[Sca-cooks] Period Chicken Salad

Patrick Levesque petruvoda at videotron.ca
Mon Aug 21 04:31:44 PDT 2006

In this specific case it seems to me that the seeds ae used for decorative
purposes only. 

In some other recipes however the seeds are to be ground and strained,
presumably to extract the juice, so the substitution might be acceptable.


On 20/08/06 20:46, "Cat Dancer" <pixel at hundred-acre-wood.com> wrote:

> On Mon, 14 Aug 2006 lilinah at earthlink.net wrote:
>> 9th century, 'Abbasid Dynasty, Baghdad
>> I served this at a Laurel vigil buffet for two vigilees simultaneously.
>> translated by David Waines in "In a Caliph's Kitchen", pp. 82-83
>> Two parts almonds and sugar and two parts vinegar and mustard mixed
>> together in a vessel with partially dried safflower adding colour
>> around the edges. Cucumber peeled, qutha and faqqas and pomegranate,
>> chopped up small and sprinkled around the vessel. Add a little oil.
>> Take a fine young chicken, cooked in vinegar, jointed and cut up in
>> pieces and placed over the other ingredients in one vessel. Decorate
>> the dish with pomegranate (seeds) and with almonds and olives chopped
>> up fine.
> I have a question about the pomegranates. Would it make any sense to use
> some pomegranate juice in with the mustard in lieu of actual pomegranates,
> which are darned hard to find this time of year?
> Many thanks,
> Margaret FitzWilliam
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