Tag Archives: 14th century

In Praise of the Pig

The König vom Odenwald is finished, but I will still need to do some work on the final edit and think about what to do with it. Meanwhile, here is another poem in praise of the pig: IX This is … Continue reading

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In Praise of Sheep

Today, it’s another of the König vom Odenwald’s poems: VI This is a poem of sheepNobody shall criticise it muchI have invented a poemA lady has brought me to do itShe has a noble husbandI shall not name her unless … Continue reading

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On Beards and Table Manners

This poem by the König vom Odenwald has got to be the longest-winded lesson in table manners I have ever seen. VII Of the long beards of peoplethat they wear nowadays for ten reasonsHear of the rare talesThat I will … Continue reading

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On Bathing

This is not really culinary content, but too interesting not to share. The König vom Odenwald also wrote a short poem about why people bathe: IV This is about bathingWhich never hurt anyoneFrom the treasure of my artI must write … Continue reading

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In Praise of Chickens

My apologies – again – for not writing anything in a week. It has been a very busy week, much of it good, but I have something big in store for Easter. Not only was I able to spend the … Continue reading

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In Praise of the Cow

An extra for today: A fourteenth-century paean to domestic bovines. Here begins the praise of the cow Many men praise the love of their heart So must I quietly and loudly Bemoan that men toll bells For those without virtue. … Continue reading

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More about Fladen

Following the post about the fladen recipes from the Mondseer Kochbuch, we will look at the ones from the Buoch von guoter Spise today. Those with no access to Melitta Weiss Adamson‘s excellent translation will have to make do with … Continue reading

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Honey-Ginger-Garlic Sauce

I apologise again for my long absense – it was a busy week, and then I had the pleasure of spending the weekend in the company of a new friend helping with a wonderful history-inspired feast. I learned a lot … Continue reading

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Onion Sauce for Lords and Commoners

I cooked rabbit in a spicy onion sauce to accompany the chickpea pancakes. The original recipe is from the Tractatus de Preparandi … Omnia Cibaria. 11) This is the way to prepare rabbits and hares as well as kids and … Continue reading

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Experimenting with Chickpea Pancakes

This recipe comes from the Liber de Coquina, and it has been interesting me for quite a while: 9. — of gantis : to make gantas, take chickpeas and, having added over them sugar and white spices well distempered in … Continue reading

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