Thursday, October 8, 2015

Recipes from John Crophill's Commonplace Book - 26 Viaunde de Cipre

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,


[26.] Viaunde de Cipre
Grynd almondys & tempre it up with good broth tak braun of hennys & pork yef myst be hewe it and grynd it & seson it up with flour of rys yt it be chargeaunt colour it with saffron thanne do to sugre & ginger after it asket do ther to gres than do it fro the fyer to reste.


Viand Cypress is one of the more common medieval recipes and there are versions in almost every surviving cookbook from that period. The versions from Liber and Noble, while not an exact match, are reasonalbly close to the Crophill verison.
Viande de Cipur. Take braunne of capons or hennes þou shalle. Parboyle and drye hit with alle. Hew hom smalle, bray in mortere, As smalle as bred, þat myed were. Take good almonde mylke anone And lye hit up with amydone Or with floure of ryse, þou may. Coloure hit with safron, I þe say. Boyle hit after yche adele, Charge hit with flesshe brayed wele. Seson hit with sugur and þen þy dysshe With almondes set þou schalle florysshe.  [Liber cure cocorum (England, 1430)]
To mak viand de cipre, tak the braun of capon or of henne parboille it and dry it then hew it smalle in a mortair and putt ther to almond mylk and lay it up with amydon or with flour of rise coloure it with saffron and boille it and chargant it with the braed braun and sesson it with sugur and florishe it with almondes and serue it.  [A Noble Boke off Cookry (England, 1468)]

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