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Monday, December 19, 2016

ORÉGANO WITH14TH CENTURY RECIPE FOR STUFFED HARD BOILED EGGS

Oregano
Photo by: Lord-Williams
Ast, Leon oriégana, Cat orenga, L. Origanum vulgare, Ar. sater, šardūn (aromatic oregano), Fr. origan, Eng. oregano, common origanum, wild marjoram. As oregano covers the countryside in Greece, they called it oros ganos, “joy of the mountain". Greeks claimed that Aphrodite invented it as a symbol of happiness.

It was prescribed as an antidote against poisoning because Aristotle observed that turtles ate oregano immediately after swallowing a snake and did not die. This herb should be on hand always just in case anyone should happen to eat a poisonous snake.

Ancient Egyptians used oregano as a disinfectant, preservative and for healing. Spaniards thought it sharpened the sight, hearing and the mind while others thought it fatal for consumption.

Oregano, above all, was used in marinades. During the Middle Ages, this herb was added to salads and vegetables, like cabbage, mallow and carrots, more than to meat or fish dishes, in spite of Nola’s recipe for pike sturgeon specifically calls for it. Nola, also, adds oregano to his Hash Soup With Goat Liver and Spleen.

Other medieval only call for herbs. On numerous occasions, cooks include oregano. Since, it has been added to meats and sauces.

Stuffing Eggs and Tying with Oregano Sprigs
Photo by: Lord-Williams
Oregano from the Mediterranean is much more pungent than that grown in the north. Black oregano is from Persia.

It is used in baths and to enhance perfumes. Medicinally, it is used for respiratory and gastro-intestinal problems. Not only does it help digestion but it calms irritability and relieves nervous headaches. It was chewed to dispel bad breath. Oregano is difficult to distinguish from thyme growing wild in temperate and subtropical areas.

[Bolens. 1990:180; Castro. Alimentación. 1996:232:295; Dialecto. 1947:281; Font. 1999: 493:695-696; ES: Lord. Oct 10, 16:murri; Mar 15, 16:marrajo; Apr 29/16 matarife etc; and Nola. 1989:xxviii-1:lxv-5]

ANOTHER DISH ADAPTED FROM ANÓN/MARÍN FADALAT SECCIÓN 1, CÁPITULO 2, #3 OTRO PLATO[1]

Ingredients

Frying Eggs Tied with Orégano Sprigs
Photo by: Lord-Williams
6 eggs (more or less at will)
salt to taste
½ tsp white pepper
1 tbsp ginger scrapings
1tsp cinnamon
½ tsp cloves
1 tbsp lavender
½ tsp mastic.
1 tbsp fresh cilantro juice (optional)
1 tsp chopped mint (optional)
1 tsp murri (optional)
hemp string
oregano sprigs
2 raw egg whites
½ c fine white flour
oil for frying

Garnish
1 tsp cinnamon

Preparation

Fried Hard Boiled Eggs with Oregano
Photo by: Lord-Williams
Place raw eggs in a pot. Cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, Low heat and simmer for 12 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. 

Remove shells and divide each in half widthwise with a hemp string. Remove the yolks and put them in a bowl. Add the seasoning. Mash all together. Add enough cilantro juice or water ()about 6 tbsp)  to be able to form balls the size of egg yolks and place each in one half of the egg whites. Cover with the other half of the egg whites. Tie them together with clean hemp string or sprigs of oregano. (It is easier to stick them together with a toothpick and then tie the oregano sprigs around the eggs.

Dip eggs into raw egg whites and then into fine white flour.

Heat oil in a frying pan. When hot, add eggs taking care that the halves remain tied together. Fry and turn to brown all sides. Remove and serve if the Almighty God so desires. Sprinkle cinnamon on top.


[1] See blog titled Bendecir la mesa published March 1, 2012 for the Anón, Al-Andalus'  recipe #258. Huevos rellenos, p 152. for a different version of this recipe.



ANÓN/MARÍN SENT SOVÍ SECCIÓN 1, CÁPITULO 2, #3 OTRO PLATO





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