[Sca-cooks] Period substitute for tomatoes?

Susan Fox selene at earthlink.net
Fri Aug 21 08:35:44 PDT 2009

You already know a lot of medieval cookery.  You just don't know it 
yet.  Here's a dish called "Loseyns" from the book The Forme of Cury, A 
Roll of Ancient English Cookery, dated about 1390:
"Take good broth and do in an erthen pot. Take flour of payndemayn and 
make + erof past with water, and make + erof thynne foyles as paper with 
a roller; drye it harde and seeth it in broth. Take chese ruayn grated 
and lay it in disshes with powder douce, and lay + eron loseyns isode as 
hoole as  thou myght, and above powdour and chese; and so twyse or 
thryse, & serue it forth."

/I don't know about you but this sounds like a nice noodle kugel to me.  
OK, maybe a sweet lasagna [compare that word with loseyns, sounds 
related].  "Powder Douce" is a spice mixture of sweet spices like 
cinnamon etc.  This one could pack and go just fine. 

Have you been introduce to Stefan's Florilegium yet?  A gold mine of 
resources, articles and emails collected and then organized by topic.  A 
lot of the categories are derived from this list.  Particularly 
pertinent to your request for event food would be this file: 
http://www.florilegium.org/ for the main page.  Shop around there a 
while, I know you will find a lot that you need.

Shabat shalom,
Selene Colfox

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