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A Squid Dish for Days of Abstinence (circa 1475)

 

Yes from the year 1475. Platina mentions several odd fishes not usually used today as food, such as cuttlefish, scorpions, lampreys and sea-lion. But most of his fish are still favorites-eels, lobsters, crabs, oysters, sturgeon and sturgeon eggs (which he calls caviar), salmon, sole, etc., and he gives a recipe for a Squid Dish for Days of Abstinence. Although squid is eaten today in the South of France and Greece, and can be found in special fish shops here, I would prefer salmon or halibut. But if you hanker for squid, just go ahead with it if you can find some, and be sure to have the fish man prepare it for you by removing the black liquid from the backbone.
40

Yield

1

servings

Prep

15

min

Cook

45

min

Ready

60

min

Trans-fat Free, High Fiber
 

Ingredients

1 x squid
*
1 x almonds
*
1 x rosewater
*
1 x grapes, seedless
*
5 each figs
1 x parsley leaves
fresh
*
1 x marjoram
fresh
*
1 large eggs
1 x sugar
*

Directions

Platina mentions several odd fishes not usually used today as food, such as cuttlefish, scorpions, lampreys and sea-lion. But most of his fish are still favorites-eels, lobsters, crabs, oysters, sturgeon and sturgeon eggs (which he calls caviar), salmon, sole, etc., and he gives a recipe for a Squid Dish for Days of Abstinence. Although squid is eaten today in the South of France and Greece, and can be found in special fish shops here, I would prefer salmon or halibut. But if you hanker for squid, just go ahead with it if you can find some, and be sure to have the fish man prepare it for you by removing the black liquid from the backbone.

DAYS OF ABSTINENCE--1475 Boil the squid. Crush what is good in a mortar. Prepare a paste of almonds with rosewater strained through a sieve; or, if you can't provide this, use the juice of peas or white chickpeas. Crush together small grapes and five figs. Mix a little rock parsley and a little fresh marjoram leaves. Add as much cinnamon, ginger and sugar as is necessary. Mix these well with whites of eggs so that they will stick together and cook better. With the mixture well greased, and with a crust above and beneath, set it on the hearth at a little distance from the flame. Sprinkle sugar and rosewater on the cooked mixture. This dish assails all the members.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 300g (10.6 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 40427% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 19%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 433mg 144%
Sodium 333mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 18%
Dietary Fiber 7g 29%
Sugars g
Protein 47g
Vitamin A 13% Vitamin C 14%
Calcium 15% Iron 15%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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