Med-Kitchens-lnks – 10/1/06
Links to info on medieval kitchens by Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon.
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Mark S. Harris AKA: THLord Stefan li Rous
Stefan at florilegium.org
From: liontamr at ptd.net
Subject: Links: Medieval Kitchens
Date: July 2, 2004 8:26:54 PM CDT
To: StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Greetings my faithful readers!
This episode of the Links List is about Medieval Kitchens--not the food
itself, but the place where it was prepared.
How was it organized? Where was it built? Who worked there? What did it look
like? All valid questions, and ones I find fascinating, as I hope you will,
as well. There is little to find, web-wise, on this subject. Much of what I
did find was from Aethelmearc's Dame Katja Orlova--so thanks Katja for not
only suggesting this topic but also for being a good source of information.
As always, please pass the Links List along to those who will find it
interesting, and refrain from sending it to those who do not. This weekly
list of medieval webpages on a common theme relies on the premise of "pay it
forward" rather than pay it back---no one makes any money from it, and we
are all enriched from reading what is contained therein.
Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon, OL
A Study of Cooking Tasks, Methods, and Equipment in the Renaissance Kitchen
by Dame Katja Orlova (copyright Chris Adler)
(Site Excerpt) Judging from these menus of foods selected not only for their
taste and texture but also their color and smell, a meal prepared in the
high Middle Ages for nobility was a lavish experience for all the senses.
But these menus also beg the question to the modern cook: how ever did a
cook of that time prepare this variety of elaborate dishes in a kitchen with
dirt floors, a wood- or coal-fired heating source, no running water, and no
modern appliances such as food processors or spice grinders? As history
buffs and cooks, we look at period recipes and try to figure out how to
recreate them. We rarely really think about how those recipes were prepared
back then - not the proportions of ingredients and the timing of the
cooking, but actually what equipment was used! The answer might surprise
you - both descriptions in period recipes and depictions in period artwork
reveal that the kitchen of a manor or palace was a well-organized and
meticulously coordinated operation with up to dozens of servants assigned to
specific tasks (often in several different rooms).
ThinkQuest Medieval Kitchen
Site is brief. Excerpt:) The medieval kitchen was where all the dishes for
the castle's meals were prepared. It was usually set away from the great
hall, where most of the meals were served. This was to prevent a fire in the
kitchen from spreading to the great hall. Fires happened often because all
food was cooked over a fire or in an oven. However, because the kitchen was
built away from the great hall, food often got cold on the trip from the
kitchen to the great hall. Thus, an enclosed passageway of wood or stone
would be constructed between the two. This would help to keep out the wind
and keep the food warm on the trip. The kitchen itself could be constructed
of wood or stone.
Meideval/Renaissance Food Pages--Clip art from Medieval Kitchen illustrations
You may have to pick and choose, but do look at them all. Several of the
gif/pdf, for instance, have background detail that is interesting.
The Medieval Kitchen (a camp-kitchen with photos from a re-enactment group)
Gode Cookery: A Feast for the Eyes
A Medieval and Renaissance Food and Feast Image Colelction
Kitchens and Cooking Equipment
52 images of cooks and kitchens. Notice that no. 44 has a portable oven and
proof of pretzels in medieval cuisine!
Coventry City News: Bid to reveal medieval kitchen's secrets Nov 11 2002
(Site Excerpt: Note: Copy-paste long URLs to the web browser window)
A £1 million project will unveil a medieval cooking place for the first time
since World War Two at Coventry's St Mary's Guildhall. Coventry City
Council looks set to submit a Heritage Lottery bid to raise half the
estimated costs of restoring the ancient kitchen which is hidden behind a
modern one. The project will be submitted for council Cabinet approval later
this month and if it gets the green light, work would start next year to
strip away the modern equipment to reveal the wonders underneath....
Riksantikvarieambetet Casatle (a re-enactment site with a photo of a
Extant/restored Medieval Kitchen with child in the fireplace!
Penn State Center for Medieval Studies: The Kitchen Garden
Balleyport Castle, Co. Clare, Ireland
Photo of a restored kitchen for modern use (faucet installed on medieval
Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace
Map, detailed photos of Tudor Kitchen
Acanthus Books ( a book sale page, see other listings as well)
The Medieval Cookpot
(Site excerpt) OXFORD SYMPOSIUM ON FOOD & COOKERY
Museum of London Saxon Cookpots and other implements
(Note: Copy-paste wrapped URLs. ) Click on underlined aquisitions numbers to
view images of items.
Skeletons dug up in kitchen at Holyrood
(Site Excerpt) THE skeletons of eight people have been discovered under the
Queen's kitchen in The Palace of Holyroodhouse. The origin of the remains
puzzle experts, although it is believed they were probably townsfolk who
lived near a monastery which once stood on the site of the palace. Police
were alerted on Monday after gas workers laying new mains under the kitchen
found the skeletons.
The Tudor Kitchen
(Site Excerpt) Few people today can even think of England's Henry VIII
without conjuring up images of turkey legs and vast feasts. Historically,
this image is not far from the actual truth. Once Henry took over Hampton
Court from his former minister Cardinal Woolsey , the king installed a staff
of nearly 1600 people to cater to his kingly whims. Foremost among these was
the process of feeding the King and his court..
Renaissance Kitchen Accessories
(Just for laughs---I couldn't resist! See the "Renaissance banana tree!" Hee
hee... pseudo-history at it's finest--or worst, depending on your point of