[Sca-cooks] PIckling

Terry Decker t.d.decker at att.net
Tue Jul 17 09:53:59 PDT 2012

Nice bit of translation.  Sulze can also mean aspic, primarily in the 
Austrian and Southern German dialects, and I can see where this might be an 
aspic.  Does Grimm provide any information on when that usage came about?


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>48. Ein condimentlin (A condiment). Mal kümel und enis mit pfeffer und
>mit ezzige und mit honige. und mach ez gel mit saffran. und tu dar zu
>senf. in disem condimente maht du sulze persilien, bern und clein
>cumpost oder rüeben, waz du wilt.
>Flavor caraway seeds and anise with pepper and with vinegar and with
>honey. And make it gold with saffron. And add thereto mustard. In this
>condiment you may make sulze(pickled or marinated) parsley, and small
>preserved fruit and vegetables, or beets, which(ever) you want.
>[Ein Buch von guter spise, (Germany, ca. 1345 - Alia Atlas, trans.)]

A couple parts of that translation seemed off, so
I compared it with Adamson's translation, and I
don't entirely agree with her either (the nerve
of me!)  I'd read it as:

A condiment.  Grind caraway and anise with pepper
and with vinegar and with honey.  And make it
yellow with saffron.  And add mustard to it.  In
this condiment you make pickled (or salted)
parsley (root), pears and small compost (finely
cut cabbage?) or turnips, whatever you want.

Adamson translates "condiment" as sauce,

cumpost as "sauerkraut",  Grimm has sauerkraut as
one definition of Compost, but in context, I
think this means finely shredded cabbage or
perhaps salted cabbage.

"sulze persilien, bern" as jellied meat with
parsley berries or jellied parsley berries.

Her book lists another transliteration which has
"Piren" rather than "birn", and I think this is
more likely to mean pears than berries, parsley
or otherwise.

The parsley is likely to mean parsley root, rather than the greens.

Per Grimm, "sulze" originally meant salted or
brined, and from there the kind of meat that gets

All in all, this sounds like the compost found in other recipes.


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