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The cookbook

In the past, the barges went far into the village. At some point, the harbor was filled in and moved south of the village, but since 2019 the harbor is back in the center. It used to be very busy here, along the way. Passengers got on the barge and there was trade. Bakers, butchers, grocers - everyone had to do with the port.

Some of the food that was supplied was intended for the chic residents of the Menkemaborg. They were served delicious food at that time - we know that because there is an 18e century calligraphy has been preserved from the Menkemaborg kitchen, by the Alberda family ..

Two dishes

Cook fish with espierges

Let the fish boil first, then green espergies, cut small, boil latse with water half done, then add to the fish in that kettle, then some loaf of white butter butter genber mace, set it on the stove, let it boil, then that sauce is bound enough, and just salted then right.
Asparagus has been grown for three years in the kitchen garden of the Menkemaborg.
The fishing pond or fishkenij is located on the west side outside the canal in the pasture; here was the stock of fresh fish.

Doves to fill

Take peterceli and cut that little and stir with an ey, butter sugar, genljber and Corinten Doetje then in that Düiven.
A gentleman had the right to keep pigeons himself. A fresh treat in the winter months. In the meadow to the west of the driveway there is still a big pigeon battle.

Medicinal recipes

On the basis of the approximately one hundred medicinal recipes, included in the cookbook and on loose sheets in the archives of the Alberda van Menkema and Dijksterhuis family, it is easy to deduce which ailments were common. Recipes for upset stomach, kidney and gallstones, cough or cold, and gout are common. But recipes for healing teeth or eyes have also been recorded. In addition, recipes for growths, pustules, palpitations, worms, back pain, hemorrhoids, fire ointment and ointment for winter hands and feet.

A number of recipes contain a name from whom the recipe originates. Usually from family, friends or acquaintances - but a very single recipe comes from a 'Med. Doctor '. Everyone had their own remedies for ailments and diseases with the hope that they would benefit from it.

A special recipe describes how to make a 'miracle plaester ' for all kinds of wounds. And what about a recipe against the 'dulligheit' or 'dummigheitfor both humans and animals?

'Recipe cons quade cough' from the cookbook of the Menkemaborg

Practical home remedies

The cookbook not only lists recipes for dishes and medicine, but also practical home remedies to, for example, 'to sand silver ' or 'Wash chits' (colorful cotton fabrics from India).
The residents of the deposit could make themselves beautiful with a 'red pomaede for the lips' and a recipe to it 'to make hayr black and the sheet white '. For the hair there were various recipes to grow, which is not surprising because wigs were still worn at that time. Today we find tanned skin beautiful, in the 18the century was a sign of poverty. Ladies had white skin because they did not have to work on the land. 'Aunt powder ' and a means towhiten teeth ' were probably not superfluous, as was making soap or 'powder to wash hands' and the checking a good perfume".

... "A good perfume". Why did even the wealthy residents of the Menkemaborg in the 18the century if necessary?

Sources: The Stories of Groningen


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