Processing Quince

It's that time of year!  We picked 72 pounds of quince off of my tree last weekend.  The largest one is just over a pound! It appears to have been a good year for Quince in the PNW, I'm hearing that several people got a good crop, or a first crop.   And of course I'm …

Syrup of Lemon

  Syrup of Lemon Anonymous 13th Century Andalusian cookbook Translated by Charles Perry Original text: Take lemon, after peeling its outer skin, press it and take a ratl of juice, and add as much of sugar. Cook it until it takes the form of a syrup. Its advantages are for the heat of bile; it cuts the …

Syrup of Pomegranates

Syrup of Pomegranates Anonymous 13th Century Andalusian cookbook Translated by Charles Perry Original text: Take a ratl of sour pomegranates and another of sweet pomegranates, and add their juice to two ratls of sugar, cook all this until it takes the consistency of syrup, and keep until needed. Its benefits: it is useful for fevers, and cuts the thirst, …

Syrup of Mint

*Notes on the reconstruction process are here* Anonymous 13th Century Andalusian cookbook Translated by Charles Perry Original Text: Take mint and basil, citron and cloves, a handful of each, and cook all this in water to cover, until its substance comes out, and add the clear part of it to a ratl of sugar. The bag: an ûqiya of flower of …

Syrup of Carrots

*Notes on the reconstruction process are here* Syrup of Carrots Anonymous 13th Century Andalusian cookbook Translated by Charles Perry Original Text: Take four ratls of carrots, after removing the fibers [lit. "nerves"] that are in the centers, and cook them in water to cover until their substance comes out. Then take the clear part of it and …

Syrup of Apples

*Notes on the reconstruction process are here* Syrup of Apples Anonymous 13th Century Andalusian cookbook Translated by Charles Perry Original text: Take a ratl of sweet apples, those that the common people call sarîj [this might mean "little lamps"], cook them in water to cover until they fall apart and their substance comes out, then clarify it and take …

Mash Syrup Reconstruction – Apple and Carrot

Cut Apples in a pot with water

The reconstructions in this project took 3 distinct forms, Mash, Juice and Quince. The Mash methodology entailed cleaning your fruit, vegetable or herbs, cooking them in water “until their substance comes out”, the straining the dregs out, adding sugar, and the resulting syrup reduced to the desired consistency. As mentioned, always measure your ingredients: I …