[Sca-cooks] Period?, was Tomatoes
Sandragood at aol.com
Fri Oct 6 05:35:00 PDT 2006
In a message dated 10/5/2006 6:17:50 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
lilinah at earthlink.net writes:
I can imagine an outfit composed of shoes
from one time and place, "pants" from another, a tunic from still a
third, topped with a cap or coif from yet a fourth , and the wearer
saying the outfit is period, because each of the parts is, although
the parts are all from different times and places
This is exactly the point I made in my post about redacting which was in
response to the "stewed tomatoes vs. ketchup" thread. Redacting without a
recipe is more than finding a list of ingredients (like in a household receipt
book) and putting them together. Just because you have the ingredients doesn't
mean they were used together in that time and place in a manner we would use
them today, i.e. my Reuben sandwich example.
Finding that the ingredients were used in a particular manner is the key.
We know that sweeteners, thickening agents, vinegars, and tomatoes were found
in Spain. However, we only have accounts of tomatoes being eaten WITH
vinegar, not of a sauce being made from them. Until you can solidly justify,
prove, or document with period sources that they would have made a "sauce" from
tomatoes, ketchup would remain controversial.
Someone mentioned a book about the history of ketchup. I am unfamiliar with
the book, but if the author states that ketchup has a history linked to our
(SCA) time period, does he give his sources? Are they period sources, or
just someone else's opinion on the matter? I'm curious.
THL Elizabeth Donnan
Secretary, Grand Chefs of Gleann Abhann
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