from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A Middle English form of peace.
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The suggestion is that, by following the spice trail back to the time of Marco Polo, we can see the first flowering of the gastronomic genius that gives us typical Venetian dishes such as pesse in saor fried fish in a marinade of onion, oil, vinegar—and sometimes also pine nuts, raisins, and a pinch of spices.
The same point applies to recipe 80, for a fish sauce, which is similar to the modern Venetian fried fish in a marinade, pesse in saor.
But pesse in saor is itself identical to the alla scapece method used in southern Italy, which is identical to the escabeche recipes found in Spain, southern France, Portugal, and North Africa.
"Bad nuff, massa, dese chillons pesse me tu much, dey fights, dey fights ebery time, make Juner no fire, poo 'ole Juner cole now."
a serving man by the leg, "and bytt a grete pesse away, and after by the hokyll bone, that within .iii. days after he ded."