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Boiled Flounders Old Elizabethan
Recipe

  • Ingredients for Boiled Flounders - an Old Elizabethan Recipe
  • Cooking method for Boiled Flounders
  • Boiled Flounders  - Old Elizabethan Recipe
  • Have fun reading this Boiled Flounders old recipe
  • What food people ate during the Renaissance era

Picture of Hannah Woolley Recipe Book

 
 

Boiled Flounders Old Elizabethan Recipe

To boil Whitings or Flounders
Boil some White Wine, Water, and Salt, with some sweet Herbs and whole Spice; when it boils put in a little Vinegar, for that will make Fish crisp, then let it boil apace and add the Fish, boil them till they swim, then take them out and drain them, and make Sauce for them with some of the Liquor and an Anchovie or two, some Butter and some Capers, heat over a Fire, beat until thick and pour over them;

 
 
 
Boiled Flounders

Garnish your Dish with Capers and Parsley, Oranges and Limons and let it be very hot when you serve it in.

Boiled Flounders Old Elizabethan Recipe

The above Old recipe is taken from for Boiled Flounders is written in totally different way to today's recipe books.

 
  • There were no lists of ingredients - these were included as part of the text
  • Food and ingredient measurements were extremely basic - quantities were not often specified.
  • Temperature control was difficult and therefore not specified.
  • Cooking times were vague - and left to the cook to decide.
  • It was assumed that the reader would already have some knowledge of cooking

The History of the Recipe Book

  • Some of the language might be referred to as 'Olde English'
  • The art of cooking and the recipe was passed verbally from one generation to the next
  • The first printed book ever to be published in English was in 1474.
  • Most Elizabethan women were unable to read.
  • The idea of a Recipe Book was an entirely new concept
  • The first Recipe Books to be printed in England which included many old Elizabethan and Medieval recipes were called:

    • 1545 - 'A Propre new booke of Cokery'
    • 1588 - 'The Good Huswifes Handmaid for Cookerie in her kitchen'
    • 1596 - 'The Good Hyswife's Jewell'
    • 1610 'Mrs. Sarah Longe her Receipt Booke'
 

Boiled Flounders Old Elizabethan Recipe

The above Old recipe is taken from the book by Hannah Woolley (1622-1675) printed at the White Lion in Duck-Lane, near West-Smithfield, London in 1672 entitled:

The Queen-like Closet
OR
RICH CABINET
Scored with all manner of
RARE RECEIPTS
FOR
Preserving, Candying and Cookery

 

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Boiled Flounders Old Elizabethan Recipe

  • Ingredients for Boiled Flounders - an Old Elizabethan Recipe
  • Cooking method for Boiled Flounders
  • Free Boiled Flounders  - Old Elizabethan Recipe
  • Have fun reading this Boiled Flounders old recipe
  • What food people ate during the Renaissance era
  • The cooking instructions used
  • The different types of food used in old recipes

 
 

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