[Sca-cooks] Taro, was looking for lentil recipe
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lilinah at earthlink.net
Thu Mar 10 11:56:32 PST 2011
>The monthly meeting of the Culinary Historians of Southern California is
>this Saturday. The lecture topic has no bearing on this email thread,
>but I expect Charles Perry to be there and I may have to ask him about
>Taro in Arab cookery. Taro, same as in Japanese cookery? I don't
>remember seeing this ingredient around in Arabian recipes.
Alas, we do not have any SCA-period Arabian recipes.
Fortunately we have many recipes from other places written in Arabic.
Colocasia appears in a number of medieval Arabic recipes. It appears
to still be enjoyed in modern times, especially in Egypt. The Arabic
name for it is transliterated as qulqas or kilkas.
Since Charles Perry translated the recipe i quoted, i imagine he will
defend his translation.
Taro is listed in the General Index of "Medieval Arab Cookery" as
being on pages 134, 137, 310, 326, 328, 340, 364, 446, 474, 475.
Pages 134 & 137 are within Maxime Rodinson's analysis of Wusla ila
l-habib fi wasf il-tayyibat wa-al-tib. The recipes are not given in
full as Rodinson intended to make a complete translation,
concordance, and comparison of all known copies of this book, but
WWII prevented him from viewing some copies, and he died without
completing the project. I keep hoping that Charles Perry is working
on it. On page 134, taro/colocasia appears in recipe 20: "a good side
dish (naql): colocasia fried with sanbusak, meat, and small
meatballs". Page 137 says: "8: dishes using colocasia, 5 recipes, one
of which is named mutawakkiliyta in honour of the caliph and another
sitt shani';" although Rodinson gives no details of any of these 5
Pages 310, 326, 328, 340, 364, and 446 are all in the "Book of the
Description of Familiar Foods", translated by Charles Perry.
Pages 474 and 475 are from the 15th c. Kitab al-Tabakha, also
translated by Charles Perry, one of which i quoted in full.
I will be happy to include synsopses of all those recipes, as
translated by Charles Perry, if you like.
I mentioned this, briefly, on 25 August 2009 in the midst of a
discussion titled "Substitute for Potatoes"
Additionally, Colocasia appears in at least one recipe by Apicius. On
25 Feb 2010, Mahdavi mentioned a recipe for taro/colocasia from
Apicius in a discussion titled "Posting Menu- Trimaris Spring
Coronation". Bear replied, challenging only her decision to frie that
taro rather than boil it as mentioned in both the the Vehling and
the Flower and Rosenbaum translations
Urtatim [that's err-tah-TEEM]
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