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Eel Pie

from Platina's On Right Pleasure and Good Health

Boil for a while an eel which has been skinned and cut up in pieces. Pass almond juice, with
verjuice and rose water, through a sieve into a bowl. It would likewise not be ill advised to
make it thicker by pounding in raisins with three or four figs. Then mix orach, torn by hand
with parsley and fried in a little oil, an ounce of raisins, also an ounce of pine nuts, a little
ginger, pepper, cinnamon, and saffron. Mix into the above-mentioned with your hands until
they make one mass. When they are mixed, put in a well-oiled pan with an undercrust, placing
pieces of eel in layers, as it were. When it has been semicooked pour in a bit of verjuice, rose
water, and sugar into the upper crust, which has been perforated in several places. When it is
finally cooked, serve to your enemies, for it has nothing good in it.


  • At 4:00 PM, Blogger Okir said…

    This sounds simultaneously wonderful and gawdawful. What the hell is orach? Some herb that infuses one with the ability to orate?


  • At 8:44 PM, Blogger Stephen said…

    If I could find my salad gardening book I'd find out about orach. But it's packed away somewhere. I think it's something like spinach or amaranth and grows leafy in warm climes. Maybe it has red highlights?

    I was wondering about verjuice. Platina recommends a liberal use of this item; it's in a number of recipes.

    Well, the dictionary is at my emblow. Elbow. Hmmm, the juice of green fruits, hence, ver(t). crabapples, grapes, etc. That ought to raise a pucker.


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