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Course Side Dish
Cuisine Historical cooking, Medieval
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 people


  • 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

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon bark
  • 0,5 teaspoon cloves whole
  • 2 teaspoons salt or to taste


  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.

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