Tag Archives: Oeconomia ruralis et domestica

“Peasant Dumplings”

Another recipe from the Kuenstlichs und Fuertrefflichs Kochbuch: 72 Peasant Dumplings (Bauren knödlein) Take pepper, and a good part of onions with it, but not too much. Chop it well together, but not too small. Melt (brenne) a good piece … Continue reading

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Turkish Recipes in Rumpolt (1581)

We have already seen from the description in Coler’s Oeconomia that Ottoman culinary culture was fascinating to German writers. Marx Rumpolt actually includes recipes he labels as Turkish: Turkish Rice. Take rice and wash it, set it by (the fire) … Continue reading

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Cherry Wine from the Oeconomia

An interesting recipe for fortified cherry wine from Johannes Coler’s Oeconomia. Of Cherry Wine (marginalia: To make cherry wine) Pull the cherries off the stalks and discard the stalks. Then remove the stones from the cherries and grind them up … Continue reading

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Coler on Chestnuts in Alsace

Chestnuts are a winter delight in Germany, sold on Christmas markets fresh off the coals. They were never as plentiful here as they were in the Mediterranean, but Coler writes about them being common food in Alsace. That is indeed … Continue reading

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Dumpling Recipes from the Oeconomia, Part Three

These two recipes conclude the entries in the dumpling section (they are followed by fish recipes). They look like ancestors of modern Semmelknödel: In another way (marginalia: another way) Take a three-pfennig Semmel loaf and cut it into slices across … Continue reading

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Dumplings with Boiled Veal from the Oeconomia

Johannes Coler has a few Knödel recipes, and this is an interesting section: Of veal dumplings (marginalia: Making veal dumplings) Chop raw veal together well and chop good pieces of bacon with it. Add finely cut parsley and chop it … Continue reading

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Galantine with Live Fish from the Oeconomia

You know blackbirds in a pie, get ready for gudgeons in a jelly: To make a floating galantine (Gallart) (marginalia: To make galantine float) If you would make a floating galantine that is to float over the bowl, have an … Continue reading

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Beer Yeast from the Oeconomia

The Gründliche und Nütze Beschreibung is a lengthy text and I will probably not be able to post a section of it anywhere near daily, but in the process of looking through it I leafed through the Oeconomia again and … Continue reading

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Sauce for Beef from Cgm 384 (and everywhere else)

As we return to Cgm 384, this is one recipe we find in almost every recipe collection: 35 Sauce (Seltz) for a Loin Roast (lentpraten) Take the loin roast of a calf and roast it. Take rye bread and vinegar … Continue reading

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Eating Crow from the Oeconomia

I have said before people in Renaissance Germany would eat almost anything with wings on. Here is a rare description of how to cook crow, from the Oeconomia of Johannes Coler. Peasants in Silesia eat them young because they have … Continue reading

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