[Sca-cooks] Medieval Food Presentation
Stefan li Rous
StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Wed Apr 22 22:39:45 PDT 2009
Don't know that there is that much. There are some elaborate procedures
given in the Renaissance
books of carving but earlier will be problematic. You might try the file
Ideas for decorating and presenting period food. in the Florilegium
or search under garnishing or plating.
Jenn Strobel wrote:
All,I have been looking around and didn't see much on how a medieval
would have presented/plated the food that they made. Does anyone know
anything about this? Thank you in advance for your response.
Thank you, Johnnae.
Jean, I'm not sure which file(s) Johnnae had in mind, but possibly it
was this one, in the FOOD-SWEETS-DECORATED section:
fd-decoratng-msg (26K) 3/ 7/05 Decorating and presenting period
But there is also this file on food that was deliberately meant to
look like a different food.
illusion-fds-msg (142K) 11/ 7/04 Medieval illusion foods.
There are also these files in the FOOD-SWEETS-DECORATED section:
confctny-boxs-msg (12K) 6/27/07 Period confectionary boxes.
(I'm afraid I can't remember whether these boxes were just for
storing confectionaries or whether they were often presented at the
table in these boxes, though)
Cft-Banquets-art (46K) 6/ 2/07 "Confections and the Banquet" by
Katharine, O.L., O.P.
Dresng-t-Dish-art (52K) 7/21/07 "Beyond the Soeltie: Garnished,
Dressed and Flourished"
by Maestra Serena da Riva.
(This one alone might give you a lot of what you are looking for...)
endoring-msg (24K) 1/14/03 Medieval methods of giving food a
entertaing-fds-art(46K) 2/10/06 "Subtleties, Entremets and
by Baroness Faerisa Gwynarden.
(Again, I'm not sure whether you are more interested in the
presentation of "ordinary" foods or those meant more for entertainment)
molded-foods-msg (24K) 8/20/07 Period and modern molded foods.
Roses-a-Sugar-art (21K) 7/15/98 "Divers Pretty Things Made Of
Roses & Sugar"
by Mistress Renata Kestryl of
Sgr-a-Cnftns-art (20K) 12/26/00 "Of Sugar and Confections" by Alys
Katharine, O.L., O.P. (Elise
(These last are mostly on sugared items)
sotelties-msg (201K) 3/29/05 Sotelties and Warners - decorated
(A lot of unusual, decorated foods. Both period and SCA items)
In the FEASTS section, there is this file if you question is more on
how food was served than how it was decorated:
French-Tbl-Srv-art (7K) 5/22/04 An example of French table service
translated by Angharad ferch
Kentwell-Hall-art (25K) 6/25/98 A period kitchen at a Living
I hope this gives you a starting point.
PS: For some examples of what *has* been done in the SCA, see some of
the files in the FEAST section. Such as:
Perf-P-Feast-msg (40K) 2/26/09 "Perfectly Period Feast" cooked
Crystal of the Westermark. A
feast, with atmosphere, 'done
THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn Gwlad Kingdom of Ansteorra
Mark S. Harris Austin, Texas
StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
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