[Sca-cooks] Medieval questionaire

Saint Phlip phlip at 99main.com
Fri Oct 26 17:46:52 PDT 2007

Gotta look at the author's prejudices. While we moderns call a tea any
dried herb steeped in water, in the MA such a beasty was often called
a tissane. The dried plant we know as tes, green, gunpowder, etc,
arrived in Europe more or less the same time as coffee.

By the same token, we know beans were baked in the MA, they just
weren't the same thing as what moderns think of as baked beans (the
Boston kind), so I got that answer right by reading the quiz maker's

I was interested in the bit about wiping one's hands on the
tablecloths. Hadn't heard that before. Suppose I need to read up on
the manners manuals ;-)

And, I got the comparison of a Medieval feast to a buffet wrong,
because the important difference to me was the standing up and going
through a line, as opposed to the sitting down and being served.

On 10/26/07, otsisto <otsisto at socket.net> wrote:
> http://www.coquinaria.nl/english/quiz.htm
> I thought there was such thing as tea in the middle ages.
> De

Saint Phlip

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