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Monday, June 27, 2016

MESUE WITH 14TH C RECIPE FOR YUMMY QURSAS

14º Ramadan mosque (aghdad, Iraq)
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Yuhanna ibn Masawayh, (786-856) Nestorian physician in Baghdad, author of medical works, personal physician to four caliphs and hospital director. Sometimes in Europe, he has been called Joannes or Jean Mesue, the Ancient, but actually Yuhanna Ibn Masawayh is the author of only four Latin treatises attributed to Mesue. Hispano-Arabs and Jews in Al-Andalus carefully studied his works on nutrition. He is noted for having consulted with patients and discussing matters with pupils, including Hunayn ibn Ishaq, at a type of assembly. His works dealt with fevers, medical aphorisms, eye diseases, leprosy, dietetics and melancholy.

Mesue and other wise men of the period cited foods they thought to be the most nutritious. These included semolina bread, legumes such as lentils, fava beans and chickpeas, pasta, young lambs, ragouts, meats prepared in sweet and sour sauces, sweet dishes, pastries, sherbets, rose water and orange blossom water. [Benavides-Barajas. Nueva-Clásica. 1995:14-15; and
ES: Islamic Medical, Feb 24, 03]
Cutting Cookies Out of Thin Dough
Photo by: Lord-Williams


ANOTHER QURSA RECIPE ADAPTED FROM HUICI’S TRANSLATION OF AL-ANDALUS #178 OTRA RECETA DE ALCORZAp 116[1]

Ingredients for about 80 circles 1" in diameter

¾ -2 c white flour
1 egg
½ c cheese
1 egg white
canola oil for frying



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So Simple to Make
Too Simple to Devour - So Yummy!
Photo by: Lord-Williams
Garnish:

⅓ c peeled and chopped almonds
1 c honey
⅓ pistachios
¼ c pine kernels
powdered sugar (optional)

Preparation

Mix flour in a food processor with eggs, fresh bread and cheese. Mix until the cheese is blended. Then knead with egg white. Roll out qursas until paper thin Deep fry in oil. Remove when lightly browned.

Boil honey with chopped almonds. Remove from heat and add slightly ground pistachios and pine kernels. Pour this mixture over  the qursas. Sprinkle with sugar, if desired, and serve.


[1] Alcorzas in Spanish are called qursas en English. They are small round flatbread rolls. See blog titled alcorza, published November 7, 2011 almizcle published August 23, 2011; arroba published November 17, 2011; and embadurnar published February 7, 2014 for other qursa recipes.

HUICI’S TRANSLATION OF AL-ANDALUS #178








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