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Friday, April 20, 2018


Photo from: pj6a
the Feast Day of St. Peter, June 29, marking the beginning of the harvest season. It continues to be a great festival. St Peter, originally a fisherman, was one of the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ, who supposedly died on that day. He is known as the founder of the Roman Catholic Church and the first Bishop or Pope of Rome. It is also the feast of St. Paul. Traditionally, fish is eaten on this feast day as both St. Peter and St. Paul were fisherme

#358 OTRA CLASE DE LO MISMO, pp 196-197


2 lbs sardines, red mullet or other[1]
¾ c vinegar
1 tbsp murri
½ tsp white pepper
1 tsp saffron mashed and dissolved
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp spikenard
1 tsp galingale
½ tsp mastic
3 citron leaves
6 prunes
½ c almonds
3 garlic cloves
sprigs of thyme
½ c oil


Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC

Scale and slice the fish. Dip it in boiling water. Remove imediately. Wash in cold water.

Put it in a frying pan. Pour vinegar with dissolved saffron, cinnamon, spikenard, galingale and a little mastic, citron leaves and chopped prunes soaked in vinegar over it.

Sprinkle this with chopped almonds and garlic cloves wrapped in sprigs of thyme. Pour plenty of oil over this. 

Put in a moderate oven and leave until the sauce is dries up and the top is browned. Turn off oven and let it sit about 20 minutes before serving. 

[1]St Peter’s fish, tilapia or Amnon.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


Grated Breadcrumbs
Photo by: Lord-Williams

semolina bread; grated crumbs presumably from semolina bread instead of wheat. [Benavides-Barajas. Alhambra. 1999:94-95; ES: Anon/Perry.Sep 5, 00:117; and Gázquez.  Cocina. 2002:90]

See blog titled broca published April 27, 2012 for the Anón Al-Andalus recipe #396 for "Harisa Made with White Bread Crumbs or Samid Instead of Wheat," p 217.

Friday, April 13, 2018


Photo from: Mahesh Mishra
OCast soma, Eng. bran, branny outer layer of wheat. It is the coarsest outer layer of the husk covering wheat, barley, or other grains, which is separated from the flour after milling. 

"Royal Fava Beans"
Photo by: Lord-Williams
In the Middle Ages, the bran was removed before cooking the grain. The method for doing this is explained in Nola’s recipe for groats. 

In Al-Andalus, it was used to make couscous grains. Further north, in the days of Juan Ruíz, bran bread was one of the few foods shepherds took to the mountains with them while watching over their flocks. Too it was a grain fed to livestock to fatten them up for the slaughter. Further, it was squeezed into bath water to relieve insect bites.Wheat and other brans are consumed today for their dietary fiber, which prevent constipation or relieve chronic constipation. 

[Benavides-Barajas. Nueva-Clásica. 1995:33; Gázquez. Cocina. 2002:78:87; Nola. 1989:xxvi-2:lxxi-1; Nola/Pérez. 1994:209; OXF Dict. 1989:II:BBC:485; and Ruíz/Saínz. 1986:1031]

See blog titled "Cesto" published November 21, 2012 for Nola's recipe xxvi-2 "Rice with Meat Broth."

See blog titled "Judia" published July 24, 2015 for Nola's recipe lxxi-1titled "Royal Fava Beans." 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


From: Aaron Sp

Cat. donar ayguamans, Eng the ceremony of washing hands before and after meals. For this a ewer, basin and towels, normally perfumed with rosewater were used. In medieval Spain, washing hands was an important act for all. Even Ramón Berenguer III, Count of Barcelona, asked for water to wash his hands when dining with el Cid, the legendary hero from Burgos who liberated Valencia from the Moors, at the end of the 11th C. See aguamaniles.[Alonso Luengo. 1994:41-42; and Lladonosa. Cocina. 1984:66] 

Monday, April 9, 2018


"el beso"
The Kiss!
Photo by: Lord-Williams
OCast. salua, MEng asay, Eng. 1. assay or tasting of food and drink for poisons performed by an official of the household, a very important ceremony to insure that the food and drink is not poisoned, performed to save the king or lord of the household. It indicated the high social standing of the lord and was symbolic of the act of eating. The head steward or wine steward tasted the liquids. In Spanish it is called “el beso,” the kiss. After the steward approved the item, it is served to his master.

Villena dedicates a chapter on personal hygiene of men and women, their clothing, jewels to be worn, food not to be eaten for producing bad breath, vigilating food colors and bad smells, and ointments to be used to prevent polluting the air and poisoning eaters. See señores de la salva. [Alonso Luengo. 41-42; Curye. 1985:170; Nola/Iranzo. 1982:171; Sas. 1976:562; and Villena/Calero. 2002:15-18:10b-12b]

Friday, April 6, 2018


Photo by: Lord-Williams
L. salsūgō, Eng. brine. Water strongly impregnated with salt; salinity, salt quantity. The term is used in reference to salmuera. See almorí de pescado andmuria. [Arjona. 1983:28; and Castro.Alimentación. 1996:176:306]

Wednesday, April 4, 2018


Heating a Thin Sauce
Photo by: Lord-Williams

light or thin sauce. [ES: Carroll-Mann. Guisados 2-art. Jun 6, 01:glos; and Nola/Pérez. 1994:209].