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Sunday, April 1, 2018


Celery Soup,
which was called a sauce
Photo by: Lord-Williams
condiment, sauce, cooked dish, stew, marinade. Hygienists recommended honey and vinegar for most sauces but in general meat broth, vinegar wine, sharp spices such as pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, anise, galingale roots, grains of paradise, red cedar berries and cubeb were used with various herbs like oregano, rocket and caraway. 

Sugar, salt and pepper were used in many dishes in winter. In summer acid fruit juices, like lemon, bitter pomegranate and orange, were added. Many sauces were named for the herb or spice used such as pepper, ginger and cumin. 

[Alonso Luengo. 1995:41; and Villena/Calero. 2002:114]


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