[Sca-cooks] Hispano-Muslim Desserts

Ana Valdés agora158 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 3 17:01:35 PDT 2007

Please, Suey, send me some material about your research or tell me when can
I get a copy of the book! I am myself collecting recipes from the cloisters
in Mexico and Sevilla and maybe we could make some exchange!
Ana, uruguaya viviendo en Suecia!

On 7/4/07, Suey <lordhunt at gmail.com> wrote:
> Phil answered to my blancmange message:
> > Well, what _does_ become a dessert prior to the 17th century, unless
> > perhaps you mean wafers, confits and hippocras? ;-)
> >
> >
> >
> Ever hear of marchipan, pastries, fritters, fried milk, fruits, olives
> and a whole list that could be medieval a dictionary filled with
> desserts which I do have 12 years in the making by the way! Since Ziryab
> re-introduced us Spaniards to what we call desserts in the 9th Century,
> I do nothing but collect alfarjores, bunuelos etc etc. As a matter of
> fact last year I edited a little part of a collection of Hispano-Arab
> desserts from convents in Santiago, Chile for a dear friend of mine
> here. I always mention this book in speeches cause its going to be
> published in Spanish/Chilean at Christmas time this year and I'm dying
> for a copy as I have been able to read a lot of the text. I entered into
> consultation cause the Conquistadores brought concubines of Arab origin
> fleeing from the Inquisition so we have desserts in convents of Arab
> origin in Santiago that have been forgotten in Spain but not on this
> continent. The Hispano-Muslim converts started entering convents with
> Philip II cracked down on the Conquistadores' morals. In Chile we one of
> the first women we know about is Ines Suarez who came Pedro de Valdivia,
> conqueror of this area who left his wife in Spain, and brought with him
> as his lover. Ines Suarez as Isabel Allende readers well know was
> neither of Muslim origin nor did she enter a convent. Converted
> concubines of  Hispano-Muslim heritage and their daughters did enter
> convents between Philip II and for other reasons to become nuns. Part of
> their dowry consisted of recipes. Fascinating material.
> Suey
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