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New Peas for a Fish Day

PERIOD: France, 14th century | SOURCE: Le Ménagier de Paris | CLASS: Authentic

DESCRIPTION: A dish of peas cooked in milk & ginger


As to new peas, sometimes they be cooked with sewe of meat and brayed parsley to make a green pottage and that is for a meat day; and on a fish day, they be cooked in milk with ginger and saffron therein.

- Power, Eileen. The Goodman of Paris (Le Ménagier de Paris). A Treatise on Moral and Domestic Economy by A Citizen of Paris (c. 1395). New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1928.


  • 1 lb. fresh peas
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 Tbs. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. saffron
Slowly heat the milk to the point of simmering. Stir in the ginger and saffron, blending well. Add the peas and continue simmering until they are tender. The peas may then be drained or left in all or some of the broth for serving. Serves 6.

My thanks to Cindy Renfrow & Nanna Rögnvaldardóttir for information from Le Ménagier de Paris. For Cindy's online Ménagier, see: Le Ménagier de Paris.

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