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

Laura C. Minnick lcm at jeffnet.org
Fri Aug 19 07:29:40 PDT 2011

On 8/19/2011 7:15 AM, Gretchen Beck wrote:
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> 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.

Awesome! Well, they're not spelled the same. And he's still not making 
'alegar' from a 15th century recipe. :-P


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