I’d almost be remiss if I didn’t make one attempt at gingerbread. I’ve heard for years that Medieval gingerbread is very different from the cake-like modern version. So, a-googling I did go, and with a tip from the lovely Tamara, did find two versions of the same medieval recipe.Read More
The previous recipe for pastry was used along with this strawberry pie. Wild strawberries (Norwegian: markjordbær / Latin: fragaria vesca L.) have been found in the archaeobotanical record during the Hanseatic period and can be found across Norway.Read More
I have never been one for making pastry, to the extent that I prefer my pumpkin pie baked in a 9x9” pan sans crust. But this is a cooking challenge and considering the apparent prevalence of pies, it was time to make a new attempt at it. This recipe is 16th c., rather late for my persona, but I need to start somewhere.Read More
This recipe from Marx Rumpoldt’s cookbook of 1581 can also be found in Plain Fare: A Period Camp Cookbook by Volker Bach.
I am becoming more curious about which resources would have been available to me as a cook in Norway. Here’s what I found after a quick check in a couple of resources…
Norway has a long tradition for travel in the great outdoors. Hiking, camping, sailing…. a continuation of a lifestyle over a thousand years old… just ask us about traveling to Vinland or Miklagard. We also have a saying “Uten mat og drikke, duger helten ikke” (without food and drink, the hero can’t perform).Read More
I am excited about a new cooking resource I found on the Drachenwald A&S page. This specific recipe comes from Frantz de Rontzier’s cookbook of 1598 by way of Plain Fare: A Period Camp Cookbook by Magister Giano Balestriere (Volker Bach). Plain Fare is on the Drachenwald website under the link A Camp Cookery Book. Many of the recipes look tasty, and all are both documentable and lend themselves to cooking over the fire.Read More
Opportunity knocked today and I decided to let it in. A friend of mine has poultry, mostly hens, but also a couple of roosters. One of them has been getting too aggressive and needed a final solution. This has given me the chance to practice hands-on a skill my persona would have used regularly on the farm.Read More