Medicina OPTIMA ET EXPERTA
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Introduction
This entry is a re-creation of a recipe from Ancient Cookery [Arundel 334] (England, 1425), entitled "Medicina OPTIMA ET EXPERTA". [insert a brief description of dish here, possibly including any or all of the following: characteristics of the final dish, when or how it might have been served, and why you selected it]


The Source Recipe
The original text of the recipe is as follows:

Medicina OPTIMA ET EXPERTA PRO Stomacho ET PRO CAPITE IN ANTIQOO HOMINBMf. Take ginger, canel, long pepur, rosemarine, graynes, of ichone a quartrone; -then take clowes, maces, spikenarde, nutmukes, gardamour, galihgal, of ichone one unce; liqui aloes, calamy, aromatici, croci, rubarbi, reupontici of ichone nine penny* weight; make of al this a gros ponder; then take a galone of fwete wyne, oseye, or bastard, and cast therto, and do hit in a dene pot of urthe, and let hit stonde al a nyght togeder, and stir hit oft, and melle hit wel, and let hit stonde tyl on the morwen, tyl hit be clere ; then take out the clere from the pouder, and put hit into a glasse; then have a bagge redy of faire lynnyn clothe, that hit be made brode above, and scharpe benethe. And therin put the pouder, and honge the bagge bytwene two trends, and let hit renne oute qwat hit wil; and then take alle that rennes oute from the pouder, and that clere that thow hadst byfore of the wyne, and medd therwith two pounde of lose sugre or more, tyl hit be right fwete ; and therof cast aboven the bagge, and let hit renne thorugh esiliche tyl that hit be ronnen al thorugh; and that is elepet clarry. And therof take yche day, fyve fpoonsull in the morwen, with three foppes of bred wd foked therin, and forbere hedes of fysstie and of flcsshe; and also forbere goutous metes, and unholsome.



Related Recipes
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Materials
The original recipe calls for the following ingredients: [edit this list as appropriate]

ginger
cinnamon
pepper
rosemary
grains_of_paradise
cloves
mace
spikenard
nutmeg
galingale
rhubarb
wine
podour
sugar
bread


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canel: Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia - Sold as "cinnamon" in the United States). Possibly cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylenicum) as well.
galihgal:
clarry: Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea).


Procedure
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Bibliography

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Searchable index of "Ancient Cookery [Arundel 334]". Medieval Cookery.
  <http://www.medievalcookery.com/search/display.html?ancie:213>. Accessed on October 23, 2019, 4:01 am.




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