[Sca-cooks] Course/Remove was RE: Need ideas for someones feast

Terry Decker t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net
Thu Nov 15 21:44:24 PST 2007

Sorry, no medieval about it.  The earliest use of the word in the context of 
removing and replacing dishes according to my copy of the OED is 1840.


> I have a semi-visualization for my own use that uses this analogy:
> remove is to course
> as
> lecture is to course
> A course is a series or intinerary of related somethings, golf holes,
> lectures, dishes and plates, etc.  A remove in medieval cookery (in my
> little visualizing brain) is a variously defined plate/platter/dish of 
> food
> stuff that seems to be removed from the table during a course of food.  A
> course can contain several removes even.  I generally just avoid the whole
> word remove as it confuses me in my own work, and I have a hard time
> defining it succinctly.  I stick with creating courses of dishes and leave
> it at that.
> Unfortunately, my courses sometimes end up being wholly removes of
> themselves as I plate the food items all on one serving platter to be
> removed at one time :o(  Whereby the subset defines the entire set.
> niccolo difrancesco

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