[Sca-Cooks] Wikipedia article on Medieval Cuisine
christianetrue at earthlink.net
Tue Jul 31 08:41:21 PDT 2007
> "various European cultures during the Middle Ages, a period roughly dating
> from the 5th to the 16th century."
> Where was it still the "Middle Ages" in the 1500s?
The latifondi (feudal estates) of Sicily. Feudal perquisites were not abolished in Sicily until the Napeleonic occupation of Naples and the Bourbon crown's residency in Palermo. Although the workers of the land were technically free tenants, the taxes and rents set by the local barons were so high, they were pretty much bound to their land by default. And their cuisine, such as it was, was decidedly medieval — the famous dish of maccu was the Sicilian peasant's pease porridge, possibly eaten since Roman times.
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