[Sca-cooks] Salad Course in Henry VIII Menu
alysk at ix.netcom.com
Wed Oct 17 05:28:49 PDT 2012
This appeared in a Twitter link from one of the Hampton Court Cooks. I
thought some of you might like the documentation for the "entre de la
table" - sort of the "appetizer". Sure wasn't honey butter!
So, apart from turning readable material into unreadable scrawl, the day
at the BL [Alys: British Library] was a great success....still loads to
read through and more trips needed to look through the books I had today
(not to mention all the others on my list!) but there are only so many
hours in a day.
Big thing for today as far as food goes was finding a few menus that I'd
not come across before. They were in:
The Manuscript of William Dunche, being the Book of the new Ordinary of
the King's Most Honourable Household, anno 31 Henry VIII. Transcripts
edited with notes by A. G. W. Murray, M.A., and Eustace F. Bosanquet.
(Reprinted from the Genealogist, N.S., vol. XXIX. and XXX.).
Which is a different version of the household ordinances for Henry
VIII's court from those printed by the Society of Antiquaries in 1790.
They didn't bother to transcribe pages that they thought were pretty
much the same between the two versions, which includes most of the food
lists, or indeed were subjects that they felt weren't interesting...
which includes the 20 menus in the original MS, they transcribed 4 of
which I had time to copy 1 down (below). Next trip up there I'll copy
the rest and eventually when time allows I'd like to see the original MS
if I can to look through that, but for the moment this "modern" (1914)
transcription will suffice.
What stands out from this menu, and one of the other is the salad
course....the "entre de la table" in this case and the "salat cours" in
the other.....lots to think about really!
So, here is the menu:
"A fare for a soup[er] for the king, the quene and divse lordes and
ladies sitting wt ther highnessis in the gardene at his mannor of
westm[inster] the iijd day of june the xxiiijth yere of the ragne of
king henry viijth.
la entre de la table
cabege lectues rawe
cabege lectues boiled
The first cours
chekyns in criteney
pestelles of venyson stoped wt cloves
side of venyson forced
capons of grece
a Rose garnysshed
tonge in Rug galentyne
ix frittour napken
The second cours
cawdell ferrey Ruge
chekins in chawdell
red dere in past larded
a closse bakemeat
xj Egis in the moon shyne
The third cours
pies of Paris
pepyns in past
xj ffrutor crispe
The iiijth cours
scraped chese wt sugar
pepyns wt pistarde
Waffers and Jpocras"
Although I have copied this as it is in the book, I suspect the original
transcription was slightly modernised for some spelling as there is no
u/v substitution as I would expect to see.
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