[Sca-cooks] Medieval Food Presentation
kiridono at gmail.com
Wed Apr 22 08:28:15 PDT 2009
You might try locating a book called "Charlemagne's Tablecloth"...it has
descriptions of how food was presented...you might get some ideas from it.
You can find it on Amazon.com for a very reasonable price...it appears to be
out of print, so you'd be getting a second-hand copy (
On Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 10:09 AM, Jenn Strobel <jenn.strobel at gmail.com>wrote
Thank you for the answers so far.
> I, unfortunately, know so little that I don't have good specific
> questions. What you've given me is an awesome starting point, though.
> Thank you.
> On Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 8:44 AM, Elise Fleming <alysk at ix.netcom.com>
> > Odriana wrote:
> >>I have been looking around and didn't see much on how a medieval cook
> >>would have presented/plated the food that they made. Does anyone know
> >>anything about this?
> > Many of the recipes end with comments like "garnish with seeds of
> > pomegranate", "sprinkle sugar about", "and lay on slices of lemons". This
> > gives an idea of certain ways to present foods. Years ago I started to
> > develop a list of which foods typically used which type of garnishes. If
> > you look carefully at recipes, you will find a number of different
> > garnishes.
> > For the types of plates used, you get some idea from drawings and
> > They were a bit different from what I'm used to seeing at feasts. Bowls
> > seemed to be smaller than we use because, at least in England, for most
> > the SCA time period the food was served in "messes". A mess would serve
> > four, usually. We plop food on the table intending to feed 8-12 and we
> > the food family-style.
> > I'm not sure if this is what you are looking for. Can you be more
> > Alys Katharine
> > --
> > Elise Fleming
> > alysk at ix.netcom.com
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