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Subtleties

Sweets
Historic

(or sotiltees, sutteltees, sotelte, sotelle, sotilties, subtleties.)

Ornamental forms, often of sugar or moulded paste, either as table decorations, or to be eaten.

Known at least since the introduction to 'The Forme of Cury' by the Chief Master-Cook of King Richard II, c1390 (Cury 1390), which has; "to make curious potages & meetes and sotiltees." while a note from about 1440 in the Collection of Ordinances of the Royal Household has; "A soteltee: Seint jorge on horsebak, and sleynge the dragun." (OED)

The 15th Century verse cookery book 'Liber Cure Cocorum' has a receipt for joke worms and the Austin Manuscripts (Austin 1440) records an edible fake earthenware pot under the name 'Appraylere'.

See also:
Show Salad
Farts


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