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89. Distilled Torta For Invalids


This is an excerpt from Libre del Coch
(Spain, 1520 - Robin Carroll-Mann, trans.)
The original source can be found at Mark S. Harris' Florilegium

89. DISTILLED TORTA FOR INVALIDS. You must take a hen, well-plucked and well-cleaned, and cut it to pieces, and chop it on a chopping block with the bones and all; and when it is well-chopped, mix with it a quarter of an ounce of cinnamon, and another quarter of an ounce of cloves, and a quarter of an ounce of white saunders, and muscatel grapes, and more than a glassful of water of endive, and [water] of bugloss and [water] of borage; and all this well-mixed and chopped, being put in an alembic of glazed earthenware or of glass, and distill it over a gentle fire; and a very clear water will come out; this is so cordial and so singular that it will return a dead man to life; and this torta is customarily given only to those who cannot eat.

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