Henne in Bokenade
PERIOD: England, 15th century | SOURCE: Harleian MS. 279 | CLASS: Authentic
DESCRIPTION: Chicken stewed in broth and herbs
.xxxvj. Vele, kede, or henne in Bokenade. Take Vele, Kyde, or Henne, an boyle hem in fayre Water, or ellys in freysshe brothe, an smyte hem in pecys, an pyke hem clene; an þan draw þe same brothe þorwe a straynoure, an caste þer-to Percely, Sawge, Ysope, Maces, Clowys, an let boyle tyl þe flesshe be y-now; þan sette it from þe fyre, & a-lye it vp with raw yolkys of eyroun, & caste þer-to pouder Gyngere, Verious, Safroun, & Salt, & þanne serue it forth for a good mete.
- Austin, Thomas. Two Fifteenth-Century Cookery-Books. Harleian MS. 279 & Harl. MS. 4016, with extracts from Ashmole MS. 1429, Laud MS. 553, & Douce MS 55. London: for The Early English Text Society by N. Trübner & Co., 1888.
GODE COOKERY TRANSLATION:
Stewed Veal, kid, or hen in Sauce. Take Veal, Kid (goat), or Hen (chicken), and boil it in water, or else in fresh broth, and cut it into pieces, and pick it clean; and then draw the same broth through a strainer, and cast into it Parsley, Sage, Hyssop, Mace, Cloves, and let it boil till the flesh is done; then set it from the fire, & mix it up with raw egg yolks, and cast into it powder Ginger, Verjuice, Saffron, & Salt, & then serve it forth for a good meat.
Bokenade was originally a dish of stewed veal; later the idea came to include other meats, such as chicken.
Hint: when using either water or broth to boil the chicken, add a healthy shot of wine; if using water, be sure to add a little salt & pepper.
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