We have had some fun before with a marvelous book called The academy of armory, … (1588) by Randle Holme. Although heraldry and weaponry are the major subjects of the book, many other topics are covered too – including food and cookery (otherwise, of course, it would not have featured here.)
Luckily for us, the author includes a sample menu for a Christmas feast – and a very grand feast it is indeed.
A Christmas Days Feast.
A Collar of Brawn.
Stewed Broth of Mutton and Marrowbones.
A Grand Sallet
A Potage of Capons.
A Breast of Veal in stuffado
A Chine or Surloin of Beef roasted.
A Jegote of Mutton with Anchovis Sauce
A made dish of Sweet breads
A Swan roast
A Pastie of Venison
A Kid with a Pudding in his Belly
A stake Pye.
A Haunch of Venison roasted
A Turkey roast, stuck with Cloves.
A made Dish of Chickens in puff Paste.
2 Geese roast, one larded.
3 Capons, one larded.
The Second Course.
Oranges and Lemons.
A young Lamb or Kid.
4 Rabbits, two larded.
A Pigg sauced with Tongue.
Ducks, some larded.
A made Dish in puff paste.
Bolonia Sausages. Anchovis, Mushrooms,
Cavieare, Pickled Oysters, in a Dish.
Teales, some larded.
A Gammon of Westphalia Bacon.
Plovers, some larded.
A Tart in puff paste.
Preserved Fruit and Pippins.
A Dish of Larks
Sturgeon, and Anchovis, and Jellies
As the recipe for the day I give you a little something from a source I have not used nearly often enough. To give it its full title, it is:
Epulario, or, The Italian Banquet: Wherein ins shewed the maner how to dresse and prepare all kinds of Flesh, Foules or Fishes.
As also how to make Sauces, Tartes, Pies, &c. After the manner of all Countries.
With an addition of many other profitable and necessary things.
Translated out of Italian into English (1598)
The recipe is essentially for a cherry-rose cheesecake. Sound good?
To make Tartes of red Cherries.
Take the reddest cherries that may bee gotten, take out the stones and stampe them in a morter, then take red Roses chopped with a knife with a little new Cheese and some old Cheese well stamped with Sinamon, Ginger, Pepper, and Sugar, and all this mired together, adde thereunto some egs according to the quantity you will make, and with a crust of paste bake it in a pan, and being baked straw it with Sugar and Rosewater.