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Cretonnee Of New peas Or New beans


This is an excerpt from Le Menagier de Paris
(France, 1393 - Janet Hinson, trans.)
The original source can be found at David Friedman's website

CRETONNEE of New Peas or new beans. Cook them almost to a puree, then remove from the liquid, and take fresh cow's milk, and tell her who sells it to you that she will be in trouble if she has added water to it, for very often they extend their milk thus, and if it is not quite fresh or has water in it, it will turn, And first boil this milk before you put anything in it, for it still could turn: then first grind ginger to give appetite, and saffron to yellow: it is said that if you want to make a liaison with egg-yolks poured gently in from above, these yolks will yellow it enough and also make the liaison, but milk curdles quicker with egg-yolks than with a liaison of bread and with saffron to color it, And for this purpose, if you use bread, it should be white unleavened bread, and moisten it in a bowl with milk or meat stock, then grind and put through a sieve; and when your bread is sieved and your spices have not been sieved, put it all to boil with your peas; and when it is all cooked, then add your milk and saffron. You can make still another liaison, which is with the same peas or beans ground then strained; use whichever you please. As for liaison with egg-yolks, they must be beaten, strained through a sieve, and poured slowly from above into the milk,after it has boiled well and has been drawn to the back of the fire with the new peas or new beans and spices, The surest way is to take a little of the milk, and mix with the eggs in the bowl, and then a little more, and again, until the yolks are well mixed with a spoon and plenty of milk, then put into the pot which is away from the fire, and the soup will not curdle. And if the soup is thick, thin with a little meat stock. This done, you should have quartered chicks, veal, or small goose cooked then fried, and in each bowl put two or three morsels and the soup over them,

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Other versions of this recipe:

Chekyns in cretene (Liber cure cocorum [Sloane MS 1986])

Cratones (A Noble Boke off Cookry)

Cretone of new beans (Le Viandier de Taillevent)

Cretone of new peas (Le Viandier de Taillevent)

CRETONNEE on a fish day; fry tench (Le Menagier de Paris)

Crotoun (Forme of Cury)

Cruton (Fourme of Curye [Rylands MS 7])

FOR TO MAKE CRAYTOUN (Forme of Cury)




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