Forme of Cury, c.1390
Take capons and seeth hem. Thenne take hem up. Take almandes
blanched. Grynd hem and alay hem up with the same broth. Cast
the mylk in a pot. Waisshe rys and do thereto and lat it seeth.
Thanne take brawn of caponns. Teere it small and do thereto. Take
white greece, sugar, and salt, and cast thereinne. Lat it seeth.
Then mess it forth and florish it with aneys in confyt rede other
whyte and with almandes fryed in oyle and serve forth.
The Modern Version:
2 large, boneless capon or chicken breasts
2 1/2 cup water
1 1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup blanched almonds
2 Tbsp ice water
1 tsp salt
1 cup rice
1 Tbsp butter
4 tsp brown sugar
candied anise (I've never found it, but I'm told it exists)
toasted slivered almonds
Bring the 2 1/2 cups water and 1 1/4 tsp salt to a boil, and
boil the chicken, covered, for 15 minutes or until done. Remove
the chicken and set aside, reserving the broth. Grind the almonds
with the ice water in a blender or with mortar and pestle, until
smooth. To make "almond milk", combine 2 cups of the
broth with the ground almonds, and allow to stand for about 10
minutes, stirring occasionally. Put the almond milk into a pan,
and cook the rice in it with the salt, butter, and brown sugar.
Meanwhile, dice the chicken breasts. Just before the rice is done,
add the chicken. Stir to distribute the chicken pieces, and finish
cooking the rice. Just before serving, garnish with the toasted
almonds (and candied anise, if you could find any).
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