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Introducing people to medieval foods using food samples and tasting tables.

 

NOTE: See also the files: practice-fsts-msg, pot-luck-fsts-msg, dayboards-msg, easy-p-recip-msg, finger-foods-msg, pot-lck-ideas-msg.

 

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    Mark S. Harris                  AKA:  THLord Stefan li Rous

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Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2004 10:45:05 -0400

From: Jadwiga Zajaczkowa / Jenne Heise <jenne at fiedlerfamily.net>

Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] tasting boards

To: Cooks within the SCA <sca-cooks at ansteorra.org>

 

> Interesting. I've never heard of anyone trying this before. I've tried

> to use the usual pot luck dinners, both inside and outside of the SCA,

> to introduce folks to period foods, but I've not heard of this. How are

> these set up? Similar to the food sampling tables that show up in the

> modern grocery stores on Saturdays?

 

Well, a more period looking version, yeah. We give out the serving stuff

and have people serve their own, or serve it up and press it upon them

if they are shy. :)

 

> Or are these more formal, such as

> small classes? How many different food items are presented/sampled?

 

Depends on the event and what people bring; we've had as few as 4 and as

many as about 20 items.

 

> All at one spot? Or different spots around an event?

 

All at one spot.

 

>> I'm very proud of myself: I cooked millet (with chicken broth), a

>> civey of chicken, and a simple salat for the last one.

> Again, all at once? or at different times? I assume all at once, or at

> least at the same event, from your last comment.

 

Well, there was some delay. I had heated up the chicken civey while

cutting up the herbs and dressing the salat; then in the same pot I

cooked the millet.

 

The setup was pretty basic: a 10x10 sunshade near the fighting field, a

display table with a small cloth on it, my feastgear box on which I had

put my small gas stove/grill, and a cooler and a basket of

cooking/serving stuff.

 

People brought up chairs and we had discussions and a class there also.

 

I usually put out comfits because once I get started making comfits I tend

to forget to stop (it's that Band-Aid Feed the World thing, you know), so

I have plenty and they travel well.

 

I usually put out ginger-lemon drink but instead I mixed some pomegranate

molasses with brown sugar and water. Juliana brought Clarea de Agua.

 

>> We've had some excellent other recipes make their appearences too.

> Such as?

 

Aesa made mutton meatballs and a mutton and chicken dish at Landsknecht. I

had mustards at that one. I've cooked Cormary, Jewish Dish of Chickpeas,

Roast from Sabrina Welserin, Stuffed Eggs from the Anonymous Andalusian

Manuscript, and other things (I'm reading off the recipes database on the

EK cooks yahoogroup and realizing that we haven't kept it up to date.

 

> Some interesting ideas.

>

> Hmmm. I wonder if different comfits could be used to introduce folks to

> different medieval spices?

 

Yup, that's one of the things I do at my spices class. :)

--

-- Jadwiga Zajaczkowa, Knowledge Pika jenne at fiedlerfamily.net

 

 

Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2004 10:17:04 -0600 (MDT)

From: Linda Peterson <mirhaxa at morktorn.com>

Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] tasting boards

To: Cooks within the SCA <sca-cooks at ansteorra.org>

 

On Wed, 7 Jul 2004, Stefan li Rous wrote:

>> tasting boards. :)

> these set up? Similar to the food sampling tables that show up in the

> modern grocery stores on Saturdays? Or are these more formal, such as

> small classes? How many different food items are presented/sampled? All

> at one spot? Or different spots around an event?

 

The Stewpot (Outlands cooks guild) sets up tasting tables at events, with

perhaps a half dozen items. Having recipe cards to hand out with the food

seems to go over pretty well, and encourages more people to try more

period food. It started as a way to fight the "period food is icky"

syndrome and also advertised the guild as an activity and a resource.

 

Mirhaxa

 

 

Date Wed, 7 Jul 2004 10:29:29 -0700 (PDT)

From: Samrah <auntie_samrah at yahoo.com>

Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] was tasting boards now spice class

To: jenne at fiedlerfamily.net, Cooks within the SCA

      <sca-cooks at ansteorra.org>

 

Jadwiga Zajaczkowa / Jenne Heise <jenne at fiedlerfamily.net> wrote:

> Hmmm. I wonder if different comfits could be used to introduce folks to

> different medieval spices?

 

Yup, that's one f the things I do at my spices class. :)

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-- Jadwiga Zajaczkowa, Knowledge Pika jenne at fiedlerfamily.net

 

I set out a similar table for a spice identification class I teach.  

