Alienor Hathaway – Saint Hildegard Von Bingen’s Recipe for Medicinal Nutmeg

Name: Alienor Hathaway
Wiki: https://wiki.eastkingdom.org/wiki/Alienor_Hathaway

Saint Hildegard Von Bingen’s Recipe for Medicinal Nutmeg from Physica. Liber subtilitatum diversarum naturarum creaturarum.

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cloves
1 cup of water on hand (only add as needed)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix the dough until it forms. Roll out into cookie-shaped cakes. Bake as the oven requires approximately 15 minutes. Yield will depend on the size of the cakes.

My method was influenced by a blog post by Lady Lynne Fairchild of the Middle Kingdom. She identified the section by translation and used a similar proportion. (Fairchild 2020) I used different temperatures and water amounts and cooked for less time. Despite the original recipe calling for equal parts of spice, through testing, I found that clove overpowers all the other flavors, so it could even be adjusted to ⅛ a teaspoon.

Documentation: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CkPS_-iTudlC1W-4DrjkDlnQXov6GlJ712rxGrzVpp4/edit?usp=sharing

One thought on “Alienor Hathaway – Saint Hildegard Von Bingen’s Recipe for Medicinal Nutmeg

Add yours

  1. Thanks for sharing your experiments with this recipe! It’s a wonderful example of working with ambiguities in the available historical documents.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Proudly powered by WordPress | Theme: Baskerville 2 by Anders Noren.

Up ↑