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14th c. Poudre Forte - Libro di Cucina

14th c. Poudre Forte - Libro di Cucina


INGREDIENTS: Black Pepper, Clove, Long Pepper, Nutmeg

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Poudre Forte, a medieval spice blend, may sound like a relic from the past, but it still has a place in modern cuisine. Oak City Spice Blends has created its own version of this classic mix based on a recipe from the 14th-century Italian cookbook, Libro di Cucina.


The ingredients of Poudre Forte are simple yet powerful. Black pepper, clove, long pepper, and nutmeg come together to create a flavorful and aromatic blend that was used extensively in medieval European cooking. Each ingredient has its own unique contribution to the mix.


Black pepper is the main flavor of Poudre Forte. It gives the blend its characteristic spiciness and pungency. The heat from black pepper is balanced out by the sweetness of clove, which also adds a warm, earthy flavor to the mix. Long pepper, a less common spice, has a similar taste to black pepper but with a more complex and intense flavor. Finally, nutmeg adds a warm, sweet, and slightly woody flavor to the mix, tying all the ingredients together.


The history behind Poudre Forte is as intriguing as its flavor. During the medieval period, spices were considered a symbol of wealth and power. Poudre Forte was a popular blend used by the elite in Europe to season their food, and it was said to have medicinal properties as well. The recipe for Poudre Forte varied from region to region and from household to household, making it a truly unique and personal spice blend.


Today, Poudre Forte is used by culinary recreationists to bring an authentic taste of the medieval period to their dishes. But even if you're not a history buff, this blend is still worth trying. Oak City Spice Blends' version of Poudre Forte is made with high-quality, fresh ingredients and contains no additives or fillers. It's perfect for adding a unique flavor to roasted meats, stews, soups, or even sprinkled on top of a fresh salad.


In conclusion, Poudre Forte may be a medieval spice blend, but it's still relevant and delicious today. Oak City Spice Blends' version of Poudre Forte is a testament to the enduring appeal of this classic mix. Whether you're a culinary recreationist or simply someone looking for a unique and flavorful spice blend, Poudre Forte is a must-try.


Here are some recipe suggestions that incorporate the Pouldre Forte spice blend:


  • Savory Breakfast Sandwich: Fry an egg and top with sliced avocado and a sprinkle of the Pouldre Forte spice blend. Serve on a toasted English muffin or bagel.
  • Spice-Rubbed Bacon: Rub bacon with the Pouldre Forte spice blend, then bake in the oven until crispy.


  • Spiced Apple Turnovers: Mix diced apples with sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and the Pouldre Forte spice blend. Fill puff pastry with the apple mixture, then bake in the oven until golden brown.


  • Roasted Cauliflower Salad: Toss roasted cauliflower with sliced red onion, chopped parsley, and a dressing made from olive oil, lemon juice, and the Pouldre Forte spice blend.
  • Spiced Lentil Soup: Cook lentils with onion, garlic, and the Pouldre Forte spice blend until tender. Serve with a dollop of plain yogurt.


  • Spiced Grilled Chicken: Rub chicken breasts with olive oil and the Pouldre Forte spice blend, then grill until cooked through.
  • Beef Stew with Spices: Brown stew meat in a pot, then add onion, garlic, diced tomatoes, beef broth, and the Pouldre Forte spice blend. Simmer until the meat is tender and the flavors meld together.

These recipes are just a few examples of how Medieval Pouldre Forte spice blend can enhance the flavor of savory dishes and beverages. Experiment with different ingredients and cooking methods to discover even more delicious ways to use this unique and historic spice blend.


    Black Pepper, Clove, Long Pepper, Nutmeg


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