[Sca-cooks] Period Halloween/Samhain dishes

Susan Fox selene at earthlink.net
Thu Oct 2 11:08:47 PDT 2008

Soul Cake or Parkin = spice cake, suitable for all occasions from 
Hallowe'en to Twelfth Night, the dark of the year.  Also traditional at 
funerals;  a book on Yorkshire traditions says that one euphemism for 
someone who is mortally ill says "looks like a case of Slow Walking, 
Spice Cake and Ale."  [Thesaurus of Traditional English Metaphors, 
p.323, "funerals".]

Do you want a period recipe or a good modern one?


Amy Cooper wrote:
> Our shire is having a bit of a Halloween celebration in a few weeks,
> for our monthly feast-night potluck. I like to try to bring period
> foods to these, to broaden the shires' tastes, and hopefully entice
> some folks to try period cooking. I'd love to bring a dish to this
> upcoming one that is a food that would have been served as part of the
> Halloween/Samhain celebrations of someplace/time in period. The only
> thing I've seen mentioned in my quick diggings on the Florilegium are
> "soul-cakes", and there is not a recipe given that I've found. Does
> anyone have any suggestions/recipes?
> Thanks!
> Ilsebet
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