[Sca-cooks] Some recipes that I have redacted.
Huette von Ahrens
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Mon Sep 15 15:00:24 PDT 2008
Our local barony had their Anniversary Tournament on Saturday and there was a pot luck luncheon at noon. Here are the recipes that I used and my redactions with commentaries.
To make a tarte of Spinnage [From The good huswifes Jewell. 1596]
Take three handfull of Spinnage, boile it in faire water, when it is boyled, put away the water from it and put the spinnage in a stone morter, grind it smal with two dishes of butter melted, and four rawe egges, then straine it and season it with sugar, Sinamon and ginger, and lay it in your Coffin, when it is hardened in the oven, then bake it and when it is enough, serve it upon a faire dish, and cast upon it Sugar and Biskets.
1 package 12 oz fresh baby spinach
8 oz melted butter
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
Line a 9" pie pan with pie crust. Blind bake it for 15 min in a preheated 450 degree oven.
Take spinach and boil in a saucepan with a cup of water for 10 to 15 min. until tender. Drain and grind in a morter until smooth. Mix eggs, butter, sugar, cinnamon, and ginger together. [I used a mixer on high.] Add spinach and mix until eggs are somewhat fluffy. Pore mixture into prepared pie crust and bake 30 to 40 min. in a 350 degree oven. Sugar may be strewn on top just before serving. [I didn't.]
To boile onions [From The good huswifes Jewell. 1596]
Take a good many onions and cut them in four quarters, set them on the fire in as much water as you think will boile them tender, and when they be clean skimmed, put in a good many raisons, halfe a grose pepper, a good peece of sugar, and a little salte, and when the onions be through boiled, beat the yolke of an Egge with Vergious, and put into your pot and so serve it upon soppes. If you will, poch Egges and lay upon them.
3 large sweet onions, pealed and quartered.
8 oz. raisins
1 tsp. pepper
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
16 oz water
Toasted bread for sops
3 hard boiled eggs, sliced
Throw first six ingredients into a crock pot and boil on high for 7 hours. Serve with the sops and decorate with sliced eggs.
This was the last item that I made. I almost decided not to make this as it was late and I was very tired. I didn't relish standing over a hot stove watching this boil. Just as I was about to go to bed, the thought occured to me that I could make this in a crock pot and still get some sleep. I decided to hard boil the eggs as I thought it would be prettier to decorate with them than with a poached egg. I also didn't thicken this dish, because the onions remained so large. If they had mushed up, I would have added the thickener. The next time I make this, I will chop the onions finer. While this dish tasted very good, the large pieces of onion were somewhat hard to keep on the sops. But that is just a personal choice for me.
To make red deere [From The good huswifes Jewell. 1596]
Take a legge of beef, and cut out all the sinews clean, and take a roling pin and all to beate it, then perboile it, and when you have so doon lard it very thick and lay it in wine or vinegar for two or three howers, or a whole night then take it out & season it with peper, salt, cloves and maice, then put it into your past, & so bake it.
4 smallish steaks tenderized by the butcher
1/4 bottle of claret
4 or 5 strips of bacon
1 tsp each salt, pepper, ground cloves and ground mace.
Put steaks in a dish or pan and marinate them with the claret for two or three hours. Take an 8.5x11" pan and line the bottom with pie crust. Place your steaks into the crust, sprinkle with spices and then lay bacon on top of steaks. Place another crust on top of the meat and seal the top and bottom together. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 min., then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for a further 60 min. May be served either hot or cold.
When I made this I actually put the bacon on the bottom of the steaks, but that made the bottom crust soggy. Next time, I will put the bacon on the top. The recipe called for larding, but being short on time, I felt that the dish wouldn't taste that much different if I just laid the bacon in the pie. The steak was plenty tender and juicy. Since the pot luck was at an outdoors event, I served it cold. I brought the leftovers home and served them to my family hot. Although they both tasted good, I felt that it was much better hot.
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