Tudor Food Recipe
To make the best
An excellent way of dressing Fish. Take a piece of fresh
Salmon, and wash it clean in a little Vinegar and water, and
let it lie a while in it, then put it into a great Pipkin
with a cover, and put to it some six spoonfuls of water and
four of Vinegar, and as much of white-wine, a good deal of
Salt a handful of sweet herbs, a little white Sorrel, a few
Cloves, a little stick of Cinamon, a little Mace; put all
these in a Pipkin close, and set it in a Kettle of seething
water, and there let it stew three hours. You may do Carps,
Eeles, Trouts, &c. this way, and they Tast also to your
Dressed Salmon Tudor Food Recipe
The above Tudor recipe for Dressed Salmon is written in totally different
fashion to modern recipe books!
There were no lists of ingredients in Tudor recipes - these were included as part of
- Ingredient measurements were extremely basic
during the Tudors era and quantities
were not often specified!
Temperature control was difficult and therefore not specified - this
was left to the cook
Cooking times were also vague and left to the cook
It was assumed that the person reading the recipe would already have some knowledge of
The History of the Recipe Book
Some of the language might be referred to as 'Olde English'
The art of cooking and the recipe was passed verbally from one
generation to the next
The first printed book ever to be published in English was in 1474!
Many Tudor women were unable to read
The idea of a Recipe Book was an entirely new concept in the
renaissance period of the Tudors
The first Recipe Books to be printed in England which included many
old Tudor and Medieval recipes were called:
1545 - 'A Propre
new booke of Cokery'
1588 - 'The Good
Huswifes Handmaid for Cookerie in her kitchen'
1596 - 'The Good
1610 'Mrs. Sarah
Longe her Receipt Booke'
Dressed Salmon Recipe
The above Old recipe is taken from the book entitled:
Expertly Prescribing The Most Ready Wayes, Whether Italian, Spanish Or
French, For Dressing Of Flesh And Fish, Ordering Of Sauces Or Making Of
Printed by E.B. for Nath. Brook , at the Angel in Cornhill , 1658
Dressed Salmon Recipe
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