Tudor Cookery: Alexis Thompson
To close the festival, we have something a little different for you. Our own OFA Marketing Manager, Alexis Thompson (Masterchef contestant and former cookery school owner) is taking on the challenge of the Tudor Kitchen. She will be cooking up an authentic Tudor recipe taken from a cookbook first published in the fifteenth century. We’ll discover how they used sweet and savoury flavours – often together (you see, that whole salt caramel thing isn’t new) – and as Alexis’ partner and sous chef Dan does the live tasting we’ll find out if the mix of Tudor flavours is delicious or a bit unusual. The proof will literally be in the pudding!
Below is the original recipe from the Harley Manuscripts, don’t worry Alexis has translated this for you and you’ll find a list of the ingredients and equipment you need here
Cxxiij. Strawberye.—Take Strawberys, & waysshe hem in tyme of ȝere in gode red wyne; þan strayne þorwe a cloþe, & do hem in a potte with gode Almaunde mylke, a-lay it with Amyndoun oþer with þe flowre of Rys, & make it chargeaunt and lat it boyle, and do þer-in Roysonys of coraunce, Safroun, Pepir, Sugre grete plente, pouder Gyngere, Canel, Galyngale; poynte it with Vynegre, & a lytil whyte grece put þer-to; coloure it with Alkenade, & droppe it a-bowte, plante it with þe graynys of Pome-garnad, & þan serue it forth.
We are grateful to our friends at Past Times Living History for the loan of the fabulous Tudor costumes.
Click to watch the dressing up and cookery here
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