Towards the end of last year I subscribed to Dr Christopher Monk’s Monk’s Modern Medieval Cuisine channel on YouTube. In his latest video Christopher makes an old recipe called ‘connate’ from the late fourteenth century roll of recipes The Forme of Cury.
Connate is a quince confection with a slightly surprising sceond ingredient. No spoilers, you’ll have to watch the video to find out. There are more details in the accompanying blog post as well.
Christopher then goes on to host a ‘quince off’ with three friends, in which they taste and compare quince jelly, quince cheese a.k.a. membrillo, and the connate. Good fun is had by all, and the results are very interesting, definitely enough to make me want to try making a batch of connate myself next quince season.
Well worth a watch if you’re interested in quinces – especially if you have a few left over from autumn and are looking for new recipe ideas – or historical cookery in general: