[Sca-cooks] dinner impossible
r.carnegie at verizon.net
Thu Jan 31 20:09:10 PST 2008
The knives were not particularly period, at least most of them were not.
At least one DID look like a repro, but most were just old modern kitchen
knives. Apparently they were just badly sharpened, since Irving improved
one of the supposedly just honed knives on a brick! A properly made and
cared for period knife will do the job nicely. It will need more care to
keep it's edge than a modern knife but it doesn't need to fail as bad as the
ones on the show. Curiously, the reproduction knives that are used at
Hampton Court are excellent and work just fine. (Curiously because it
happens to be the same period represented).
Ranald de Balinhard
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[mailto:sca-cooks-bounces at lists.ansteorra.org] On Behalf Of Ang Malone
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Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] dinner impossible
Hello. I don't want to spoil it for anyone but I've seen some
comments so here goes mine.
This was a local Maryland Medieval festival. I don't think it had
anything to do with the SCA.
The rules for Chef Irving was this: he could only use medieval
tools to cook. So the knives he had weren't the best, he cooked over
open fires and in an outside oven thing. He had to grind spices with
a mortar and pestle. There were lots of New world foods and
techniques, such as thickening with flour. Although they had him use
an "old fashion flour" to make the ravioli pasta, but they didn't
care about other new world ingredients or techniques, it was a
little weird, at least for me after cooking the SCA for so long.
I wish they would've said more about where/how this organization was
and why they picked him. Maybe it says so on the website.
BTW, later on at the end he did have a kilt with a nice period like
white shirt. Really looked nice!
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