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Sunday, April 04, 2004

Lent Cuisine

Lent's almost over, so of course I only now post links to Lenten food! Ah, well. Someday I'll be organized.

Tart in Ymbre Day is a sort of quiche suitable for the Ember Days. This paper includes a redaction of the original recipe and an account of the reasoning behind it. Here is another redaction of the same recipe, and here's Cariadoc's version.

Tart de Brymlent is a sort of savory fruit and fish tart.

Fake fish is a subtlety: apple pie shaped like a fish. And check this out -- "split nuns" are a really good sort of cinnamon devilled eggs. Mmmmmmmmm! (But of course they wouldn't work for medieval Lent. All animal products were out, including eggs, until later in the period.)

Lente Foyles is a vegetable dish...but there's also raisins and almond milk and other goodies included. Ryse of Fysche Day is suitable for medieval Fridays.

Doucets are a dessert tart. The recipe here is not for medieval Lent, as all dairy products (lacticinia) were part of abstinence back then; but replacing the cream with almond milk would make it work as a Lenten dish. Here are some recipes from Cariadoc's page which demonstrate this common medieval substitution: "To Make Blamaunger in Lenten" and "Vyande de Cyprys in Lent", and "Cress in Lent with Milk of Almonds".

Lente Frytoures are really old school apple fritters.

The Shire of Hart Stone must kick butt, because they actually put together a Lent page. Woohoo! Education!

What, you want more than medieval food? How about simnel cake?

Or Mexican Lent foods? Hmmm, that explains why nopalitos were 99 cents a jar at Kroger.... Pipián sauce sounds good. Here are two recipes for fruit empanadas, and here is one for capirotada. (Pan dulce is not "sweetbreads"; it's bread that is sweet. Just a hint. Here's a different recipe that starts with plain bread, and another. This version comes with pictures of someone's grandma making it, so you know it's authentic.... This one has cheese in it, too.

Happy Palm Sunday!


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