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Boiled Mutton Old Elizabethan Recipe

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To boil a Neck of Mutton

Boil it in water and salt, then make sauce for it with Samphire and a little of the Broth, Verjuice, large Mace, Pepper and Onion, the yolks of hard Eggs minced, some sweet herbs and a little salt, let these boil together half an hour or more: Then beat it up with Butter and Limon; then dish your Meat upon Sippets, and pour it on.

Garnishing Boiled Mutton
Garnish your Dish with the hard Whites of Eggs and Parsley minced together, with sliced Limon, so serve it; thus you may dress a Leg or a Brest of Mutton if you please.

Boiled Mutton Old Elizabethan Recipe
The above Old recipe is taken from for Boiled Mutton 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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