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Another Method Once Again

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

Another method once again. Make some almond milk from water or milk, depending on the preference of the sick person. If someone is dehydrated or is suffering from dysentery, but is not suffering from chills, then goat and sheep milk are very useful. Wash some barley grist in warm water, pour hot water onto it, let it soak until it's cool enough to put your hand in it, move it twice or thrice, if it's still hard, crush it in a mortar and put it in boiling water. If the barley grist is as good as rice, wash it once in boiling water, then cook it when dry; but don't burn it. Meanwhile, boil some almond milk, put the cooked barley grist into it with some warm butter, boil it for fifteen minutes, it should be as dense as rice. If you'd like to add sugar, do it once it's cooked. I've written down several changes to these recipes so that you can give varied food to the patient. You can make the rice the same way, but barley grist is better for fever. The one with the rice is already strong enough.


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