Sole Meunière is a classic French treatment of flatfish with a lovely, lemony sauce, and worth noting if only for the Julia Child in Rouen moment (pause and praise Julia), and Poisson à l’oseille – Fish with Sorrel Sauce au francais – was my sorrel moment. A different flatfish, a different French city, a different decade, but in one mouthful I knew I’d been wasting sorrel and it was time to make up for lost time. And this recipe calls for sorrel juice – that is, yuce. Don’t be afraid – the fish should be more poached then boiled, and if you can get a whole one, and not just a fillet….heaven on a plate.
20. To butter Plaice vpon Sorrell sops.
Boyle your Plaice in faire water and Salt, and a fewe sweete Hearbes and Vinegar, then take them vp and dry them in a faire cloath, then dish them in sippets in the bottom of a dish then power vpon it a quarter of a pint of the yuce of Sorrell, and set it vpoon a chafindish of coales, and when you bee ready to serve it, poure vpon it a little butter drawne thicke with the yuce of Sorrell, then strowe grose Pepper and Salt, put sippets about it and serve it then to the table hotte, your sauce will looke very green and the fish east pleasant and short.
- 1621. John Murrell. A Delightfull daily exercise for Ladies and Gentlewomen. Falconwood Press: 1990. p. 38.
John 13:21-26 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)
21 When Jesus had said these things, he was troubled in the Spirit, and [a]testified, and said, Verily, verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
22 Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.
23 Now there was one of his disciples, which [b]leaned on Jesus’ bosom, whom Jesus loved.
24 To him beckoned therefore Simon Peter, that he should ask who it was of whom he spake.
25 He then as he leaned on Jesus’ breast, said unto him, Lord, who is it?
26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it: and he wet a sop, and gave it to Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son.