Thursday, September 24, 2015

Recipes from John Crophill's Commonplace Book - 16 Let Lorres des Aguellys

Recipes from John Crophill's Commonplace Book (Harley MS 1735)

This manuscript is dated before 1485.

The 68 recipes in John Crophill's Commonplace Book are on pages 16v through 28v.

Images of the original manuscript are freely available on the British Library website.

I have done my best to provide an accurate, but readable transcription. Common abbreviations have been expanded, the letters thorn and yogh have been replaced with their modern equivalents, and some minor punctuation has been added.

Copyright © 2015 by Daniel Myers,


[16.] Let Lorres des Aguellys
Tak elys & culpon hem & sethz hem seke dely tak out the bonys & saf the culpouns hole swenge eyren in a vessel & do ther to elys tak melk & colour it with saffron [f.20r] fforce it with comyn & set it to the feyr & quen it gynnit to welle do in the eyren & the elys stire hem to gidre sethz hem til the krudden.


This curious recipe for eel stew appears to be unique to Crophill. I could not find any similar recipes in contemporary sources, including those from outside of England.

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