Sunday, March 13, 2016

How to Cook Leeks and Funges

From The Forme of Cury, c.1390 English manuscript modernized in 1780 by Samuel Pegg:

Take Funges and pare hem clere and dyce hem. take leke and shred
hym small and do hym to seeth in gode broth. colour it with safron and
do ther inne powdour fort.

My Redaction:

1.5 lbs mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
8 leek stalks, split lengthwise and thoroughly rinsed, then sliced thinly
1 C water
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp galangal

Cook all ingredients in a pot over medium heat, decreasing to low as leeks and mushrooms cook down. It's done when there is no excess liquid or very little. Spicing is to taste.

(Poudre Fort varies in composition, but pepper, ginger, nutmeg, and galangal are fairly typical ingredients.)

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