[Sca-cooks] Orange Flower Water

Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius adamantius1 at verizon.net
Thu Mar 8 18:07:29 PST 2007

On Mar 8, 2007, at 8:13 PM, Lilinah wrote:

> I don't like to jump to conclusions. It would be like the mayonnaise
> dust-up recently on another SCA food list.

Oh, the one where I proved the 1959 Sedan de Ville was period? ;-)

> Just because a culture has
> the ingredients for something doesn't mean they made it. So i won't
> assume that just because the Arabs have the technique and technology
> for distilling, just because they distilled rosewater, i won't assume
> they distilled orange flower water. Could they? Sure. Did they? I
> don't know.

I was just thinking: maybe people with distilling technology might  
concentrate more on getting their perfume essences and such from  
plants with aromatic blossoms which don't produce an edible fruit,  
versus one which does... this might help explain the comparative  
dearth of orange-flower-water recipes compared to those with rose water.

Adamantius (still wondering about that "evocative of the era"  
thing... ;-)  )

"S'ils n'ont pas de pain, vous fait-on dire, qu'ils  mangent de la  
brioche!" / "If there's no bread, you have to say, let them eat cake!"
     -- attributed to an unnamed noblewoman by Jean-Jacques Rousseau,  
"Confessions", 1782

"Why don't they get new jobs if they're unhappy -- or go on Prozac?"
     -- Susan Sheybani, assistant to Bush campaign spokesman Terry  
Holt, 07/29/04

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