“They Can Do What?” 6 Forgotten Medieval Recipes That Might Just Make You Immortal (or Just Really Full)

The culinary experiences we encounter are different globally, varying not only from one region to another but even from one period to another. The medieval period, or the Middle Ages, was a time with different kinds of food based on what people could afford. These recipes give us a glimpse of what the people of the medieval era ate to sustain their lifestyles. The ingredients they used and the food they prepared indicate the people’s way of life and the produce they harvested. Many of these recipes have been lost over time. Some forgotten medieval recipes include:

Charlet

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Charlet is a medieval dish that was called Pork Hash with Egg. The main ingredients of this filling dish include pork, eggs, saffron, milk, and ale.

The preparation of this delectable meal takes little time or effort. The steps below will leave you with a freshly prepared Charlet dish you and your loved ones can enjoy.

Step 1: Add some saffron to sweet milk.

Step 2: Cut the pork into small pieces to your liking.

Step 3: Soak some fresh pork in the milk.

Step 4: Beat the eggs and add them to the pork.

Step 5: Put the mixture of the pork, milk, and eggs in a pot and put the pot over a fire. 

Step 6: Boil the pork and remember to stir it continuously.

Step 7: Once it has reached a boil, add some ale to the pork and let it settle down until it becomes slightly brown.

With this, your Charlet is ready to be served.

Chaudron Entrails

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Another medieval recipe that has been forgotten is the Chaudron Entrails, where entrails refer to wild ducks, pigs, or swans. However, with time, the consumption of swans may be looked down upon or prohibited in many places. 

The ingredients for this recipe include duck and pig entrails, galingale, ginger, cinnamon, bread crumbs, broth, burned bread or blood, and vinegar.

To prepare Chaudron Entrails, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Cut and wash the entrails.

Step 2: Salt the entrails pieces and boil them.

Step 3: Put the galingale, ginger, and cinnamon into a mortar and grind them together.

Step 4: Add the bread crumbs to the ground mixture. Mix them all and add them to the boiled entrails.

Step 5: Add some burned bread or blood to add color to the dish.

Step 6: Season the mixture with some vinegar.

Step 7: Boil everything in a cooking pot until ready to serve.

Blancmange 

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Blancmange is a medieval dessert made using only five ingredients and served cold. This delectable dessert includes rice, almond milk, chicken, sugar, and almonds.

The steps to prepare this dessert are:

Step 1: Take the rice, wash it well, and strain it using a strainer once it’s clean.

Step 2: Mix the rice with almond milk and put the mixture over a fire until it reaches a boil.

Step 3: Tease some of the chicken flesh, and add the meat to the boiled milk and rice mixture to thicken it.

Step 4: Season the mixture with sugar and garnish it with some fried almonds. 

Wait for the mixture to cool down, grab spoons, and dig in! 

Mortrews of Flesh

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Mortrews of Flesh is another medieval dish that caters to meat lovers. The ingredients used in this dish include chicken, pork, egg yolks, broth, bread crumbs, saffron, and spices.

The steps to prepare this meaty delight include:

Step 1: Chop up some chicken & pork and boil them together.

Step 2: Pick out the bones from the meat pieces once the meat is soft enough.

Step 3: Cut the pork into thin slices and grind it well. 

Step 4: Put the ground meat back into the broth.

Step 5: Thick the broth using the bread crumbs.

Step 6: Add some saffron into the broth to give it some color.

Step 7: Boil the broth and set it aside.

Step 8: Mix some egg yolks into the broth.

Step 9: Finally, garnish the dish with your chosen spices.

Once all the steps are completed, you and your loved ones can enjoy a delicious medieval meal of Mortrews of Flesh.

Meat of Cyprus

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Meat of Cyprus is a dish made of chicken meat, cooked unconventionally with some sweet ingredients. These include chicken, almond milk, wheat starch or rice, saffron, sugar, and almonds.

Following the steps below will help you prepare this dish:

Step 1: Take some chicken pieces and boil them only till they are cooked halfway.

Step 2: When the chicken is soft enough, chop some portions into small pieces and pound them using a mortar until they look like grated bread crumbs.

Step 3: Mix the chicken with the wheat starch or rice.

Step 4: Add some saffron to the mixture.

Step 5: Boil the remaining portion, add the pounded meat, and thicken it.

Step 6: Season the chicken using sugar.

Once the chicken is cooked thoroughly, garnish it with almonds and serve.

Chickens in Cretoneé

Chickens in Cretoneé is another chicken-based medieval dish that makes for a great family dinner. Compared to the others in the list above, this is a complicated dish to prepare given it includes more ingredients: Chicken, milk, flour or wheat starch, galingale, ginger, cinnamon, cumin, saffronwater, and sugar.

To prepare this dish, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Mix some cow’s milk with flour or wheat starch.

Step 2: Season the mixture with galingale, ginger, cinnamon, and cumin.

Step 3: Next, add some saffron to the mixture.

Step 4: Boil the chicken by itself. 

Step 5: Cut the chicken into quarters and boil the pieces with the milk mixture.

Step 6: Add some sugar for seasoning.

The dish is ready to serve.

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