|Mother Hen and Family|
Photo by: Lord-Willliams
It was thought that although chickens eat the same as the thrush and that the hen’s digestive system transforms that ingested into something good in all its meat as per the physicians in Al-Andalus. Hens were boiled. Roasted, the meat was too tough.
Villena instructs that it should be carved like the peacock except the lower part of the wing was not removed and the leg was only cut into two parts, nor is the sternum cut as this is a small bird. The coccyx is served whole as well as the eggs, after shell and delicate membrane covering them are removed. The ovary is left whole. Avenzoar stated that it was amongst the best meats with a dry tendency.
[Benavides-Barajas. Nueva-Clásica. 1995:199; Espasa. 1988: 46:POLO:173; ES: Carroll-Man. Guisados 2-art. Jun 6, 01:glos; Ibn Zuhr/García Sánchez. 1992:51; and Villena/Calero. 2002:22b]
HEN BROTH IN ALMOND MILK ADAPTED FROM SENT SOVÍ #CLXXV QUI PARLA CON SE FFA BROU DE GUALINES AB LET DE AMELLES, 190-191
1 punch parsley
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp sage
1 tsp mint leaves
¼ tsp white pepper
1 pinch saffron
½ tsp salt
¼ c peeled and chopped almonds
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp honey (optional)
Put the leaves from the bunch of parsley in a food processor and enough water to cover the blades. Grind them, strain them and reserve 1 tbsp. Put the rest back into the food processor.
Peel the almonds and grind them in a food processor with the rest of the parsley. Make one qt liquid with the parsley water and chicken broth. Add this to the almonds and parsley mixture. Strain them through a cheesecloth into a pot with a hen and cover with chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and boil gently until done, about 1 hr.
|A Colorful Medieval Dish|
Photo by: Lord-Williams
When the meat is tender, remove the hen from the broth and shred it, discarding the bones. Put the meat back into the pot. Chop the liver and it to the broth and season it with thyme, sage, mint leaves, saffron, dissolved in a little broth, salt and pepper.
Grind the remaining almonds and add them to the pot with 1 tbsp chopped parsley. Bring to a boil. Lower heat, remove the lid and continue to boil for 15-20 minutes until it thickens.
If desired add honey before serving.