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Yet Another Method


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

Yet another method. Before adding sugar or rose water to the porridge, stir it and add some eggs, if cooking for someone sick, use only the yolk, for that is healthier and stronger, but some say that egg whites will bring down fever. I believed that it may cool the body from the outside, but there are better methods for cooling the body from within. Doctors must be careful so that we don't create another illness by eliminating one. Egg whites are harder to digest, so add some rose water, sugar and some salt, paste a plate with butter, pour the porridge onto it, cover it with a lid, put coal onto it, the plate should be on top of a pot full of hot water, it will be warm. Once done, let it cool, slice or cut it; take it out with a fork and put it next to each other, make some soup or sauce from rose water, sugar and some wine, raisins and crushed cinnamon, or use almond milk with sugar and small currants instead. This is a good dish that cools the fever, soothes and strengthens the body, and is also useful for chills, coughing, chest pains and for dehydration, diarrhea, for young and old alike.

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