Minnow Tansies

Izaak Walton, 17th Century

Preparation info

  • Difficulty


Appears in

Good Things in England

By Florence White

Published 1932

  • About


  • Minnows
  • yolks of eggs
  • cowslip ‘pips’ (or flowers) or primrose petals
  • a very little tansy juice
  • and a little clarified fat in which to fry them.


  1. Wash the minnows well in salt, cut off their heads, tail them, and ’take out their guts.’
  2. Blend them with a few cowslip pips or primrose petals, some yolks of eggs, and a very little tansy juice.
  3. Season with pepper and salt, and
  4. Fry them in a little fat as you would any other fritter.