Thursday, May 30, 2013

Recipes from the Wagstaff Miscellany - 42 Chaudone of Veel

Recipes from the Wagstaff Miscellany (Beinecke MS 163)

This manuscript is dated about 1460.

The 200 (approx.) recipes in the Wagstaff miscellany are on pages 56r through 76v.

Images of the original manuscript are freely available on the Yale University Library website.

I have done my best to provide an accurate, but readable transcription. Common abbreviations have been expanded, the letters thorn and yogh have been replaced with their modern equivalents, and some minor punctuation has been added.

Copyright © 2013 by Daniel Myers,


42.  Chaudone of Veel
Take the bowels of veel make hem clene sethe them in fresshe brothe cut hem smalle take pouder and wyne or veneger and alay hit withe brede take past of floure of whete and make pelettez and them in grece and put to gedere.


This is another odd recipe, a sort of veal tripe with dumplings, and appears to be unique.  The closest recipe I could find was from the 17th century A NEVV BOOKE of Cookerie.
To bake a Calues Chaldron. Parboyle it, and coole it, and picke out the Kernels, and cut it in small pieces: then season it with Pepper, Salt, and Nutmeg: put in a few sweet Hearbes chopt, a piece of sweet Butter, sprinckle it with Uergis, and so close it. When you serue it in, put to it a little of a Cawdle, made with Nutmeg, Uinegar, Butter, Sugar, and the yolkes of two newe layde Egges, a spoonefull of Sack, and the iuyce of an Orenge.  [A NEVV BOOKE of Cookerie (England, 1615)]

There are other recipes for "chaudron", which is an archaic word for "entrails", usually calling for the offal of game birds but sometimes fish, and there's even a meatless version that uses nuts.
Chawdwyn. Take Gysers, lyuers, and hertes of Swannes, or of wilde gese; And if the guttes be fatte, slytte hem, and cast hem there-to, And boile hem in faire water; And then take hem vppe, And hew hem smale, and caste into the same broth ayene, but streyne hit thorgh a streynour firste; And caste thereto pouder of peper and of canell, and salt, and vinegre, And lete boile; And then take the blode of the swan, and fressh broth, and brede, and drawe hem thorgh a streynour and cast thereto, And lete al boyle togidre; And then take pouder of Gynger, whan hit is al-moost ynough, And caste there-to, And serue it forthe.  [Two Fifteenth-Century Cookery-Books (England, 1430)]

Chaudewyne. Take the Guttes of fressh Samon, and do awey the gall; and slytte hem, and caste hem in a potte, and boyle hem in water right well; And ley hem vpon a borde, and hewe hem; And then stepe brede in the same licour, And cast som of the samon broth thereto, And drawe all thorgh a streynour; and then caste the hewen guttes and the drawen brede in a potte, and a litull wyn, pouder of Canell, or saffron, And lete boyle togidre; And cast there-to pouder of peper, Vinegre, and salt; And lete hit be rennyng.  [Two Fifteenth-Century Cookery-Books (England, 1430)]

To mak chawdwen de boyse tak noot kirnelles and fry them in oile then sethe them in almond mylk put ther to flour of ryse and other poudures and fry not kirnelles and colour them with saffron and serue them.  [A Noble Boke off Cookry (England, 1468)]

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