In the liturgical calendar of the Western Christian churches, Ember (Ymber) days are four separate sets of three days within the same week — specifically, the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday — roughly equidistant in the circuit of the year, that are set aside for fasting and prayer. These days set apart for special prayer and fasting were considered especially suitable for the ordination of clergy. The Ember Days are known in Latin as the quattuor anni tempora (the “four seasons of the year”), or formerly as the jejunia quattuor temporum (“fasts of the four seasons”).
The four quarterly periods during which the ember days fall are called the embertides.
A cake recipe found in “Healthy Recipes with Dairy Food” a free E-book published by Dairy Australia
Ricotta (pronounced [riˈkɔtta] in Italian) is an Italian whey cheese made from sheep, cow, goat, or Italian water buffalo milk whey left over from the production of cheese. Like other whey cheeses, it is made by coagulating the proteins that remain after the casein has been used to make cheese, notably albumin and globulin.
A traditional gipsy recipe found in “Matglede Som Aldri Før” (Joy of Food Like Never Before) published by Scandinavisk Presse in 1977
Gypsy cuisine has been called “the little known soul food”. Gypsies have a rich and complicated identity and history, which is reflected in the delicious complexity of the food, and, like most things, it’s a lot better when you understand it. First, the word “Gypsy” is the term that gadjé (Rromanes for non-Romani people) have used to refer to Roma, the ethnic group originating in India around the eleventh century.
Gypsies divide food into two categories: “ordinary” and “auspicious” or “lucky” (baxtalo). Auspicious foods are believed to be particularly healthy for the body and soul, and these beliefs are likely rooted in Ayurveda, the traditional Hindu system of medicine that uses food, herbs, and yogic breathing to balance the body.
Four times every year in the Catholic calendar, there were “Ember Days” – consisting of a Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday – when meat was forbidden. Cheese and eggs, however, were allowed. An ‘Ember Day Tart’ therefore was a filling dish served instead of meat on these fasting days. The tarts in the recipe are a little like a sweet quiche.
The recipe uses galingale, it is well worth finding some as its aromatic taste is not easily replaced. You can use ginger as a substitute but this will give heat rather than a more rounded flavour.
The recipe was originally written down as follows:
‘Tart in embre day: take and parboile onynons; presse out the water & hewe hem smale;take brede & bray it in a mortar,and temper it up with ayren; do perto butter, safron, spice and salt and corans & a ltel sugar with powdor douce, and bake it in a trap,& serve it forth.’
Stephanie Ann Farra who runs ‘World Turn’d Upside Down‘ writes: The Challenge: “Foods served at notable events in history.
What kind of food was served at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth? What did Benjamin Franklin eat at the Constitutional Convention? Find a food item that was served at a notable event in history, research the recipe, and recreate the dish.”
Stephanie chose the lemon tart served the first class passangers on Titatic
A delicious dessert recipe found in “Robert Carrier’s Kitchen Cook Book” published in1980
Traditional gâteau basque is a tart of unusual, cake-like pastry filled with crème pâtissière and the exquisitely flavoured cherries of the ltxassou region – Substitute 700 g /1 1/2 lb canned Morello cherries if you wish, removing the stones and drying the fruit well with absorbent paper.
A nice lunch recipe found in “Sommermat” (Summer Food) published by Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1979
I readily admit that cauliflower is not one of my favourite vegetables, but I really think I might enjoy this tart. The cheesy sauce might just do the trick. And well, tarts are tarts, aren’t they – Ted
A recipe from “Fransk Bondekost” (French Farmhouse Cooking) published by Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1980
It is not correct to use the term “fine cooking” about French farmhouse cooking. It is more a natural part of life. There is no Machiavellian refinements or superfluous embellishments. Just honest, good, simple ingredients that makes tasty dishes that suit the season, climate and work.