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beef With barley Porridge

This is an excerpt from The Prince of Transylvania's Court Cookbook
(Hungary, 16th c.)
The original source can be found at

Beef with barley porridge. Prepare the meat like I told you to. Wash the barley. Cook it for the same time as the meat. Cook it in lots of water. Wash it thoroughly; when the meat is tendered, you may pass through a strainer the water. If cooking for the sick, you may add some vinegar if the sick person likes it, for this is how they do it in different countries. If the sick is too weak to eat with his own hands, slice some bread crust so that the servants can feed the sick with a spoon.


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