Beacon's Gate Boar Hunt 2000
Compost - Medieval "chutney"
English, Forme of Curye, late 14th c.
Forme of Cury 103
Take rote of parsel, of pasternak, of rafens, scrape hem and waische hem clene. Take rapes & caboches, ypared and icorue. Take an erthen panne with clene water & set it on the fire; cast all (th)ise (th)erinne. When (th)ey buth boiled cast (th)erto peeres, & perboile hem wel. Take alle (th)ise thynges vp & lat it kele on a faire cloth. Do (th)erto salt; whan it is colde, do hit in a vessel; take vinegar & powdour & safroun & and do (th)erto, & lat alle (th)ise thynges lye (th)erin al ny(gh)t, o(th)er al day. Take wyne greke & honey, clarified togider; take lumbarde mustard & raisouns coraunce, al hoole, & grynde powdour of canel, powdour douce, anys hole, & fenell seed. Take alle (th)ise thynges & castt togyder in a pot of erthe, & take (th)erof whan (th)ou wilt & serue forth.
My Modern Transcription
recipe by Anahita
I. A week before beginning preparation of Compost, prepare Lombard Mustard as follows:
II. At least one week before using, begin preparation of Compost:
III. When vegetables are cool:
2 quarts cider vinegar
IV. Twelve hours later:
1 bottle sweet white wine
V. Store well-covered in a cool dark place for at least one week.
NOTE: I didn't have an earthenware crock big enough, so i used two one-gallon glass jars.
VI. Serve with meats like a chutney or pickle. It may also be pureed and used as a sauce with meats.
NOTE: Most of this was consumed at the feast - maybe a quart or quart and a half was left over.
There are other variant recipes.
The one in Le Menagier de Paris is a much more complex preparation begun about 6 months before intended use, beginning in early summer with young walnuts before their shells have formed.
Das Buch Von Guter Speise has a simpler sauce, and Apicius has an early and even simpler one, not called Compost, of course.
Also, i've been told that a variant can be found in the 13th century Northern European cookbook known as The Icelandic Medical Miscellany, but i haven't seen this one.
Master Adamantius said: "This stuff keeps for a long time, especially if you put it, while hot, into a sterile canning jar. I have a couple of jars of compost that are around two years old, and the one I opened last week was just fine."
Code refined 05 May 2004