Britain May Have Had Lasagna Before Italy

AP: British researchers say that they have found a recipe for lasagna that dates back to the 1300s, before Italian chefs began making the dish. Lasagna may be a traditional Italian dish, but it appears the British of the 1300s had something very similar that was created independently from the Italians' culinary delight.

British Lasagna before Italy article highly inaccurate

First of all, it's not a newly discovered recipe. Forme of Cury was first transcribed in a manuscript by Samuel Pegge in 1780 or so. Constance Hieatt published a new transcription in 1975. I've been cooking Losyns myself for years, and it appears in redacted (worked out to modern recipe style versions) on several SCA recipe pages and in several cookbooks available for sale.

Second, "payndemayne" is not a "unknown substance". It's perfectly well known that payndemayne refers to fine white flour, as a quick check of the Oxford English Dictionary would have told them.

And third, there are at least 5 extant Italian recipes from the same time period that are also called lasagna and are almost identical to the English recipe.

Brangwayna Morgan

Re: British Lasagna before Italy article highly inaccurate

This is what I love about the SCA. Sometimes our people know more than the so-called "authorities" in the popular press. Thanks, Brangwayna, for the additional information.

Justin