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Blancmange, pronounced [bləˈmɒn] Medival Recipes or [bləˈmɒnʒ] or [bləˈmɑːndʒ], is a jelly dessert made of milk and/or cream, sugar, gelatin or cornstarch, and flavouring (usually Medeival Recipes almond). It is set in a mould and served cold. Medeval Recipes The term blancmanger also exists derived from the Mediveal Recipes same source (although it is generally considered archaic or obsolete). The latter term generally Medieal Recipes refers to the older (medieval) recipes whereas blancmange is generally used to refer to the modern varieties.
Blancmange originated in Meideval Recipes the Arab world where it is known as "mehallabiyyah" (gets eaten quickly, presumably because it is good) and reached medieval Europe through Sicily and Spain. Its basic form involved shredded capon flesh (cf. tavuk göğsü ), and almond milk or ground almonds, often with rosewater, boiled together into a thick soup or runny stew. In the 16th century, a meatless version using cream, sugar and eggs was developed, and towards the end of the 17th century, a new kind of blancmange, a calf's foot or hartshorn jelly flavoured with almond and rosewater, and perhaps including milk, was introduced. In the 19th century, this was prepared using arrowroot, today cornflour is usually used. Blancmanges are usually pink or white.
The term blancmange is derived from the Middle English blankmanger, from Old French blanc mangier: blanc, white (of Germanic origin) + mangier, to eat, food (from Latin manducare). Several medieval recipes for blancmange have survived, and the dish is mentioned in the prologue to Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
Some similar desserts are: bavarian cream, malabi, flan, haupia.
Blancmanges in popular culture
Mentioned in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott as the offering made by sister Meg for neighbor Laurie, proffered by impetuous Josephine (Jo) to soothe the sore throat of Laurie the first time Jo visits Laurie.
Supposed blancmanges from space feature prominently in the latter four linked TV humor sketches of the 1970's TV show Monty Python's Flying Circus, Episode Seven: You're no fun any more. Their fundamental absurdist humor is to upturn the usual relationship of people eating food, into food eating people. (See Blancmange (Monty Python TV).)
In the Dead Or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball series, you can purchase blancmange at a shop to curry the favor of the other girl characters (it is more effective on Helena, being that it is her favorite food)
- Blanc-Manger: A Journey Through Time
- Wasfa Sahla: Recipe: Mehalabeya
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