The Book of Refreshments


Chapter 15 – The Recipes of Louis the Pink

As carefully copied by amoral prep cooks from a stack of grease-stained three by five cards.

1. Mixed Spice Powder – Take three large spoons of ground ginger and mix with one and one half large spoons of ground cinnamon and one small spoon of ground cloves. Then grind one small spoon of grains of paradise and add them to the mix. Also add two large spoons of sugar.

2. Scarlet Chicken – Take boneless chicken breasts, with the skin removed, and coat them liberally with tomato powder and a bit of salt and pepper. Then pan fry the chicken in a lot of butter and fresh chopped basil leaves.

3. Trout with Maple Syrup – Put fillets of trout into a bowl and sprinkle it with salt and lots of lemon pepper. Then pour a bit of maple syrup over it and rub it all over the fish with your hands to make sure it is all coated. Then saute the trout in olive oil.

4. Some kind of Pie – Mix a pound of ricotta cheese with a cup or more of ground cherries and four eggs. Add two large spoons of spice powder and one of rose water, as well as a half cup of sugar. Pour the mixture into a pie crust and cover it with a crust and cook it until it is done.

5. Eggs and Apples – Peel, core, and slice three apples and boil them in water for a couple of minutes. Drain them and then fry them in butter until they are golden. Set the apples aside and scramble six or seven eggs. Fold in the apples so they may be cooked yet again, but do not overcook! Sprinkle with spice powder and garnish with saffron threads.

6. Almond-Leek Sauce – Wash three or four leeks well and chop finely, discarding the green tops. Put leeks, some bacon, and broth into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer the leeks for ten minutes and then strain them from the broth, keeping both. Add a half a cup of ground almonds to the broth and cook over a low heat for a couple of minutes. Puree the leeks and add them back to the broth. Cook the sauce until it reaches the desired consistency.

7. Cranberry Chutney – Take a cup or so of fresh cranberries and mix them with one cup and one half cup of cranberries that have been dried. Also add mixed fruit of the tropical kind that has also been dried in the amount of one cup and one half cup, and the same quantity of vinegar made from the cider of apples. Sweeten it with half a cup of sugar and flavor it with one half of a small spoon of a powder of mild or sweet curry. Then cook this until the fresh cranberries are very soft.

8. A Sauce with Black Pepper – Take a cup or so of broth and set it to boil. Add six crushed black peppercorns and a small spoon of ground ginger. After the volume of the sauce has reduced by half, stir in a slice of bread ground into crumbs. Cook this until you like the consistency and then add a small spoon each of lemon juice and red wine vinegar. This sauce goes well with pork or beef.