvelous Brit foodstuff. These two food inventions, plus cheddar and stilton cheeses and rum, make up for the rest of their cuisine, IMHO.
“As a person of Scottish descent...”
I too have Scottish blood in my ancestry (my great-great g’ma was Scottish. I lived in N. Ireland three years and spent many a weekend in Scotland. I enjoyed fresh Loch Ness salmon and haggis where we stayed in Ft William on one visit. And you are correct about the cuisine there being different from the bland English cusine. Scots also generally consider themselves Scots, and not a part of England or what is English.
False Scot, Sold your King for a Groat.
lol Let me know what you think after you try it.
OTOH, 1,500 miles from the nearest coast, that might be awhile
Guess I shouldn’t wait for the dinner invitation to sample the pie. :)
Yorkshire pudding ... hey, thanks for the recipe. But how do I mix in the beef drippings?
Dittos about Cheddar cheese. And British beef cattle also yield taste-bud treats.
Credit where credit is due. Ode to a Haggis by Robert Burns. One of my cousins sent me two small tins (they were red tartan) with haggis inside. I kinda’ like haggis but even I wouldn’t eat it out of a tin. I gave one to my Dentist who gives it pride of place on his desk as a paper weight.
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