Take the Head and fill it with
this, and bind it close, and spit it and rost it, and save the Gravie
which comes from it in a Dish, baste it well with Butter, put to this
Gravie some Oisters, and some sweet Herbs minced fine, a little white
Wine, and a sliced Nutmeg; when the Head is rosted, set the Dish of
Sauce upon hot Coals with some Butter and a little salt, and the Juice
of an Orange, beat it up thick and Dish your Head, and serve it in with
this Sauce; garnish your Dish with stewed Oisters and Barberries.
Calves Head with Oisters Old Elizabethan Recipe
The above Old recipe is taken from for Calves Head with Oisters is written in totally
different way to today's recipe books.
There were no lists of ingredients - these were included as part of
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
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