[Sca-cooks] New 'invention' of medieval food?

Gretchen Beck cmupythia at cmu.edu
Fri Aug 19 07:15:20 PDT 2011

From: sca-cooks-bounces+grm+=andrew.cmu.edu at lists.ansteorra.org [sca-cooks-bounces+grm+=andrew.cmu.edu at lists.ansteorra.org] on behalf of Craig Daniel [teucer at pobox.com]
Sent: Friday, August 19, 2011 8:23 AM
To: Cooks within the SCA
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] New 'invention' of medieval food?

Actually, I have seen references to Middle English uses of the word
"alegar" (albeit only in secondary sources about brewing; haven't
chased down any references) - but I'm quite certain it was more
commonly referred to as a vinegar, even back then.

THe Middle English Dictionary has these quotes (s.v aligre)

    (a1399) Form Cury (Add 5016)   56:  Vynegur, aysell, oþer alegur.  (c1422) Invent.Norwich in Nrf.Archaeol.12   202:  j parvum barel pro alegre.  a1450 Hrl.Cook.Bk.(1) (Hrl 279)   28:  With Venegre, or eysel, or with Alegere.  c1450 Med.Bk.(1) (Med-L 136)   24/25:  Temper it with a lyttell aleg[er] of gude alle.  

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