Tag Archives: 11th century

Siculo-Norman Snack Beans

I am still not finished writing up the fish feast we had on Good Friday, but here is a small thing I tried out on Saturday with our Sicilian Norman supper. It is based on a passage in Isaac Iudaeus … Continue reading

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Aphrodisiacs from Macer Floridus

This is not really food-related, but they are entertaining and I didn’t want to keep them hidden away. You can find all the recipes in the pdf file. I promise to continue with more culinary recipes after this. Content warning: … Continue reading

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A Universal Antidote from Macer Floridus

I uploaded all my excerpts from Macer Floridus today, but there will be one or two more recipes taken from it before I return to the Mondseer Kochbuch. Today’s is for and antidotum, what I think we would call a … Continue reading

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Beauty Advice from Macer Floridus

Again not exactly culinary, but here is some cosmetic advice from the 11th century Macer Floridus: 93 Its (wormwood) ash blackens the hair if mixed into a wax ointment and frequently applied 490 It is also said that if you … Continue reading

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Household Hints from Macer Floridus

Today, I only have a few small excerpt from the Macer Floridus. Eleventh-century housekeeping: 71 If you pound the herb (wormwood) with strong wine, you need not fear midges. If you burn it, they flee its smell. 105 If you … Continue reading

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450 Years of Herbs in Cheese

Today, I wanted to post another small detail from the Macer Floridus, this one pertaining to making cheese: 1583 Its (mint) juice aids small cheeses not to rot if it is added or the green herb is placed upon the … Continue reading

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Herbal Waters to Perfume Feasts

I have been meaning to translate some interesting excerpts from the (probably) eleventh-century de viribus herbarum for a while. Most of what I am translating pertains to what we would call cosmetics, wellness, and lifestyle medicine, though there are also … Continue reading

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Experiments from de diaetis

Today, I had the opportunity to try out a few recipes from Constantinus Africanus’ translation of Isaac Iudaeus’ de diaetis, and they turned out quite good. The meal was an unmitigated success. The choice of recipes started with a meat … Continue reading

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Mushrooms – and the translation is up

This is the last from de diaetis p. 471 of mushrooms Mushrooms are cold and moist in the third degree, which bears witness to their moisture and softness. They are of two kinds, the deadly ones and those that are … Continue reading

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Aubergines according to de diaetis

I was firmly convinced that had to be a description of Middle Eastern practice because aubergines were long considered a novelty even there, but it is one of the places that mention pork. I guess they could have been widespread … Continue reading

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