Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Recipes from John Crophill's Commonplace Book - 35 Rosee

Recipes from John Crophill's Commonplace Book (Harley MS 1735)

This manuscript is dated before 1485.

The 68 recipes in John Crophill's Commonplace Book are on pages 16v through 28v.

Images of the original manuscript are freely available on the British 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 © 2015 by Daniel Myers,


[35.] Rosee
Tak fleysch of hennys & pork & seth it & mak good broth & cler tak levis of rosys wel lesyn & clene wasch hem & grynd hem & tempre hem with the broth & do it to the fyer tak flour of rys or of wastelbred mak it chargeaunt tak so then of the hole rosys and do ther to & let it wellen tak aperty of saundrys and saffron to the colour do to salt do it fro the fyer & qwan it sal ben dressed strew in the disch of the levis of the rose as it were in the manere of pouder.


Roses were often used in medieval cooking, and there corresponding recipes called "rosee" in both Liber and Noble.
Rose. Take flour of ryse, as whyte as sylke, And hit welle, with almond mylke. Boyle hit tyl hit be chargyd, þenne Take braune of capone or elle of henne. Loke þou grynd hit wondur smalle, And sithen þou charge hit with alle. Coloure with alkenet, sawnder, or ellys with blode, Fors hit with clowes or macys gode. Seson hit with sugur grete plenté, Þis is a rose, as kokes telle me.  [Liber cure cocorum (England, 1430)]
To mak rose, tak flour of ryse and temper it with almond mylk and mak it chaungynge then tak the braun of capon or of henne sodyn and grind it and charge it ther with and colour it with sanders and blod and fors it with clowes and maces and sesson it with sugur and serue it.  [A Noble Boke off Cookry (England, 1468)]

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