Braised chicken in almond milk

Mawmeny (Braised Chicken in Almond Milk)


  • 1 pound chicken (boneless thigh and breast meat)
  • 2 cups almond milk (recipe below)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 Tbsp. rice flour
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • ¼ tsp.galingale (ginger root minced)
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch of cloves
  • Pinch of mace
  • Pinch of saffron
Cut the chicken into small pieces and place in a large pot or Dutch Oven. Whisk together almond milk, egg yolks and rice flour and add to the chicken. Add spices and bring to a low boil. Lower heat and simmer until sauce becomes thick and chicken is tender, approximately 30 minutes. Although as a modern recipe this could easily be served over rice, in Medieval times at a proper dinner, this would have likely been served in a bowl over fried or toasted bread.

Almond milk

Almond milk was a staple of the medieval kitchen. It was used in a wide variety of dishes as a substitute for milk or cream, especially on "Fish Days", when the church placed restrictions on what foods could be eaten. The most prominent of which were the days during lent. It is very easy to make and would have also traveled well.


  • 2 cups blanched almonds
  • 3 cups hot water
Grind almonds until fine, almost like flour. Pour hot water into almonds and mix well. Allow to soak for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour through a fine sieve into a bowl. Save the solids for a spread on toast with a little butter.

About Bianca Shiver:
Bianca Shiver, the Executive Chef and Event Director at the National Steinbeck Center, has spent the majority of her life in a kitchen. After growing up with European and down home Southern culinary influences, she threw herself into restaurant kitchens and catering. Working her way through a kitchen, training with French and German chefs, learning every station in a classic European training model, she now represents the entire Food and Beverage program for the National Steinbeck Center in Monterey County. Her career has put her in some of the most prestigious private homes in the country, including international artists, politicians and celebrities. She developed her own catering company, has worked for Bon Appétit Management and has been an Event Planner in the Bay Area for many years working as a private wedding consultant. She is also the founder of two gourmet lines of specialty food products, which specializes in truly natural sauces and vinaigrettes, using no preservatives and additives, and a line of gourmet BBQ sauces, condiments and rubs.

You can catch Bianca hosting the Feast at the Fox on Saturday, August 8th from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

About 29th Steinbeck Festival:
The National Steinbeck Center is celebrating its 29th Steinbeck Festival "Legends, Myth and Magic" August 6th - August 9th 2009. The four-day festival of film, tours, talks and visual and performing arts will focus on the Arthurian Legend which John Steinbeck had a life-long fascination -- King Arthur. The Festival headline event, Feast at the Fox, features a program by famed author Christopher Paolini. The magical Medieval evening will be held Saturday, August 8th from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at the Fox Theater at 241 S. Main Street in Salinas .

Attendees will preside over a four course feast fit for a King; savor Monterey County's finest cheer from locally grown Stomper Wines and grog by Monterey Bay Brewing Company; all while listening to the live musical interludes from the Lerner and Loewe musical, Camelot. Guests will view vintage Medieval Knight's armor and swords. An evening of unbridled excitement is sure to be had by all!

Price is $50 for General Admission and $45 for Members. Price includes feast, cheer and premiere seating for a program by Christopher Paolini (Feast begins at 6:30 p.m.). Paolini's program tickets can be bought individually for $18 General Admission and $12 for National Steinbeck Center Members and Students (Program begins at 8:00 p.m. and does not include dinner) Reservations required. Call (831) 775-4721 or order online at

Background on 29th Steinbeck Festival:
The 29th Steinbeck Festival will focus on the Arthurian Legend with which John Steinbeck has a life-long fascination. Malory's Morte d'Arthur was the first book that John Steinbeck truly enjoyed reading as a child. Fascinated by the Arthurian tales of adventure, knighthood, honor, and friendship, in addition to challenging nuances of the original Anglo-Saxon language, Steinbeck set out to render these stories faithfully and with keen animation for the modern audience in his book The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights.

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