Usually about 35 herbs & spices, set out in whole & ground forms

grouped as they would possibly be used (not alphabetical or botanical),

with butter, cream cheese, non-dairy margarine, sugar, hard-boiled

eggs, and bread or crackers and tiny portions of saffron tea (for those

who have not tasted saffron).  Students check off a list as to what

they like and dislike.  Basically, it gives the newcomers to spices a

chance to taste before they buy or go to the trouble of making a whole

recipe with a spice they may later decide tastes horrid to them.  Many

of them also get more courage to blend the spices this way. We talk a

bit about the plants, where spices come from & what spice goes with

what...

 

Samrah who adores most things to do with spice, particularly

cardamom....

 

 

Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2009 16:25:36 -0500

From: "Sharon Gordon" <gordonse at one.net>

Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] January 2009 MK Cooks Challenge

To: "'Cooks within the SCA'" <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>

 

<<< Suggest only ONE or TWO possible items that might serve as acceptable

"tasting"  topics for a 1-hour session as a class or discussion panel.  

For example:

-- salts from around the world, beyond common table and sea sea salt.

-- olive oils, especially those commonly available in the grocery store. >>>

 

--A variety of mustard recipes

--Bread with either a variety of ingredients or the same ingredients handled

in different ways (slow rise, faster rise, wood fired oven, dutch oven

baked, electric oven)

 

Sharon

 

 

Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2009 01:04:20 -0500

From: ranvaig at columbus.rr.com

Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] January 2009 MK Cooks Challenge

To: Cooks within the SCA <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>,

      mk-cooks at midrealm.org

 

<<< Suggest only ONE or TWO possible items that might serve as acceptable

"tasting"  topics for a 1-hour session as a class or discussion panel. >>>

 

Various vinegars and verjuice.  red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, champagne vinegar, sherry vinegar, rice vinegar, sugar cane vinegar,  cider vinegar, malt vinegar, alegar, balsamic vinegar (both the real thing and a cheap one), white balsmic vinegar, raisin vinegar, cane vinegar, date vinegar, honey vinegar  The differences between mass produced vinegar, artisan vinegars, aged vinegars, and home made vinegars.  Then there is the difference between vinegar brewed from fruit wine, and fruit flavored vinegar. We could discuss which ones are most like period vinegar, and how vinegar effected the humors.  Taste both straight vinegar and in a period recipe.  The same recipe with vinegar and with verjuice. I think this could draw non-cooks too.

 

And I'm working on developing a class for the various sauces found in Rumpolt:  Pepper sauce, apple gesharb, almond gesharb, pobrat sauce, sour cherry sauce, and others.  Hopefully, I will present it this summer.

 

Ranvaig

 

 

Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2009 20:00:13 +0000

From: "Debra Hense/Kateryn de Develyn" <nickiandme at att.net>

Subject: [Sca-cooks] period finger/party foods

To: sca-cooks at ansteorra.org (Group-SCACooks)

 

Stefan writes:

<<How is distributing the recipes handled? Is there just a centralized  stack

of recipes/redactions that someone has printed off?  Is there a  separate

stack of recipes at each dish? >>

 

We have created little recipe cards for the most part (sometimes full page with color photographs) which we then place in front of or to the side of each dish.  

 

For the Ladies of the Rose ceremony the cook's guild creates a little booklet of the recipes used (this is especially nice as a memento of the occasion.

 

For the ToC (Taste of Calontir) at Lilies - we have done recipe booklets for each country/region presented.  Because here we form teams and usually have four or five tables each representing a different country/region. Each table then presents from five to ten items of food to be tasted in bite-sized pieces.  I like this one best because you can compare/contrast the different regions by their flavors/seasonings used.

 

For the upcoming Jubliee Celebration in Three Rivers - the guild is creating a small cookbook of the 50 recipes presented.

 

Kateryn de Develyn - presenting three of the recipes - Perfect Cookies, Marzipan Peach Pits (from here on this list :-), and Lucian Sausages (in a breakfast link size.)  

 

 

Date: Tue, 03 Mar 2009 16:25:58 +0000

From: "Debra Hense/Kateryn de Develyn" <nickiandme at att.net>

Subject: [Sca-cooks] Calontir's Jubliee Celebration

To: sca-cooks at ansteorra.org (Group-SCACooks)

 

Well, we had so much food for our taste of Calontir table that we couldn't set it all out at once.  We ended up setting up Reigns 1 thru 25 in the morning and the Reigns 26 thru 50 in the afternoon.  It was wonderful!

 

There were people lined up to taste things.  Quite a few folks got to taste things because the cooks are getting smarter about cutting into small single to two-bite sized servings.  But, a single bite of 25 different foods still ends up being a meal in and of itself.  

 

I saw the cookbook - but I believe it needed some more recipes as some people didn't get them sent in on time to be included.  I'll poke a bit to see if we can't get those last few included and make it available for everyone.

 

Kateryn

 

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