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346Re: [ByzantiumNovumCulture] Re: "Taters 'n Peas" / Mustard

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  • Amma Doukaina
    Sep 3, 2012
      Since potatoes weren't part of the Byzantine diet, I think I'll keep that
      one out, but I will add in that mustard recipe!
      Thank you! I'm going to have to try to make that mustard!


      On Mon, 03 Sep 2012 16:37:24 -0400, James Mathews <JLMTopog@...>

      > Lady Amma;
      > In response to your request for something to put into the "Basilica"
      > newsletter, I will be pleased to share my recently developed recipe
      > which is really good (in my view ) at any meal:
      > "Taters 'n Peas"
      > --Three medium potatoes peeled and sliced (1/4" thick);
      > --Three cups of fresh peas;
      > --One cup of onions sliced small;
      > --Two cups of pork or fowl gravy;
      > --Three tablespoons of margarine, oil, or butter;
      > --Salt and Pepper to taste;
      > --Water to cover the mixture;
      > Put the Potatoes and Onions in a medium sized oven-safe bowl, add the
      > peas, and add water to cover the potato / pea mixture. Add the oil
      > and the gravy. Salt and Pepper to taste and stir until well mixed.
      > Put in the heated oven (hot enough to boil water) for 15 minutes
      > loosely covered with a dish (saucer). Put the bowl on a plate as the
      > mixture has a tendency to expand when heated. After the 10 minutes
      > remove from the oven, and wrap the bowl and saucer in a towel and
      > leave for four hours. This will finish bringing the potatoes and peas
      > to the right consistency. Serve with your favorite meat and salad.
      > I like three slices of corned beef, with mustard and a small Cob
      > Salad, sweet wine vinaigrette, together with grape juice (or wine).
      > Suitable Substitutions are encouraged for the above recipe as
      > desired. You may use either or both of these recipes.
      > ==============
      > Mustard (sinapi):
      > Just as it does today, the word mustard referred to the plant, its
      > seeds, and the hot / spicy sauce made from them. The romans made
      > mustard much as we do:
      > Mustard seed is carefully cleaned and sieved. Then the seed is
      > washed in cold water and soaked for two hours. It is then taken out
      > and the water is squeezed out by hand. Put the seed into a new or
      > cleaned mortar and pound it with a pestle. When the mustard is
      > finely ground, put it in the middle of the mortar and press it down
      > with the palm of the hand. Once it has been pressed flat, make
      > some incisions in it. Place
      > a few burning coals on top of it, and pour over soda water, to draw
      > out the bitterness and pallor from the mustard. Then lift the mortar
      > and pour out the soda water. Add strong vinegar and mix it through
      > the mustard with the mortar.
      > Columella recommends that the mustard be mixed with ground almonds and
      > pine kernels.
      > --Reference:--
      > Patrick Faas, "Around The Roman Table; Food and Feasting in Ancient
      > Rome," (U of Chicago Press -- 1994), Page 160
      > Respectfully;
      > Marcus Audens

      Vocatus atque non vocatus, Deus aderit.

      Hestia, you who tend the holy house of the lord Apollo, the Far-shooter at
      goodly Pytho, with soft oil dripping ever from your locks, come now into
      this house, come, having one mind with Zeus the all-wise, draw near, and
      withal bestow grace upon my song.
      -Homer- Hymn 24 to Hestia
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