Furmenty with Venison

Take fair wheat and bray it in a mortar. And fan away clean the dust, and wash it in fair water and let it boil till it breaks. Then take away the water clean, and cast thereto sweet milk, and set it over the fire. Let it boil till it is thick enough. And cast thereto a good quantity of separated raw yolks of eggs, and cast thereto saffron, sugar and salt; but let it boil no more then, but set it on few coals, lest the liquor wax cold. And then take fresh venison, and water it. Seethe it and cut it in thin slices. And if it is salted, water it, seethe it and cut it as it shall be served forth, and put it (in a vessel) with fair water, and boil it again. And as it boils, blow away the grease, and serve it forth with furmenty, and a little broth in the dish all hot with the flesh.


Serves 4

3 dl spelt

5 dl water

2 dl cream

2 egg yolks

pinch of saffron

1 tablespoon of brown sugar

1 teaspoon of salt (or salt to the taste)

Cook the spelt in water until the water has absorbed. Add cream and saffron and simmer in a low heat until the cream has absorbed to the spelt. Add more water if needed. When the furmenty looks like a porridge and is done, add yolks, salt and sugar. Stir couple of minutes. Serve hot with boiled deer or reindeer meat (one recipe suggestion later).

Comments: Sugar makes a nice twist in this dish! Do not be afraid to use it.

(Take a thousand eggs or more, II Volume, Harleian MS. 4016, c. 1450)

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