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PERIOD: England, 15th century | SOURCE: Harleian MS 4016 | CLASS: Authentic

DESCRIPTION: A simple cabbage dish


Cabochis. ¶ Take faire Cabochis, pike hem and wassh hem, and parboyle hem; then presse oute the water on a faire borde, choppe hem, and cast hem in a faire potte with goode fressh broth and with Mary-bones, And lette hem boyle; then take faire grate brede, and cast there-to, saferon, salt, and lete boyle ynogh, And then serue hit forth.

- 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.


Take fair Cabbages, pick them and wash them; then press out the water on a fair board, chop them, and cast them in a fair pot with good fresh broth and with Marrow bones, And let them boil; then take fair grated bread, and cast there-to, saffron, salt, and let boil enough, And then serve it forth.


  • Cabbage
  • Gode Broth - use our recipe (made without bread crumbs) or use any broth you'd prefer.
  • Beef bones with marrow - ask your local butcher for any beef bones that still have marrow in them; if the bones are whole, ask the butcher to please split them for you. Shank bones are very good for this particular use in cooking.
  • Unseasoned bread crumbs
  • Saffron
  • Salt

Be sure that your cabbage has been washed clean and is dry. Peel the cabbage and remove & discard the inner core; chop the cabbage into small pieces. Place in a large pot along with the broth and marrow bones. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium, then stir in bread crumbs, saffron, and salt to taste. Use enough bread crumbs to slightly thicken the mixture. Return to boil then reduce heat to a slow bubble. Cook for several more minutes. Remove beef bones; place cabbage and broth in serving dishes. Serve it forth!


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