Capouns In Councys, from The Forme of Cury (1390)

Recipe reconstructed and recreated from archaic language. An example of what’s in my upcoming book, “A Hastiness of Cooks.” Chicken in a saffron-infused sauce, flavored with Poudre Forte, or “Strong Powder.”

Capouns In Councys (Photo credit: C. Bertelsen)

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We’re busy preparing for the launch of  A Hastiness of Cooks on November 15. (Click HERE to view front and back covers.)

You might ask what on earth does “A Hastiness of Cooks” mean?

Well, let’s allow Dr. C. M. Woolgar to explain the phrase “A Hastiness of Cooks”

 A word game, popular in the great households of late medieval England, had at its heart the creation of collective nouns. In the lists of these names, alongside the laughter of hostellers, the glossing of taverners, the promise of tapsters and the fighting of beggars, were household references – a carve of pantlers (who looked after the bread), a credence of servers, (‘credence’ was the process of tasting or ‘assaying’ foods against poison), a provision of stewards of household – and a hastiness of cooks. The pressures of the medieval kitchen, the precipitate hurry and irritation of the cooks are all captured in the medieval meanings of ‘hastiness’.

~ C. M. Woolgar, The Culture of Food in England, 1200 – 1500


Illustration by Courtney Nzeribe