Thursday, June 5, 2014

Recipes from the Wagstaff Miscellany - 117 Wellyd pepyr for rostyd veele

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 © 2014 by Daniel Myers,


117. Wellyd pepyr for rostyd veele
Cut brede in shivys tost hem on a roste yryn that hit be somdele broun yf thu wylte thu may grate hit or els temper hit wyn or with ale & draw hit thorow a streynour that hit be somdele thike put ther to poudyr of pepyr & a lytyl safron boyle hit & serve hit forth hot loke hit have a taste of venyggour.


This recipe is a close match for recipe 57 from A Noble Boke off Cookry, which is an interruption after a 16-recipe run of duplicates.
To mak wellid peper for rost vele tak and cutt bred in schyves and toist it upon a gridirne that it be somdele broun and ye may grat it and temper it with wyne or ale and drawe it throughe a strener that it be somdele thik put ther to pouder and saffron and boile it and serue it hot but let it haue a taist of venygar.  [A Noble Boke off Cookry (England, 1468)]

Simple pepper sauces for veal are reasonably common, but "Welled Pepper" appears to be unique to Noble and Wagstaff.

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