[Sca-cooks] Just how far are we to go? was Re: *Sigh* That tomatothing - again
r.carnegie at verizon.net
Mon Oct 2 19:17:14 PDT 2006
Well I for one do smoke tobacco at SCA events. I smoke a reproduction of
the annoyingly small Elizabethan pipe, though my tobacco being high in
Latikia is not as period as it could be.
Ranald De Balinhard
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From: "Huette von Ahrens" <ahrenshav at yahoo.com>
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Sent: Monday, October 02, 2006 9:33 PM
Subject: [Sca-cooks] Just how far are we to go? was Re: *Sigh* That
tomatothing - again
>I have been reading the abundance of messages on the tomato subject. It is
> opinion that this is the answer one should give if one is asked if tomatos
> were 'period':
> "Tomatos were brought over to Europe from the New World as curiosities.
> While they were
> known in scientific circles, they weren't commonly used or accepted by the
> average person
> (either noble or commoner) in post-Columbian Europe until well after the
> SCA eras of study."
> This has led me to think about other New World items that were commonly
> accepted. One of
> them was tobacco. There was very early acceptance of tobacco as an herb
> to smoke and as
> a medicine. Recipes for their use can be found in greater abundance than
> for tomatos. There
> is evidence that tobacco was used by commoners [i.e. sailors and doctors]
> long before the
> nobility became addicted.
> While I am NOT trying to advocate the use of tobacco in the SCA, for
> whatever reasons,
> tobacco is overlooked as an item to be used to add as an element for the
> SCA "atmosphere".
> I, personally, don't smoke and I don't like being around smokers because
> all that smoke
> makes me cough. I know why people don't advocate smoking as an SCA
> activity. But then
> when people start trying to advocate using tomatos and tomato products for
> SCA banquets,
> I cringe and wonder about how far we should go. I wonder how many more
> people would
> scream to high heaven if I would make a latakia pie than if I would make a
> tomato pie.
> Sigh... Snerk... Cough...
> My thoughts are whirled like a potter's wheel; King Henry VI, part I: I,
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