From John Murrell, “A Booke of Cookerie”, 1621
How to butter a colleflowre.
Take a ripe Colle-flowre and cut off the buddes, boyle then in milke with a little Mace while they be very tender, then poure them into a Cullender, and let the Milke runne cleane from them, then take a ladle full of Creame, being boyled with a little whole Mace, putting to it a Ladlefull of thicke butter, mingle them together with a little Sugar, dish up your flowres upon sippets, poure your butter and cream hot upon it strowing with a little slicst Nutmeg and salt, and serve it to the Table hot.
1 cauliflower, at least 5 inches in diameter
3 cups of whole milk
1 large piece of whole mace
1 cup cream
1 stick unsalted butter [if using salted butter, eliminate the salt]
1 large piece of whole mace [different from above]
1 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp nutmeg
4 slices hot buttered toast, cut into triangles.
Cut cauliflower into small florets and remove any green leaves and the thick base. Heat the milk with mace to just below the boiling point and add the florets. Lower the heat to simmer and cook until tender but still crisp, about 12 to 15 min.
While that is cooking, take the cream, butter, another piece of whole mace and sugar and bring to just below boiling.
Arrange the toast on a heated serving dish. Remove the cauliflower from the milk and arrange them on the toast. Pour the sauce over them and sprinkle them with salt and nutmeg and serve hot.
To make a tarte of Spinnage [From The good huswifes Jewell. 1596]
1 package 12 oz fresh baby spinach
8 oz melted butter
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
Line a 9″ pie pan with pie crust. Blind bake it for 15 min in a preheated 450 degree oven.
Take spinach and boil in a saucepan with a cup of water for 10 to 15 min. until tender. Drain and grind in a morter until smooth. Mix eggs, butter, sugar, cinnamon, and ginger together. [I used a mixer on high.] Add spinach and mix until eggs are somewhat fluffy. Pour mixture into prepared pie crust and bake 30 to 40 min. in a 350 degree oven. Sugar may be strewn on top just before serving. [I didn’t.]
To boile onions [From The good huswifes Jewell. 1596]
3 large sweet onions, pealed and quartered.
8 oz. raisins
1 tsp. pepper
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
16 oz water
Toasted bread for sops
3 hard boiled eggs, sliced
Throw first six ingredients into a crock pot and boil on high for 7 hours. Serve with the sops and decorate with sliced eggs.
This was the last item that I made. I almost decided not to make this as it was late and I was very tired. I didn’t relish standing over a hot stove watching this boil. Just as I was about to go to bed, the thought occured to me that I could make this in a crock pot and still get some sleep. I decided to hard boil the eggs as I thought it would be prettier to decorate with them than with a poached egg. I also didn’t thicken this dish, because the onions remained so large. If they had mushed up, I would have added the thickener. The next time I make this, I will chop the onions finer. While this dish tasted very good, the large pieces of onion were somewhat hard to keep on the sops. But that is just a personal choice for me.
To make red deere [From The good huswifes Jewell. 1596]
4 small steaks tenderized by the butcher
1/4 bottle of claret
4 or 5 strips of bacon
1 tsp each salt, pepper, ground cloves and ground mace.
Put steaks in a dish or pan and marinate them with the claret for two or three hours. Take an 8.5×11″ pan and line the bottom with pie crust. Place your steaks into the crust, sprinkle with spices and then lay bacon on top of steaks. Place another crust on top of the meat and seal the top and bottom together. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 min., then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for a further 60 min. May be served either hot or cold.