Curious what medieval feasts were really like? Come learn about real feasts and medieval cuisine. Topics include: feast foods, common myths, and the strange things you can find in medieval cookbooks.
Curious what medieval feasts were really like? This seminar examines real feasts based upon descriptions and menus from medieval sources, and compares the medieval practices with modern misconceptions. Some of the topics to be covered are feast foods, food preservation, common medieval food myths, and some of the strange things you can find in medieval cookbooks.
Medieval Feasts and Food: Making the Fantasy Match Reality
Are you curious what medieval cooking was really like? Do you want your fantasy characters' dinner to be plausible? This seminar takes a look at medieval European cuisine as a whole, and discusses the misconceptions and misunderstandings that pervade the popular view. Some of the topics to be covered are food preservation, medieval dining on the road, common medieval food myths, and some of the strange things you can find in medieval books.
Everything you need to know and not know about the basic techniques and ingredients of medieval European cuisine - complete with roasts, vegetables, pies, sauces, and desserts - complete with a demonstration and full meal. A booklet will be provided to each participant with full recipes for all the dishes made. Due to limited facilities, special dietary requirements cannot be accommodated.
Why did they have feasts in medieval Europe? What did they eat? Who paid for it all? This seminar examines real feasts based upon descriptions and menus from medieval sources, and compares the medieval practices with modern misconceptions. Some of the topics to be included are feast foods, entertainment, manners, economics, and the practical challenges of processing two thousand head of poultry.
Fantasy games and novels are commonly set in a society based on medieval Europe - except for the food, which is commonly way wrong. Learn how medieval English and French cuisine worked as a system. Topics will include medieval ingredients and preparation methods, the structure of medieval feasts, finding medieval recipes (or making them up), and common myths about medieval foods.
D&D characters have their "hard rations" and Tolkein's elves had "lembas", what are your characters going to eat while traveling? Find out about real traveling food in the middle ages: what foods kept well, what foods didn't, and what was the best way to keep meat from spoiling.
Dressing and Undressing your Character: Clothing in the Middle Ages
How many layers did they wear? Women were sewn into their clothes, right? Did men wear pants? A survey of the clothes worn in northern Europe from the 12th to the 15th centuries. Topics to be covered include clothing styles, available materials, hats, underwear, shoes, socks, chastity belts, and work clothes.
Real Feasts: Menus and Entertainment from Medieval Cookbooks
What were feasts like in the Middle Ages? Did they serve gruel? Turkey legs? How about whole roasted oxen? This seminar provides detailed descriptions of feasts taken directly from northern Europe in the 13th, 14th and 15th century. Subjects covered are foods served, table settings, manners, and the entertainment during the feast.