English recipe for crab and salmon mould

July 15, 2009

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The subject of a crab and lobster festival in England came up on the Dining@Large blog today.  I wonder what would the English do with crabs?  They don’t seem very English.  It turns out that the English have a lng tradition of ruining foods.

Here’s a dandy recipe.  Why do the English hate food?

I find it hard to believe that almond mild and rice flour were readily available in the 1400’s in England.

Crab and Salmon Mould – England, 15th Century

Ingredients :
1/2 lb Fresh crabmeat, cooked
1/2 lb Salmon, cooked
1 cup Almond milk
2 tbl Rice flour
2 tbl White wine
2 tbl Sugar
1 x Seeds from 1-2 pomegranates
1 x Black pepper to taste

How to cook :
“Vyaunde de Cyprys in Lente” or Food of Cyprus in Lent [?]Flake the crabmeat and salmon, put them in the blender with the almond milk and puree’.
Spoon into a saucepan, heat gently and sprinkle in the flour.
Stir until thickened and then add the wine and sugar.
Stir in the pomegranate seeds and season to taste with a little pepper and salt.
Chill in a wetted mold.
Turn out to serve. “This dish is such an attractive colour- pale pink studded with the scarlet seeds of the pomegranate that it seems a nice idea to redden it even further by surrounding the mould with a salad of sliced beetroot, radishes and young beetroot tops, with a vinaigrette dressing.



  1. Owlie! You must not know about Cromer crab dishes from East Anglia. My family lives there and I grew up eating that.

    • I clearly know nothing about crabs in Britain. Why don’t you post something on Cromer crab dishes on the Baltimore Crab Week post?

  2. I will give it a try. i am have a series of penguin cookbooks that might have something. when’s crab week?

    • There is no crab week. See the post from Wednesday called Baltimore’s Crab Week. SOmeone from England was asking for advice because they were putting on a crab and lobster week. I just thought someone from England like you might shed a little light on how people eat crabs there.

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