Freseyes or Strawberye (Strawberry Sauce)
Recipe from Handout1 lb. frozen or fresh strawberries
1 cup red wine
1 cup strained almond milk
2 Tbsp. rice flour
1/2 cup currants
dash white pepper
1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp. ginger powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. galingale
4 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. butter
In a blender, combine strawberries, wine, and almond milk. Blend until smooth. Pour blended mixture into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add rice flour and stir until mixture thickens slightly. Add currants, red wine vinegar, butter and spices. Stir over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Spoon hot sauce into a saucer and garnish with pomegranate seeds. This goes very well with roast chicken.
Source for Recipe PresentedHarleian MS 279 - Redaction by Cindy Renfrow
From Take a Thousand Eggs or More: A Collection of 15th Century Recipes, volume 1, by Cindy Renfrow, page #206 (c) 1990, 1997. Reprinted with permission of the author.
Notes and additional versionsHarleian MS. 279. Potage Dyvers.
Cxxiij. Strawberye. Take Strawberys, & waysshe hem in tyme of yere in gode red wyne; (th)an strayne (th)orwe a clo(th)e, & do hem in a potte with gode Almaunde mylke, a-lay it with Amyndoun o(th)er with (th)e flowre of Rys, & make it chargeaunt and lat it boyle, and do (th)er-in Roysonys of coraunce, Safroun, Pepir, Sugre grete plente, pouder Gyngere, Canel, Galyngale; poynte it with Vynegre, & a lytil whyte grece put (th)er-to; coloure it with Alkenade, & droppe it a-bowte, plante it with (th)e graynys of Pome-garnad, & (th)an serue it forth.
Diversa Ciberia 13. Freseyes.
Note that the original has the sauce colored red or purple with Alkanet, a member of the borage family which is toxic. So authenticity in that point is not recommended for modern dining.
Strawberye is a good example of a period recipe that results in extremely different redacted versions, ranging from sauce for meat to dessert soup to dessert pudding. You should also be aware that strawberries in period were like our wild strawberries today: tiny and seedy.
The Harleian 279 version is redacted in Pleyn Delit #114, where it is called "Strawberry Pudding" and grouped with desserts.
p. 64 Traveling Dysshes (dessert)
p. 50 Fabulous Feasts, uses Strawberye as an example when discussing sour-wine products added to sweet or heavy foods to make a dish pungent or "poignant".
Stefan's Florilegium Period strawberries and strawberry recipes.
Cariadoc's Miscellany (Desserts, Appetisers, Etc.)
Updated September 9, 2002