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Blank Maunger

Pot Meals

The name means, 'White Eating', a general term for an all-white mixed dish, highly favoured in the late medieval period as indicative of purity.

One example (Cury 1390) is shredded chicken meat with rice (boiled in milk) and ground almonds, flavoured with lard, sugar and salt and decorated with red and white aniseed comfits and fried almonds:

Original Receipt in 'The Forme of Cury' by the Chief Master-Cook of King Richard II, c1390 (Cury 1390)

Take capons, cook them, then put them aside. Take blanched almonds, grind them and put them with the broth. Place milk in a pot and add washed rice and let it seethe. Then take the flesh of the capons, tear it small and add thereto. Take white fat, sugar and salt and cast them therein, let it seethe, then present it forth and flourish it with aniseed comfits red and white, and with almonds fried in oil, and serve it forth.

See: Blancmange

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