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Eyroun in lentyn

Take Eyroun & blow owt þat ys with-ynne ate oþer ende; þan waysshe þe schulle clene in warme Water; þan take gode mylke of Almaundys, & sette it on þe fyre; þan take a fayre canvas, & pore þe mylke þer-on, & lat renne owt þe water; þen take it owt on þe cloþe, & gader it to-gedere with a platere; þen putte sugre y-now þer-to; þan take þe halvyn- dele, & colour it with Safroun, a lytil, & do þer-to pouder Canelle; þan take & do of þe whyte in the neþer ende of þe schulle, & in þe myddel þe ȝolk, & fylle it vppe with þe whyte; but noȝt to fulle, for goyng ouer; þan setter it in þe fyre & roste it, & serue forth (transcription taken from Thomas Austin, ‘Two Fifteenth-Century Cookery-Books’, The Early English Text Society, London: 1888).   [from British Library Medieval Manuscripts Blog: A Hunt for Medieval Easter Eggs

In case your Middle English is a bit rusty, this is according to the British Library blog,  a  15th-century recipe for one imitation egg made from almond paste in an English cookery book (now Harley MS 279). Apparently, what was given up for Lent during that time was nothing like as indulgent as what we would give up. Their Lenten fast could include milk, meat, fats, and eggs. In fact according to the blog, these foods were expressly forbidden. Hence the above recipe. Almost like a gluten free or vegan recipe?

Me and Hugh

Further reapprochement between myself and Hugh’s Wild West.  The local experts he speaks with are so inspiring. Two such examples:

The Bird Girl


The Secret World Wildlife Refuge

Happy Easter!


4 thoughts on “Eyroun in lentyn

  1. lovely to think of medieval ladies making these almond paste eggs on a “fayre canvas”! Happy holidays. Annabelle

    Posted by annabelletroy | March 30, 2018, 3:46 pm
  2. I decided to watch one of Hugh’s Wild West programmes, the one about Dartmoor as we live close by. I thought the local experts were very good and engaged well with him. I learnt a lot from them about local wildlife. One little gripe (there has to be one doesnt there?) I found his summing up statements to be rather twee, they sounded like he was reading from a modern nature book complete with overblown metaphors.

    Secret World, now that brings back memories. When my daughter was small she loved a programme which I think was called Pet Rescue and they would often feature Secret World. She watched some episodes over and over …….

    Posted by philipstrange | April 3, 2018, 3:50 pm
    • I find that very same annoying quality about most nature programs-trite comments, overuse of superlatives (if I have to hear ‘amazing’ one more time, I’ll not be responsible for my actions), talking over experts, subjective often anthropomorphic vocabulary, the list goes on. Of course, it’s worse when so-called experts do the same thing. The only thing for it is to record and fast forward through presenters, focus on the animals…

      Your daughter sounds like a girl after my own heart….

      Posted by mylatinnotebook | April 4, 2018, 3:50 pm

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