Friday, November 20, 2015

Recipes from John Crophill's Commonplace Book - 57 Letlardes

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

This manuscript is dated before 1485.

The 69 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,


[57.] Letlardes
Tak eryn & cow melk & swenge hem to gidre tak lard of freysch pork & sithen schere it on smale pecys kast it ther in hoylle & styr it tyl it be gaderyd on a crudde than leche it & kest it on a grederne & serve it with frotours.


The title of this recipe comes from the French, "lait lardee" (larded milk). While a very common recipe in medieval English cookbooks, the versions in Liber and Noble are the closest matches.
Lede lardes. Take eyren and swete mylke of a cow, Swyng hom togedur, as I byd now. Take larde of fresshe porke with alle, Sethe hit and schere hit on peses smalle. Cast þer in and boyle hit, þenne Styr hit wele, as I þe kenne, Tyl hit be gedered on crud harde. Leche hit, and rost hit afterwarde Apone a gredel, þen serve þou may Hit forthe, with spit, as I þe say.  [Liber cure cocorum (England, 1430)]
To mak ledlardes of one coloure tak eggs and cow mylk and swinge them to gedur then sethe it and hew it in small peces and boile it and stirre it till be ron upon a herd curde then lesshe it and rost it upon a gredirn and serue it  [A Noble Boke off Cookry (England, 1468)]

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