Orange omlette for harlots and ruffians

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Orange omlette for harlots and ruffians

Postby Gothic-Haven » Sun Feb 15, 2009 6:43 pm

whilst bodding about t'interweb as one does I found this

How to make an orange omelette

Take eggs and break them, with oranges, as many as you like; squeeze their juice and add to it the eggs with sugar; then take olive oil or fat, and heat it in the pan and add the eggs. This was for ruffians and brazen harlots.
Source: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/706842.html

"Johannes Bockenheim (or Buckehen) was cook to Pope Martin V and in the 1430s wrote a brief but highly original cookbook recently edited by Bruno Laurioux (see bibliography). This German, who lived at Rome, wrote as a professional, with telegraphic terseness and little detail; yet he was careful to specify the destined consumer of each recipe, pigeon-holed by social class—from prostitutes to princes—or by nationality: Italian, French, German from any of various provinces, and so forth.
Why this omelette, which contains no meat and no seasoning other than sugar, should be particularly well suited to debauchees. Surely, it is flesh (further fired by spices) that enflames the flesh. This omelette can be safely tasted without running the risk of moral turpitude.
Since medieval oranges were bitter, we suggest a blend of oranges and lemons. The sugar and the acidity of the juice prevent the eggs from completely setting, so this is more of a custardy cream that makes an unusual and very pleasant dessert."
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Postby Bittersweet » Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:25 am

I wonder if the bitterness of the oranges and the lack of "flesh" was to cleanse the insides of these "ruffians and harlots" in the hope that they'd mend their ways? If he was chef to the pope perhaps he was trying for conversion by food :wink:


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Postby Gothic-Haven » Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:44 pm

t'would seem that way.. cleanse the body..cleanse the soul.. :-)


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Postby gregory23b » Tue Feb 17, 2009 2:48 pm

seems very expensive for mere ruffians, sugar was an expensive spice, oranges, like sugar were imported and not cheap either. Odd one.


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Postby Marcus Woodhouse » Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:57 pm

But very much in keeping with a fun and pleasure loving pontiff such as Martin V.


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Postby Cat » Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:23 pm

Or because it was expensive, persons of dubious morality and general lackadaisicalness may eat it? Like posh tarts and dodgy richblokes drinking champagne and eating oysters comme toujours?


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Postby Bittersweet » Wed Feb 18, 2009 5:06 am

gregory23b wrote:seems very expensive for mere ruffians, sugar was an expensive spice, oranges, like sugar were imported and not cheap either. Odd one.


Imported to/from where though, surely the pope and his cook were in 'europe' somewhere, not here? So, oranges at least may have been less expensive?


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Postby Marcus Woodhouse » Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:25 pm

Well in the 1430's Martin V was either in Rome, Florence or Naples so oranges were easier to get hold of-he was even sent some by the Sultan as a birthday present which was nice.


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Postby Bittersweet » Thu Feb 19, 2009 5:29 am

Thanks Marcus, thought that might be the case but oranges for a birthday present still seems to suggest that they may have been expensive.

From what/where was sugar obtained around these times?
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