A while back, I had duck with red cherry-onion jam at a medieval restaurant. Allegedly, it was a historic recipe, originally prepared in 1445 for the wedding of one of René d’Anjou’s daughters.

Does anyone have an idea where I can find the recipe, or where to start looking?

  • to the downvoter: cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/112294/… suggested that I ask here. Thanks, once again, for the <irony> very constructive </irony> downvoting without explanation. – user149408 Oct 25 '20 at 18:15
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    Welcome to History:SE. I'm not the downvoter in this case, but it generally helps if you tell us where you've already searched. After all, from the tooltip, lack of evidence for prior research effort is an explicit reason for downvoting. – sempaiscuba Oct 25 '20 at 18:18
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    How about Le Ménagier de Paris? Late 14th century guidebook. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_M%C3%A9nagier_de_Paris – J Asia Oct 25 '20 at 23:19
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    Medieval recipes tend not to have the details you might expect from modern recipes (quantities, times etc.). So you might not expect much more than softening onions (possibly red) for an extended time, add sugar (or perhaps honey) and vinegar (or perhaps wine or cider) and then pitted cherries and any other flavours, and boil most of the liquid off. – Henry Oct 26 '20 at 13:23
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    Here's one with onions and raisins: medievalcuisine.com/Euriol/recipe-index/gesotten-zwibelsalat german, not french; 16th not 15th century. Many other ancient recipes on the same site. – AllInOne Oct 26 '20 at 13:46

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