A Medieval Recipe For Healing the Stomach

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Daily life in the middle ages was like the fine line between Carnivale and Lent, as immoralized by Pieter Bruegel in 1559. It’s a battle between feast and famine, a lifestyle of fasting and abstinence or a lifestye of drunkeness and revelry (Il Corpo nel Medioevo, J. LeGoff).

When carnival in Venice ends, one probably needs a dish to comfort their stomach, aid in digestion, and make everything feel better. This is a good recipe for doing just that:

Vivanda da fare bon stomacho – Toy pome codogne e lessale e mondale e pestalle, e toy late de mandole e distempera queste codogne e miti a coxere; quando è cocto mitige specie dolze poche e zucharo assay.

A Dish to Make the Stomach Well – Take two quinces, peeled and cleaned, and add to boiling water. When they are soft, drain and pour almond milk into the saucepan to cover the…

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