[Sca-cooks] *Sigh* That tomato thing - again

Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius adamantius.magister at verizon.net
Mon Oct 2 18:25:28 PDT 2006

On Oct 2, 2006, at 9:17 PM, Johnna Holloway wrote:

> I suppose I have to ask why even have tomatoes at a demo
> for newcomers? Why not just have European foods from
> prior to the Voyages of Discovery with a selection of medieval
> recipes and cookbooks?
> Johnnae

I'd assume that the idea is to get people to think about how medieval  
Europeans lived differently from us, in large part, due to a  
different repertoire of available foodstuffs. It's a good idea. Of  
course, using tomatoes in this may simply muddy the distinction if it  
wasn't food before a European put it in his piehole.

But then, I'm not sure anyone actually said that... I know I didn't.


>>  For a Demo, I'd
>> respectfully suggest a note or statement that although there is  
>> limited
>> evidence showing that X did exist in the time period we recreate,  
>> it's
>> generally accepted that use of X was not commonplace.
>> Elizabeta
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