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April 23 - Shakespeare's Birthday

southernitalian Apr 23, 2008 07:48 AM

What would the bard want for dinner tonight? Inspire me.

  1. Halie Apr 23, 2008 05:43 PM

    he'd buy the cookbook shakespeare's kitchen and make the "italian style cheesecake".

    it's divine. drizzle a little chocolate over the top.

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    1. re: Halie
      Gio Apr 28, 2008 06:40 PM

      Yes but... Shakespeare's Kitchen is not about The William. It's written by Lore Segal. Originally seven stories published in the New Yorker expanded ito thirteen. Yes the stories are about food but not what WS would have eaten in his day.

      1. re: Gio
        Halie Apr 30, 2008 08:19 PM

        of course not, but still an interesting read & good food.

    2. t
      thursday Apr 23, 2008 04:28 PM

      A recipe for chicken or duck:
      Conyng, Hen, or Mallard

      Two Fifteenth Century p. 80/70

      Take conyng, hen or mallard, and roast him almost enough; or else chop him, and fry him in fresh grease; and fry onions minced, and cast altogether into a pot, and cast thereto fresh broth and half wine; cast thereto cloves, maces, powder of pepper, canel; then stepe fair bread with the same broth and draw it through a strainer with vinegre. And when it hath well boiled, cast the liquor thereto, and powder ginger, and vinegre, and season it up, and then thou shall serve it forth.

      4 1/2 lb duckling, or 3 lbs of chicken or rabbit
      about 2 1/2 medium small onions
      2 c chicken broth (dilute if you are using the double strength kind.)
      1 c wine
      1/4 t cloves
      1/4 t mace
      1/4 t pepper
      1 t cinnamon
      6 slices bread
      4 T red wine vinegar
      1/4 t ginger
      1/2 t salt

      Meat should be boned or at least broken into small pieces after roasting.

      Though we might do this roast chicken instead:
      Roast Chicken

      Platina book 6

      You will roast a chicken after it has been well plucked, cleaned and washed; and after roasting it, put it into a dish before it cools off and pour over it either orange juice or verjuice with rosewater, sugar and well-ground cinnamon, and serve it to your guests.

      large chicken
      1/3 c orange juice
      1 T rosewater
      2 T sugar plus 1 t cinnamon

      Perhaps this sauce over veggies:
      1/2 lb butter
      1/2 lb cream cheese
      1/8 lb Brie or other strongly flavored cheese
      1/4 t white pepper

      Melt the butter. Cut up the cheese and stir it into the butter over low heat. You will probably want to use a whisk to blend the two together and keep the sauce from separating (which it is very much inclined to do). When you have a uniform, creamy sauce you are done. You may serve it over asparagus or other vegetables, or over toast; if you want to brown the top, put it under the broiling unit in your stove for a minute or so. Experiment with some of the variations suggested in the original.

      And a fool for dessert, of course!

      1. Ruth Lafler Apr 23, 2008 03:25 PM

        "And I had but one penny in the world. Thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread." Love’s Labours Lost

        1. d
          DeppityDawg Apr 23, 2008 02:23 PM

          This is more for ingredients than dishes, but it's a nice idea for a website:

          1. h
            Harters Apr 23, 2008 01:55 PM

            Something warm, comforting and local to Stratford.

            Pork scratchings to nibble on with an aperitif.

            Asparagus to start - the UK's main growing region is just down the road

            For main, faggots & onion gravy springs to mind, as a Midlands dish:

            Probably no dessert but might finish with some cheese (Stilton and Leicester are not far away from home


            And he may have drunk plum jerkum (made like beer or cider but from plums)

            1. h
              hungry_pangolin Apr 23, 2008 01:51 PM

              Twelfth Night? Cakes and ale! (from Sir Toby Belch) Preferably when you hear the chimes at midnight.

              1. LNG212 Apr 23, 2008 01:24 PM

                Just saw MacBeth at BAM. The new production is amazing. Anyway ... there's a wonderful scene in the kitchen when MacBeth is giving the orders to have McDuff's family killed (I think). All the while he's making a cheese and pickle sandwich. It's cold. It's striking. A dinner of that sandwich would give me shivvers.

                1. k
                  katecm Apr 23, 2008 12:06 PM

                  Eye of newt and toe of frog don't sound too appetizing, so perhaps pick your favorite play and do a meal that suits its setting. Tempest? Seafood, maybe island cuisine. Romeo and Juliet? Certainly Italian.

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                  1. re: katecm
                    mpalmer6c Apr 23, 2008 02:35 PM

                    Falstaff liked legof capon.

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