[Sca-cooks] Medieval questionaire
lilinah at earthlink.net
Sat Oct 27 18:53:10 PDT 2007
Well, i took the questionnaire and got them all right except the
At a medieval feast (not necessarily an SCA feast), diners sit down
and are served, and may not be able to choose what to eat - it could
depend on where each fits in the social hierarchy as to which dishes
At a buffet diners serve themselves then sit down to eat, and they
get to choose which dishes they want to eat and have the option of
selecting from all of them.
As for someone's comment on tea, tea is Camellia sinensis. It's a
native of Asia and didn't make it to Europe until the 17th century,
about which time it made it to parts the Middle East, although in
some places it was later - tea didn't get to Morocco until the 18th
C. - as a "gift" from the English, who were trying to curry favor -
and IIRC, Persia - which surprised me, since it's so close to the
Orient, but tea didn't get there until more than a century later than
coffee, which it supplanted.
Those herbal beverages we drink are really tisanes. But after tea
became common, the term became applied to almost any plant soaked in
hot water and strained out, after which the plant-infused water was
drunk - i suspect this didn't happen until sometime in the 19th C.
In modern French "the' " (pronounced "tay") is tea, and "tisane" is a
We just use a recent terminology in English which can be confusing.
Urtatim (that's err-tah-TEEM)
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