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Boiled Flounders Old Elizabethan Recipe

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To boil Whitings or Flounders
Boil some White Wine, Water, and Salt, with some sweet Herbs and whole Spice; when it boils put in a little Vinegar, for that will make Fish crisp, then let it boil apace and add the Fish, boil them till they swim, then take them out and drain them, and make Sauce for them with some of the Liquor and an Anchovie or two, some Butter and some Capers, heat over a Fire, beat until thick and pour over them;

Boiled Flounders
Garnish your Dish with Capers and Parsley, Oranges and Limons and let it be very hot when you serve it in.

Boiled Flounders Old Elizabethan Recipe
The above Old recipe is taken from for Boiled Flounders is written in totally different way to today's recipe books.

  • There were no lists of ingredients - these were included as part of the text
  • Food and ingredient measurements were extremely basic - quantities were not often specified.
  • Temperature control was difficult and therefore not specified.
  • Cooking times were vague - and left to the cook to decide.
  • It was assumed that the reader would already have some knowledge of cooking

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