Post by Tim W
A small class of 17yrolds are having a medieval meal together for the
end of term/xmas. There is a fine medieval building nearby which we will
use. I need suggestions for a multi dish banquet - everyone will bring a
dish or two and we will sit down together and share.
I don't think we need to be totally authentic but I am thinking we
should have no new world produce - potatoes, turkey, tomatoes, green
beans are out (should I add anything to that list?) -
Peanuts. Squash and pumpkin (there is an old world gourd that is
somewhat similar to our squashes and still available in Chinese grocery
stores, but all the standard ones are New World). Capsicum peppers
(chili pepper, paprika, bell peppers--black pepper is Old World).
Vanilla. Chocolate. Coffee is Old World but not in use in Europe in the
Middle Ages. A lot of our standard beans are New World, but lentils,
chick peas, and fava beans are Old World.
My wife and I have a self-published collection of period (medieval and
renaissance) recipes on Amazon, and the pdf of it is freely downloadable
from my site:
Click on the link for "How to Milk an Almond, Stuff an Egg, and Armor a
The page also has a bunch of period cookbooks, which you might find
_How to Milk an Almond,..._ http://tinyurl.com/63xg8gx