[Sca-cooks] Olla podrida and family members vs. in-laws

Suey lordhunt at gmail.com
Wed Mar 9 16:27:12 PST 2011

Donna Green wrote:
> There are several period recipes for Olla Podrida and it bears a number of similarities to cocido.
     Among medieval Spanish cookery fans and experts cocido is never 
linked to olla podrida although both have powerful (poderida or 
podereso) ingredients, pork especially. Traditionally chickpeas are a 
main ingredient in cocido. Chickpeas were brought to Cartagena by the 
Arabs where Spaniards readily accepted them while Romans scorned them. 
The olla podrida traditionally is a meat and vegetable stew which could 
include rotten (podrida) barley.
     Harisa and capirotada are relatives of the olla podrida while 
Jewish stews prepared for the sabbath such as hamin are medieval members 
of the cocido family.

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