[Sca-cooks] Horchata - Barley Water
agora158 at gmail.com
Sat May 19 09:55:09 PDT 2007
In Spain the horchata (only served and made in Summer), is made with
almonds. I guess almonds milk and water or almonds and milk of some kind.
On 5/19/07, Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius <adamantius1 at verizon.net>
> On May 19, 2007, at 12:04 PM, Susan Fox wrote:
> > On 5/19/07 8:44 AM, "Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius"
> > <adamantius1 at verizon.net> wrote:
> >> On May 19, 2007, at 11:24 AM, Arianwen ferch Arthur wrote:
> >>> OK--I'm confused the only mention of Rice is that
> >>> later someone substituted barley for the rice???
> >> Maybe rice for the barley?
> > It is made of rice today, so that latter would be the case.
> I'm not surprised. I get the impression that today, the primary
> immutable for orzata and orgeat (I've not dealt with the Spanish
> versions) is an almond flavoring. Which is why I felt it a little odd
> that at some point, the focus seems to have shifted from barley to
> >>> "Someone asked about horchata being barley water or
> >>> something like that. The word horchata (orgeat in
> >>> English), comes from the Latin: hordeata (made with
> >>> barley) fr. hordeum (barley). Yes originally is was
> >>> cooling drink made with barley. Later nuts of various
> >>> types were used. It was a common drink among
> >>> Hispano-Arabs, especially in Cordova by the 10th C at
> >>> least. In 15th C. Castile, it was made from orange
> >>> flower water and barley, almonds or other nuts. Later,
> >>> Valencias substituted barley for rice. It was not
> >>> until the late 17th C that the earthnut was used to
> >>> make the orgeat that known there today."
> >> What I'm wondering is whether the earthnut referred to above is the
> >> modern groundnut, or what Americans call peanuts...
> >> Adamantius
> > I thought modern orgeat was almond flavored. The bottle in my kitchen
> > certainly is. OH dear, I would be so easy to poison, I do so love the
> > flavor of almond as well as marzipan, amaretto, etc.
> I thought so, too, but this isn't something I've made much of a study
> of. I'm just trying to understand what was said above. Maybe it's
> made with peanuts and a tiny bit of bitter almond flavor? And maybe
> that's just one regional variant? Or not. Again, this isn't my field...
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