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Friday, February 28, 2014

ENCARGAR WITH 14TH CENTURY OAT DRINK WITH ALMOND MILK

Wagon and Barrels
Keith Lovelady's Photography
to put in charge, look after, place an order for. Nola explains that a duty of the household administrator (despensero) was to obtain supplies. 

One of the administrator’s most important duties was to ensure that no one went hungry on the estate(s) where he was employed. This was a very entailed duty as many supplies were obtained for an entire year as seen in the records of the Duke of Medina Sedonia’s administrator who placed orders from Madrid for up to 12 months. 

A Supply Order: Oats and Burlap to Make Bags
Photo by Lord-Williams
Supplies varied as they included foodstuffs such as rice from Valencia, i.e. items not necessarily produced on the lord’s estate. Depending on the location of the lord’s estates, items such as wheat for bread making, dried beans for pottages, rice for broths and oats for soppes or drinks could be ordered. [Nola. 1989:fo. xxi; and Nola/Pérez.1994:195]

HOW TO MAKE AN OAT DRINK OR SOPPES WITH ALMOND MILK ADAPTED FROM SENT SOVÍ # LXXXXVIIII QUI PARLA CON SE FFA AVENAT AB LET DE AMELLES, p 130

A Very Healthy Drink
Photo by: Lord-Williams
Ingredients

1 c almonds
4 c chicken broth
1 c oats

Preparation

Grind almonds and chicken broth. Continue grindin and when well mixed, strain.

Put oats into a thin cloth bag like “ordiate” (barley water). and place them in a pan with the almond milk. Bring to a boil and simmer, tasting every five minutes. The desired consistency should take about 15 minutes if instant but over an hour if not.

Remove oats from the pan and put it in glasses. Sprinkle with sugar and serve.


They can be served hot or cold.

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