Experimenting with recipes from the C14th Forme of Cury in the wonderful Hieatt/Butler edition, I’m struck by the number of expensive and exotic ingredients used, far from the boring old Anglo-Norman cuisine of several centuries earlier. For example, my impression is that almonds–an Iberian speciality–were even more à la mode then than now. The same authors note that “when Queen Eleanor of Castile, homesick for the fruits of her native Spain, sent a ship to bring her some in 1289, the total citrus cargo consisted of 15 lemons and 7 oranges.” I think that comfortably beats Tony Blair’s East African asparagus mousse safari.
- Who’ll write me a drinking song?
MG posted this C15th verse the other day, and D suggested but didn’t provide music: Bring us in good ale, and bring
- April 15th 1904: death and liquid meat in Barcelona
The news today is dominated by the anarchist attempt on prime minister Antonio Maura near the Mercé on the 12th, the
- Physically impossible entry
No 31 in this New York Times collection of strange street signs. My impression is that the Chinese are ahead, but it
- En pelota
Stark naked, or wearing a curious garment?
- Fecundity of rabbits in Spain
With the vaguest of references to i-shepan-im here’s Kirby’s wonderful and scientific museum in 1820: The fecundity of the rabbit is truly