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Monday, November 20, 2017

RATÓN WITH 13TH CENTURY RECIPE FOR A DELICIOUS MEAT TART

Cigarette Card - The Town Mouse & Country Mouse
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OCast, mur, Eng mouse. In the 13th C Ruíz presents an adaption of the fable: The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse attributed to Aesop (6th C). The country mouse offers a fava bean while the city mouse fresh bacon, baked bread, cheese etc but the message amounts to the same: "Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.". . Mice, by the way, were consumed by Spaniards during famines. [Ruíz-Brey. 1965:1370a-1384d:211-213]

ONE OF THE BEST VINEGAR TARTS ADAPTED FROM ANÓN AL-ANDALUS #369. TORTA DE VINAGRE, QUE ES UNA DE LOS MEJORES, p 203

Ingredients

Sautée in Ingredients
Photo by: Lord-Williams
1 lb lamb
½ c olive oil
salt to taste
1 onion chopped
½ tsp white pepper
vegetables such as:
          ½ lb turnips
          1 eggplant 
           ½ lb gourd
1 tsp saffron mashed and dissolved in liquid
1 tsp cumin
1 garlic clove mashed
1 c strong vinegar
1 c breadcrumbs
1 c coucous

A Nutritious Cake for All Critters
Photo by: Lord-Williams

Preparation

Chop lamb using the fattest parts. Heat olive oil in a pot and sautée them over moderate heat with salt, onion, saffron, cumin, garlic and half the vinegar.

When the meat is done select vegetables such as the largest possible turnip, eggplant and gourds. Peel them.  Leave them whole. Put them in a separate pot. Add enough water and the rest of the vinegar  and cook them.

When done, combine the meat and vegetables, sprinkle the with breadcrumbs from white leaven bread and mix well and moisten with broth from the meat and vegetables. Repeat until a cake is formed. Pour couscous on top. The result is marvelous.

ANÓN AL-ANDALUS #369. TORTA DE VINAGRE, QUE ES UNA DE LOS MEJORES, p 203


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