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Medieval Mischief...the Cockentrice

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    Posted: 27 November 2010 at 03:16
In Medieval times, it was believed that the mythical Cockentrice was a beast hatched from a cock's egg, fertilized by a poisonous serpent, and had the power to turn base metals into gold.

I've been unable to discern exactly where or when this recipe was first put to use, but I would imagine good old HenryVIII may have had one or two of them.

Cockentrice


1 Suckling pig, about 7 pounds
1 lg Roasting chicken, about 6 pounds
6 Egg yolks
1/4 ts Powdered saffron
1/2 c All-purpose flour
1/4 c White wine
1 tb Fresh parsley leaves, very finely chopped
1 tb Flour

Bake the chicken and the suckling pig separately at 375 F until tender; the chicken ought to take 2 hours, the suckling pig closer to 3.

Cut the chicken in half with the incision running around the body behind the wings. The forward half is thus separated from the hind parts. Similarly cleave the pig so that the "head and shoulders" are cut from the back half of the animal. With a strong butcher's thread or "carpet" thread sew the forward half of the chicken to the back half of the pig; sew the pig's "head and shoulders" to the hind half of the capon. Each is now a cockentrice. Turn oven up to 400F.

Lightly beat the egg yolks. Mix in the saffron and flour to make a thick fluid. Paint this on the suture lines as well as various parts of either the "face" or appendages--gold snout and gold nails were typical adornments.

Return these marvellous animals to the oven so the gold "endoring" may set and the final creatures appear resplendent.



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Boilermaker Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 December 2010 at 11:54
 Me thinks some medieval chef had way too much time on his hands!LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote historiccook Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 February 2012 at 12:03
good fun to soak cotton balls into brandy or similar, so they breathe fire.  We have put cherries for eyes, or even tiny red roses in the eye cavity to give the ferocious aspect...

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote pitrow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 August 2012 at 11:16
I'm pretty sure my wife would never again let me set foot in the house, let alone the kitchen, if I even thought about making this! lol. LOL
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Hmm? I wonder how this would go over for Christmas DinnerEvil Smile
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