[Sca-cooks] Ancient, medieval, or Renaissance
johnnae at mac.com
Sun Jul 27 17:51:14 PDT 2008
And here's another Free Press goodie to ponder--
Under the prominent boldface heading
Ancient Europe: Meat and wine
Right -- it says Ancient Europe--- then it continues
"During medieval and Renaissance times, it was believed that a person
could gain the attributes of a substance by eating it, says Ken Albala,
food historian and author of "Eating Right in the Renaissance."
And so boiled meat (or muscle) was the preferred food for athletes and
While the Greeks believed beef was hard for the average person to
digest, they also thought athletes and gladiators had exceptionally
strong "digestive fire."
Gladiators also consumed large amounts of barley porridge, which was
thought to provide energy and fat to protect them from injury. Their
primary energy drink was wine, believed to boost confidence and courage."
So in the space of a few words we've gone from Ancient to medieval and
Renaissance and back again to the Greeks and gladiators.
No wonder people have problems with what it is the SCA attempts to recreate.
Energy foods prominent worldwide, but do they work?
Here's the verdict on whether they do as promised
BY MARIA NOEL GROVES • ASSOCIATED PRESS • July 22, 2008
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