[Sca-cooks] Period substitute for tomatoes?

Stefan li Rous StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Fri Aug 21 11:31:31 PDT 2009

Judith clarified her original request with:
<<< Bless you for that, Ilsebet, but I'm the one who expects it. Since I
can't engage in many other activities (I can watch people do stuff,
but I can't do a lot of it myself) because the events chiefly take
place on Sabbath, cooking is one of the few things that I can do in as
medieval a way as I can reasonably expect of myself. Therefore I
really want to make a good, solid attempt at using Period ingredients
-- and LATER, learning Period recipes and styles of cooking. I'm   
trying to please me, not everyone else. Anybody else doesn't like the
way I cook, they can go get their meals else-bloody-where! ;) >>>

Are you trying to cook a quick period meal on Friday before your  
sabbath starts? Or have a non-cook meal on the sabbath?

Here is a file in the FOOD section of the Florilegium which might help  
with the former.

bag-cooking-msg   (50K)  4/25/08    Using plastic bags to warm pre- 
cooked foods
                                        at SCA events.

Bagged meals like this can be cooked ahead of time. On say the Monday  
or Tuesday before the Friday, or even months ahead of time. Then you  
boil the bags in water, which can be done fairly quickly. Many modern  
or period foods can be cooked this way. This would solve your quick  
cooking problem on Fridays.

Does your sabbath restriction say you can't cook food at all? In which  
case I assume your meals on Saturday are always cold? If you can boil  
the food on Saturday, then this method would let you eat a warm period  
food then.

Although I'm most familiar with various meat stews and pottages that  
work well in boiling bags, there are likely some vegetarian stews that  
would work well.

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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