[Sca-cooks] Frog's eggs addendum

Christiane christianetrue at earthlink.net
Fri Aug 22 10:33:28 PDT 2008

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>Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 02:20:45 -0400
>From: "Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius" <adamantius1 at verizon.net>
>Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] kitchen tips
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>On Aug 22, 2008, at 1:23 AM, Terry Decker wrote:
>> If the recipe under discussion is the one I'm thinking of, the  
>> frumenty is wheat berries cooked in milk or cream.  It has a  
>> decidedly different texture from frumenties made with meal or farina.
>Most of the recipes I've seen involve the grains being cooked in water  
>until they burst and release their starch; then it's generally cooked  
>further, and very slowly, with milk, then eggs and things like saffron  
>are added near the end of the process. Perhaps it's a matter of  
>interpretation, but if done right, there's not a lot of easily  
>discernible wheat berry structure left by the time you're done.
>Using whole wheat berries will leave more fibrous berry structure in  
>the mass, and there is a difference between that process and using  
>coarsely-ground grain, but the difference is not huge, and since using  
>coarse-ground grain is faster, less likely to burn, and also more  
>appealing to many people (in my own experience, anyway), it's not a  
>bad option when cooking for 400 people.
>If I were doing a small quantity and authenticity were my main  
>priority, rather than one of many, I'd use whole wheat berries.

This sound a lot like cuccia:



Of the recipes I have found, I like the last one the best for being the most "medievaloid."

Here's another version from Calabria; apparently the Italian food writer Calvalcanti says cuccia comes from the Byzantine Greeks, which makes a whole hell of a lot of sense, considering the Greeks (ancient and Byzantine) were the primary settlers of the region.


My father remembers my great-grandmother making cuccia with chickpeas in addition to wheatberries, and served sweet with sugar, cinnamon, and cream.

Gianotta (dragging you all back to Southern Italy once more)

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