[Sca-cooks] NOT from the NY Times food section, but...

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Tue Aug 5 04:35:57 PDT 2008

There's this recipe that calls for male chickens being fed on
turtle meat.
Chicken for Those Suffering from Consumption. Raise seperately a dozen 
male chickens, whose only feed will consist of the finest meat of 
freshwater tortoise (turtle) : this feed should always be fresh. Each 
day cook a chicken in a small amount of water, until it falls apart. 
Afterwards, squeeze the meat, such that you remove all the liquid: 
strain the broth and return it to the pot with a spoonful of muscovado 
sugar. Let it boil for a little while, strain again, and the broth will 
be ready.
This is an excerpt from *A Treatise of Portuguese Cuisine from the 15th 
(Portugal, 15th c. - Fernanda Gomes, trans.)
The original source can be found at Lochac Cooks' Guild Website 

Note that it's for consumptives.


Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius wrote: on 8/5
> There may be some very specific recipes for something like a 
> soft-shelled terrapin to simply be chopped up while alive, but this 
> would probably be for some sort of medicinal soup, and not common 
> practice.
> Adamantius

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