[Sca-cooks] Curious Quick Request...

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Thu Nov 13 13:54:53 PST 2008

Define Middle East, I suppose.
This e-notes article on Byzantine Empire Food by Andrew Dalby
mentions "/Timarion,/ a satirical poem of the twelfth century, suggests 
salt pork and cabbage stew as being a typical poor man's meal, eaten 
from the bowl with the fingers just as it would have been in 
contemporary western Europe."

The place to look for the Byzantine connections would be
Dalby, Andrew. /Flavours of Byzantium/. Totnes, Devon, U.K.: Prospect 
Books, 2003.


Terry Decker wrote:
> Islam isn't a force in the Middle East until around 650, byt which 
> time it held the Arabioan Peninsula.  By 700, it was a significant 
> force in North Africa and moving east into the rest of the Middle 
> East.  While the Jews had dietary restrictions, did the pre-Islamic 
> Arabs have the same?  One also need remember that most of this was 
> part of the Eastern Roman Empire at the time, so a Roman recipe for 
> pork might not be out of order.  Even after 700, the Byzantine 
> controlled areas would probably have pork.
> Bear
>> rattkitten at bellsouth.net wrote:
>>> Ok now here is a weird one...
>>> Does anyone have a Middle Eastern Period Pork Recipe?  Are there 
>>> any? Within the next 2 hours would be great... you can even tell me 
>>> where to simply look online (other than the Florilegium... I can't 
>>> get sucked in today...) ;)  I am simply looking to point out one to 
>>> someone else...
>>> Thanks
>>> Nichola
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