[Sca-cooks] Blancmange

Suey lordhunt at gmail.com
Tue Jul 3 19:53:14 PDT 2007

Oh Ana I am so glad you are still here!
You said:.
> In my research about the Blanc Manger issue what it's happened was when the
> Conquistadores come to Peru and Mexico they wanted to eat the things they
> knew and they tried to substitute the ingredients with local ones. South
> America had not almonds or hens to make the original recipe (a mixture of
> hen meat and almond milk) and they found the milk from the cows they had
> bring to America achieve the same result, a thick confiture/jam who could be
> eaten alone or with bread or with tortillas. Sugar and milk were the local
> ingredients and today you find "dulce de leche" in the whole South America.
> It's called different names, cajeta, manjar blanco, doce de leite, but it's
> the same recipe.
> Ana
No hens/chicken came out the other day, they were as per some article 
they came from Polanensia or some place like that the before the 
Spaniards - it could have been in the local newspaper the Mercurio, I 
don't remember, before Columbus went to the Americas but Cris took some 
as so we got lots here for the Chilean conquisidores in spite of other 
missing items to replace hunger. Blancmange can be made of any milk 
product, from beasts or almonds. That's no big deal. Sugar I question 
Spaniards took cane so we must allow a few years for crops to produce. 
Interesting cajeta, I will have to review that. Never noticed that 
before. Thank you so much. But my main query with you is what is your 
reference that blancmange came from Arab origin and from Spain entered 
Europe? My question elsewhere is could it have had a Roman or even Greek 
    Almonds seem to be something we always had in Spain and the Med 
region so I suppose we took them to the Americas and we must to leave 
time for growth before we can use them there. . .  
    You know my friends we have the basic ingredients for this dish in 
Syria, Egypt and of course Baghdad but it does not seem that "Knights" 
had it as Perry does not mention it there . So where does this come 
from? In my book it is not from Provence as per Calero's interpretation 
of Villena! We could have it in the 8th century before or after, 
somewhere, no????

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