Cuisine: Medieval

Mawmenee

Maumenee

This is one of the stranger dishes I have run into. It is a sweet wine stew with foul meat and nuts. It is very much a medieval dish with all the spices and colouring and artificiality that was so priced. It is also a really tasty dish, but also very sweet dish.  It works really well as a side dish for game – like we in modern time use a jam or cranberry sauce with game. The dish can be made with any kind of foul – the meat should be a game-meat as that adds to the flavour.

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Medieval game pie

Medieval Game Pie

Postej af Vildsteeg at berede oc bage

A medieval game pie, I used deer, but it could be any game meat. The meat is cooked and spiced before it is cased in a pie crust. Unlike most of the pies I used the pie dough printed along with the filing.

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Spring onion and fennel

Vegetable soup

A tasty and filling spring vegetable soup, inspired by medieval cooking techniques and produce. The soup pairs well with sausages and bread.

If you have any spring herbs handy, I am sure they would work great, but we were too tired to do any foraging this evening.

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Vegetable soup
A tasty and filling spring soup, inspired by medieval cooking techniques and produce. Perfect campfire food.
Spring onion and fennel
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Spring onion and fennel
Instructions
  1. Make sure to have a fire going with some embers.
  2. Cut the vegetables into chunks, dices and slices
  3. Fry them off quickly to soften the onion in the bottom of the cooking pot
  4. Pour in water (the amount you want for the soup)
  5. Let it simmer for a bit
  6. Add the barley
  7. Let it all simmer until the barley is tender (this should take about 20 minutes)
  8. Season it with what-ever you got handy, but it will need a bit of salt. Herbs would be great.
  9. Serve the soup with bread

Medieval hand pies

Medieval hand pies with three types of filling. Each pie can be cut into four pieces and shared. I have included three ideas for filling but you can vary it to your heart’s desire. They are the perfect lunch food for a busy event and can be made well beforehand. They are quite sturdy and keep well. They taste best reheated either in the oven or over the campfire, but they can be eaten cold.

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Alimenti: vino bianco, dal Taccuino Sanitatis, Manoscritto Casanatense 4182

Lutendranck 2

Lutendranck in a renaissance glass with cardamom podsThis is the new and improved and thoroughly tested version of lutendranck. The recipe is based on a recipe from a original German cookbook  by Anna Wecker from 1598 (from the Danish edition). Keep Reading

Maumenee

Maumenee is a kind of sweet wine stew with game meat, dates and nuts. It is a lot tastier than that sound. It works really well as a sauce for other game dishes.

I think it can be made with any game meat. We used rook, the original recipe calls for chicken or hare.

The original recipe from 1390 from Forme of Cury1

Mawmenee. Take a potell of wyne greke and ii poude of sugur; take and clarfye the sugur with a quantite of wyne & drawe it thurgh a strynour in to a pot of erhe. Take pynes with date and frye hem a litell in grece oþer in oyle and cast hem togydre. Take clowes & flour of canel hool and cast þerto. Take powdour gynger, canel, clowes, colour it with saundres a lytel yf hit be nede. Cast salt þerto, and lat it seeþ warly with a slowe fyre and not to thyk. Take brawn of capouns ysteysed oþer of feauntes teysed small and cast þerto.

I will recommend using less sugar than the recipe calls for. I will post an updated recipe once I have tested it. We used powdour fort in addition to the spices listed – because we like it. But this is the recipe as it is in Middelaldermad, I added our variations in parentheses. I would also recommend making a half portion unless you are cooking for a lot of people as the portion is really big.

You can find other versions of the recipe @medievalcookery.com

 

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Maumenee
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 bottle white wine preferably sweet German white wine, but any white wine will do
  • 400 grams sugar use less than this - the wine mixture should be sweet but not overly so.
  • 100 milliliters rice flour
  • 200 milliliters pine nuts we used chopped almonds which worked fine
  • 200 milliliters dates quartered (without stones). Fresh or dry
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil for frying
  • 400 grams rooster or pheasant or rook. Diced
The spices
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 bottle white wine preferably sweet German white wine, but any white wine will do
  • 400 grams sugar use less than this - the wine mixture should be sweet but not overly so.
  • 100 milliliters rice flour
  • 200 milliliters pine nuts we used chopped almonds which worked fine
  • 200 milliliters dates quartered (without stones). Fresh or dry
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil for frying
  • 400 grams rooster or pheasant or rook. Diced
The spices
Instructions
  1. Wine and sugar is heated though until the sugar is dissolved. Dissolve the rice flour in a bit of water (I used about half a cup) to prevent lumps and thicken the wine with the rice flour.
  2. Fry the dates and nuts in the olive oil and add it to the pot.
  3. Tie the whole spices into a piece of cloth or a tea bag and put them into the pot. Add the other spices. Color the stew with the sandalwood or the food coloring. You want it to stop being greyish.
  4. Let it simmer for a bit. Take up the spice bag (it is easier that way) and add in the raw meat.
  5. Let the stew simmer for 15 minutes until it reaches a sauce consistency.
  6. Add salt to taste. Serve warm
Recipe Notes

Source: The original recipe from 1390 from Forme of Cury. Form of Cure, originally from Curye in Inglysch, edited by C. B. Hieatt and S. Butler, London 1985). From Middelaldermad by Bi Skaarup & Henrik Jacobsen. There are many other transcriptions of this recipe, but this is the one I used.

You can find other versions of the recipe @medievalcookery.com

Green Peas to serve with meat

This is a side dish of spiced green peas that goes well with meat. The recipe is from the 1400’s.

Grene Pesen. Take yonge grene pesen, and sethe hom with gode broth of beef, and take parsel, sage, saveray, and ysope, and a lytle brede, and bray all this in a morter, and sume of the pesen therpyth, and tempur hit wuth the broth, and do hit in a pot to the other pesen, and let hit boyle togedur, and serve hit forth.

From Pleyn Delit, no 20

I used fewer spices than the original recipe calls for, just because it is in the middle of the winter and I wasn’t able to get hold of hyssop or savory or mint at this time of year. Instead I used thyme – I am sure the real version is more complex, but my version did taste good.

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Green Peas to serve with meat
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Defrost the peas, if you are using frozen ones, like I did.
  2. Cook the peas in a bit of stock.
  3. Bend the bread to make breadcrumbs - remember to remove the crust.
  4. Take 100 ml of peas and blend them with the stock and herbs.
  5. Heat the pea source and let it thicken a bit.
  6. Mix it with with the cooked peas and heat them if needed.
Recipe Notes

Source: Pleyn Delit 1400's

Powdour Fort

Powder fort is a strong spice mix used primary in meat dishes. Like all medieval spice mixes this one has a number of different recipes. This is the one I use right now.

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Powdour Fort
A medieval spice mix, used in the savoury kitchen
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Measure the spices out and mix them together
  2. Store in a dark place and it will keep for months.
Recipe Notes

Source: Middelalder mad af Bi Skaarup og Henrik Jacobsen s. 135