[Sca-cooks] medieval caviar
lilinah at earthlink.net
Sat Mar 3 15:44:22 PST 2007
Both caviar and boutarge/botargo (salted dried fish roe) are
mentioned among the food served to the Ottoman sultan who conquered
Constantinopolis in 1453, Mehmed II. However, the Ottomans were not
fond of fish or any other kind of seafood, so it rather disappears
from the careful registers of what was eaten in the Topkapi Serai. It
is only in menus of Mehmed II that meals featuring fish and seafood
appear in the Topkapi within SCA period, so i would assume that he
was eating what Byzantine rulers before him had eaten.
Nor was it featured in the "soup kitchens" of the imaret established
by sultans, sultanas, emirs, viziers, etc.
It is likely, however, that it was eaten by other people in the
Ottoman Empire outside the palace.
Urtatim (that's err-tah-TEEM)
the persona formerly known as Anahita
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