[Sca-cooks] Orange Flower Water, was Orange flavored wafers ( was Pomegranate and Onion Juice)

Vitaliano Vincenzi vitaliano at shanelambert.com
Wed Mar 7 20:09:11 PST 2007

I have seen a couple of items that require Orange Flower Water. In fact, 
there is one here:


The one for PARA HAZER ROSQUILLAS (To Make Little Rings). I am planning 
to make some of these in the not to distant future so I picked some up. 
Found it at the local Woodman's Grocery store for only a few bucks a 
bottle, along with my Rose Water. It's in the Asian food aisle around here.

Lilinah wrote:
> Orange flower water doesn't taste or smell anything like oranges. Nor 
> does it smell or taste anything like rose flower water, although the 
> usage is often similar.
> As for use, i like my hot chocolate with about twice as much 
> unsweetened cocoa powder as sugar, then i pour in the hot milk and 
> stir, then i add a dash of orange flower water instead of vanilla.
> Strangely, I haven't seen recipes using orange flower water within 
> SCA period (anyone know of any?). Yes, i know that oranges came a bit 
> late, but the first recipe i recall seeing orange flower water is 
> from the mid-17th C., in "Le Cuisinier Francois", i think, which 
> seems rather late to me. Clearly the Arabs were distilling things, to 
> get rose water, for example, and i wonder why they didn't make and 
> use orange flower water, too. Or perhaps the cookbooks using it have 
> been lost (or not translated). I'm going to start looking for just 
> "flower water" as it appears that way in some 17th c. references.

Lord Vitaliano Vincenzi
aka Shane Lambert

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