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To Boile A pike With orenges A Banquet Dish.

This is an excerpt from The Second part of the good Hus-wiues Iewell
(England, 1597)
The original source can be found at the University of Michigan's "Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse"

To boile a pike with orenges a banquet dish.. TAke your pike, split him, and séeth him alone with water, butter, & salt, then take an earthen pot and put into it a pint of water, and another of Wine, with two Orenges or two Lemmons if you haue them: if not, then take foure or fiue Oringes, the rines being cut away, and slyced, and so put to the licour, with sixe Dates cut long wayes, and season your broth with Ginger, pepper and salte, and two dishes of sweete butter, boyling these together, and when you will serue him, lay your pike vpon soppes, casting your broth vpon it, you must remember that you cut of your pikes head hard by the body & the[n] his body to be spletted, cutting euery side in two or three partes, and when he is enough, setting the body of the fish in order: then take his heade & set it at the foremost part of the dish, standing vpright with an Orrenge in his mouth, and so serue him.


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