Bartlemas Beef

A traditional way of celebrating St. Bartholomew’s Mass

“Bartlemas” is derived from “Bartholomew’s mass” and has long been associated with St. Bartholomew.  Traditionally, Bartlemas Beef would have served on his Feast Day, 24th August.  He is the Patron Saint of Butchers.

Bartlemas Beef

1.5kg brisket of beef

¼ teaspoon each of:

  • ground nutmeg
  • ginger,
  • cinnamon,
  • cloves
  • mace

Oven:  180oC/Gas 4

  • Mix the spices and salt together
  • Rub well into beef
  • Place into close-fitting dish with lid
  • Braise for 30 minutes/450g
  • Serve very hot with parsnips and potatoes or cold with spiced mustard.

Collect for St. Bartholomew from The Book of Common Worship

O ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who didst give to thine Apostle Bartholomew grace truly to believe and to preach thy Word: Grant, we beseech thee, unto thy Church, to love that Word which he believed, and both to preach and receive the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen

The feature image for this post is of a stained glass window depicting St. Bartholomew and was obtained from wikicommons images (P.D.)

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