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hemp seed Sauce

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

Hemp seed sauce. Choose a pot depending on how many tables are you cooking for, pour water and boil it, then let it cool. Once cool, cut a bread in two, then soak it in the water. Wash the hemp seed and boil it. Once boiled, put them into a hemp mortar, then squeeze the bread, crush it in the mortar, then add water and pass through a strainer it. Once pass through a strainered, add a whole onion, vinegar and salt, and when serving it, cut it into cubes. In herb yards, they serve this on big plates on Fridays. For this dish is not only good for the stomach, but also for the brain. It is effective, I've seen it; a mentally ill young man was treated with this by the doctor of the Polish king. Don't add too much vinegar.


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