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Friday, March 28, 2014

ENSALADA WITH A UNIQUELY MEDIEVAL RECIPE



THE MAD MAN!
I love tossing the Salad
Photo from Paul McDae(DeltaNiner)
Leon. ensalá, Eng. salad. In Spain, it is defined as food containing among other ingredients: herbs, meats, salted ingredients, fish, olives, conserves, egg yolks, borage, sugared almonds, lettuce, radishes and rocket. In the Middle Ages salad greens were composed of bugloss, lettuce, mint and catnip. No matter what the ingredients, Spanish salads always have had a vinegar and oil dressing and they are salted. A Spanish proverb states, “To make a good salad, four men are needed: for the salt, a wise man; for the oil, a prodigal man; for the vinegar, a stingy man; and to mix it, a crazy man. . .” In England it included: common greens and herbs such as parsley, garlic, onions and watercress; although used fennel, leeks, borage, mint, rue and purslane were not as common. See tabbouleh. [Drummond. 1964:59; Ibn Zuhr/García Sánchez. 1992:106; and Pers convers. Vías. Oct 18, 02]
Contemplating Salad Ingredients in the Backyard
Photo by: Lord-Williams

Ingredients

salt
oil
vinegar
a garden with greens, radishes, garlic and onions
an orchard with almond trees
a corral with pigs and cows
a chicken coup with hens

Preparation

Wash the ingredients well. Shred them and/or chop them. Give these ingredients to 4 men as described above.





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